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IEC - Can I enter Canada as a tourist first?

Old Oct 22nd 2014, 1:11 am
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I am flying out to Canada on Sunday on a my first year IEC.

I wondered if it was possible to enter as a tourist then spend a week in Canada, fly out to Hawaii and then upon return from Hawaii activate my IEC work permit at the border or even come back as a tourist and then make a run by vehicle to the nearest border at a later date to activate my IEC work permit.

Any input appreciated!

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Old Oct 22nd 2014, 1:32 am
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Yes that it possible. I believe a lot of people don't activate them until they have actually got a job lined up
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Old Oct 23rd 2014, 2:07 pm
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Default Re: IEC - Can I enter Canada as a tourist first?

Can I just ask, when did you apply for the IEC?

It's not open until the end of the year no?
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Originally Posted by Burke
Can I just ask, when did you apply for the IEC?

It's not open until the end of the year no?
I applied in January of this year and received my port of entry letter in Feb/march which I need to activate before January 2015

Yes IEC 2015 will likely open in January.
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Originally Posted by xshuttyx
I applied in January of this year and received my port of entry letter in Feb/march which I need to activate before January 2015

Yes IEC 2015 will likely open in January.
Oh I see!

So it only took a month or two for you to receive your visa?
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Originally Posted by Burke
Oh I see!

So it only took a month or two for you to receive your visa?
Yes it was all pretty quick, the challenge is making sue you get a spot as they were all gone in around 12 minutes!

Luckily we managed to get the app completed for me and my partner in that time!

Good Luck!
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That's cool. Two questions:

1. What do you say to the border officers if they ask you 'if you intend to work' ??? - do you tell them the truth that you'll activate once you receive a job offer, or keep it quiet..I was interrogated at the Calgary border and did not disclose I was in the midst of a pending IEC confirmation.

2. Where can you activate it? Airports? or regional offices (I'll be settling in Sask)
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Originally Posted by 1ns0uc1ant
That's cool. Two questions:

1. What do you say to the border officers if they ask you 'if you intend to work' ??? - do you tell them the truth that you'll activate once you receive a job offer, or keep it quiet..I was interrogated at the Calgary border and did not disclose I was in the midst of a pending IEC confirmation.

2. Where can you activate it? Airports? or regional offices (I'll be settling in Sask)
1. I imagine you can disclose it. People on here talk about doing this all the time, so I doubt it will be the first they've heard of it. Things would go pretty southward if you said you had no plans to work and then they saw your resumes in your luggage...

Can anyone who's done this before confirm?

2. AFAIK it's airports exclusively.

My question is: How easy is it to return to the airport just for the purpose of picking up a visa with no intention to travel? What's the protocol?
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Originally Posted by 1ns0uc1ant
That's cool. Two questions:

1. What do you say to the border officers if they ask you 'if you intend to work' ??? - do you tell them the truth that you'll activate once you receive a job offer, or keep it quiet..I was interrogated at the Calgary border and did not disclose I was in the midst of a pending IEC confirmation.

2. Where can you activate it? Airports? or regional offices (I'll be settling in Sask)
Yes you must disclose you intend to work as you will have your letter of introduction which states you can be issued a work permit. To activate it you must be seeking entry into Canada. If already in Canada you must be flying in to activate at the airport. Most choose to drive to the border and flag pole. Must be done at a port of entry not a regional office.
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1. I imagine you can disclose it. People on here talk about doing this all the time, so I doubt it will be the first they've heard of it. Things would go pretty southward if you said you had no plans to work and then they saw your resumes in your luggage...

Can anyone who's done this before confirm?

2. AFAIK it's airports exclusively.

My question is: How easy is it to return to the airport just for the purpose of picking up a visa with no intention to travel? What's the protocol?
You must leave Canada. CBSA won't issue the work permit if you just show up at the airport and you are not flying in from outside of Canada. Most drive to a land border POE.
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I entered Canada as a tourist before activating my work permit through IEC, don't lie tell the truth because if you get grilled then you will trip yourself up.

I told the IO that I had my work permit with me but did not want to activate it just yet. My reason being I had yet to secure a job and I wanted to see the country first before activating. I was staying at my girlfriends parents house and I had all the necessary documents for the work permit with me as well.

I guess you just have to prove to the IO that you are not a risk, if they doesn't believe you then it's up to them.
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