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Landing experience Quebec, Lacolle/Champlain POE

Old Sep 24th 2009, 6:10 pm
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hi guys, do you really need to show the amount that you declared in the Financial self-sufficiency form when you applied for CSQ at the port of entry?
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Old Sep 24th 2009, 7:08 pm
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Originally Posted by comment_vous_allez
hi guys, do you really need to show the amount that you declared in the Financial self-sufficiency form when you applied for CSQ at the port of entry?
they may ask for proof of funds during landing (they did for me) so make sure you have enough
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Great post and a grat memory for you. I went with my brother when he landed in Nanaimo this summer and did all the crying for him .....It meant such a lot for him to finally have PR and it would for us too.

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Thanks for the great detail. Congratulations!
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Congrats. I loved the photos. I am very envious.
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Old Sep 25th 2009, 4:35 pm
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Originally Posted by kleinluka
Hey everyone,

today my friend drove me to the border to land. I received my passport with visa+COPR on the 9th. We drove from Montreal to the Champlain/Blackpool,Lacolle POE. The weather was very gray and rainy today... not exactly the best setting for such a great day but oh well So after getting stuck in a traffic jam getting out of Montreal on the way to the US border we finally made it to the US checkpoint about 45 minutes later.
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My friend (a Canadian) stated that we just wanted to turn back into Canada so I could do my landing and the US officer waves us into secondary inspection. We had to leave our keys with them and we got a little clip with a number and were told to go into the US secondary inspections building. We waited there for about 10 minutes and my name was called. I stated again that I wanted to do my landing in Canada. The US officers were very nice and friendly...they were having computer problems at my counter... the machine wouldn't take my finger prints and the camera to take the picture didn't work so I had to move on to the next counter to get my picture taken there and my prints re-taken. The whole time the US officers were joking around about how stupid their computer system was and blaming "headquarters" for giving them such a stupid system to work with One of the officers asked me where I was from in Germany so I told him and he went on to tell me about his vacationing there and how he loved German beer... An other officer mentioned that she had a bottle of wine in the fridge and couldn't wait to get home. All in all a very light-hearted experience. As they were issuing me my refusal notice I noticed a mistake on the form as they had written "dutch" as my nationality instead of German..so I told them and they printed a new one....they seemed a bit chaotic but they were joking around so it was all good. So I was given the refusal notice and was told that this would not cause any problems when traveling to the US in the future and that if I applied for an ESTA or I94 I could check "NO" where it asks if I had ever been refused admission to the US. They handed me a little red slip reading "RETURN TO CANADA" and we took that and our numbered clip back to the secondary inspection parking lot. The officer there radioed in to stop all traffic at the booths so we could cross all lanes and turn back into Canada.. This whole experience lasted maybe 30-40 minutes.

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Approaching the Canadian border there were only few cars in front of us....close to no wait at all.

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My friend told the Canadian officer that I was doing my landing. He asked to see my US refusal of admission and the passport, asked if we were carrying any firearms or pepper spray, if I had any goods to follow (nope), who the car belonged to (my friend) and then issued me a yellow slip with a bunch of scribbling on it, one that I could make out which read "Landing" and directed us over to "Lane 2" where the Immigration/Customs building is located. Went in there and handed over my passport and COPR and US refusal. I was asked to take a seat and wait a few minutes. After 5 minutes or so an Immigration Officer came out and called my name. He asked me to write down my Canadian address on a piece of paper and asked if this address would still be valid in 4-6 weeks. I said yes. He asked if I had any proof of funds on me. I showed him a bank statement I printed the night before (it doesn't even have my name on it now that I'm looking at it) and I also mentioned that I have arranged employment and showed him a letter from my Canadian employer to that respect. He wrote how much money I had available onto my COPR and asked me to check over my COPR and verify that all information was correct and to sign with my initials. Then he asked "since you last spoke to an Immigration or Visa officer have you committed any crimes?" I said no So I had to sign my initials next to that on the COPR as well. Then I had to sign inside the box at the bottom of the and he said "do not touch the green box when you sign!" (I wonder what happens if you accidentally cross into the green box). I signed it, then he signed his part and said "ok perfect... please take a seat, I will be right back".. he left and came back about 5-10 minutes later holding a big brown Service Canada envelope, saying "Congratulations, you are now permanent resident of Canada. You have all the rights of a Canadian citizen except to vote or hold public office. Inside this envelope is an application form that you need to apply for your new SIN card. You will be able to apply for Canadian citizenship in 3 years. How long have you lived in Canada?" Me: "Just over 4 years now", so he explained that every day counts half under TWP status and that I could claim up to one year towards my citizenship countdown, so would only have to wait 2 years. He explained that I had to be in Canada for 2 out of every 5 years to maintain my status and then handed me back the yellow customs sheet and my passport with the COPR stapled into it explaining that this served as temporary proof of status until I receive my PR card in 4-6 weeks. He explained that if I wanted to go back to Germany within that time I would need to get a travel document from the Canadian embassy in Berlin and that it would look like the Immigrant visa but it would say "Permanent resident" instead of "Immigrant" on it. I nodded and he said "So that's it. Congratulations again". Very nice! Went over to the Customs guy, handed over the yellow slip and was given a number to punch into the keypad at the gate on the way out of the parking lot. The Canadian side took about 20 minutes. It went very smoothly. To my surprise I was never asked for my CSQ.

So that's it!
I'm now a permanent resident.

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fun facts:


- US border officers apparently don't know that Dutch people are from the Netherlands.
- my PR visa now has a bunch of lines on it that make it look like a child drew on it
- my TWP was removed from my passport

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[QUOTE=kleinluka;7744050]Hey everyone,

He explained that if I wanted to go back to Germany within that time I would need to get a travel document from the Canadian embassy in Berlin and that it would look like the Immigrant visa but it would say "Permanent resident" instead of "Immigrant" on it. I nodded and he said "So that's it. Congratulations again". QUOTE]

Great post.

On the above section about going back to Germany - is this specific to Germany or is it similar for the UK - have not heard of it before?

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Old Sep 29th 2009, 7:16 am
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[QUOTE=Bali2010;7975432]
Originally Posted by kleinluka
Hey everyone,

He explained that if I wanted to go back to Germany within that time I would need to get a travel document from the Canadian embassy in Berlin and that it would look like the Immigrant visa but it would say "Permanent resident" instead of "Immigrant" on it. I nodded and he said "So that's it. Congratulations again". QUOTE]

Great post.

On the above section about going back to Germany - is this specific to Germany or is it similar for the UK - have not heard of it before?

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UK would be the same. You could probably enter Canada with just your COPR but the airline probably wouldn't let you board without the card.
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Old Sep 29th 2009, 4:12 pm
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[QUOTE=kleinluka;7975501]
Originally Posted by Bali2010

UK would be the same. You could probably enter Canada with just your COPR but the airline probably wouldn't let you board without the card.
A visa waiver passport should be enough for the airline. But it depends - Air Canada is usually ok with this, charter airlines less so.

This has been extensively discussed.
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