Landing - Point Roberts?

Old Apr 1st 2003, 11:10 am
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Guillermo
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Hi all,

My wife and I recently got our passports back with our Permanent Resident
Visas (they requested our passports on March 18th). We have been living in
Vancouver Island since 1999 under skilled worker visas. If I understand
this correctly, now we have to go to any Canadian border and do the proper
landing.

Can we do the landing at any border? We were thinking to go to Tsawwassen -
Point Roberts, since this is the least likely to have any line-ups.

Any information will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Guillermo
 
Old Apr 1st 2003, 1:21 pm
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Jim Humphries
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HI,
You can't really say because they might also have few officers working! The
border at Douglas has more staff and you can choose a slow time too.

--
Jim Humphries, former visa officer
"Guillermo" wrote in message
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    > Hi all,
    > My wife and I recently got our passports back with our Permanent Resident
    > Visas (they requested our passports on March 18th). We have been living
in
    > Vancouver Island since 1999 under skilled worker visas. If I understand
    > this correctly, now we have to go to any Canadian border and do the proper
    > landing.
    > Can we do the landing at any border? We were thinking to go to
Tsawwassen -
    > Point Roberts, since this is the least likely to have any line-ups.
    > Any information will be greatly appreciated.
    > Thanks,
    > Guillermo
 
Old Apr 1st 2003, 1:44 pm
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"Guillermo" wrote in message
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    > Hi all,
    > My wife and I recently got our passports back with our Permanent Resident
    > Visas (they requested our passports on March 18th). We have been living
in
    > Vancouver Island since 1999 under skilled worker visas. If I understand
    > this correctly, now we have to go to any Canadian border and do the proper
    > landing.
    > Can we do the landing at any border? We were thinking to go to
Tsawwassen -
    > Point Roberts, since this is the least likely to have any line-ups.
    > Any information will be greatly appreciated.
    > Thanks,
    > Guillermo

Hi Guillermo,
The border crossing at Point Roberts is only staffed by Canada Customs
agents, so they don't provide any immigration-related services at that
location. The "Truck Crossing", about 1 km. east of the Peace Arch, is the
best and most efficient place to complete your landing formalities. It will
take you about 30 minutes to drive from the Tsawwassen ferry terminal to the
border.

If you plan to land before April 30, keep in mind that Highway 10, the
shortcut from Tsawwassen to 99 southbound, is closed for construction until
the end of this month. You will need to detour north on Highway 17 to 99,
then head to the border from there. The detour is well marked if you're not
familiar with the local roads in the area.

Laurie in South Delta, BC
 
Old Apr 1st 2003, 2:01 pm
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Vladimir Menkov
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In article ,
Guillermo wrote:
...
    >My wife and I recently got our passports back with our Permanent Resident
    >Visas (they requested our passports on March 18th). We have been living in
    >Vancouver Island since 1999 under skilled worker visas. If I understand
    >this correctly, now we have to go to any Canadian border and do the proper
    >landing.

Don't know about Point Roberts, but if you have to take a ferry to the
mainland anyway, why not take a ferry directly to the USA and back?
(E.g., from Victoria to Port Angeles, or from Sydney to Anacortes or
Friday Harbor) I don't think you can "land" at a ferry terminal or
airport unless you are actually coming from a foreign country, so you
have to take an international ferry... but it's not that expensive,
under US$20 per person round trip. I think the Port Angeles ferry
operates year-round (http://www.cohoferry.com/), but the one to
Anacortes may not start running until some time in April.

--vld.
 
Old Apr 1st 2003, 3:44 pm
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Pmm
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Hi Vladimir

"Vladimir Menkov" wrote in message
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    > In article ,
    > Guillermo wrote:
    > ...
    > >My wife and I recently got our passports back with our Permanent Resident
    > >Visas (they requested our passports on March 18th). We have been living
in
    > >Vancouver Island since 1999 under skilled worker visas. If I understand
    > >this correctly, now we have to go to any Canadian border and do the
proper
    > >landing.
    > Don't know about Point Roberts, but if you have to take a ferry to the
    > mainland anyway, why not take a ferry directly to the USA and back?
    > (E.g., from Victoria to Port Angeles, or from Sydney to Anacortes or
    > Friday Harbor) I don't think you can "land" at a ferry terminal or
    > airport unless you are actually coming from a foreign country, so you
    > have to take an international ferry... but it's not that expensive,
    > under US$20 per person round trip. I think the Port Angeles ferry
    > operates year-round (http://www.cohoferry.com/), but the one to
    > Anacortes may not start running until some time in April.
    > --vld.

If you do the Island to US and return trip, you will spend a lot of time at
the ferry terminal waiting for Immigration to be called out from Victoria.
They don't usually staff the ferry terminals until about late April early
May.

Best bet is via Tsawassan, then to Douglas or Pac Hwy.

PMM
 
Old Apr 1st 2003, 5:43 pm
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Guillermo Ferrero
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I'll try Douglas then. Thank you all for the information.

Guillermo
 

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