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Missing Arrival Stamp in Passport – PR resident

Old Mar 26th 2008, 4:36 am
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Default Missing Arrival Stamp in Passport – PR resident

I encountered a unique situation recently and would like an opinion/suggestion if anybody has ever experienced it.

As you all know, typically when one arrives at the airport, the immigration officer places an "arrival" stamp in the passport.

What happened in my case is that the officer checked my PR card but did not place an "arrival" stamp in my passport.

Unfortunately, I did not notice this until recently. Is this normal? Is this something I should be worried about and get rectified? If so, how may I go about doing it? If this is not a problem, is there any way I can verify this by sending an email or making a telephone call to some authority?

Any input will be much appreciated.

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Old Mar 26th 2008, 4:54 am
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It happens frequently and does not cause any problems if you are actually resident in Canada.
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Old Mar 26th 2008, 5:20 am
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Wouldn’t cause problems when I apply for citizenship though? How can I show them that I came back to Canada on that specific date without a stamp?
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You would have other indications such as leases, telephone and employment documentation etc.
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Default Re: Missing Arrival Stamp in Passport – PR resident

Actually I don’t have any of the above documents that you mentioned, as I was unemployed at that time, the only thing I have is an electronic copy of my air plane tickets, and the departure stamp from the country I was visiting on my passport.
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Actually I don’t have any of the above documents that you mentioned, as I was unemployed at that time, the only thing I have is an electronic copy of my air plane tickets, and the departure stamp from the country I was visiting on my passport.

Wouldn't your COPR suffice - or was this not stamped either
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My COPR is stamped, I traveled after landing, my passport wasn’t stamped when I returned to Canada,… and all this happened a year after landing.
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I'm still here on a TWP and my passport is regularily not stamped when I pass the border. The stamp is actually a visa saying that you are eligible to enter. Therefore, if you already have a valid visa, then there is no need for them to stamp your passport when you come in.

If I'm correct, they actually log your passport on the computer anyway to take account of arrivals and departures.

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Default Re: Missing Arrival Stamp in Passport – PR resident

Thanks for your comment.

I was reffering to the "arrival date" stamp. not the visa stamp.
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Well the question is always what were you doing in Canada if not working or even renting a home or? Those kinds of activities would satisfy a citizenship officer of your physical presence. Without them you would possibly have only exit stamps from counties you visited.
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Default Re: Missing Arrival Stamp in Passport – PR resident

Originally Posted by kurt26
Is this normal?
Sounds normal to me. The OH's passport hasn't once been stamped on entry to Canada since he became a PR, and he leaves Canada about 1 or 2 times a month.
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Default Re: Missing Arrival Stamp in Passport – PR resident

Originally Posted by Jim Humphries
Well the question is always what were you doing in Canada if not working or even renting a home or? Those kinds of activities would satisfy a citizenship officer of your physical presence. Without them you would possibly have only exit stamps from counties you visited.
Long story short: at the time I got my PR I was a student, living with a friend in his house, i.e. no rent and no phone; I graduated, and went on vacation outside Canada. When I came back, my passport wasn’t stamped on arrival.
However, I found some bills at that time, so it can be useful if needed.
In conclusion, it seems that there is no rule for passport stamping, it really depends on the officer I guess? But I do believe that they store all these information electronically in their system.

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