Renewing IEC

Old Jul 25th 2013, 1:16 am
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Hey Guys, quick question for those who have renewed their IEC visa.

I have just about come to the end of my original 12 months on the IEC visa. I have my new visa accepted and have been told via e-mail conversation with the support guys, that I need to leave the country and come back to get my new visa activated.

As I am currently working full time, I can not take a prolonged period off, so plan on driving down to Buffalo crossing over to the States to do some shopping, then having my visa issued on the way back over to Canada.

Have any of you got experience with this? If so, what should I be looking to do, how long is the process and is there a specific person/area/building which deals with international immigration such as this?

I just don't want to drive down there from Toronto to find I had to do sometime in advance.

Thanks for any info and advice guys
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Originally Posted by IanT86
Hey Guys, quick question for those who have renewed their IEC visa.

I have just about come to the end of my original 12 months on the IEC visa. I have my new visa accepted and have been told via e-mail conversation with the support guys, that I need to leave the country and come back to get my new visa activated.

As I am currently working full time, I can not take a prolonged period off, so plan on driving down to Buffalo crossing over to the States to do some shopping, then having my visa issued on the way back over to Canada.

Have any of you got experience with this? If so, what should I be looking to do, how long is the process and is there a specific person/area/building which deals with international immigration such as this?

I just don't want to drive down there from Toronto to find I had to do sometime in advance.

Thanks for any info and advice guys
Take your new LOI/POE letter from IEC, proof of funds ($2500 minimum in a bank account), insurance coverage that covers repatriation and your passport.
On entering Canada ask to see Immigration as you need a work permit and basically thats it.
The funds and insurance coverage are mandatory requirements under the IEC. If you dont have them then you wont be issued a work permit if CBSA ask to see them.
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Take your new LOI/POE letter from IEC, proof of funds ($2500 minimum in a bank account), insurance coverage that covers repatriation and your passport.
On entering Canada ask to see Immigration as you need a work permit and basically thats it.
The funds and insurance coverage are mandatory requirements under the IEC. If you dont have them then you wont be issued a work permit if CBSA ask to see them.
Thank you Former Lancastrian, it's funny I was just reading your advice on health insurance from an older post. I've just purchased the insurance for an additional year and will drop into TD this afternoon to get a print out of my balance.

Nice, easy reply. Thank you
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Just quickly in addition (this may sound stupid, but I need to check), there's no way the borders will be shut for this kind of visa application at specific times will there? I know the borders themselves are open 24/7 and secured accordingly, but is there admin staff who work a regular 9-5 who'd have to process this application for me?

As I intend on going down on a Sunday, it just occurred to me to ask
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Just quickly in addition (this may sound stupid, but I need to check), there's no way the borders will be shut for this kind of visa application at specific times will there? I know the borders themselves are open 24/7 and secured accordingly, but is there admin staff who work a regular 9-5 who'd have to process this application for me?

As I intend on going down on a Sunday, it just occurred to me to ask
Assuming you are going to a major crossing, Immigration is available 24/7.
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Originally Posted by IanT86
Just quickly in addition (this may sound stupid, but I need to check), there's no way the borders will be shut for this kind of visa application at specific times will there? I know the borders themselves are open 24/7 and secured accordingly, but is there admin staff who work a regular 9-5 who'd have to process this application for me?

As I intend on going down on a Sunday, it just occurred to me to ask
Personally I would cross between the hours of 8am and midnight. Yes some are 24/7 but not all provide Immigration services after midnight which results in examinations being deferred until 8am.
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Thank you guys, I appreciate the answer
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Thank you guys, I appreciate the answer
You can check the list of CBSA offices and their services here: http://cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/contact/listi...2-e.html#d1632
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Originally Posted by IanT86
Thank you guys, I appreciate the answer
hi I'm planning on renewing my iec in august 2014 i would love to know how your experience was renewing also was the iec application the second time around for you any different? Did you still get your uk police check done?

thanks in advance
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hi I'm planning on renewing my iec in august 2014 i would love to know how your experience was renewing also was the iec application the second time around for you any different? Did you still get your uk police check done?

thanks in advance
You can't renew an IEC, you have to apply for a whole new one - make sure you apply when the program opens in early 2014 (or even late 2013), as by August all the visas are likely to have gone.

And yes, because it's a whole new application you'll still need to provide a UK police cert.

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You can't renew an IEC, you have to apply for a whole new one - make sure you apply when the program opens in early 2014 (or even late 2013), as by August all the visas are likely to have gone.

And yes, because it's a whole new application you'll still need to provide a UK police cert.

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Thanks! Did you apply for the new iec entry while in Canada? I was wondering if that would be an,issue already having an iec visa and applying for the next one..
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Thanks! Did you apply for the new iec entry while in Canada? I was wondering if that would be an,issue already having an iec visa and applying for the next one..
You can apply for a 2nd IEC while in Canada but you still send the application to London CHC office. Offices within Canada will not renew and you must apply as per whatever instructions IEC impose for the 2014 programme. Most applications are now done online in 2 stages like the 2013 one was. Check the IEC website as there can always be changes made.
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Hi All,

another British expat here on an iec visa, currently residing in Calgary, AB.

As my current visa runs out at the end of the month, i'm looking into doing a border crossing at either Carway or Coutts by driving down.

Due to limited funds, we can't make a holiday out of it, so we are looking into "Flagpolling" at the border.
Would this temporary "refusal of Entry" to the US cause any problems further down the line if we wanted to visit later?

Does anybody have recent experience with either borders, and can recommend in this situation?

Also: Would we need an ESTA as we aren't technically entering the US??
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