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A US GC holder visiting Toronto, Canada

Old Aug 25th 2003, 11:13 am
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Default A US GC holder visiting Toronto, Canada

Dear Friends and Experts,

I have been a frequent visitor for this forum. I got my GC stamped last April but haven't got the plastic card.
Before I got USA GC approved, I was a Canadian GC holder (lived there around 1 year and then moved to US due to my job change with H-1B VISA and lived here since). Obviously after I got US GC, I decided I give up my Canadian GC. However, I haven't sent any official letter to Canada saying that I will give up my Canadian GC.
Now, I need to visit Toronto, Canada in a few months. I have a passport (that was renewed in my nation's consulate in Canada last year) and it is kinda a resident passport that my country issued based on my Canadian green card. When I enter Canada POE with that passport and the stamp proving that I am US GC holder, will they have any chance to find out that I was a CA PR whose PR is no longer valid? Also, will there any problem for me to get in? Do I have to do something such as an official letter to Canadian consulate saying I am giving up my Canadian GC before I enter to POE?

It is kinda an unique case so I need any input or idea if anyone has one.

Appreciate it very much.
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Old Aug 25th 2003, 3:02 pm
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goodcook ([email protected]) said:

    > Before I got USA GC approved, I was a Canadian GC holder
Firstly, there's no such thing as a Canadian GC. Never was, never will
be. So stop it NOW! :-) Feel free to just say PR - Permanent Resident.
;-)


    > (lived there around 1 year and then moved to US due to my job change with H-1B
You don't say when this occurred.

    > I haven't sent any official letter to Canada saying that I will give up my
    > Canadian GC.
Don't need to. You may have already lost it.

    > When I enter Canada POE with that passport and the stamp
    > proving that I am US GC holder, will they have any chance to find out
    > that I was a CA PR whose PR is no longer valid? Also, will there any
    > problem for me to get in?
Just tell them that you are no longer resident and that you are living
in the USA. To avoid any problems, you may want to bring proof of your ties
to the US - a couple of utility bills, new state drivers licence, perhaps
your work ID if they issue one. Having said that, if you are not resident
in Canada, you cannot be here for employment purposes without a work
authorisation. Therefore, if you are coming on vacation, everything will be
tres cool. However, if you are coming up for work, it could present some
problems.

    > Do I have to do something such as an official
    > letter to Canadian consulate saying I am giving up my Canadian GC before
    > I enter to POE?
NAFAIK.

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Old Aug 29th 2003, 5:35 am
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I have similar question but did not want to start new thread.
I am going to BC in December for skiing with my wife .
I tried to contact nearest consulate in LA but couldn't speak to them in person I only got recording saying you don't need visa when travelling with US GC from USA but it does not mention anything about her expired national passport.
Unless you know for sure don't do guessing, I don't want to get stuck on the Canadian border at -40C.
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Old Aug 29th 2003, 6:58 am
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Default United States Green Card holders visiting Canada

If you are coming to Canada for less than 6 months and you are not planning to study or work in Canada, you should be fine travelling here and back with just your Green Card for ID. Passport is not needed unless you are planning to immigrate to Canada. If you are coming up here for more than six months or plan to study or work, make sure that you have permission to do so from Immigration Canada, and that you obtain a U.S. re-entry permit to ensure that you are able to return to the United States.

Good luck,

Alfaris

Originally posted by vlad
I have similar question but did not want to start new thread.
I am going to BC in December for skiing with my wife .
I tried to contact nearest consulate in LA but couldn't speak to them in person I only got recording saying you don't need visa when travelling with US GC from USA but it does not mention anything about her expired national passport.
Unless you know for sure don't do guessing, I don't want to get stuck on the Canadian border at -40C.
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Old Aug 29th 2003, 8:07 am
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GC will be sufficient to enter Canada. And don't even think of trying to
dress for -40C - it never is that cold in Southern BC, in Whistler you may
have -10C to -15C, but rarely, while in Vancouver temperature rarely goes
below zero and if does it is just for few days and maybe -5C.

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    > I have similar question but did not want to start new thread.
    > I am going to BC in December for skiing with my wife .
    > I tried to contact nearest consulate in LA but couldn't speak to them in
    > person I only got recording saying you don't need visa when travelling
    > with US GC from USA but it does not mention anything about her expired
    > national passport.
    > Unless you know for sure don't do guessing, I don't want to get stuck
    > on the Canadian border at -40C.
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