Landing from US into Canada by Road- procedures

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Subject: Landing from US into Canada by Road- procedures
  Hi. Myself and spouse recieved the immigrant visa upto Oct ´09.

We are presently in US on work visa with relatively good jobs. Given the economic situation,its seeming difficult to quit jobs and move to Canada and start searching for jobs. Would anyone know from recent experience what should be done here?

Can we come to Canada throught Detroit border by road for processing PR. Can we return to USA after a week or so? Is there a minimum period we need to stay here in Canada once we come into Canada to get landed immigration processed or can we get entry into US soon after to retain our jobs for some months before permanently moving to Canada?

If anyone has any recent information/experience in similar situation to share on landed process, from US to Canada by Road, please share with us.

Your advice will be highly appreciated.

Thank You,
J.

[06-05-2009,23:47]
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JAZZY
(in reply to: Landing from US into Canada by Road- procedures)
Many people cross the borders into Canada to complete the landing procedures and make a U-turn into the US again.

Stay in the US and meanwhile search for a job in Canada. Move if secure a job.

[07-05-2009,03:16]
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Anonymous
Any new landed immigrants from U.S. (in reply to: Landing from US into Canada by Road- procedures)
Thank you for taking the time to reply.

Is there any one out here who is in a similar situation?

Recently came to Canada from U.S. or working in the U.S presently after getting P.R.? How much longer can we stay in US before finally moving? Would U.S. border people question intentions etc.. and when you do finally come,if Canadian border folks will question..

[07-05-2009,11:12]
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JAZZY
(in reply to: Landing from US into Canada by Road- procedures)
JAZZY,

There is no mandatory min´m staying in Canada. Literally you can leave the same day.

BUT, you should at least apply for the social security card; and your PR card will be mailed to you within 30 days. Without the PR card you can´t enter Canada in a commercial career. Though someone can mail the card to you. To keep the PR status valid you have to physically stay in Canada every 2 years out of 5 with few esceptions.

Job depends on your skill and field of expertise. In gheneral Canadioan market is very small compared to the US one; however in the recession Canadian market is less affected than the US market. I was laid of in the US recently and had a hard time to get another one, but in Canada I got many offers even sitiing in the US. BUT, still I would warn anybody, Canadian market is most likely be very tough for the new comers for some reasons; even with US background and in good time.

Best thing is, take time and search for jobs, don´t leave your current job.

As long as you have valid visa and continuing job US would let you in. They´ll ask some questions but shouldn´t be any big deal.

[07-05-2009,15:04]
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DC_RC
Thanks (in reply to: Landing from US into Canada by Road- procedures)
Thank you for your response.

Just to confirm does it mean that we can afford to stay in US for even a year or so before actually moving after getting landed documentation and applying for SIN No.? My brother lives in Toronto so he can bring the PR Card etc to me..

Once I get my PR Card, can I come into Canada for visits from U.S.A.? Wont the US border people question why I have U.S. H1B work visa if I have Canadian PR? Would the U.S. people cause any problem?

Are you in Canada now or US?

Jazzy

[07-05-2009,17:46]
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JAZZY
(in reply to: Landing from US into Canada by Road- procedures)
Just to confirm does it mean that we can afford to stay in US for even a year or so before actually moving after getting landed documentation and applying for SIN No.? My brother lives in Toronto so he can bring the PR Card etc to me..

YOU SHOULD STAY IN CANADA FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS WITHIN A FIVE YEAR PERIOD


Once I get my PR Card, can I come into Canada for visits from U.S.A.?
YES

Wont the US border people question why I have U.S. H1B work visa if I have Canadian PR? Would the U.S. people cause any problem?

THE US IMMIGRATION CARES ABOUT YOUR STATUS IN THE US. THE CANADIAN PR IS NOT THEIR BUSINESS. WHEN YOU CROSS THE BORDER AND COME BACK TO THE US, YOUR H-1 VISA STAMP HAS TO BE VALID. IF NOT, YOU CAN USE THE 30-DAY AUTMATIC VALIDATION SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS YOU TO RE-ENTER THE US FROM CANADA WITHOUT A VALID STAMP BUT WITH A VALID STATUS.

[07-05-2009,19:43]
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Anonymous
Thanks ! (in reply to: Landing from US into Canada by Road- procedures)
Thanks Anonymous


[07-05-2009,19:59]
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JAZZY
(in reply to: Landing from US into Canada by Road- procedures)
YOu literally can land in Canada, go out of Canada (USA or wherever) and stay for 3 years; then can come and have to live continously 2 years to maintain your PR status. Absolutely no problem at all under the current rule. 100% legal.

However, I would strongly suggest you to apply for the SIn card, otherwise you will have very little tie with Canada.

About US immigration the last response is 100% correct. There are many many thousands H-1/other work visa holders in the USA who have Canadian PR and cross the border very often without any issue. US immigration only cares about your US status and criminal background.

[08-05-2009,09:53]
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DC_RC
Thank you for your very helpful comments (in reply to: Landing from US into Canada by Road- procedures)
DC_RC Thank you for your very helpful comments and re confirming the information above.
[08-05-2009,11:08]
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JAZZY
LANDING PROCESS (in reply to: Landing from US into Canada by Road- procedures)
Hi everyone,

hope all is well. I wanted to ask some questions in terms of my landing process in Canada..Can someone help me...

(1) I am planning my landing process in canada in August 2009. I am also on H1B. Is there any conflict between these two?

(2) If i enter canada, can i leave canada one week later?
what reasons should i give the canadian officials if they ask me whether i am staying to canada or leaving temporarily?

(3)after leaving canada, should i come back and forth to canada or can i just wait for a whole year to pass and come back to Canada?

(4)For the H-1B visa, can someone tell me which documents should i bring to the US embassy for a H1B visa issuance?

i will appreciate all your help.

Thank you very much..

Ashi

[20-06-2009,00:21]
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Ashi
Landed in Canada (in reply to: Landing from US into Canada by Road- procedures)
Blogs such as this was of great help to me when i was planning my landing in Canada. I landed 5days ago with my wife and 2 children, and all went well, perfectly, despite the fact that i am on F-1 and my wife on H1-B. Thanks to God and the good contributions of kind hearted and good natured people on these blogs. Thanks to you guys though i do not know you but God will bless you immensely.
[18-08-2009,15:05]
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Faisal Nura