Entering Canada with an American F2 visa‏

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Subject: Entering Canada with an American F2 visa‏
  Good afternoon,
How are you today?

My name is Baber Rahim. I am a Canadian citizen, currently studying as a law student in the United States on F1 status. I am married and my wife has recently been approved for an F2 visa (from the U.S.). She will soon arrive in the U.S. from Pakistan (of which is currently a resident and a citizen) to live with me in the U.S.

I have family in Canada and would also like her to come with me to Canada. I´m wondering if you can you tell me whether it is possible for her to cross the border into Canada, without a visitor visa or a temporary resident visa (TRV)? I have been told that once she arrives in the U.S., she can visit a Canadian immigration office in New York City and they will simply give her the paperwork she needs to come to Canada with me. Is this accurate?

Is there any way she can come to Canada from the States, without a visitor visa or a TRV?

Also, if it makes a difference, I have already submitted a family sponsorship application for her because upon completion of my degree in the U.S., I intend on returning to Canada and would like her to eventually reside with me in Canada.

This is a rather urgent matter, any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. I thank you for your time and eagerly look forward to hearing from you.

Yours most sincerely,
Baber Rahim

(in reply to: Entering Canada with an American F2 visa‏)
She needs a TRV/visitor visa. The F2 visa is a US visa - it does not allow her to enter Canada. She needs to apply for the TRV either online or by mail following the steps here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/visa.asp

The fact you have submitted a family sponsorship application has no relevance on the situation.

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