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  • Canada Landed Imm. in US before March 17, 2003 returning issue...Need advice/help!

    My wife (Canadain Citizen) and I (Canada PR) are on a few months visit to the US for visiting relativies. We crosed border in Mid Feb. and plan to return Mid July (5 months stay) meanwhile effective March 17, 2003 - New US VISA regulation is imposed. But we are in the US currently - So can we run into some problem when returning to the Canada by the Canadian or US INS? Can Canadian Immigration deny us entry for not having the US visa before March 17, 2003 or for staying in the US for 5 months...! Please help or advice because we need to decide if we should cut our travel in the middle and return to Canada for a US Visa before 3/17/03. Thanks.

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    My wife (Canadain Citizen) and I (Canada PR) are on a few months visit to the US for visiting relativies. We crosed border in Mid Feb. and plan to return Mid July (5 months stay) meanwhile effective March 17, 2003 - New US VISA regulation is imposed. But we are in the US currently - So can we run into some problem when returning to the Canada by the Canadian or US INS? Can Canadian Immigration deny us entry for not having the US visa before March 17, 2003 or for staying in the US for 5 months...! Please help or advice because we need to decide if we should cut our travel in the middle and return to Canada for a US Visa before 3/17/03. Thanks.

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    • #3
      Hi navi: How did you came to usa by car? if so which state and when you came into usa did they stamped your passport at the border? I am in the same situation please let me know if you have any one who left for canada by car and got stopped by US ins.

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      • #4
        To Navi:
        The visit should be a reasonable one, say about 4 - 6 maximum 8 weeks. If you have stayed longer than that then there can be problem at the Border. Even Candian Immigration may consider that you have no intent to live in Canada. If would be better to return in the end of March or early April, so you will have excuse that you just stayed for 4 - 5 weeks maximum. Otherwise, go back to Canada and enter with Immigration Entry stamp at the Border.
        Good luck.

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        • #5
          Thanks for the reply...do you know how long it takes to get US VISA in Canada, most likely in Toronto...and if the Canada immigration will stamp your passport for re-entry into Canada.

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          • #6
            You must check with U.S. Consulate in your area how to schedule an appointment for Visa. You will have to visit them personally to get Visa.
            I am not sure about Canadian Immigration but it sure that U.S. Immigration will put stamp on arrival and departure.
            Good luck.

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