How To Enter Canada As A Permanent Resident
With the popularity of air travel to Canada, the number of international flights landing in our country has been on the rise over the past few months. This increased flow of traffic can create some rather embarrassing situations. While some of these situations may be humorous, such as when a fellow Canadian expat opens a door for you to take a look at a “territory,” others may be less so. It is not uncommon for residents of other countries to attempt to pocket the cost of services rendered by an air hostess while attempting to carry out their own personal transactions. While we cannot stop people from stealing or faking expat benefits, we can work to ensure that they understand the risks they are taking by traveling to Canada.
The most common fraudulent activities include submitting false documents, misrepresenting one’s residence or employer, overcharging or overstaying in a country, or other illegal activities. Because of the heightened sensitivity to expats due to the recent developments of the pandemic strain of influenza and the associated travel related illnesses, Canadian immigration authorities have implemented new measures to increase security and tighten the country’s visa regulations. While many of these measures have been put into place for operational efficiency, it is likely that many illegal activities still occur. To be more effective in stopping the illegal activity,canadian authorities are requiring that all foreign nationals applying for either an immigrant or visitor visa to present original copies of their passport and other important documents.
In addition, the Canadian government is expanding the use of biometric technology to detect visitors to Canada who may not be who they claim to be. Currently, the only biometric verification available for arriving into the country is the Canadian Immigration Officer’s visit to a traveller’s home country. Canadian officials rely on a person’s immigration records that have been provided to them through the Immigration Canada system. However, as most visitors do not regularly follow through with this requirement, those records are not used as evidence to verify identity. Biometric verification is also only available for arriving from outside of Canada. Therefore, if travellers from another country wish to apply for an immigrant visa, they will need to provide proof of citizenship or provide immunization records from countries that they intend to enter Canada.
There are three ways that travellers can access visa applications for travelling to Canada electronically. First, they can contact the Canadian Immigration authorities or the Canada Border Services Agency at the airport who offer e-matters of citizenship and/or immigration services. These departments offer online application forms for arriving into Canada by air, sea or land. There are also specialized web sites for travelling to Canada by air, land or sea. Electronic travel authorisation for travelling to Canada are available at a variety of authorized websites. Travellers can also purchase electronic travel authorisation from authorized travel suppliers located in different areas across Canada.
Once a traveller has travelled to Canada by air, there are specific steps that they need to take to submit their visa request to the immigration authorities for processing. At the airport, travellers need to provide proof of citizenship or age by presenting their photo ID and valid passport. They may also be required to provide documentary proof of employment and return itinerary. If travelling by land, travellers arriving by automobile must first surrender their vehicle registration and release papers to a border officer at the unparked location where they intend to leave for Canada. These documents will provide proof that the driver has ownership of their vehicle. The duration of time from when travellers arrive in Canada to when they are able to exit the country depends on the method of transport.
Immigrants who have obtained a permanent resident visa (green card) are eligible to apply for the Canada Immigration Status. To apply, a person must visit the Canada Immigration website and follow the instructions. Once a decision has been made on the status, the applicant must register with the Canadian Immigration authorities and complete the necessary documents. The main advantage of obtaining an immigrant visa through the Canadian immigration authorities is that it takes less time. However, some requirements are higher for certain applicants and all these requirements can be found out from the permanent resident card office in Canada.
When travelling outside of Canada, it is possible to apply for a temporary visa that may be good for up to six months. The Temporary Immigrationirritation Period can start on February 1, 2021 and end on March 31, 2021. Applicants can obtain a visa by presenting their valid Canadian passport and visa number after the submission of a completed application form and one payment of $acus. An applicant may also present a letter from a employer that states the applicant plans to enter Canada as a permanent resident and states the position for which he or she is applying for consideration. In order to qualify for the entry into Canada of persons other than the spouses and children of permanent residents, proof of citizenship or birth within Canada and twenty-five years of residence outside of Canada must be presented.
Quarantine rules and requirements will vary with respect to where an international traveler arrives in Canada. Some areas of the country will require travelers to be quarantined before travelling, while others have no such requirement. Travellers who travel to Canada between May and August will be required to follow a mandatory quarantining requirement. Persons travelling to Canada between September and December will be allowed a twenty-four hour pass into Canada once they have arrived at their point of origin. Persons travelling to Canada between January and February will not need a special travel document and will be allowed a one month grace period after arrival at their point of entry.