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I will visit Canada for one month. I am a Romanian applicant and I was wondering if I can submit a Youthpass as proof of my travel history (inside EU, so I didn't need a passport). I cannot find my boarding pass from the former trip and the information provided by the Online Application Service for Canada Immigration is:

You must provide information on your valid visa from the United States as well as previous travel history. This can include copies of

  • your previous passports and/or visas (used within the last 10 years to travel outside your country)
  • entry and exit stamps
  • study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside of your country
  • expired or valid visas
  • boarding passes
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    What about old passports with entry/exit stamps ? – blackbird Jun 23 '15 at 15:18
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    I mentioned the trip was inside European Union, so I didn't need a passport at that time. – George Netu Jun 23 '15 at 15:35
  • If you have no official documents (e.g., boarding passes) from that trip then this will be better than nothing, I suppose. I would include a note explainingthat this may be the best you can do. Bank statements showing withdrawals made in Italy at the time, or receipts of other transactions, would probably also help. – phoog Jun 23 '15 at 16:15
  • Thank you, @phoog. Do you happen to know if this 'note' should be included in the Letter of Explanation? – George Netu Jun 23 '15 at 16:17
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    I am not very well familiar with the Canadian process, but that sounds like the proper place. With any luck someone with more experience will post a proper answer. – phoog Jun 23 '15 at 16:24
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I'd certainly submit that document. It might not be a government/airline, but it's some evidence with your name on it indicating where and when you were.

The suggested documents are useful because they're common, accurate and hard to forge. They're also often available. However, many people (most?) don't keep boarding passes, and in that case emails and bookings from hostels/hotels might suffice as well.

It's to provide reasonable indication - it's not a court case (yet) and as such, providing what evidence you have, and a supplementary note if you feel it would help is always a good idea. In my experience, more information is better than gaps - gaps or missing info raises questions. If you have a document that answers those questions, that's better for all involved.

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    I submitted everything I had, applied two times, always rejected. Reason: travel history. Though in my case it didn't work, I'll accept it because it has significant relevant information. Thank you. – George Netu Sep 7 '15 at 6:39
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    @GeorgeNetu did you include a note explaining the lack of stamps and the reason for this? Did they specify which aspect of the travel was missing documentation? – Mark Mayo Sep 7 '15 at 7:58
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    Yes, of course I did and no, they didn't. – George Netu Sep 7 '15 at 18:22
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    @GeorgeNetu have to ask, because you'd be surprised - many users on here won't even include the docs you've done! Have you asked/tried clarifying what aspect was missing, to ensure it's that trip that is the problem? – Mark Mayo Sep 8 '15 at 8:33
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    Yes, my reply (letter of explanation) was pretty straight-forward. I filled my fiancee's application, too (they were pretty identical since we live together, study at the same university, etc) and she got it from the first time without ANY travel history. She's back now, the holiday in Canada was awesome, too bad I wasn't able to go with her. – George Netu Sep 8 '15 at 12:41
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I agree with @Mark but suspect whatever evidence you provided would have made very little difference, if any. Visa authorities rarely if ever ask for what towns and cities, or villages or neighbours, applicants have visited within their own country. What they care about are border crossings. Hence passport stamps that show these, and visas that show permission to apply to cross borders. Hence their your duration outside of your country and to some extent boarding passes, since these are usually only issued for long and therefore potentially transnational journeys.

Canada, like most other countries, does not want unemployment amongst its own nationals to go up because of work performed by non-Canadians in Canada. It also does not want Canadian tax payers to pay for any more welfare support than the Canadian government deems necessary. So it checks potential visitors to reduce the chances of either. A history of conforming, even if in other countries, is taken as some guide to likely future behaviour and, since other countries have much the same objectives, permissions from them are reassuring. A prematurely cancelled visa is a sign of issues, so a visa that has not been cancelled at least is better than that.

In your case you mention that your travel did not require even a passport so would have proved nothing of value even had you submitted comprehensive documentation of it. Where there are no limits on your travel (time or distance) nor on activities (tourism, study etc) then such travel establishes nothing significant about the chances of your complying with limits where those do apply.

In effect, you had no travel history worth showing so the answer to your question is "nothing". As you know from your fiancée's experience, that does not mean to say a visa is sure to be refused, but it is likely to reduce the chances of being issued – as you have found from your own experience.

You did the best you could and I'm sorry you did not make it to Canada (somewhere I also would like to visit). You were both higher than average risk (university student, not married, Romanian) so maybe consider that your fiancée was lucky rather than you unlucky.

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