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How to lift a lifetime ban from Canada due to marijuana?

Get an immigration attorney, a competent one. This is not the kind of question for which you solicit answers from random guys on the internet. It is not a trivial matter. Typically the fact that the ...
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Canadian citizen, on US no-fly list. What can I do in order to be allowed on flights which go through US airspace?

As you've discovered, US regulations apply not just to flights to or from the US, but also to flights that pass over the US. Before such flights the airline will send APIS data (basically the details ...
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Meaning of 08:00 EST in North America

The leading zero in 08:00 implies that the time is given in a 24-hour clock, so it is not necessary to specify AM or PM. Your appointment will be at 8 in the morning. Note that it is common, but ...
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What does the USA Customs and Border Protection consider a weapon?

It is never wrong to answer "I'm going camping, I have a hatchet" or "I'm going camping, I have a 5" folding knife" rather than just "yes" or "no" when you are asked a question like that verbally, by ...
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Canadian overstayed in the US for 14 years. Can I leave to Canada and return back to the US?

First and foremost, you really need a lawyer here. Looking for Internet advice in your situation is probably as "helpful" as trying to perform appendix self-surgery using Google search. There are two ...
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Lost passport and visa, tried to reapply, got rejected twice. What are my next steps?

OK, you've done pretty much everything wrong so far. When you changed your course of study you should have told immigration. You wouldn't have needed a new study permit. When you lost your study ...
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What does this traffic sign with a crossed-out black octagon mean?

This is the 5th sign on the "regulatory signs" section of the Ontario Drivers Handbook. As it says there: Do not stop in the area between the signs. This means you may not stop your vehicle in ...
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What is the legal status of travelling with (unprescribed) methadone in your carry-on?

It is not legal to bring methadone into Canada without a prescription. Methadone is a controlled drug in Canada under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (it's in Schedule I, number 5 (4)). It ...
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Do I have to say Yes to "have you ever used any other name?" if I did?

Consider the two ways you can be wrong here: you can omit it when the right thing is to include it, or include it when the right thing is to omit it. One is much worse than the other. If you include ...
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Do North American banks have a key phrase that allows customers to disable all security checks for using the card internationally?

No. Since the bank is the one that has to assume the risk of unauthorized charges (by law, your liability can't be more than $50), it doesn't matter that you are "okay with taking the risk," because ...
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Crossing US/Canada Border for less than 24 hours

Literally thousands and thousands of people every day cross into the US from Canada for less than a day. Some go shopping, some visit family, some visit tourist attractions, some have business ...
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What are some tips for a child flying alone for the first time?

Make sure you meet the requirements First - really actually first, before any plans for the day-of are even made, double-check your requirements. Many airlines will assume a passenger has a common ...
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Carrying 30 ebook readers in hand luggage

First, 30 to 40 ebook readers still in their boxes is going to take quite some space, and weigh a decent amount. So the first issue is that it’s likely to exceed your carry-on allowance, either in ...
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I am traveling with my Canadian girlfriend to Canada for the first time. I am British. What should we do when passing immigration?

I just checked with a Canadian living abroad who has come home for visits and brought his non-Canadian girlfriend with him. They lined up together in the non-Canadian passport line. This enabled him ...
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Denied entry to Canada. Will this history deny me entry to other countries?

Were you really “denied entry” to Canada? Check your paperwork and your passport carefully. Often what Canada does for minor offenses is to allow you to “voluntarily withdraw” your application to ...
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Do I need a U.S. Visa if I'm traveling nonstop from Mexico City to Canada?

No, you do not need a US visa. You only need a US visa if you intend to stop or change planes in the US. (This visa-free overflight is the same for any other country. For example, I've flown over ...
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What steps should I take to lawfully visit the United States as a tourist immediately after visiting on a B-1 visa?

As a Canadian, you do not need a visa to be admitted in B-1 (business visitor) or B-2 (pleasure visitor) status. (You are also not eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program; Canadians are ...
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Previously denied entry from Canada to USA. Does that technically count as setting foot "on US soil"?

Doing a U-turn and coming back into Canada does not constitute any time spent in the United States. Your answer to their question is a simple "No". If they ask further and want more detail you can ...
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Missed flight at exact 90-day ESTA mark. Will exit US on transfer flight (US to CAN to JAP). How will this affect my future plans for I-129F visa?

Although stays in Canada famously do not reset the Visa Waiver Program 90 day clock*, that does not mean that stays in Canada after you have exited the US for the last time in a trip are added to your ...
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I overstayed a visa in the Schengen area, should I tell this when applying for a student visa in Canada?

Do you think I should be truthful? Yes. Here are the rules: NEVER LIE TO IMMIGRATION. In case of doubt, see #1. Is there a way for the Canadian authorities to know, automatically and not through me,...
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Can Canadian money (change) be used in the United States?

Technically no, practically speaking yes. Many of the coins look the same as US coins at a first glance, so careless clerks may accept them. I am in the US and often find myself with Canadian pennies ...
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Travelling from the UK to Canada with muddy running shoes in my luggage

According to the Canada Border Services Agency: Many different kinds of items can introduce foreign threats into Canada. These include things as diverse as: Food, such as raw or cooked ...
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What does this traffic sign with a crossed-out black octagon mean?

According to Wikipedia, it is a Canadian form of "No Stopping". I guessed it from the grammar of signs - it is prohibiting something, and that something is represented by an octagon, the shape of a ...
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Returning US Citizen lost passport in Canada

Since this is a Q&A site, I'll answer on the original question, a lost and not-found-again passport. Report the loss or theft of the document to the local police. They will point you to the lost ...
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Retroactive duty charged on reimportation of luxury purse to Canada

As for question 2, Canada says that "it is the individual's responsibility to establish that such items were initially taken out of Canada and were not acquired abroad." In short, they can suspect ...
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Is a Middle Name a Given Name?

According to the help file from the Canadian government for filling out the ETA it says the following on the application: Given name(s) / first name(s) Please enter exactly as shown on your ...
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If you are denied entry to a country at the airport, can you chose to fly to another destination?

San Francisco Montreal New York I would swap the order: San Francisco New York Montreal Take a cross continental flight to New York and fly up to Montreal from there. If you are refused, you are ...
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What happens if you declare an item and it is confiscated?

Nothing. You're good. You did the right thing by declaring food items. That was it. There will be no future impact. Entering Canada: Be sure . . . declare everything. Canadian law requires that you ...
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Canadian overstayed in the US for 14 years. Can I leave to Canada and return back to the US?

Consider whether John could move to Canada. That might be cheaper and just about infinitely simpler. You are potentially looking at tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees to get this sorted out by ...
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Can I travel to Canada with valid visa on old/expired passport?

Do I need to renew/transfer my canada visa or can I simply travel with valid visa on old passport? You don't need to transfer your valid Canadian visa on your fresh passport. You can simply attach ...
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