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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 law has changed does not mean immigration violations of that law in the past are forgiven because the issue is it implies you do not have a problem breaking the ...


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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 of the everyone on the flight) to the US Government, who can flag certain passengers as appears to have happened here. Your only real recourse is to apply to ...


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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 usually erroneous, to specify EST during daylight saving time. Your appointment will be at 8 AM according to daylight time or standard time, whichever is in ...


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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 a person at your car window. If you are filling out a form, you can check Yes and write under that what it is. I do this all the time with the Food question, ...


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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 reasons for this (and this is why you need one): You said you never paid taxes so I assume you earned income in US. Assuming you also did not file a tax ...


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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 permit and visitor visa you should have applied for a copy, not applied for a new visa. It is not surprising that you were refused another study permit since you ...


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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 this area, even for a moment. (Used in pairs or groups.) This is far stricter than "No Parking" since parking involves leaving your car. In a No Stopping zone you ...


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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 is illegal to import a controlled drug into Canada without authorization (section 6, "Importing and Exporting"). The maximum punishment is life imprisonment; I ...


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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 it when you should omit it, you believe (without evidence, you've just heard horror stories) that it might delay your application. ("I will have to provide ...


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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 it's the bank's risk. The anti-fraud measures are there to protect the bank and are not optional. You might consider getting a card with a different bank, as ...


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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 meetings, some simply want to eat in a fast food restaurant that only exists in the US. Some commute to the US on a daily basis. There is absolutely nothing unusual ...


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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 photo ID like a drivers' license, which is of course age-restricted. You might need to arrange another form of ID (like a passport) - and something like a school ...


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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 to confirm that she was visiting with him etc. When they entered the hall, they actually asked a staff member about lining up and he reports that she asked them "...


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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 enter Canada. You still get turned back at the border and a strike in your record on the Canada side but as you voluntarily withdrew your request to enter, it ...


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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 Russia on my way from Tokyo to Paris but I did not need to obtain a Russian visa.) In the event that the plane needs to make an emergency landing in the US, there ...


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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 exempted from the visa requirement by a different section of the law. If you try to apply for ESTA, you will see that "Canada" is not available in the list of ...


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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 embellish them. "No" is the simple and factual answer of the matter. You have not ever been into the USA as a visiting traveller. A few hundred feet in order to ...


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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 stay. US CBP does not care how long you stay in Canada. The clock does not reset when you make a short Canada visit and return to the US solely because they do ...


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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 and quarters which are very similar to the US counterparts. Having all the new coins in the US in recent years makes it even harder for people to tell the ...


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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 meats, fruit/vegetables, milk; Homemade articles, such as items made from plants or wood; Houseplants; Live animals, including pets; Firewood; Plant ...


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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 stop sign.


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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 property office in case there was a honest finder. They will list your document as lost so it is harder to abuse. Next, report the loss or theft to your ...


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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 that your goods were purchased outside of Canada, and it's your responsibility to demonstrate otherwise. In your case, I can imagine the customs officer saw a ...


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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 passport or identity document Source: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/ircc/migration/ircc/english/pdf/eta/english.pdf (Page 11) So you should put it in, exactly ...


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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 returned to New York and you are done.


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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 declare all food, plants and animals and related products that you bring into Canada. Failure to declare could lead to confiscation of products fines of up to $...


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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 a highly specialized law-firm, and there is no guarantee of success, especially if you just leave in a hurry. If you stay put and have the lawyer sort things ...


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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 your old passport with your new one and can travel to Canada. Answer is from official Immigration And Citizenship EN4 Port Of Entry Examinations: 13.18 Valid ...


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Have you ever put foot on US soil? Yes. You were on US soil. If you committed a crime you would have been prosecuted under the US judicial system. If you died a US coroner would have issued a death certificate saying you died in the US. However, a border guard will never ask this question. They'll ask: Have you ever visited the US before? or perhaps ...


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Unfortunately if you’re on a USA no fly list, and you’re not a citizen or permanent resident, you have very little recourse. Who Can Challenge the No-Fly List? In 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union obtained a federal court ruling that U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents were entitled to know if they were on the list and potentially ...


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