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Hey there fellow Canadians!

I am going to visit my friends for about 2 weeks (in about two weeks) and I just wanted to double check that there isn't anything more complicated than showing my passport/green card at customs, for the Canadian and the American side. I am travelling with my wife, who is American. She has valid photo ID and a passport and has been to the US before to visit me while I was living there.

I also read something about showing that you will be provide for yourself financially while in Canada, and we have a joint American/Canadian Royal Bank Account, so would that count? or does that really matter?

Should I bring any of the paperwork I brought for my GC interview to show the US border guards while going back into the US?


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When I visited Canada..never showed them my Greencard..but some on here stated they have..I just said I was back to visit my family..my Wife showed her USA passport..I showed my Canadian passport and that was it...few times I have traveled on my USA passport..same thing......Never been an issue for me.....Back when I was a USA resident....Just showed the USA side of the house my greencard and passport


Canadians Visiting the USA while undergoing the visa process, my free advice:

1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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When I visited Canada..never showed them my Greencard..but some on here stated they have..I just said I was back to visit my family..my Wife showed her USA passport..I showed my Canadian passport and that was it...few times I have traveled on my USA passport..same thing......Never been an issue for me.....Back when I was a USA resident....Just showed the USA side of the house my greencard and passport

Alright so it's not an issue that I only have a Canadian passport and not a US passport? or are you not able to get a US passport until citizenship anyways?


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Green Card Received in 168 Days

ROC

06/17/2016: ROC Mailed via USPS Express in Large Flate-Rate Box to Vermont Service Center (P.O. Box)

06/18/2016: ROC Delivered by USPS

06/22/2016: Check Cashed

06/24/2016: NOA1 Received Dated 06/20/2016

07/09/2016: ASC Appointment Notice Received Dated 07/02/2016 & Scheduled 07/21/2016

07/21/2016: Biometrics Successfully Completed (Birmingham)

05/18/2017: InfoPass Appointment - 1-Year Extension Stamp Received

06/06/2017: ROC Approval Letter Received Dated 05/30/2017

06/14/2017: Green Card Delivered!

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Alright so it's not an issue that I only have a Canadian passport and not a US passport? or are you not able to get a US passport until citizenship anyways?

Only USA citizens get an USA passport


Canadians Visiting the USA while undergoing the visa process, my free advice:

1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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You would want to show your green card to CBP on the way back but show your Canadian passport on the way up. You two shouldn't have an issue.


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My husband and I travel back and forth regularly. He is the USC. Before I got my Nexus card I would present my Canadian passport at the Canadian border and leave my green card alone. When I entered the U.S. I would present my green card with my Canadian passport. Sometimes they would just look at the green card and immediately hand me my passport back other times they looked at both. If I didn't offer my passport they always asked for it so I just got in the habit of giving them both.

You don't need to take any extra paperwork. The Canadian side will be less interested in whether you can pay for your trip and more interested if you are bringing anything with you they can charge tax on!! But seriously... make sure you don't bring a bunch of gifts with you as those rules are strict and they can hassle you about going over limits which is $60 per person you are visiting just in case you need that info.

Have a great trip!!


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I am travelling back to usa tomorrow after a month long visit in canada. I do have my green card but it is in my married name. My Canadian passport of course in my maiden name. The name on my ticket goes with my passport. Will this be an issue?

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Update - Everything went well for me! Showed them my passport going in, and my GC + passport going back to the US and had no issues.


AOS:

Green Card Received in 168 Days

ROC

06/17/2016: ROC Mailed via USPS Express in Large Flate-Rate Box to Vermont Service Center (P.O. Box)

06/18/2016: ROC Delivered by USPS

06/22/2016: Check Cashed

06/24/2016: NOA1 Received Dated 06/20/2016

07/09/2016: ASC Appointment Notice Received Dated 07/02/2016 & Scheduled 07/21/2016

07/21/2016: Biometrics Successfully Completed (Birmingham)

05/18/2017: InfoPass Appointment - 1-Year Extension Stamp Received

06/06/2017: ROC Approval Letter Received Dated 05/30/2017

06/14/2017: Green Card Delivered!

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How did it work out with your SO's DUI?


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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No issue, she's been to Canada before (was held up in customs though the first time because she didn't have a return ticket as we didn't know how long she would be visiting and she was travelling by herself, so they thought she might have been trying to immigrate illegally but never mentioned her DUI) I don't know if they can even see if being that it was plead down to Youthful Offender, which seals it.


AOS:

Green Card Received in 168 Days

ROC

06/17/2016: ROC Mailed via USPS Express in Large Flate-Rate Box to Vermont Service Center (P.O. Box)

06/18/2016: ROC Delivered by USPS

06/22/2016: Check Cashed

06/24/2016: NOA1 Received Dated 06/20/2016

07/09/2016: ASC Appointment Notice Received Dated 07/02/2016 & Scheduled 07/21/2016

07/21/2016: Biometrics Successfully Completed (Birmingham)

05/18/2017: InfoPass Appointment - 1-Year Extension Stamp Received

06/06/2017: ROC Approval Letter Received Dated 05/30/2017

06/14/2017: Green Card Delivered!

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So she did not declare it?


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Nope. Didn't even remember it honestly, they never asked,


AOS:

Green Card Received in 168 Days

ROC

06/17/2016: ROC Mailed via USPS Express in Large Flate-Rate Box to Vermont Service Center (P.O. Box)

06/18/2016: ROC Delivered by USPS

06/22/2016: Check Cashed

06/24/2016: NOA1 Received Dated 06/20/2016

07/09/2016: ASC Appointment Notice Received Dated 07/02/2016 & Scheduled 07/21/2016

07/21/2016: Biometrics Successfully Completed (Birmingham)

05/18/2017: InfoPass Appointment - 1-Year Extension Stamp Received

06/06/2017: ROC Approval Letter Received Dated 05/30/2017

06/14/2017: Green Card Delivered!

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