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Hey everyone,

Now that I have my 2 yr permanent resident card, what documents do I need to bring to travel between Canada and the States?

The last time I travelled, I brought my advance parole documents. Are these still needed now that I have my perm resident card?

Also, the last time I travelled, I got pulled into secondary while they processed my advance parole. What can expect this time? Will it be a smoother crossing?

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We just made a trip into Canada recently. My hubby (the Cdn) brought only his green card and his Cdn passport. AP papers are no longer needed now that you have your 2 yr green card. Might I suggest you bring your marriage certificate along, just in case they need to bridge the name change (assuming you changed your name at all :) ).


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Yeah, crossing with your green card is easy. Bring your passport and your marriage certificate if you need it to bridge a name change, but a green card is all you need entering Canada or re-entering the US.


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When I came back (flying) in June the US POE wanted my PASSPORT as well. I originally just handed them my greencard (as they have never even looked at my passport in previous trips, just greencard) and the POE officer asked for my passport. She looked through every page and even stamped it!!


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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They stamped my passport going back into the US when we went to Canada for Christmas 2 years ago as well. I just presented both at the same time so don't know if they would have asked if I didn't automatically show it.

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Thast why the last time, this past june, i just gave them my Greencard! Previous times I gave both, and they didnt even look at my passport. So this time only greencard,and then she asked for my passport!! But ya know women, always on a power trip!! lol only kidding


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 was coming back to the US a few weeks ago from Ottawa, the POE officer asked me for my passport and STAMPED IT as well. I wasn't sure why he would stamp a POE stamp in it.

I always take my marriage cert. with me when I cross because I have yet to change my passport to my married name. As others have said, to bridge the name change.


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Unless deep within you there's somehow a part…

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I always hand over both my passport and my green card when I'm returning to the US, because the first time I used my green card to come back in I was returning from a trip to Scotland, and the guy gave me a dirty look and said "where's your passport?". So I just always hand over both now, whether they want 'em or not.


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