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So, my husband and I have come to accept that the 5 month processing time will, in fact, be longer via Montreal. I was hoping to get everything done before December so I could watch him graduate from University, but it does not look like it will be finished before then. That's ok. My question is this: If I wanted to visit him for the month of December to watch him grad and spend Christmas with him, what do I need to bring to the border as proof of ties here in Canada? I'm currently living back with my parents so I do not have a lease agreement. I am self employed, so I do not really know how to prove I'm coming back that way. We will, of course, purchase a return ticket and I will bring our paperwork as proof we are going about it the correct way. I just really want to see him walk at his grad and spend Christmas with him. Any advise would be appreciated! Thanks a bunch!


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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It is always a good idea to bring ties to Canada. A return ticket is good, and you certainly have a valid reason to go visit. I think you'll be ok but bring anything you have (any invites or doctor's apointment cards you have?) I say this but I tend to be WAY over prepared.

Yes, 5 months is liberal and you're really looking at closer to 8 - 10 months. I wish you a speedy journey.

Good luck


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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So, my husband and I have come to accept that the 5 month processing time will, in fact, be longer via Montreal. I was hoping to get everything done before December so I could watch him graduate from University, but it does not look like it will be finished before then. That's ok. My question is this: If I wanted to visit him for the month of December to watch him grad and spend Christmas with him, what do I need to bring to the border as proof of ties here in Canada? I'm currently living back with my parents so I do not have a lease agreement. I am self employed, so I do not really know how to prove I'm coming back that way. We will, of course, purchase a return ticket and I will bring our paperwork as proof we are going about it the correct way. I just really want to see him walk at his grad and spend Christmas with him. Any advise would be appreciated! Thanks a bunch!

I just went up to see my husband and I had to have letter from employer, paystubs, lease agreement, birth cert, passport, all current letters from immigrations. You need to show you have started with immigrations. As for you, you could get a few letters from customers, letter from parents showing that you are living at home. You can call border control and ask them also. Thats what I did and they were very nice about it. good luck on your immigrations.....

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: India
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Most important ties in my opinion would be a job (job offer letter, business card, pay stubs, etc) and also any proof of residing in Canada (lease agreement, house ownership papers, even utility bills in your name).


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