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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: India
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So my husband has a lot of miles with American Airlines, which he is going to convert into a ticket for me to fly from India. I'll be flying Etihad from India to Abu Dhabi and then to Toronto. From Toronto, it's an AA flight. My question is if I would be required to have a transit visa for Toronto. I have been trying to get this information, but no one has been able to help. Can someone shed some light on this please?


07/14/2011 Wedding

USCIS (187 days)

08/16/2011 I-130 filed

08/19/2011 NOA1
02/22/2012 NOA2

NVC (14 days)
03/08/2012 NVC case #, IIN, emailed DS-3032
03/13/2012 AOS invoiced & paid
03/14/2012 AOS package mailed
03/16/2012 DS-3032 acceptance
03/19/2012 IV bill invoiced and paid
03/20/2012 DS-230 package sent
03/22/2012 Case Complete
04/10/2012 Interview date assigned; packet IV received
MEDICALS/US CONSULATE/POE
05/02/2012 Medicals
05/09/2012 Interview APPROVED
05/11/2012 Visa in hand
05/24/2012 POE TORONTO
06/28/2012 Got SSN and Green Card

ROC

02/27/2014 Package sent

02/28/2014 NOA1

03/28/2014 Biometrics

06/20/2014 Approved

06/22/2014 Got the 10-yr GC
N-400

03/03/2015 Package sent

03/10/2015 Check encashed

03/13/2015 NOA

03/26/2015 Fingerprints

04/27/2015 In line

06/19/2015 Interview letter

07/23/2015 Interview

08/19/2015 Oath ceremony

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So my husband has a lot of miles with American Airlines, which he is going to convert into a ticket for me to fly from India. I'll be flying Etihad from India to Abu Dhabi and then to Toronto. From Toronto, it's an AA flight. My question is if I would be required to have a transit visa for Toronto. I have been trying to get this information, but no one has been able to help. Can someone shed some light on this please?

Yes, Canadian visa requirements apply for visitors and those in transit, according to this official website:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp

(The site does also point out the exception to visa requirements for "persons lawfully admitted to the US for permanent residence" who are carrying a green card or "can provide other evidence of permanent residence," so *maybe* a valid US immigrant visa would be enough to get around the Canadian visa requirement, but a strict reading of the rules would seem to indicate that the Canadian visa requirement applies until one actually has been admitted to the US as a permanent resident.)

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: India
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Thanks much. Makes a lot of sense too. good.gifgood.gif


07/14/2011 Wedding

USCIS (187 days)

08/16/2011 I-130 filed

08/19/2011 NOA1
02/22/2012 NOA2

NVC (14 days)
03/08/2012 NVC case #, IIN, emailed DS-3032
03/13/2012 AOS invoiced & paid
03/14/2012 AOS package mailed
03/16/2012 DS-3032 acceptance
03/19/2012 IV bill invoiced and paid
03/20/2012 DS-230 package sent
03/22/2012 Case Complete
04/10/2012 Interview date assigned; packet IV received
MEDICALS/US CONSULATE/POE
05/02/2012 Medicals
05/09/2012 Interview APPROVED
05/11/2012 Visa in hand
05/24/2012 POE TORONTO
06/28/2012 Got SSN and Green Card

ROC

02/27/2014 Package sent

02/28/2014 NOA1

03/28/2014 Biometrics

06/20/2014 Approved

06/22/2014 Got the 10-yr GC
N-400

03/03/2015 Package sent

03/10/2015 Check encashed

03/13/2015 NOA

03/26/2015 Fingerprints

04/27/2015 In line

06/19/2015 Interview letter

07/23/2015 Interview

08/19/2015 Oath ceremony

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If you are a greencard holder or US citizen, you may not need the transit visa.

However for other US visas, the Airlines ask for the Canada transit visa.

We made a mistake last year booking via Frankfurt to Toronto to USA. They stopped us at Frankfurt and we booked a direct flight to USA only on the next day and stayed in the Frankfurt airport that night :(

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Check the Transit Without Visa(TWOV) program. The program allows certain foreign nationals to transit a participating Canadian international airport, on their way to and from the United States, without a Canadian transit visa if they meet these requirements:

  • They are from certain countries;
  • They hold a valid U.S. visa; and they travel on an approved airline.

The Transit Without Visa (TWOV) program operates at the following airports:

  • Vancouver International Airport in British Columbia, Canada.
  • Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (Terminal 1 only)

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N400 Timeline:

4/14/12- 3rd yr as PR

1/17/12- mailed packet

Biometrics-- waived

4/25/12- interview- passed & took my oath the same day!!-- US Citizen!!!

My N400 Journey took 3months & 8days!:)

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Here's the link from the Canada Border Services Agency regarding the said TWOV program... Happy trip!

http://cbsa-asfc.gc....ov-tsv-eng.html


_____________________________________________________________________________________________

N400 Timeline:

4/14/12- 3rd yr as PR

1/17/12- mailed packet

Biometrics-- waived

4/25/12- interview- passed & took my oath the same day!!-- US Citizen!!!

My N400 Journey took 3months & 8days!:)

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: India
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Finally got it confirmed by the Canadian High Commission that indeed I do require a transit visa as I've not yet been allowed into the US with my green card.


07/14/2011 Wedding

USCIS (187 days)

08/16/2011 I-130 filed

08/19/2011 NOA1
02/22/2012 NOA2

NVC (14 days)
03/08/2012 NVC case #, IIN, emailed DS-3032
03/13/2012 AOS invoiced & paid
03/14/2012 AOS package mailed
03/16/2012 DS-3032 acceptance
03/19/2012 IV bill invoiced and paid
03/20/2012 DS-230 package sent
03/22/2012 Case Complete
04/10/2012 Interview date assigned; packet IV received
MEDICALS/US CONSULATE/POE
05/02/2012 Medicals
05/09/2012 Interview APPROVED
05/11/2012 Visa in hand
05/24/2012 POE TORONTO
06/28/2012 Got SSN and Green Card

ROC

02/27/2014 Package sent

02/28/2014 NOA1

03/28/2014 Biometrics

06/20/2014 Approved

06/22/2014 Got the 10-yr GC
N-400

03/03/2015 Package sent

03/10/2015 Check encashed

03/13/2015 NOA

03/26/2015 Fingerprints

04/27/2015 In line

06/19/2015 Interview letter

07/23/2015 Interview

08/19/2015 Oath ceremony

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