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Any foreign national will experience some anxiety or fear when crossing the Canadian border, especially when the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer asks questions. Foreign nationals who have criminal inadmissibility or, in other words, a criminal record will have more questions and more examination from the Immigration officer when attempting to cross the border. Therefore, as a foreign national, you should be well-prepared and anticipate all questions that the Immigration officer may have for you. In this blog, you will learn about relevant information with regards to crossing the border as a foreign national.
As a foreign national, it is very likely that you will undergo two interview processes when you are crossing the border. The interview process shall be finished quickly, if you can address all questions asked by the officer properly, and you have sufficient documentation.
First interview: official documents
When you arrive in Canada, you will greet an officer from the CBSA. After the greeting, the officer will ask to see your visa and travel documents, and make sure that you and any family members travelling with you have the proper travel documents. You will also be asked questions similar to those on the immigrant application form, including:
After your first interview, you’ll meet with another CBSA officer. This officer will check your personal belongings. At some ports of entry, you’ll work with the same officer twice.
Second interview: personal belongings
During the second interview, you will declare what you are bringing with you into Canada. The officer will ask to see your declaration card. You must your purpose of coming to Canada is to immigrate. You must tell the officer the complete list of your belongings and the list of goods that will be arriving in Canada later. The officer will examine both lists with you and may ask questions about some of the goods. On the other hand, the officer may inspect your luggage as well.
The officer will most likely ask you to answer the following questions which similar to the ones on the declaration card:
When an officer interviews you, you need to be completely honest about your answers. If an officer finds out your answers are false, you will be charged with misrepresentation, which is considered as a criminal offense in Canada. If you misrepresent information, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada can:
If you are well prepared and you have no items that are prohibited, the interview process will go quickly and smoothly. Once you have completed your interview, the officer will sign your Confirmation of Permanent Residence and allow you to enter Canada as a permanent resident.
When you are about to settle in Canada from your home country, you may bring your personal and household goods with you without paying duty, which is a fee that the government charges on some goods. However, you will have to pay duty on any item that has not been used.
As previously mentioned, you do not have to pay duty on items that have been used. For example:
The following are items that you will have to pay duty on:
It may be confusing for you to fully understand which items are duty-free and which ones are not. If you are not sure if you have to pay duty on some items, you may bring sales receipts and registration documents with you to the border.
As previously mentioned, Canadian government is very strict when it comes to assessing foreign travelers’ entry. In order to be fully prepared to answer any questions that a border officer may ask, you will need to have adequate knowledge and documents with regards to border crossing. However, having to prepare all the required documents can very confusing and exhausting. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you seek out professional and experienced help prior to submitting the application. Akrami & Associates work and have experience with many different immigration matters. We have helped many of our clients overcome their inadmissibility. Please feel free to contact Akrami & Associates at 416-477-2545 for more information, or if you would like to book a consultation with an immigration professional for more advice.
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