My wife and I got our Passports with the PR last afternoon. We drove to the lacolle - NY border in the evening and completed the formalities. I would like to share my timeline before I start off with the experience.
Application to CSQ- July 7th 2009
CSQ fileno recd - 17th Aug 2009
CSQ & interview waiver - 5th Nov 2009
PCC APPlication mailed (India, USA and UK) - 12th Nov 2009
Fed App mailed to Buffalo - 20th Nov 2009
Recd PCC (UK- 6 Dec 2009, Ind- 9th Feb 2010, FBI - 8th March 2010)
Recd AOR&Med forms 6th Jan 2010
Meds done - 11th jan 2010
RPRF cashed - 1st April 2010
Passport request - 12th may 2010
passport Mailed to Ottawa - May 24th 2010
passport received with PR visa - June 15th 2010
Landed - June 15th 2010
Total time taken - 11 Months
We were asked to enter USA and return to Canada. At the US side the officer asked us a couple of questions and then directed us to go to the Immigration area. I mentioned that I have been in Canada on a work permit and have received my PR and wanted to visit the Canadian immigration and customs to complete the landing process.
At the US immigration they finger printed us (just the index finger) and then provided us with a white letter stating that our entry to USA is rejected (common procedure). The officer explained that this will not cause an issue if I'd like to reenter US in the future. This was a mere formality.
We made a U turn and returned towards the Canadian side. The canadian IO asked us the purpose of visit and I explained that we have received our PR and would like to complete the landing process. She saw our existing work permits and asked us to park our car and proceed to the Canadian immigration building.
We were the only ones..practically empty bldg..so we did not have to wait. First we went to the immigration area. We were asked for the passports, CSQ and COPR. We were asked to double check the information on the COPR and then sign and date it in front of the officer. The officer took our work permits and printed out a new document which reflected all the info from COPR and stapled it next to the visa. She then smiled and said " Congratulations, you are now a PR of Canada".
Our CSQ were returned. She then provided us with a little information on our rights and obligations as PR. The officer was friendly. Gr88 exp!!!
We then proceeded to the customs area. Had nothing to declare, no goods to follow. Just had to finish the paperwork to import my car which was already in Canada and had quebec tags..was easy...took about 30 mins.
In all it took less than 1 hr at the border. The officers were friendly and courteous. Great experience...feel free to ask questions. Would be glad to help.
Thanks to everybody in this forum. This forum rocks!!!!