Thank you so much. It really helps a lot, and I mean for a lot of people. Wish you all the best of luck for your new journey in Canada and congratulations again. @h2o_o2_co2Absolutely,
a) Did you have a valid UAE residency while checking in?
Yes i did have a valid UAE visa
b) If you did have a valid residency - Did the immigration, document check or check in folks doubt your intention to settle in Canada or bother you with why you had a valid UAE visa while checking in to Canada?
No Immigration did not ask anything at all.
c) Did you have to cancel your UAE residency visa before travelling or boarding to Canada as a COPR?
No, i am here with the intention of a soft landing
d) Did any of the airport folks raise a concern about your travel being non essential OR did Emirates do any kind of check with CBSA or Canadian immigration prior to boarding if you had a valid UAE residency visa?
Prior to boarding Group security was checking documents for Canada. They do not care about the UAE residence visa at that point. The importance was at Canadian documentation.
f) Did you have a one way or two way ticket to Toronto / Canada?
Yes, One way ticket.
g) Do you plan to return to UAE after quarantine? If so how did you manage ICA approval from GDRFA as residents are not allowed to return. Did you have it in advance before you boarded?
I plan on returning to Dubai whenever we do not require the above. For me my work is very flexible and i can do it remotely. Therefore, i came with the intention of being in Canada for at least a couple of months till things get better hopefully.
**** There is a lot of chatter about COPR holders with UAE valid visa not allowed to board as they deem that non essential travel, so I just wanted to get some clarity with people who have traveled from UAE.
I boarded with a valid visa, and no one ... not even the immigration had any issues with that.
h) How is it on the ground in Canada? Is it as bad as they say it is? Congratulations on making it to the other side.
It's absolutely normal here. I haven't been out ofcourse, but i am staying near a busy street and everything is hustlin and bustlin... also, people are maintaining social distance, not all of them are wearing masks though.
hope that helps.
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