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COPR and F1 visa

Future Dr.D

Newbie
Jun 13, 2019
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Hello Guys,

I have submitted my PR application through express entry last December from the US as an F1 student. My US visa is expired by my I-20 is still valid (the stamp on my passport is expired). I am anticipating to get a decision about my PR next week. If it is positive (hopefully), I am not sure how long will I have to arrange my departure? I hear that your COPR is only valid a year after your medical exam, but which date (the date you physically took the exam or the date it was validated by Canadian immigration?) I hope to return to the US to start my doctoral program (it took me forever to finally get into the program of my dreams, which I intent to start in the Fall). However, I am afraid that the US visa situation will cause me issues. I am not sure if any of you is in a similar situation, but any advice is welcomed and highly appreciated. Thanks
 

canuck78

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Jun 18, 2017
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Hello Guys,

I have submitted my PR application through express entry last December from the US as an F1 student. My US visa is expired by my I-20 is still valid (the stamp on my passport is expired). I am anticipating to get a decision about my PR next week. If it is positive (hopefully), I am not sure how long will I have to arrange my departure? I hear that your COPR is only valid a year after your medical exam, but which date (the date you physically took the exam or the date it was validated by Canadian immigration?) I hope to return to the US to start my doctoral program (it took me forever to finally get into the program of my dreams, which I intent to start in the Fall). However, I am afraid that the US visa situation will cause me issues. I am not sure if any of you is in a similar situation, but any advice is welcomed and highly appreciated. Thanks
How do you intend to meet the RO while completing your US PhD?
 

canuck78

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Jun 18, 2017
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I am planning to go back and forth, since I will be in Boston and my brother lives in Toronto. But haven’t figure out all the details just

thanks for replying. That’s very helpful.
Going back and forth and accumulating 730 days in 5 years is much tougher than you think and we run into people who rush to apply for PR when planning on completing a long program or contracts abroad then they don’t meet their residency requirement and it becomes a big deal. Always best to apply for PR when you are actually ready to move to Canada relativeLy soon.
 

asdfgty

Full Member
Sep 28, 2019
48
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Hi future dr. d, did you figured out a way tp travel cross borders? I have similar situation. Trying to study in Seattle while living in Vancouver.
 

Future Dr.D

Newbie
Jun 13, 2019
7
1
Hi future dr. d, did you figured out a way tp travel cross borders? I have similar situation. Trying to study in Seattle while living in Vancouver.
Hello,

I still haven’t heard back from Canadian immigration. So, I am still under actif normal F1 status. I did however contact the US consulate in Toronto And they said I could either renew the stamp on my visa but the processing time could be long, or cross the border with my expired visa stamp if I am planning to stay in Canada for less than 30 days (which is the case for me as an initial step). Hope this helps. Good luck with everything
 

DHP260592

Full Member
Jan 2, 2020
33
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Hi Future Dr. D,

So we can go to Canada with an expired F-1 visa stamp (for <30 days) and come back without extending or applying for new F-1 visa? How can an immigration officer at the airport/border crossing allow you to enter back in USA on an expired visa?
 

dauntless84

Hero Member
Sep 25, 2017
235
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Hi Future Dr. D,

So we can go to Canada with an expired F-1 visa stamp (for <30 days) and come back without extending or applying for new F-1 visa? How can an immigration officer at the airport/border crossing allow you to enter back in USA on an expired visa?
It is possible, automatic revaluation, have a look at it on the USCIS website or google F1 Automatic revalidation.
 
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