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Experience when returning to Canada after soft landing

Discussion in 'Settlement Issues' started by bluecloud789, Jul 7, 2019.

  1. Hi guys,
    Did any of you have a soft landing, return to your home country and then back to Canada to settle after a few months (with valid PR card) ? Could you share your "2nd landing" experience? for example: were you asked any specific question at the airport? Is there anything in particular that I need to be aware of?
    In my soft landing, the border agent didn't ask me for the bsf186, do I need to prepare this form again when returning to Canada?
    Many thanks!
  2. Yes, you submit your BSF186 / BSF186A forms when you arrive for the first time that you intend to remain to settle for at least one year.
    There is no legal time limit on becoming a settler after the soft landing. You must request to go through Customs to get them processed.
  3. I too did this with my wife's PR. Nothing special on the second landing at all. We did our 'goods' forms on the soft landing, but if you haven't done these yet, then do them on the landing where you are settling for good. Just mention it to the CBSA guys and they will direct you to secondary processing
  4. Worth mentioning that once you have a PR Card, when you arrive at a Canadian airport from an international flight, most airports now have those annoying 'customs kiosks' where you fill in your declaration. Note that it is the PR Card that you scan and NOT your passport.
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  5. Many thanks for your advice :)

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