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Has anyone tried arriving by Land / Sea in Vancouver to complete PR process?

arubix

Newbie
Jan 3, 2019
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After receiving COPR, I’m thinking of heading to Vancouver from Seattle to establish my Permanent residency & complete the formalities that are needed.
Taking a train or a ferry (to Victoria) would be a lot cheaper option than flights.

Has anyone done that before ?
If yes, can you share your experience and link to more information on this ?
Most of the information that’s available online on landing procedure seems to be for airports/flights.
So, any useful info is much appreciated.
 

canuck_in_uk

VIP Member
May 4, 2012
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06/12
After receiving COPR, I’m thinking of heading to Vancouver from Seattle to establish my Permanent residency & complete the formalities that are needed.
Taking a train or a ferry (to Victoria) would be a lot cheaper option than flights.

Has anyone done that before ?
If yes, can you share your experience and link to more information on this ?
Most of the information that’s available online on landing procedure seems to be for airports/flights.
So, any useful info is much appreciated.
It's fine to land either way. The process is the same as at an airport.
 

nope

Hero Member
Oct 3, 2015
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Yes, I did that, no reason not to. Sidney doesn't get many immigrants, the guy who processed me said I was the first he'd seen in a few months, but it's perfectly feasible.
 

arubix

Newbie
Jan 3, 2019
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Yes, I did that, no reason not to. Sidney doesn't get many immigrants, the guy who processed me said I was the first he'd seen in a few months, but it's perfectly feasible.
I'm guessing you took a Washington state ferry to get to Sidney ?
Btw, were you able to apply for SIN there ?
I think that's an advantage of arriving at an airport coz they have the Service Canada counters ?

Thanks for your response.
 

Hurlabrick

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Sep 4, 2016
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Ottawa, ON
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11-04-2017
I'm guessing you took a Washington state ferry to get to Sidney ?
Btw, were you able to apply for SIN there ?
I think that's an advantage of arriving at an airport coz they have the Service Canada counters ?

Thanks for your response.
You can get a SIN at any Services Canada office, not just at ports of entry.
 

canuck_in_uk

VIP Member
May 4, 2012
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Will this be at the border crossing ?
I'm more interested in public transit (Trains) as mentioned on my post
I don't know what you mean. You can land at any Port of Entry. If you are taking a train and your ticket continues on beyond the border, you need to be aware of processing times. The train won't wait for you.
 

Copingwithlife

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Jul 29, 2018
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I'm guessing you took a Washington state ferry to get to Sidney ?
Btw, were you able to apply for SIN there ?
I think that's an advantage of arriving at an airport coz they have the Service Canada counters ?

Thanks for your response.
Not all airports have Service Canada counters
 

arubix

Newbie
Jan 3, 2019
7
0
Thanks everyone .
Looks like my options are either to bite the bullet and buy flights , or to drive to Canada .
I couldn't find out what the landing procedure would be for trains as immigration seems to happen as pre-clearance at the boarding city .