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MARCH 2014 OUTLAND APPLICANTS

spaceexp

Hero Member
Oct 17, 2014
361
14
Category........
Visa Office......
Vienna-->Ottawa
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
received by CIC 12-03-2014
AOR Received.
10-04-2014
File Transfer...
01-05-2014
Med's Done....
03-02-2014
Interview........
Waived
Passport Req..
19-11-2014 (IP 18-11-2014, mailed 03-12-2014)
VISA ISSUED...
30-12-2014 , then again 13-02-2015 (DM 03-01-2015, PP&CoPR received 06-01-2015, returned to Ottawa because of a mistake, received again on 16-02-2015)
LANDED..........
16-02-2015
agarand8 said:
Holy crap guys this thread was on the 6th page, took me forever to find it! Anyways I'm preparing to land and need some help, since so many of you have landed already I'm hoping to get some very current information. :)


I know this has probably been asked a million times but I keyword searched the forum and can't find anything current. Can anyone tell me what questions cbsa/immigration are going to ask my husband when he's landing at the airport (Pearson)...

Also...he doesn't speak any English. Will they allow me to translate or should I phone ahead and tell them they will need a translator? Are they going to let the three of us (myself, him and our baby) stay together or will they separate us at some point?

I haven't bought plane tickets yet bc we are still waiting for the passport to come back from Mexico but it looks like the daily direct flight to Pearson will land in the evening like 8/8:30... Will we have any issues being outside of business hours? How long does it take on average? I don't know whether we should do an overnight in Toronto or if a 3 hour layover is long enough. (Unfortunately those are my only options)

Also what has been the attitude in general of the cbsa and immigration workers towards non English speakers? Do we have hostility to look forward to or are they just as nice as they would normally be?

If anyone can share their experiences or what they've heard I'd really appreciate it. I want to be prepared.
Can't help you that much, since I landed on land and I speak English, but to start of: my procedure didn't last long, 15 minutes in total. They asked me: are we still married, was I convicted of any criminal offence, was I ever refused entry to any country (all those are on the CoPR), and they want the applicant to confirm a Canadian address. They let us wait a little,called me back, I signed the CoPR and they gave me a little Canadian flag :p It didn't take long because I was the only person landing at the time. They allowed my husband to be with me, but this was all on land.

Immigration offices on land borders work 24/7, just look it up for the airport, but I am sure it's the same thing.

And congratulations!
 

mec14

Star Member
Apr 21, 2014
98
4
Category........
Visa Office......
London
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
24-03-2014
AOR Received.
30-04-2014
Med's Done....
11-03-2014
VISA ISSUED...
DM on 16-06-2015, COPR arrived 25-06-2015
LANDED..........
27-06-2015
Hello all - I haven't been following this thread, but popped back to give an update as I finally have some progress. Application in process as of 1st of May (in spreadsheet as mec). That took a while!
 

Gumby749

Star Member
Jan 18, 2014
110
10
New Brunswick
Doc's Request.
NA
Nomination.....
NA
spaceexp said:
Can't help you that much, since I landed on land and I speak English, but to start of: my procedure didn't last long, 15 minutes in total. They asked me: are we still married, was I convicted of any criminal offence, was I ever refused entry to any country (all those are on the CoPR), and they want the applicant to confirm a Canadian address. They let us wait a little,called me back, I signed the CoPR and they gave me a little Canadian flag :p It didn't take long because I was the only person landing at the time. They allowed my husband to be with me, but this was all on land.

Immigration offices on land borders work 24/7, just look it up for the airport, but I am sure it's the same thing.

And congratulations!
Our experience at Pearson was similar, tell the first CBSA agent that you have a PR to process and they send you to another processing room with wickets and officers. Whole thing took ten minutes, questions were similar to that mentioned - any criminal offences since paperwork issued, last chance to claim any family not on the paperwork, confirmation of address. Of note - there were a couple of non-English speaking people at another wicket processing their PR and they didn't know the address to which they were headed. The officer was getting quite exasperated (and unnecessarily snippy for a public servant, imo) and called over other officers, etc. My advice would be to very clearly have written down on paper the name, address and phone number of address to which the PR is headed. We had copies of that printed out on sticky labels and our guy just stuck it on the form he filled out and away we went.
 

O_guy

Hero Member
Aug 11, 2013
720
12
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
agarand8 said:
Holy crap guys this thread was on the 6th page, took me forever to find it! Anyways I'm preparing to land and need some help, since so many of you have landed already I'm hoping to get some very current information. :)


I know this has probably been asked a million times but I keyword searched the forum and can't find anything current. Can anyone tell me what questions cbsa/immigration are going to ask my husband when he's landing at the airport (Pearson)...

Also...he doesn't speak any English. Will they allow me to translate or should I phone ahead and tell them they will need a translator? Are they going to let the three of us (myself, him and our baby) stay together or will they separate us at some point?

I haven't bought plane tickets yet bc we are still waiting for the passport to come back from Mexico but it looks like the daily direct flight to Pearson will land in the evening like 8/8:30... Will we have any issues being outside of business hours? How long does it take on average? I don't know whether we should do an overnight in Toronto or if a 3 hour layover is long enough. (Unfortunately those are my only options)

Also what has been the attitude in general of the cbsa and immigration workers towards non English speakers? Do we have hostility to look forward to or are they just as nice as they would normally be?

If anyone can share their experiences or what they've heard I'd really appreciate it. I want to be prepared.
This is nearing the end for you. I'm happy for you. From what I understand, He would go through questioning at the point of entry if he were coming here on visitor visa. But he is coming here as Permanent Resident. There are many PR holders in Toronto living there for many years and still so not speak English (my mother included). So don't worry. Just offer to translate and if the officer says no, step back and wait. Remember your relationship was judged already and the hard part is over. Congradulations.
 

mec14

Star Member
Apr 21, 2014
98
4
Category........
Visa Office......
London
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
24-03-2014
AOR Received.
30-04-2014
Med's Done....
11-03-2014
VISA ISSUED...
DM on 16-06-2015, COPR arrived 25-06-2015
LANDED..........
27-06-2015
Spreadsheet update (mec): In process 1st May 2015, Decision Made today!
 

saria1

Hero Member
May 22, 2014
739
32
British Columbia
Category........
Visa Office......
Ottawa
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
October 28, 2014
Doc's Request.
None
AOR Received.
January 16, 2015
File Transfer...
January 23, 2015
Med's Request
Upfront
Med's Done....
October 27, 2014
Interview........
None
Passport Req..
None
VISA ISSUED...
June 17, 2015
LANDED..........
June 30, 2015
mec14 said:
Spreadsheet update (mec): In process 1st May 2015, Decision Made today!
Congrats!!!
 

saria1

Hero Member
May 22, 2014
739
32
British Columbia
Category........
Visa Office......
Ottawa
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
October 28, 2014
Doc's Request.
None
AOR Received.
January 16, 2015
File Transfer...
January 23, 2015
Med's Request
Upfront
Med's Done....
October 27, 2014
Interview........
None
Passport Req..
None
VISA ISSUED...
June 17, 2015
LANDED..........
June 30, 2015
Whoa wait, I just realized your timeline, your a 2014 applicant. WOW, you need a huge congratulations! What a wait! I hope your jumping up and down celebrating.
 

mec14

Star Member
Apr 21, 2014
98
4
Category........
Visa Office......
London
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
24-03-2014
AOR Received.
30-04-2014
Med's Done....
11-03-2014
VISA ISSUED...
DM on 16-06-2015, COPR arrived 25-06-2015
LANDED..........
27-06-2015
saria1 said:
Whoa wait, I just realized your timeline, your a 2014 applicant. WOW, you need a huge congratulations! What a wait! I hope your jumping up and down celebrating.
Yes, indeed I was. A very long wait.

Final update... COPR received on 25th June and landed today :) All done.
 

Epsilon

Full Member
Mar 18, 2014
38
1
Seoul
Category........
Visa Office......
Manila Philippines
NOC Code......
N/A
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
28-03-2014
Doc's Request.
04-08-2014 and 15-01-2015
AOR Received.
01-04-2014
Med's Request
Re- medical request 27-10-2015
Med's Done....
28-03-2014
Interview........
Waived
Passport Req..
03/11/2015
VISA ISSUED...
13/11/2015
LANDED..........
27/11/2015
Congratulations I am still waiting on my case its going to 16 months now what I don't understand is I went in process since September last year and still no decision made till now. contacted my MP and he said they are still doing security and criminality checks don't know how long that will last. We are running out of patience ??? :'( :mad:
 

Epsilon

Full Member
Mar 18, 2014
38
1
Seoul
Category........
Visa Office......
Manila Philippines
NOC Code......
N/A
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
28-03-2014
Doc's Request.
04-08-2014 and 15-01-2015
AOR Received.
01-04-2014
Med's Request
Re- medical request 27-10-2015
Med's Done....
28-03-2014
Interview........
Waived
Passport Req..
03/11/2015
VISA ISSUED...
13/11/2015
LANDED..........
27/11/2015
I also wanted to find out when we sent our application the manila time line was 15 months and now 17 months so I don't know which one applies to us. also I checked the website and it says the 17 months is from when CIC receives your file in that case august should be our 17th month? please help me shed some light
 

O_guy

Hero Member
Aug 11, 2013
720
12
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
Epsilon said:
I also wanted to find out when we sent our application the manila time line was 15 months and now 17 months so I don't know which one applies to us. also I checked the website and it says the 17 months is from when CIC receives your file in that case august should be our 17th month? please help me shed some light
If it days 17 months now, then that is the timeline which applies and there is not much you can do until that timeline collapses. After the 17-month timeline passes, you can contact your MP and request assistance from his/her office.

I don't come on here often anymore, so you need to contact me, send me private message.