Millions of international travellers enter Canada every year. Entering a new country at the border can sometimes be stressful. If you are thinking about travelling to Canada in the near future, use these tips to make your border crossing a smooth and pleasant experience:
- Have Proof that You Can Financially Support Yourself in Canada
When you are entering Canada, one of the factors the immigration officer considers is whether you have the necessary financial means to support yourself while you are in Canada. You should have proof of funds available for the officer’s review. Some documents you can submit as proof include bank statements, letters of employment, and evidence of the income of your family member or host in Canada.
- Have Proof that You Will Leave Canada after your Stay
If you are entering Canada on a temporary permit, you must satisfy the immigration officer that you will return to your home country following your stay. Some factors that could help prove your intentions to return to your home country include but are not limited to: a stable job or business back home; immediate family, such as a spouse or a child in your home country; and a confirmed return ticket.
- Do Not Overstay
Once your authorized stay in Canada has ended, you must leave the country. Overstaying can result in your removal from Canada and jeopardize your chances of entering Canada again in the future.
- Stay Organized
Make sure you travel with all the documents you need neatly organized and easily accessible in order to make your entry into Canada as swift and stress-free as possible.
- Be Honest
All oral statements and documents presented to immigration officials should be truthful and genuine. Misrepresentation to an immigration officer is a criminal offence. If you are found to have provided false information or documentation, you could be subject to sanctions, including being removed from Canada and forbidden from entering Canada for at least five years.
If you have questions about entering Canada or would like to speak to a lawyer about obtaining a temporary permit, call 1-800-CITIZEN to book an initial consultation.