This post is share my experience on soft landing we did 3 weeks back. We had to land by Feb end, decided to visit on Jan last week just after snow storm🥶. We flew from San Francisco to Toronto. Got our NAAT test just 2 days before travel. The officer in Toronto airport was very cordial. She asked when I’m supposed to move. I said after we finish some of our pending stuffs we will move. She asked if you have a Canadian address, provided the address. She said after this visit I would need visa to fly back again until I have my PR card in hand. I asked if this is same for land border crossing which she was not sure of.
Then she asked us to wait for 5-10 mins during which she did complete some of the formalities and handed over the COPR client copy with other details filled and signed. That was smoother than expected.
While returning from Toronto to SF, the delta agent demand the visa and I said we wanted to use AVR which she had no idea and with the help of a senior she finally validated our i797 and issued the boarding pass. The USA immigration officer in Toronto airport again validated our case and he was also unsure of AVR for which he took another one’s help and finally allowed to proceed. But warned us that AVR is a privilege. We should not use most often as it may create problem if it is a busy time or if the officer is not knowledgeable. Well that was it. Everything was smooth.
In 2 days stay I got my SIN and opened a bank account. Thank you!