Hi, my file was completed last week and I’m expecting passport request email in a month or so. Also, I’m going to the US for our company retreat in the end of November. let’s assume I have a PR stamp on my passport by November.
My question is can I come back with a PR stamp on my passport? Or do I need to have a PR card to return to Canada?? Thank you
Current status: work permit valid until Dec 2020
Visitor visa valid until Sep 2024
After that if you are in US and you want to go to Canada, you can do so with your CoPR, only if you cross the land border (in your own or rented car. No buses/taxis/trains).
Only an immigration attorney can clarify about flying to Canada (because your work/visitor visa is still valid) when you have a PR, because it certainly allows you to board the flight and land in Canada, but I’m not sure if it’s fine to clear the immigration counter at the airport.
If you get your PR stamp and then fly to the US, I don’t see a reason why not to do the landing while returning to Canada.
I’m assuming you’re inland applicant and have work permit for Canada till 2020 and US tourist visa till 2024?
Once you land as a PR they will cancel your single-entry PR visa. Presumably they will also cancel your Canadian work permit as you no longer need it.
Thereafter if you go to the US you can return via land using CoPR (you will have to drive in in your own vehicle, and may be pulled aside and asked more questions), or you can apply for PRTD from the US (it’s a multiple entry visa for those who dont have or have lost their PR card), or you can get your PR card mailed to you in the US which can take months.
Airlines/Buses/Ships will not let you board without a PR card or PRTD.
A bit more context would be good, what visas you have, how many trips to the US etc.