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philippe
philippe
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Posted On: 11/2/2014
philippe
philippe
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Hello Moderator ,
I had applied for PRC renewal and received letter to pick up the card from CIC office .

During the process i had to leave Canada . can i return via the US land border using shuttle / BUS / taxi / rental car .

i am aware of CIC website re. private car , but does it really make difference for CIC if I managed to arrive using any of mentioned above.

I really appreciate you put more light on this matter .

Philip
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MelM
MelM
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Posted On: 11/3/2014
MelM
MelM
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It depends what type of passport you hold. If you hold a visa exempt passport, go ahead and re-enter using any kind of transportation.

If you hold a non-visa exempt passport, then the transportation you use must be non-commercial / private (e.g. a friend's car). And yes, it does make a difference.
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philippe
philippe
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Posted On: 11/12/2014
philippe
philippe
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Dear Moderator,

can you please reply to the concern
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Moderator
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Posted On: 11/13/2014
Moderator
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your additional question with us.

According to the CIC Website in the Help Centre - I need to leave Canada and I do not have a permanent resident card. Can I later return to Canada without a PR card? section,

If you plan to return in a commercial vehicle, like a plane or bus

If you plan to return to Canada in a commercial vehicle — such as a plane, train, boat or bus — you must apply for a travel document at a visa office outside Canada before you return to Canada.

You should also check with the commercial operator (for example, the airline or bus company you will be using) to see what documents they need.

If you return in a private vehicle, like your own car

If you return to Canada in a private vehicle, such as your own car, you do not need a PR card. You can use your Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688) instead.

You would have been given these documents:

-if you applied from overseas: at the same time as your visa, or
-if you applied from within Canada at your local visa office when you landed.

An officer will ask you questions to make sure you meet all of the residency requirements before they allow you to come back to Canada.

When you return to Canada, apply for a PR card if you plan to travel outside Canada again.


We have had some of our users previously state that they have been able to contact CIC from abroad by dialing 1 613 944 4000.

If you are currently outside Canada, you may want to try and call this number.

Dial 1 613 944 4000 and listen to the options to get to CIC.

Please note that some have reported that it did not work for them or that it is no longer working.

You may want to give it a try.

If you do decide to call, let us know the outcome.

Long distance charges will apply.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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