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it means everything if you want to cross. you technically need both. every six months they basically make you go in to secondary to get this 6 dollar visa that they staple in your passport. if i were you, i would cross before i fly, go down get gas or groceries if you can. they read over the pieces of paper, ask if you've been "good" since its been issues, take your picture and fingerprints on their electronic scanner and your on your way. when you cross again, you just show them the passport, they look at the visa, and your waiver of course, have both pieces of paper every time you cross, and then you're on your way. is it a hassle, yes. but if you want to go into the usa this is the hoops you jump through. i am so use to it now its second hand. youll get the odd self righteous one who says "what you do?" like they dont see on their screen, but ignore em , answer their questions, play with their power trip and move on.
thanks for that info. mine was approved the 22nd and i haven't got it yet. i get paranoid cause they are a pain to replace and i am taking my wife and family to disneyland at xmas and my old one has expired. havent booked air yet, not that dumb. I am in BC so maybe yours comes quicker to your province.
did you understand what you do with it when you want to cross and about handing visa back in just before it expires? thats important or they get pissy at you.
what day was it mailed on the envelope? i am worried cause its been a week and mine isnt here.
no you take it to the border, you need to go in and pay 6 dollars for a visa valid for 6 months. always turn in your visa before it expires or you get a lecture, you can do it on the canadian side when coming home, just hand it to cbsa agent.
I applied for my second waiver 5 months ago and have yet to receive the waiver. My first waiver was approved in 3.5 months in 2015. I applied for the renewal at the same border crossing, my file is the same as last year, my mailing address is the same and I'm currently sitting at 5 months. I've emailed ARO and they said my application is being processed but no timeline for completion was provided.
@Marshy, it was Fraud over $5000. (18 years ago). It was easy doing my own application. I filed at the Lynden border crossing and the personnel were extremely helpful, reviewed my application to make sure I had done everything correctly. From start to finish it was 9 months. I was pulled in in November of last year. It is a 4 month wait to get your finger prints and records from the RCMP. Then another 4 months for Homeland to review.
Hi applied for my first waiver October 16, 2015 at the Peace Arch, BC. It's been 11 months now and still nothing. We've emailed ARO and they have had it there for around 8 months now. Long and painful process with my family and wife in the US and I'm unable to travel. Got stopped by an evil officer at the boarder who dug through my laptop until he found i had done work in the US on a previous trip and banned me. Having family in the US only worked against me as I now have a permanent ban for misrepresentation. What a brutal system. I have no previous record whatsoever.
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