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Korean Coming to Canada. Visa Run??

 
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chungbukdo



Joined: 22 Aug 2010

PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 8:06 am    Post subject: Korean Coming to Canada. Visa Run?? Reply with quote

Hello,

My girlfriend is gonna live at my house in Canada for like 5 months this fall (August to Xmas). Then we're planning to travel Central America for a few months of the winter. After that, we'll come back to Vancouver when it's warm for my Mom's retirement party and seeing the West coast summer for a month or two.

I want to know whether this is legal. In other words, is it possible for a Korean to come to Canada as a tourist and use up their 180 days, go to another country, and then come back to Canada on a new visa stamp?

Thank you very much for your advice.
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 4:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Korean Coming to Canada. Visa Run?? Reply with quote

chungbukdo wrote:
Hello,

My girlfriend is gonna live at my house in Canada for like 5 months this fall (August to Xmas). Then we're planning to travel Central America for a few months of the winter. After that, we'll come back to Vancouver when it's warm for my Mom's retirement party and seeing the West coast summer for a month or two.

I want to know whether this is legal. In other words, is it possible for a Korean to come to Canada as a tourist and use up their 180 days, go to another country, and then come back to Canada on a new visa stamp?

Thank you very much for your advice.


Yes, it is legal and a non-issue provided she can show proof of onward passage when she hits the immigration desk in Vancouver each time.

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chungbukdo



Joined: 22 Aug 2010

PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 2:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you recommend a way to show proof of onward passage? Has anyone else or your friends/gfs gone through that?

I can't imagine what would qualify as proof, you can walk across the border or take a car quite easily. In fact I was hoping we'd drive down to Seattle at least once.
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

chungbukdo wrote:
Do you recommend a way to show proof of onward passage? Has anyone else or your friends/gfs gone through that?

I can't imagine what would qualify as proof, you can walk across the border or take a car quite easily. In fact I was hoping we'd drive down to Seattle at least once.


Get a refundable ticket from Canada to Korea and cash it in when you get there. Only a 30k won service fee if you get one from Korean Air. Save the printout to show the border agents when you go back and forth between Canada and the states.

The airline will also give her grief at boarding time (in Korea) when she tries to check-in/board if she doesn't have onward/return passage from Canada.

It is usually a non issue returning from the States to Canada (by ground) but USCIS may make an issue out of it as well if she can't show intention to depart the US (e-ticket from Canada to Korea works for that too) within her allotted time frame.

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chungbukdo



Joined: 22 Aug 2010

PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome. You're amazing Tom, thanks for the help.
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ttompatz



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

chungbukdo wrote:
Awesome. You're amazing Tom, thanks for the help.


I should ADD that if you buy the refundable ticket by credit card it will be refunded (credited back to the card) in about 3 working days.

If you use cash it will take up to 30 days to process the refund.

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chungbukdo



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just wanted to bump this because our situation changed.

If she spends 6 months in Canada and then we go to Mexico together to a resort for a week, and come back into Canada, will that give her another 6 months? Providing she has proof of onward passage 6 months later?

Ive heard that for people visiting the US, going into Mexico or Canada will not get them a new stamp. They have to leave the continent. I was wondering if that rings true for Canada as well... haven't been able to find the information online. I don't want to risk things.
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chungbukdo wrote:
I just wanted to bump this because our situation changed.

If she spends 6 months in Canada and then we go to Mexico together to a resort for a week, and come back into Canada, will that give her another 6 months? Providing she has proof of onward passage 6 months later?

Ive heard that for people visiting the US, going into Mexico or Canada will not get them a new stamp. They have to leave the continent. I was wondering if that rings true for Canada as well... haven't been able to find the information online. I don't want to risk things.


The stamp is a non-issue. Canada does not have passport control at "EXIT" points so there is no exit stamp.

Same with Mexico - they simply take your "exit card" and away you go.

She will however get her passport scanned when she re-enters Canada and the 6 months starts again.

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chungbukdo



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My friend was telling me about a story of coming back into Canada from the US with his Korean gf, and the immigration officer berated her, made her cry and tore her student visa out of the passport in front of her. She had 7 days to leave Canada. Apparently he didn't believe she was going to be studying in Canada and was just instead trying to be with her boyfriend (which was true I guess). So I wondered...

Anyway thanks for the info Tom. With regards to a stamp, I was thinking of an entry stamp. What if they just don't want to let her in again because they've seen she was just in Canada for 165 days or something? Then there is no possibility of getting an entry stamp. I wasn't worried about an exit stamp.

We'll probably go to Mexico for a week in the winter so that she can get a little extra time in Canada as a tourist, beyond the first 180 days.
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ttompatz



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chungbukdo wrote:
My friend was telling me about a story of coming back into Canada from the US with his Korean gf, and the immigration officer berated her, made her cry and tore her student visa out of the passport in front of her. She had 7 days to leave Canada. Apparently he didn't believe she was going to be studying in Canada and was just instead trying to be with her boyfriend (which was true I guess). So I wondered....


I do NOT believe that.

Defacement of a passport is, internationally, a criminal offense.

I can see them marking it (the visa) void and/or issuing an exit order but not defacing a passport (the property of a foreign government) or tearing pages out.

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