Achievement Unlocked: Permanent Residence received!

stampThis Thursday, the roads finally were in a condition I deemed safe for a motorcycle rider; so I grabbed my passport and the paperwork I got from the CIC, and went to Point Roberts. Of course, with no GPS or a prior knowledge of the route, I got lost, and spent an extra 30 minutes re-navigating myself, but, finally, I’ve made it to the border in one piece and with some fuel left in the tank.

The wait time at the US side was minimal: I was the third person in the non-Nexus line. The officer made me take my helmet off and shut down the bike, while he was preparing the necessary paperwork. He gave me a yellow piece of paper, and pointed me to a customs office, where they exchanged the small yellow paper for a larger white paper with “Flag Polling” written across it. Then I proceeded to the lineup to the Canadian side. The wait time was significantly larger, and I’ve had about 10 cars ahead of me. The CBSA officer asked me to come inside, had me sign the papers and let me on my way home.

I’ve had some fun on the way back though. What started to be what I thought was an overheating issue, turned out to be a broken receptacle on the battery cord, which shut off the engine and left me hanging on the Highway 99, while waiting for the tow truck. Luckily, I’ve stopped in the area with the good coverage, and was able call BCAA to come and give me a hand with it. Hour and a half and $185 later I finally was home.

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  1. Alice Ra - March 28, 2014 @ 12:36 PM

    Hey, Kirill,
    How long do you need to wait for your PR card to arrive? did they give any timespan?

    • Simple Vancouver - March 28, 2014 @ 1:05 PM

      The CBSA guy said up to 6 weeks, but the US consulate guy (I was getting a US visa today) said it may take up to 3 months. Once you land, they will issue a record of landing – the confirmation of PR, which you are supposed to use till the card arrives.

  2. Alice Ra - April 9, 2014 @ 3:44 PM

    I’ve got my PR too! 😀 -jump! jump!-
    Can you make a blog post about the general PR rules and Citizenship application? I am getting confused about how to count/track the dates and if and how frequently can I travel outside of CA…

    • Simple Vancouver - April 10, 2014 @ 7:54 AM

      Congrats!! We are now semi-free people 🙂
      Thanks for the suggestion! Definitely will do, it sounds like something I need to know myself haha

  3. Emma Zhang - April 16, 2014 @ 3:23 PM

    I was told by the immigration officer at the border that I can use the COPR on which there is stamp and my passport to get any services for PR before I get the PR card. I got the new SIN # without any trouble using COPR after landing on April 12, Saturday.
    my blog:
    good luck to all of us.


    • Simple Vancouver - April 22, 2014 @ 8:05 AM

      Confirmation of PR has no stamps. It’s an exceptionally ordinary looking piece of paper. You are right though, I got back into Canada with no issues using it. I also was able to get a new SIN using it as it is.

  4. Blake - May 28, 2014 @ 8:51 PM

    Congrats ! (except for the breakdown).

  5. Cufa - February 27, 2015 @ 8:10 AM

    Hi I got the email too and my enveloped was delivered to Ottawa on the 18th of Feb. Do you know how long does it take for them to mail you back your passport with your paperwork to do the PR border cross? (and yes I did send my prepaid Xpress post) 🙂

    • SimpleVancouver - February 27, 2015 @ 8:53 AM

      Congrats! Mine was mailed back within a week, although another reader who had sent his in 3 days before me reported that his passport was sent back the next day. Who knows if it’s more or less now (it’s a rhetorical question, I’m sure CIC would know 🙂 )

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