Sunday, January 29, 2017

O Canada! (or even the Canucks screen you)

If my granddaughter goes to school in Canada we will have to get her visa.

and the same goes if her mom decides to accompany her there on a tourist visa to get her settled.Joy used to have a Canadian visa but didn't get it renewed when she decided not to take the job. So she may or may not be able to accompany her there.

a lot of the stuff on their immigration site is routine: 

  • have a valid travel document, such as a passport,
  • be in good health,
  • have no criminal or immigration-related convictions,
  • convince an immigration officer that you have ties—such as a job, home, financial assets or family—that will take you back to your home country,
  • convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit, and
  • have enough money for your stay. (The amount of money you will need can vary. It depends on things such as how long you will stay, and whether you will stay in a hotel, or with friends or relatives.)
You may also need a:

I went through a lot of this when I adopted my sons (one of whom was a teenager at the time, but over 12 so needed more screening)

and when I moved here to the Philippines as a long term visitor, I came into the country easily (you can get a visa for two weeks on the plane) but to stay longer you need the same documents. (I have a permanent residency here now, but that took a couple of years, even though I was a spouse of a "Balikbayan", a returning citizen).

To visit the USA, our relatives visiting other relatives in Chicago go through this all the time.

You need police clearances, a proof you have money, be healthy, someone to sponsor you when you arrive, and you have to convince them you won't overstay your visa.

and guess what? Canada might not accept your passport:

  • passports supposedly issued by Somalia,
  • non-machine readable passports issued by the Czech Republic,
  • temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa and
  • provisional passports issued by Venezuela.

  • Study visas also have similar requirements.

    minor children have similar requirements: and they need paper work that there is a responsible adult to care for them and from their parents agreeing to this.

    again we see this little proviso:

    • You must be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a risk to the security of Canada. You may have to provide a police certificate.

    all of this is routine, you know. Americans are lucky: For a lot of countries you just have to show your passport and fill a paper out to visit for a short time. But the dirty little secret is that most countries have similar requirements for visitors who are at high risk to overstay their visas, or for long term stays.

    no we do not live in a borderless world, although you wouldn't know it from the hysteria in the press

    so my question is if Trumpie boy is Hitler building walls, or is he just trying to shut down scofflaws and enforce immigration laws?

    Sounds like he is overdoing it, but if you recognize his pattern, he goes full blast and then will compromise.

    and if Trumpie is Hitler, does that mean Trudeau is Hitler minime?

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