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Denied entry into Canada.... I had a passport...

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1. Posted by Flawless (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

This seems rather ridiculous but I'll try to shorten this story. Friend and I are both self employed through the internet and only graduated college like a year or two ago so we live at home with our parents. We wanted to go to Canada for 2 months to live there to get some traveling in and figured that since you are allowed to go to Canada for up to 180 days without a visa just using passport that it would be no problem. We drive up there and answer the questions and provide all sorts of documentation the best we could, but long story short are rejected for not having proof of employment or any utility bills back at home showing a need to go back home. Due to our situations in life right now we just don't have those to provide because of being self employed online and not owning a house. I then decided to try again a week later because I talked to some people who all agreed the problem was saying that I was going to stay for 2 months, so the second time around I just said I was going to stay for 2-3 days and ended up going through the same process and being denied for the same reason. What are my options here, what's going on, and what should I do? Would getting a visitor visa or something even help even though a visa isn't required anyway to go to Canada? Could I get a workers visa? What are my options here and is this common? Felt rather ridiculous to me.

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Problem is that now you're in the database, and any additional try would only compound the situation. Canada must have had a problem with people going north for free healthcare or social services, and they're on the lookout for people of your age group or anyone looking loaded down with possessions like they're planning a lengthy stay. I think even if you flew in, there's still the computer records to catch up with you. I'd say your best bet would be to establish stronger residence proof, bank account statements, IRS returns, etc. to prove your case, or perhaps you could show them cash or traveler's checks.

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Jun-2009, at 20:59 by Daawgon ]

3. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 7y

Lots of people want to breathe Canadian air-few are admitted.

Of those who do require Visas and apply fewer than 5% are admitted-the bar is high and we like it that way.

As mentioned having over $10,000 in the bank/a steady job/several major credit cards and a permanent domicile might help-or not.

4. Posted by Flawless (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

hey guys, thanks for the feed back, i provided everything imaginable the first time around that I was able to (tax statements, bank statements, screen shots of what I do online, letter signed and dated with license from mother saying i live with her and will be returning, sufficient funds on me and in bank account, police clearance, etc) but since I didn't show proof of employment or any bills in my name I wasn't let in. Problem is that I'm an entrepreneur so I'm not going to have the type of proof of employment they are looking for unless I just got a job for the sake of going to Canada... and I gues i could get my name on some bills of my own but I don't get the impression that would be good enough since that's too easy to do

5. Posted by s96024 (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

Ring the Canadian embassy and ask them what your options are?

6. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

I can't see what's going on here at all. I have been to Canada so many times for long periods and the only questions they ask me are "Where are you staying?" and "What's your reason for visiting?" I've stayed for very long periods and never had a problem whatsoever.

7. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

I can't see what's going on here at all. I have been to Canada so many times for long periods and the only questions they ask me are "Where are you staying?" and "What's your reason for visiting?" I've stayed for very long periods and never had a problem whatsoever.

Yes well it's probably your upright bearing and noble visage that fools 'em every time.

8. Posted by Flawless (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Yeah I guess I'll have to call the Canadian Embassy....