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Old 01-02-2016, 11:47 AM
Location: Halethorphe, MD
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Originally Posted by jambo101 View Post
I think your best bet is to come as a tourist with the idea of going to see friends for 2 weeks, once in Canada theres the possibility of your plans to return to the USA changing
That works! Do the border cops take note of your reason for entering and your claimed length of stay? I.e if you say you're staying for 2 weeks and waltz out 6 months later will they deny you entry should you ever attempt to enter again?

Old 01-02-2016, 12:05 PM
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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One point that I bet you haven't thought about is..........

CBSA has a legal right to look at all your online and social media posts....like this one. The first thing that they do if they have doubts about your story will be to scan all of the data on your phone or computer, right there at the border port. It doesn't matter how you get there, walk, drive, fly or crawl up to the booth, they will find the truth about what you really intend to do.

Also remember that as a non Canadian ......you have no "right to enter Canada " at all. If they say NO that's it, you go home. And if they find that you actively LIED about what your plans are to them...they can ban you for a period of time, from one to 5 years. Being banned means that you can't even attempt to enter our country.

From reading your previous posts, I get the impression that Canada doesn't need or want you here.

Jim B.
Old 01-02-2016, 12:52 PM
Location: Halethorphe, MD
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That's not good news. So, from both a moral and logistical perspective, you feel it's best to be completely honost with CBSA?
Old 01-02-2016, 02:28 PM
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Its a very grey area while one CBSA agent wont give you a hard time the next one may ban you for life. .If you really want to know the legality of your course of action call the border you are going to cross and ask to speak with a CBSA agent and tell them you want to come to Canada and gamble for 6 months,they will then give you honest answers to your intentions.
Old 01-02-2016, 03:43 PM
Location: Alberta, Canada
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Originally Posted by amazinmets73 View Post
Is it easy to open an account in Canada?
Yes. But (and it is a very important but), you will need a Social Insurance Number (Canada's equivalent of an SSN) to do so. You can only get one of those if you are a citizen, a permanent resident, or on some kind of student/temporary visa. If you come in as a tourist, you won't have a SIN, and thus, you won't be able to open an account.

Originally Posted by jambo101 View Post
I think $10 K is the maximum amount of cash you are allowed to carry across the border....
No, you can carry as much as you like. But you have to declare any amount of $10K (Canadian and/or the foreign equivalent) or more. If you have such an amount, questions will likely be asked; and if the answer is a sensible one*, there won't be a problem. But if you cannot present a reason for carrying that amount that makes sense, penalties, up to and including seizure of the entire amount, will apply.

* If you ever watch those Border Patrol shows, you might recall such sensible reasons as the guy who hit an $18,000 slot machine jackpot in Las Vegas airport just before catching his flight to Canada, and who used his phone to take photos of the win displayed on the machine; or the American who arrived with roughly $20,000 or so who was planning to buy a car from a private seller, which story the seller corroborated when CBSA called.
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