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Flagpoling

Introduction to Flagpoling

With an increasing demand for swift immigration services among temporary residents, certain organizations are noting a rise in the practice known as flagpoling. Flagpoling entails individuals leaving Canada, re-entering the USA without crossing into the country, and can lead to delays at busy border points. While it is a legal procedure, it poses challenges for Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) personnel. To address this, CBSA has imposed restrictions on the days and times when flagpoling can occur at ports of entry and is working on enhancing application processing procedures. The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released a statement advising immigration advisors to refrain from encouraging their clients to engage in flagpoling to renew their work permits.

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Why opt for Flagpoling?

This approach is employed to initiate a new permanent resident status, renew a study or work permit, or alter one’s immigration status. Individuals utilize this method to expedite the application process with the IRCC. When engaging in flagpoling, individuals present themselves at the Canadian Port of Entry, and the application process is usually completed in under 30 minutes.

May I engage in Flagpoling? Who Qualifies for Flagpoling?

Flagpoling applies to:

  1. International Students
  2. Work Permit Holders
  3. Permanent Resident Holders

Individuals in these categories can utilize flagpoling to renew their permits. The process involves presenting their documentation at a U.S. border and having their cases processed on the spot.

Additionally, temporary residents in Canada can employ flagpoling to validate their Permanent Resident status. This serves as an alternative to waiting for months to secure an appointment with the IRCC.

Essential Documents for Flagpoling

Renewing Study or Work Permit If you are renewing your study or work permit, you must possess your passport and current visa.

1.For Work Permits

it is essential to have a job contract signed by your employer and potentially additional documents such as an LMIA, PNP certificate, a letter of support from PNP, and a valid medical examination.

2.For Study Permits

you need an official letter from a recognized educational institution, proof of financial support, and potentially supplementary documents like a letter of explanation, CAQ, and custodian declaration (for minors).

 It is essential to have a job contract signed by your employer and potentially additional documents such as an LMIA, PNP certificate, a letter of support from PNP, and a valid medical examination.

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