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    Sent: Friday, November 02, 2012 8:22 AM
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      Reference: 8580 [3677]
      Date: 2012-11-02

    Sir, Madam,

    Thank you for contacting Citizenship and Immigration Canada. I am pleased to follow up on your request:

    Validating an Immigration Document at a Land Border (Flag Pole Procedure)

    If you are in Canada and you get a letter of introduction from a Canadian visa office, you must have your permit issued by an immigration officer at a port of entry. You must:

    • Go to the American land border and explain to the officer that you do not want to enter the US; but that you want to return to Canada immediately to validate an immigration document (this is called the flag pole procedure).
    • Once at the Canadian border, you must show the officer your passport, as well as your letter of introduction, and any other required document.

    To find the land border closest to you which offers immigration services, please visit the Canada Border Service’s Web site.

    Please note that your immigration documents cannot be validated at a local Citizenship and Immigration Canada office inside Canada or at an airport.

    If it is impossible for you to present yourself at a land border, you can send your request to CPC Vegreville, and include the following documents:

    • The form IMM 5709 or 5710 completely filled out along with an explanation letter;
    • A copy of all the pages of your passport;
    • Your current address in Canada;
    • The letter of introduction.

    Please note that no fee is applicable for this option.




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