Canada Border Crossing is Limiting Flagpoling by Residents

Canada Border Crossing is Limiting Flagpoling by Residents | Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah

The Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) is limiting flagpoling land borders in Ontario and Quebec to only Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to manage the high volume and long waits due to flagpoling at certain land borders on the weekends. Flagpoling is not illegal; the word flagpoling refers to making a U-turn at the border entry flagpole.

Canadian resident flagpole to validate their Canadian immigration status is less than 30 minutes, versus the weeks or months required to schedule an appointment at an IRCC office or submit your application online. “Flagpoling” is the name used to describe when Canadian foreign national residents who need validate a Confirmation of Permanent Residence or a permanent resident visa exit Canada at a United States land border, then immediately turning around to re-enter Canada at the same land border where an officer will interview and grant them entry into Canada.

The Canadian Bar Association has officially protested that the CBSA Flagpoling Pilot Project and refusing to process applications of genuine temporary residents seeking entry is unlawful and called for its elimination.

To validate a Confirmation of Permanent Residence or a permanent resident visa

  1. Schedule your flagpoling trip only on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
  2. Schedule a day trip to the United States so you can apply for re-entry to Canada on any day of the week, at any time of day.
  3. Apply online or by mail for an appointment with Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada to have your visa validated, which IRCC advises could take longer than 2 months.
  4. Consult an immigration lawyer or expert if you feel your rights are being denied and you need assistance with immigration to Canada.

Learn more: Canada Border Agency Restricts Flagpoling for Canadian Residents 

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