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  • Travel to Canada with Citizenship Certificate?

    Hi,

    My family is planning to travel to Canada on memorial day weekend. They should probablly get their passport before that but just in case, can they travel to Canada with the citizenship certificate?
    Mailed I-130 to Chicago Lockbox 08/23/2008
    USCIS Recieved 08/25/2008
    Receipt (I-797C) recieved 08/30/2008
    Last Update Date 12/24/2008
    Application Approved 02/03/2009
    NVC Case # assigned 02/09/2009
    DS-3032 Sent to Benificiary and Me 02/12/2009
    DS-3032 Received 02/17/2009
    AOS Fee Paid Online 02/17/2009
    AOS Packet sent to NVC02/23/2009
    Immigrant visa fee paid online 03/01/2009
    RFE Received on I-864 03/04/2009

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    Though a few have actually had success in the past doing this method, now days it's pretty much a big risk and you are seriously risking issues comming back into the US, let alone even getting into Canada with that. You need to check the INS websites for Canada and the US to see what constitutes as proper ID to get across both borders.

    If you are flying they will not even let you board without a passport. Driving you can do it without a passport, but doubtful just the Nat Cert will do it, you'll probably need photo ID's and other documents and not to mention a lot of extra time in secondary inspection...
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    • #3
      Originally posted by r00724 View Post
      Hi,

      My family is planning to travel to Canada on memorial day weekend. They should probablly get their passport before that but just in case, can they travel to Canada with the citizenship certificate?
      Hey Bro -

      Yes they can travel to Canada with the certificate, provided they are going by land. It is listed as one of the acceptable proof of citizenships on both the CBP and CBSA web sites. I would however, recommend they expedite their passport applications and use those instead. If you have any lingering uncertainties, you can call both agencies and speak to a live officer on either the US or Canadian side.

      I would hate to have something happen to the certificates such as get a tear through mishandling, mutilation, loss, etc. All this will result in a need to apply for a new one at almost $600. On a side note, have your family members make certified copies of the certificates as a back up, as well as regular copies for safe keeping. A certified copy can also be used to re-enter the USA at land ports with a valid government issued ID.
      Last edited by LolaLi; 8th May 2008, 08:08 AM.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by warlord View Post
        Though a few have actually had success in the past doing this method, now days it's pretty much a big risk and you are seriously risking issues comming back into the US, let alone even getting into Canada with that. You need to check the INS websites for Canada and the US to see what constitutes as proper ID to get across both borders.

        If you are flying they will not even let you board without a passport. Driving you can do it without a passport, but doubtful just the Nat Cert will do it, you'll probably need photo ID's and other documents and not to mention a lot of extra time in secondary inspection...
        They are driving and have all the valid IDs n everything. Just the nat cert. which is in question
        Mailed I-130 to Chicago Lockbox 08/23/2008
        USCIS Recieved 08/25/2008
        Receipt (I-797C) recieved 08/30/2008
        Last Update Date 12/24/2008
        Application Approved 02/03/2009
        NVC Case # assigned 02/09/2009
        DS-3032 Sent to Benificiary and Me 02/12/2009
        DS-3032 Received 02/17/2009
        AOS Fee Paid Online 02/17/2009
        AOS Packet sent to NVC02/23/2009
        Immigrant visa fee paid online 03/01/2009
        RFE Received on I-864 03/04/2009

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        • #5
          In theory the naturalization certificate is good for land crossing. i am not sure whether the Canadians would let them in, that's another question, but it is very likely they will let them in. I posted some extra info in another thread with links to more information you might want to search for that.

          N-400 timeline
          DO : San Jose
          11/28/2006 : Mailed
          12/04/2006 : PD (and Receive Date)
          12/05/2006 : Check cashed
          12/11/2006 : Notice Date (Received on the 14th)
          12/22/2006 : FP ND
          01/09/2007 : FP Appt
          12/29/2006 : FP Done. Walk-In
          07/17/2007 : Interview (ND May 17)
          08/22/2007 : Oath (Received Jul 26, issued on the 23d, mailed on 24th)
          08/23/2007 : Applied N-600 and Expedited Passport
          09/06/2007 : Passport received
          08/20/2008 : Sent N-565 (Approved Feb 17, 2009)

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