I just landed Canada on 02/08 by my car and came back US with AP.
First of all, I went to the immigration counter, submitted my passport, landing paper, imm 5455 form attached the photo and I94. The officer checked them, asked me for the settlement funds and returned it to me after looked it. She asked me if I have a job in US and when I took the photo. Since the photo has expired, she took a new photo for me and filled in a new form of immi.5455. She wrote my new Canada address on the landing paper, asked me to signature on it and 5455, then stamped an immi.stamp on my pp, "Not valid for travel" on my landing paper. Finally, she returned them to me, told me that I could not go outside of Canada until I got my PR by mail, and she revoked my I94 because it was no longer useful for me. I asked her if I needed to fill any forms for PR card and paid the app. fee. She said no.
Then I went to the customs counter. I declared some goods including my car accompanied with me this time, and another goods to follow. The customs officer asked for the title of my car, filled in a form 1, let me pay the registration fee about Cdn 180. She gave me the form 1, and another form for goods to follow which I need to take it when I go to Canada next time. But I think maybe it is a mistake that I declare my car on landing.
When I came back US, I submitted my pp and AP. They just checked my car and asked if I take food, alcoholic, tobacoo. I parked my car and went to the immi. counter for waiting the process. An officer checked my pp and AP, filled in a new I94, and stamped on my pp,AP, I94 with a special stamp. They did not ask me anything. The stamped date is the expired date on my AP. So I think if you have a valid I797 and visa, just use it instead of AP.
It took me 1.5 hours at the Canada port and only 0.5 hour at the US port. I hope it is useful.
BTW, there is my new problem, pls help me to handle it. Thanks a lot!
Today I receive a letter sent by Registrar of Imported Vehicles . Since I declared my own car when I landed, I must complete the Federal Inspection and required modifications before 03/25. Otherwise they " will make me liable for additional fines and penalties." I also need to obtain directly a proof of recall clearance form the Manufacturer or their designated agent or dealership.
I don't want to register my car right now because the title will be revoked. My land location is Ottawa, and my questions are:
1. How to handle this problem? Will it affect my PR card if I don't complete the registration?
2. How much is the fines and penalties about? How to explain that I will not register my car?
3. What is the mean for the recall clearance?