We had the opportunity to talk to one of our readers about their landing experience and we would like to share it with you here to make sure you know what to do and how to do when you go for your Landing at Rainbow Bridge situated at Niagara, Ontario.
Here you go –
I completed my landing on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls, ON and i want to share this experience with you since it’s one of the most considered options amongst inlanders.
I drove almost 1.5 hours from my place at Etobicoke to Niagara Falls while stopping for gas. I tagged along a friend of mine to do the same. The nearest (cheapest 🙂 parking is at Fallsview Casino for $5.00 CAD a day and payable on return. I parked and got out of parking area at almost 8:30PM and took a slow walk to the bridge from casino in approx 20 minutes may be 30 minutes or so.
If you don’t like to walk much better find a closer parking but may cost $10-$15 CAD. Walking from the hills, you will pass the falls and to the base of bridge. You need to cross the street and you can go up a set of stairs for pedestrian bridge crossing to USA.
It’s almost 2-5 minutes of walk before you cross to USA side where you can see the US Border Services office sign. You need to wait before you are called in. Once inside, i told him that i need to do Canadian Landing. He provided us with a flagpole paper. If you have a US visa you can go across and come back to do landing, however we were informed that it’s easier to do flag poling.
It took us around 5 minutes before we said Thanks and left back to enter Canada. Once you are back, you see a small office, an officer was around we told him why we are there. He took our passport and asked if we had anything to declare. He directed us to another office where we will be doing a formal landing after passport checks and document verifications.
The second officer met at the door and took our documents, passed it on to the desk, verified our address and after 10 minutes called both of us and read us our rights as new Permanent Residents. This took no more than 10 minutes and we completed the process without any problems.
Documents Needed –
It’s important for you to take your documents as returned by CIC (COPR and Passport), your work permit (current). It’s not necessary to bring work permit but well better be prepared to provide if asked.
We went there on Wednesday 9pm probably this is why we had no waiting time. Make sure you are polite and well behaved in dealing with the officer since if you spread kindness, it comes back to you.
If you need any help with anything, do let us know in comments and we will make sure we help with it.