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The Top 10 Problems Faced by Immigrants

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The Top 10 Problems Faced by Immigrants

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The Top 10 Problems Faced by Immigrants

Settling in a new region poses many challenges, whatever your background, and there are some that are common experiences for migrants across the globe. While immigrants to Canada may face some, or all of these issues, the country has a range of features which can help to make the transition smoother. In this article we'll look at those issues and how to resolve them when moving to Canada.

Language Barriers
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TOP 10 PROS AND CONS OF IMMIGRATION


The choice whether or not to pick up your family and immigrate to another country is a big decision indeed.
In related news, Arizona is hot, Newfoundland is cold, Macbeth was a little power hungry, and the Maple Leafs have been a little bit unlucky since 1967.
In all seriousness, though, weighing that question of whether or not to immigrate—or, on the flip side of things, how you as a natural-born citizen of a country should feel about immigration—is a complex one indeed. Here are just a few of the pros and cons of each respective position to help you ponder one of the great social phenomena of our time.
PRO: TRADITION
There’s no more time-honored social tradition for nations like the United States and Canada than immigration. Both are nations founded on immigration, and the virtues, values, and social fabric of both nations have been woven by a continuing stream of immigrants. Everything from our music, laws, sports, businesses and beer—both Canadian fresh and Coors swill—can either trace their roots to or have otherwise been influenced by immigrants.
If you’re looking to immigrate somewhere, both the US and Canada are fantastic choices with a long history of—eventually—accepting immigrants (more on that in a bit.)
Some countries have more of a history of immigration than others, and some nations, for a variety of reasons, prefer a more homogeneous population to the wonderful multicultural mixing that immigration allows. Thankfully, the US and Canada have historically stood at the forefront of the immigration game.
After all, after all these years, how do immigrant-built nations such as the US and Canada still continue to attract the best talent, grow culturally and, yes, keep their balance?
That we can tell you in one word—Tradition!
CON: TRADITION
On the other hand, as alluded to earlier, it’s not as if every immigrant story has always been a smooth one. Immigration and multiculturalism are wonderful things, but to pretend that each and every story of immigration to Ellis Island was filled with sunshine and rainbows would be just that—pretending. America has a long and proud history of immigration…and an equally-long and not-so-proud history of often being less than receptive towards immigrant groups when they first arrive. To be fair, this has far and away been more of a problem for the United States than Canada.
In the US’s defense, it’s received record numbers of immigrants from around the world, and whether you’re talking about 1918 or 2018 New York, more immigrants means more competition for jobs, and thus more pressure on and potentially-less immediate acceptance of immigrants. By comparison, Canada is…well, just more polite—but then, everyone’s more polite than NYC, and New Yorkers wouldn’t have it any other way.
That question of “tradition” cuts both ways as well. For as easy as it is to dismiss bigots who fear immigrants will somehow “corrupt” a native culture, there’s no denying that immigration has a cultural effect on those doing the immigrating as well. The age-old trope of immigrant children vs. immigrant parents is well-worn, but well-earned as well. Children of Jewish and Italian Immigrants to America in the early 1900s often had an easier time assimilating than did their parents, as reflected by two of baseball’s great Hall of Fame names—Hank Greenberg of the Detroit Tigers and, of course, Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees.
While this is a centuries-old cycle has affected the US and Canada alike, one potential answer to that question of tradition reveals itself in the aforementioned example. In the 20th century, a group’s having stars and acceptance in baseball was often a prelude to greater cultural acceptance within the US and Canada, such was the love for the game.
Sports, social media, film, TV, literature, music—there are more outlets than ever for first-generation children of immigrants to find acceptance in US and Canadian society while still holding on to the traditions they and their own native culture hold so dear.
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Top 10 Immigration Friendly Countries - (Brazil)


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So you're ready to leave your country and start a new life somewhere, but you're not sure which destination is right for you. We picked the top ten most welcoming countries for immigrants, from the places with booming economies to the spots with the most progressive immigration policies and immigrant support services. Don't just throw a dart at a map or follow your relatives: consider what your priorities will be and pick the country that's right for you.
10. Brazil
Brazil is one of the biggest, most populous, and most diverse countries on earth. It also has a roaring economy and one of the biggest skill deficits in the world. Brazil wants to recruit as many as 6 million immigrants in the coming years according to the Miami Herald, so start learning Portuguese. Sure there are some harsh traffic problems in the biggest cities, but crime is declining and Brazil is asserting itself on the world stage.
The Portuguese still make up the largest percent of foreign-born Brazilians, with the Japanese a distant second. Most people in Brazil are Brazilian-born.
Many immigrants to Brazil are actually just foreign-born Brazilians moving back from the neighbouring countries where their parents moved. Paraguay and Argentina are the most common sources of both these returning Brazilians and new immigrants. But people are also coming from Bolivia and Uruguay.
Immigration to Brazil from 1990-2000 by Country of Origin (approximate)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN % COUNTRY OF ORIGIN % COUNTRY OF ORIGIN %
Paraguay 12 Uruguay 6 France 2.5
Argentina 9 Japan 5 Germany 2.5
United States 8 Portugal 4 China 2.5
Bolivia 7 Italy 3 All others 34
The largest source of recent immigrants from outside of South America is the United States, followed by Japan, Portual, Italy, France, Germany and China.
Brazil has always been multi-cultural, experiencing waves of immigration from all over the world, but the diversity of the current wave of immigrants means that it is likely you will find a community in which your native language is common.


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THE TOP 10 SKILLED JOBS FOR IMMIGRANTS IN CANADA

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IMMIGRANTS IN CANADA
Work - probably the second biggest priority for those planning to immigrate to a new country,
second only to the need to secure a place to live. Canada offers a wealth of opportunities in a range of
well-paid and highly skilled roles.
Shortages of skilled labor have led the Federal Government to develop a Fast-Track entry system for
individuals with high-priority skills. This makes the country a great choice for those looking to build
a new life and career. This list looks at some of the best opportunities for 2017-2018 based on the
Federal Government's list of in-demand occupations.
Cardiology technologists
Cardiology technologists are in demand in Canada as the result of the large aging population. The
highest average hourly wage for a cardiology technologist can be found in Calgary at $44.27 per hour.
The lowest average hourly wage for a cardiology technologist can be found in Halifax at $20.85 per
hour. The significant number of the jobs available in this sector can be found in health care and
social assistance. To work as a cardiology technologist in Canada (with the exception of Quebec) a
technologist must be registered with the Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists.
Salary Ranges:
● Hourly: CAD$20.45 - C$33.75
● Annual: C$43,451 - C$69,701
Professional Body: Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists
Respiratory therapist
respiratory therapist positions are Toronto and Calgary followed by Winnipeg and Vancouver.
Positions for respiratory therapists are most widely available with sleep and respiratory care
specialty clinics. Entry level positions fall at the lowest end of the pay spectrum, but with five or more
years of experience, pay rates rise considerably.
Salary Ranges:
● Hourly: C$23.78 – C$41.99
● Annual: C$44,769 – C$87,897
Professional Body: The Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists
GEOSCIENTIST AND OCEANOGRAPHERS
Despite the crash in oil prices in recent years the continuing need to exploit the mineral wealth in
Canada is still a priority. However, environmental concerns remain a key concern and this means
that the role of both geoscientists and oceanographers will be contribute to in coming years. The
demand is likely to grow in the immediate future and is also expected outstrip the available skills in
the native workforce.
Salary Ranges:
● Annual: C$54,044 - C$141,772
Professional Body: Geoscientists Canada/Géoscientifiques Canada
ENGINEERING - CHEMICAL, MINING, PETROLEUM,
GEOLOGICAL, and AEROSPACE
As with construction management, engineering careers can be found consistently high on the list of
the “Eligible Federal Skilled Worker Occupations” and, again, management level will get you more
points. A broad field, the engineering sectors listed above are all consistently on the list of required
workers in short supply. This is another field that is being hit by the retirement issue and one where
opportunities are expected to continue to grow for those beginning their careers. Salaries can vary in
the different sectors and also across the different regions of Canada.
Salary Ranges:
● Chemical Engineer:
○ Hourly: C$12.96 - C$57.81
○ Annual: C$45,128- C$102,323
● Mining / Geological Engineer:
○ Hourly: C$39.04
○ Annual: C$56,575- C$124,764
● Petroleum Engineer:
○ Hourly: C$50.08
○ Annual: C$63,421- C$232,240
● Aerospace Engineer:
○ Hourly: C$17.00 - C$47.92
○ Annual: C$49,248- C$111,006
Professional Body: Varies by province and territory and specialty, see Engineers Canada/Ingénieurs
Canada for detailed information.
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TOP 10 BEST CITIES TO SETTLE IN CANADA AS NEW IMMIGRANT

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So you've applied to come to Canada as a permanent resident but you don't know exactly where you should live. Everyone has heard of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, but who knows if those are really great cities to start your new life. This list looks at big cities in Canada that are most accessible to new immigrants.
The richest city on this list, West Vancouver is a suburb of - you guessed it - Vancouver! It is surprisingly affordable for the renter: the average rent price in the city puts it right in the middle of the pack; it's actually cheaper to rent in West Van than in Milton! The unemployment is relatively low, well over a third of the population are immigrants, and it of course features the warmer temperatures that the Vancouver area is known for. So what could possibly be wrong? Well, on average it takes about 8 years to save up enough money to buy a house. So if you're thinking of starting out in West Vancouver, be sure to check out the rest of the list to find out where to move once you've made some money in Canada.
Looking for a job? The rapidly expanding city of Milton may be the place to move. Though it's a bit of a hike from Toronto - nearly an hour drive in traffic and significantly further by train - Milton boasts very low unemployment; the lowest among the immigrant-friendly big cities in the country. There aren't as many immigrants in Milton as there are in some of the other cities on this list, and the rent isn't exactly cheap, but it's hard to say no to jobs. Unless you're concerned about safety: Milton's crime-rate isn't exactly low.
The nation's capital is a safe bet. Predicted by experts to see a boom in jobs in the near future, the capital is also pretty much in the middle in all livability factors: the rent and vacancy rates are reasonable, unemployment is higher than some places but should soon drop, house prices are about average, as is the time it takes to save for a house, and the city is safe with decent transit. But Ottawa is notoriously boring and cold, so keep that in mind.
Richmond Hill, a suburb of Toronto easily accessible from the city by transit or highway, has one of the highest percentages of immigrants of any city in Canada - nearly equal that of the larger and perhaps more intimidating Mississauga. The only thing keeping it from being higher on this list is the violent crime rate which, while low, is significantly higher than the cities listed below. Well, that and the fact that it takes significantly longer to buy a house in Richmond Hill than it does in some other cities: the length of time to save for a house is not West Vancouver bad, but it's close.
Looking for a cheap apartment? Well, the immigrant-friendly Montreal suburb of Brossard has them in droves. The vacancy rate is reasonably high and the rent is way lower than any suburb of Toronto or Vancouver. Plus, it has a way lower crime rate than the equally cheap - and even more immigrant-friendly - Dollard-des-Ormeaux, another of suburb of Montreal, located almost as close to the downtown core. Sure, you have to cross the notoriously traffic-jammed Pont Champlain to get from Brossard to Montreal, but Dollard just isn't as safe. Finally, the average resident of Brossard only has to save for three years to afford a house, and Brossard has the second lowest real estate prices of any major city in Canada.
Mississauga, the third largest city in Canada's most pop0lous province, is still considered by many to be a suburb of Toronto. That's because it is only a 20 minute drive from the downtown and a short trip by transit. Mississauga boasts a population of over 50% immigrants and a low crime rate. But it's still somewhat of a bedroom community despite it's size - meaning you have to drive everywhere - and the employment rate doesn't compare favourably with the other suburbs of Toronto.
Markham is a suburb north of Toronto that is easily accessible from Toronto by transit or highway; it's right nextdoor to Richmond Hill. Markham has the second highest percentage of immigrants of any large city in Canada, with well over 50% of the population having been born overseas. The city boasts a high apartment vacancy rate and the rent is comparable to the other suburbs of Toronto. Markham is a pretty wealthy place too, meaning that it is a safe place to start your new life.
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Top 10 Immigration Friendly Countries - (United States)


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Don't be put off by the cowboys and the zealots: America is still the number one immigration destination in the world, with over one-fifth of all global immigrants heading there annually, according to a recent US census study. The downside to that is competition: with all of those other strivers chasing the dream, you might find yourself struggling to get a foothold. And in spite of generally weak employment possibilities and stalled immigration reform, the US is still one of the most diverse countries on earth and one of the best places to come if you're an engineer or if you're in the tech industry. Just don't try entering illegally and stay out of the South.
Yes, crime rates are higher than in countries like Canada or Australia: the USA has a murder rate of 4.7 per 100,000 inhabitants and ranks second last in our top 10 list on the Numbeo crime index, behind Brazil and coming in at 50.01. A word of caution however. The Numbeo index is a user-generated survey and not sound statistically. And it also helps to realize that the USA is even bigger and far more diverse than say, Brazil. Guess which city is safer: Dallas or Baltimore? Wrong. It’s Dallas by a long shot. It has half Baltimore’s murder rate and less than a fourth Detroit’s. And neighbouring Forth Worth is one of America’s safer cities, with less than half Minneapolis’ crime rate. Detroit and St. Louis are the worst in terms of violent crime. And the safest city in the USA? Plano, Texas according to recent statistics.
What to say about education? America has an overwhelming proportion of the world’s top universities which also happen to be the most expensive. It has an overwhelmingly diverse amount of options to choose from when deciding where to study. It also has trouble, like many developed nations, getting some of its high school grads to actually read and write, especially in lower income areas. The gaps are huge between the top achievers and those that struggle to stay in school. America has an incredibly complex tax system that begs for expert advice, or good tax software, to help you navigate it. Right now top marginal rates for personal income tax are high at 39.6%, but they kick in at fairly high levels: US$228,000 per individual and US$457,600 per married couple. In the mid-fifties America’s Motto changed from E Pluribus Unum – which is Latin for Out of One, Many – to In God We Trust. The new official motto began to appear on paper currency notes in 1957. It had appeared on coins since around the Civil War and comes from the Star Spangled Banner’s lyrics. And America’s national pastime? It used to be Baseball, without any doubt. That’s changed in the last few decades and Football now bests Baseball for that honor. Some small mid-western towns where the local Basketball arena has more seats than the county’s total population, and is always filled for every game, might disagree.
To the surprise of no one, most immigrants to the US currently come from Mexico: over 9,000,000 of the foreign born population of the United States was born in Mexico, and that makes up the vast majority. China and the Philippines are next on the list, both providing over 1 million immigrants, nothing to compare to Mexico's. India and Vietnam have both provided about 1 million immigrants.
And the remaining countries in the Top 10 provided less than 1 million each.

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YOUR TOP 10 WORST CITIES TO IMMIGRATE TO IN CANADA

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When we first published The Top Worst Places to Move in Canada, it was not received so well. Probably because of the use of 'worst' in the title. So we decided to ask you. We conducted an internet poll, that most scientific of data collection methods. The poll included the 8 cities in our original list and 12 major cities throughout Canada. Here's how our users ranked the top 10:

7. TIE: MONTREAL, THETFORD MINES, SARNIA AND VANCOUVER - 5% OF VOTES
Thetford Mines and Sarnia both found themselves on our original list due to their reputations for being extremely polluted. There was considerable debate in the comments section of the article about whether or not Sarnia remains polluted. In 2013 a Canadian magazine ran a story claiming that Sarnia was the most polluted city in Canada.
FactJunkie writes:
Sarnia has impressive social services available and is a common through-destination for people traveling to the States. Heck, the similar city of Windsor, Ontario has higher unemployment and is right across from Detroit... it has higher suicide rates, too. And it's only 2 hours away from Sarnia. Another great pick.

M Egan S Horttie writes:
Sorry Ana if you lived in Sarnia, you would see that there is some truth to this article lol. If you are not working in either the Chemical Valley part of Sarnia or Blue water health, expect an entry level low paying job here.
Corduroy-Pillows writes:
Over last couple years, Downtown Sarnia has enjoyed and very encouraging amount of revitalization. New residential spaces converted from older buildings and homegrown businesses moving into the empty store fronts. There's First Fridays events, a few decent festivals, art galleries, music venues, pubs, restaurants, green space and a new craft brewery opening up downtown. Sarnia is doing fine.
M Egan S Horttie counters:
Really where? because I sure as hell didn't see much of anything, and I was there 2 days ago Where was I going ? Work place Group Employment! because I trained for 6 weeks, for a different trade out side of London (Yet another opportunity not available in this dump!) OH WOW more pubs ,and restaurants? That oughta boost our horrible employment rate, best look for another job on the side.. (If you can even f*cking find one) Let's not forget our lovely waterfront Centennial Park, full of Asbestos. As a kid ya this city was great, Canatara Park was awesome, the Howard Watson Natural trail is great the Beach, is great. I loved the Animal Farm. But as far as employment goes, that's far from being revitalized, not everyone wants to be a Chemical Engineer, or a goddamn nurse. Or sharpen pencils all day in an office. Those are pretty much your only options here. Oh and such a shame about Montanas, AGAIN. You like many other Sarnians may already be retired, not young and looking to find their way. Sarnia is showing it's age, and it's not looking good so far. It's old, and tired like the many people who live here anyway. The only big success was Bayfest. But even that seems to have been taken away from us. Oh yes, and apparently blinkers are optional on cars in this city.

WINTER IN CANADA! The Good, The Bad, and the Cold...

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Many people ask us what winter in Canada is all about. How do we survive? How do our cars start? How do our pipes not freeze? For people who live in tropical climates, it's perplexing to think that we live our lives through -30, -50, and even -70. For 4-6 months of the year!

We can see how this might seem crazy, so we've gone ahead and put together a video to explain how it all works!

The winter is good, bad, and just plain cold. The good is that it brings immense beauty with nature covered in a blanket of white snow, as well as many activities such as skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and more. The bad is that it's very cold, icy, and sometimes just miserable.

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City of migrants - Via Genoa

Genoa is a haven city in Italy. In Genoa, tens of thousands of african migrants arrive, and the city and its inhabitants are overwhelmed by this flood of men. Administratively, the migrants are stuck in Genoa, and the locals have to live with the migrants, the ciminality, and the shift in Genoa's culture, highly visible in the emblematic street Via di Pré.

In the first episode of the VPRO travel series Via Genoa, Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer leads us through the Italian port city of Genoa. He speaks with residents about their changing city, and is looking for stories about migration.
In this first episode Ilja identifies the problems: in the neighborhood, many unemployed African migrants live, and many migrants do not have a residence permit. To have a residence permit they need an employment contract. But there are no jobs for migrants. For this reason,via di Prè became a criminal street, where you avoid eye contact and keep on walking. Even locals do not want to go on Via di Pré anymore.

The new police boss, Sergia Bracco, increased the number of patrols in central Genoa. The reason for this was the neighborhood residents and shopkeepers complaining, the terrorist attacks in other European cities and the various fake bombings in the city. Regular military and police patrols roam the city.
Every day, new Africans arrive in Genoa looking for work that doesn't seem to be real. At present, these are mostly young men from West Africa. In Lampedusa and the reception centers in Sicily they are divided among the Italian municipalities. Genoa currently has over 3000 registered asylum seekers. In the last month of December, tens of thousands came up daily. During the winter season, there are fewer arrivals on the southern Italian coasts, but the prospects are that 2017 will be another record year.
This shows how Italy has changed on the wings of migration over recent decades. Italians traded their salami, cheeses and vegetables and fruits for Senegalese seafood restaurants, Nigerian barbers and Moroccan kebab stores. During the nightly hours, the Italians in this part of the city can be counted on one hand.

In this VPRO travel series Via Genoa, writer Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer speaks with the colorful inhabitants of his hometown, the Italian port city of Genoa. Pfeiffer shows how Italy changes politically, socially and economically with all the newcomers.
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The Life of Haitians in Dominican Republic - Migration Challenges Culture

In this Documentary, I explore the topic of why so many Haitians migrate to Dominican Republic, and their lives there, the challenges they faced back in Haiti, as well as how it was to settle and integrate in Dominican Society, dealing with racism, police harassment, immigration, respect and acceptance issues.

You'll get to see clips from both Haiti and the DR and learn about the cultural differences. You'll hear me interview several down-to-earth Haitians and Americans who's traveled to and lived on both sides of the Island of Hispaniola.

I also discuss the topic of creating many more businesses and Jobs in their currently grim economy and how this could be achieved.

Finally, you'll also hear the view of a Dom Rep Businessman and Politician, as to his view on the Haitian immigrants. Enjoy! Brgds Mr.T

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TOP 10 DON’TS WHEN CROSSING THE US AND CANADA BORDER

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TOP 10 DON’TS WHEN CROSSING THE US AND CANADA BORDER

1. SHUT UP! PART 1.DON’T TRY TO BE FUNNY.
Border guards are not your friends, and it’s highly unlikely that they moonlight as talent scouts for comedy clubs. This is the wrong moment to make a buddy or tell jokes. Stay respectful and succinct and save the complaints for the drive away from the checkpoint.
2. SHUT UP! PART 2. DON’T DISCLOSE MORE THAN YOU’RE ASKED.
Answer all of the guard’s questions, but avoid getting chatty about your plans if you don’t have to. Thinking of catching up on some work on your laptop a little during your vacation, for example? Don’t mention that. There is no such thing as an American working holiday visa, although there are plenty of options for working holidays in Canada, or for Canadians travelling to other parts of the world. If you’re going to the U.S, however, best to say that your laptop is just for fantasy sports and YouTube. Planning a trip to propose to your girlfriend? Congratulations. But...
3. EVEN YOUR SEX LIFE MATTERS.DON’T MENTION THAT YOU’RE PLANNING TO MARRY A CITIZEN OR RESIDENT OF ANOTHER COUNTRY WHEN YOU’RE ENTERING IT.
Even if you’re in the middle of the appropriate application process, talking about your romantic attachments will not warm the hearts of the border guards and it will get you flagged as a potential risk for illegal immigration. This goes for crossing the US and Canadian border in either direction. Say that you’re visiting “a friend” and save the flaunting of your ring for the day when you’re married or your citizenship and residency information is fully settled.
4. DEVELOP A “CREATIVE VOCABULARY.”DON’T BE IN A RUSH TO EXPLAIN EVERY DETAIL ABOUT THE GOODS YOU’RE BRINGING WITH YOU, BUT KNOW THE RISKS OF INCOMPLETE DISCLOSURE
It can be mighty tempting to try to bring a few extra items back from your trip without declaring them. You can push the limits of the personal exemption (see above for the exact amounts), or you can declare the extras and pay the duties. If you’re pushing it, try to describe dollar values using words like “approximately,” “about,” or “around” if you’re just above the personal exemption limits. Remove the tags, and ditch the shopping bags and receipts. If you are searched and the agents find something that you haven’t declared, it’s most likely that you’ll be delayed and that you’ll have to pay the duty. Hey, people forget the things they buy all the time, right? Mistakes can happen. If you push it too far, however, and you get caught making a false declaration crossing to Canada, you might also have your goods seized or you might have to pay a penalty that’s an extra 25-80% of the goods’ value. The worst case scenario is that you’ll lose the goods permanently and have your vehicle impounded. You’ll also almost certainly find yourself subject to more intense scrutiny at future crossings. Getting caught with small amounts over the limit shouldn’t have lasting repercussions, unless you’re busted repeatedly. Now you know the risks. Govern yourself accordingly. Bonus tip: Never try to conceal anything you just bought at the duty-free shop. They take your name and license plate number and their database is coordinated with the border guards on each side, so lying in this case makes for a guaranteed delay. Don’t do it.
5. A CRIMINAL MIND, IT’S ALL I’VE EVER KNOWN.DON’T LIE ABOUT YOUR CRIMINAL PAST.
If you have run into legal trouble, check to see if it’s serious enough to prevent you from travelling. Each country has its own regulations on this, and most countries reserve the right to deny anyone the right to entry for any reason. If you are denied entry crossing from Canada to US, consider applying for a US Entry Waiver. If you are worried you can’t enter Canada from the US, consider getting a temporary resident permit. The process rules and process for both the US Entry Waiver and the TRP can be complicated and difficult, so you can always seek help.

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