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the government of canada provides an update on flagpoling & which border locations accept it
The Government of Canada Provides an Update on Flagpoling & Which Border Locations Accept it? 
the government of canada provides an update on flagpoling & which border locations accept it

The Government of Canada Provides an Update on Flagpoling & Which Border Locations Accept it? 

The Government of Canada has released a new update on the process of “flagpoling”, and which border locations will accept this service. The Government urges individuals to apply online instead of “flagpoling”, and has issued limited hours that these services are available at each border to reduce this. 

What is Flagpoling? 

Many individuals looking to renew their work/study permits, verify their permanent residence, or continue their temporary resident status visit various border crossings to complete these tasks in a process called “flagpoling”. These individuals leave Canada and re-enter within 24 hours to receive immigration services. This practice can allow individuals to skip the long wait times due to backlog, and have their application processed immediately. 

“Flagpoling” is currently a legal process, but many individuals are finding that they face long border wait times due to an increase in the service. Individuals who wish to visit the border for this purpose must inform the Canadian Border Service Agent when they arrive, and cannot complete this process after service hours. The government of Canada recommends that individuals use IRCC’s online services instead of “flagpoling” as this puts greater strain on the Canadian Border Service Agents. 

Current Available Locations & Service Hours: 

Starting May 30, 2024, The Government of Canada updated its “flagpoling services”. There are various ports of entry throughout Canada where this service is available, and each location has specific service hours. 

Here is a list of all of the current service locations: 

Quebec Locations + Hours: 

ArmstrongMonday-Thursday 12pm-7pm 
Saint Armand/PhilipsburgMonday-Thursday 9am-3pm 
Saint-Bernard-de-LacolleMonday-Thursday 12pm-7pm 
Stanstead Route 55 Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm 

Southern Ontario Region Location + Hours: 

Fort Erie (Peace Bridge) Tuesday-Thursday 8am-midnight
Niagara Falls Rainbow BridgeTuesday-Thursday 8am-midnight
Queenston-Lewiston BridgeTuesday-Thursday 8am-midnight 

Pacific Region Locations + Hours: 

Abbotsford-Huntingdon Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm 
AldergroveMonday-Thursday 10am-4pm 
Boundary Bay (Delta/Point Roberts)Monday-Thursday 10am-2pm 
Douglas (Surrey/White Rock/Blaine)Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm 
Pacific Highway (Surrey/Blaine)Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm 

For more information visit the official government website here

Source: Government of Canada Information


Disclaimer: The information is obtained directly from the Government of Canada website. The information has been gathered as accurately as possible at the time of writing (April 29, 2024), but we cannot guarantee its accuracy or completeness. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, please check their official website and digital channels.

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