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My wife was told that she can\t return to Canada with an

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Hi, My wife was told that she can\t return to Canada with an expired passport. She is in the US and Canada was aware of this when she left on MOn. nov. 14th/2016. She is due back on nov 28th, but was told she can\t go then because it tgakes longer to process a new passport. Mike
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: she is in Missouri
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: sorry, my mistake, Belleville, illinois. I don\t blieve so
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I think that is all
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Canada Law
Expert:  Debra replied 10 months ago.

Hello! My name is***** you for your question. I'm reviewing it now, and will post back again shortly.

Expert:  Debra replied 10 months ago.

Are you saying the airline said this or Canada Border Services?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
thanks for asking.
she is in the US.
she went to renew her expired passport and was told she may not return to Canad(she is a landed immigrant living in Canada with me (her husband) until her passport is renewed.
3-4 weeks
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
scince her return date is Nov. 28th, she will miss her return flight.
Expert:  Debra replied 10 months ago.

I am asking if the airline said this or Canada Border services.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Neither, i believe.
She is in the US.Went to apply for a renewal and was told there that she cannot re-enter on expired passport, and that it takes 3-4 weeks to process.
Expert:  Debra replied 10 months ago.

So the US government told her she cannot enter Canada on a renew passport or cannot re-enter the US?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No, she is set to return on nov 28th, but she will not be able to return on that date,due to processing time.
This means that she will miss her return flight and lose the money she paid for the ticket.
when the passport is renewed, she can return to Canada.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Depending on actual processing time of her passport,she cannot even reschedule a flight home to Canada.
she has a Canadian permanent resident card, birth certificate and other Id info with her and American citizenship.
Is there any way she can come back to Canada on Nov. 28th,using any other document or process?
Expert:  Debra replied 10 months ago.

So it is only the airline that is saying she cannot fly?

No one has said she cannot re-enter Canada right?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
no,its the passport office said her return is delayed by any means of transport.
she can re-enter Canada.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
she can re-enter Canada just not on her arranged return date.
Expert:  Debra replied 10 months ago.


That is entirely incorrect.

That may be the case is she was trying to return on work permit or a study permit but she has a right to re-enter Canada at any point in time because she is a permanent resident. No US authority should have told her about the laws in Canada which they clearly do not understand.

It is true that she may not be able to board a plane without a valid passport but as a permanent resident she may cross the border into Canada at any point in time so for sure she can drive over or take a bus. She just cannot enter a plane.

Does that clarify the law?

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Expert:  Debra replied 10 months ago.

Is there anything more I can help you with at this point in time?