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A rhetorical question: My "friend" is a German citizen with

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Hi, a rhetorical question:
My "friend" is a German citizen with an EU passport. Lets say he got a Canadian Visa for 6 months, could he fly in to Toronto/Montreal (and get the Canadian Visa and stamp) and then cross the border into the US by car or train, without having the passport scanned, stamped or put into some database?
Because if the passport isn't stamped or put in an electronic database, he could technically stay in the US for 6 months, then go back to Canada just in time for when his Canadian Visa runs out. It would seem like he never even left Canada?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  Ely replied 11 months ago.

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Every crossing between Canada and US requires passing an immigration check by the ICE/TSA authorities. If he takes a train or a plane, the check would be once he lands in USA/arrives at the US spot where he leaves the train.

I am sorry, but "sneaking" into USA from Canada and not being scanned by the authorities is not possible - he can only cross at designated areas, and all said areas have check points for immigration purposes either at the border or at place of final destination (if by plane or train).

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Hi, just to clarify: I realize that one must show a passport when crossing the border. A passport which allows for Visa free travel to the US (Which a German passport does). I am wondering whether it's just enough to show the passport? Or if the passport number etc is added to an electronic database? It's not "sneaking" since the person actually shows the valid passport
Expert:  Ely replied 11 months ago.
I think that is where the misunderstanding lies. No, one does not simply show the passport. The passport is scanned to ensure it is not a fake, and it electronically "tagged" as well. So one does not simply "show" the passport.
Of course it is not sneaking in... but their passport WILL be scanned and tagged.
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Expert:  Ely replied 11 months ago.

Hello again. This is a courtesy check in to see if you needed anything else in regards ***** ***** question because you never responded or replied positively. I am simply touching base. Let me know. Thanks!