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Remote Border Crossing

The CANPASS RABC program facilitates border services clearance process for individuals wishing to cross the border into Canada at the following remote areas:

  • From Pigeon River through to and including Lake of the Woods

  • The Canadian shore of Lake Superior

  • Cockburn Island

  • Sault Ste. Marie (upper lock system)

 map showing RABC region

WHO CAN APPLY FOR AN RABC PERMIT

Citizens and permanent residents of Canada and the United States are eligible to apply for a CANPASS RABC permit.

U. S. citizens and permanent residents must meet normal Canadian visitor legislative requirements, as described in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. In general, visitors must be in good health and law-abiding, and they must have sufficient funds for their stay in Canada. For more information on immigration requirements for visitors to Canada, see the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Web site.

You may not qualify for a CANPASS RABC permit if one of the following applies:

  • you are not a permanent resident or citizen of Canada or the United States;
  • you have been previously charged with a contravention of customs or immigration legislation;
  • you have a criminal conviction for which you have not received a pardon; or
  • you provided false or incomplete information on the CANPASS RABC program application.
PDF icon Download Adobe® Acrobat file [Size: 31 K]
Application for CANPASS – Remote Area Border Crossing (RABC) Permit

HOW TO APPLY FOR A CANPASS – REMOTE AREA BORDER CROSSING (RABC) PERMIT

PROCESS

  • Applications can be made in person or by mail.
  • Applicants must complete and sign the application.
  • Each adult must provide two pieces of identification: one primary AND one secondary document. Photocopies of identification are acceptable. Do not put original documents in the mail.
  • You do not need to submit copies of identification if you have received an RABC permit in the last three years. You will need only to submit identification for family members whose names have been added to the permit.
  • Each child (under 18 years of age) must provide only a primary document.
Primary
Documentation


Passport
U.S. Permanent Resident Card
State-Issued Birth Certificate
Canadian Permanent Resident Card
Record of Landing (IMM 1000)
Province-Issued Birth Certificate
Citizenship Card
Citizenship Certificate
Certificate of Naturalization
** Hospital certificates are not acceptable.
Secondary
Documentation


Driver's Licence (preferred)
U.S. Social Security Card
Canadian Social Insurance Card

Birth Certificates must have been issued by state or provincial authorities.

Persons in possession of a valid passport need only submit a photocopy of the pages bearing their photograph and signature. No further documentation will be necessary.

PROCESSING FEE

  • $30.00 Canadian per application payable by Visa, MasterCard or American Express ONLY.
  • A family may consist of a principal applicant plus spouse and dependant children.
  • Applications presented in person may be paid in cash.
  • The processing fee is NOT refundable.

Who are dependant children? Dependent children must be your own or the children of your spouse. They must:

  • be under the age of 22 and not be a spouse or common-law partner; OR
  • have been continuously enrolled and in attendance as full-time students in an educational institution AND financially supported by their parents since reaching age 22 (or from the date of their marriage if married before age 22). Students who interrupt their full time studies continue to be considered dependants as long as they are not away from school for a total or more than one year and continue to be supported by their parents during that time (school holidays need not be included). Applicants must submit proof that they qualify as a student dependent; OR
  • due to a physical or mental condition, be unable to support themselves AND be dependent on their parents for financial support.

WHERE TO APPLY FOR A CANPASS – REMOTE AREA BORDER CROSSING (RABC) PERMIT

IN PERSON

The completed application and supporting documentation can be presented to an Immigration Officer at one of the following offices:

Fort Frances, Rainy River, Pigeon River, Sault Ste Marie, Emerson CBSA ports of entry
Thunder Bay CBSA office, 201 North May Street

BY MAIL

To avoid processing delays at the border, it is recommended to apply by mail three to four weeks before your trip.

Mail your completed application and photocopies of supporting documents to:

Canada Border Services Agency
201 North May Street
Thunder Bay ON P7C 3P4
Telephone: 807-624-2162

  • Applicants must fully complete and sign the application.
  • Applicants must complete the credit card information section.
  • Applicants must submit copies of all required identification.
  • Applicants will receive a mailed response, unless an interview is deemed necessary.

 

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PDF icon Download Adobe® Acrobat file [Size: 31 K]
Application for CANPASS – Remote Area Border Crossing (RABC) Permit

 

 
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