How Canadian Immigration helps Amtrak compete with airlines for user-unfriendliness.
Instead, I spent 4 hours getting down there, 3/4 of an hour being interrogated by Canadian Immigration personnell, 6 hours sitting in a stationary train being watched over by a security guard, and another 4 hours back to Seattle.
Basically, the Canadian customs officer decided my reasons for wanting to (re)enter Canada weren't wholesome enough. The fact that I was contracting for a Seattle company, and planning on staying in Vancouver with trips down to Seattle at intervals, apparrently indicated to him that:
1) I was doing this to avoid US visa requirements, which prohibit me from working for the Seattle company as an employee in Seattle, by tele-commuting from the conveniently-nearby Vancouver.
2) He had no proof that my company was even applying for an H1B VISA, and that they weren't just bullshitting me, or that I wasn't intending to just stay in Canada indefinitely.
So, here I am back in Seattle. In a different hotel, since my old one had already cleaned and re-rented my old room.
Oh, and someone remind me to tell you all about the least competent security guard I've ever met, when I'm less tired and pissed off.
Edited: More paranoia - removed the name of the company I work for. Sorry. Previous Post Next Post