There are several perks and bonuses that come with living in Western New York.

Not only do we have the world's best food festival, world-class architecture, and one of the wonders of the world right in our backyard, but of course, who can forget the Bills and Sabres, along with many more things.

All of these are great reasons to live in WNY; however, believe it or not, it pales in comparison to what might be perhaps the best perk of living in the 716 - our proximity to Canada.

The United States of America and Canada share a special relationship. Not only do the two countries share the world's longest undefended border, at 5,525 miles long, the International Boundary Commission and the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) ensure that travel between the two countries is relatively easy. There are no border zones along the border, and there is minimal fencing and few walls.

While you do need a passport or enhanced license to cross the border, the process is relatively easy for most Americans and Canadians. That is so long as you haven't done anything to land you on the naughty list.

Canada generally will allow most New Yorkers into the country, so long as you haven't done any of the things on this list produced by Immigration Canada. If you've done these things, the Canadian government may deem you inadmissible:

A Canadian immigration officer will decide if you can enter Canada when you apply for a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), or when you arrive at a port of entry. If you’re found inadmissible, you’ll be denied a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), refused entry to, or removed from Canada.
-Immigration Canada

There are several reasons why Canada may consider you ineligible to enter the country; they include:

  • Espionage,
  • Subversion (attempts to overthrow a government, etc.),
  • Violence or terrorism,
  • War crimes,
  • Crimes against humanity,
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol,
  • Probation Violations,
  • Domestic Violence,
  • Vehicular Manslaughter (voluntary or involuntary),
  • Possession of Stolen Property,
  • Arson,
  • Embezzlement,
  • Drug Manufacturing or Cultivation,
  • Aggravated Assault,
  • Child Abandonment,
  • Property Crimes,
  • Robbery,
  • Indecent Exposure,
  • Failure to Appear,
  • Hit and Run,
  • Credit Card Fraud,
  • Child Abuse,
  • Conspiracy,
  • White Collar Crime,
  • Solicitation,
  • Extortion,
  • Vandalism,
  • Harassment,
  • Telemarketing Fraud,
  • Battery,
  • and more.

So before you decide to run thru 6 with your woes, ensure none apply. If you think you may be inadmissible, Canada has a guide referencing what you can do to regain your admissibility.

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