I am a US citizen completing my Master's degree in the states. I have a standing job offer from a friend's company in lower BC, and I am beginning the process of wading through paperwork. For a little background, I have not yet applied for my work permit but I am scheduled to move in early December. I have a few questions related to complications I may encounter during this transition.
(1) I am weary my work visa documents will not be ready before I need to go through customs at the Washington/BC border. If this occurs, will I be able to cross as a visitor, if I can demonstrate I have funds to support myself while I wait for the documentation? What is sufficient to demonstrate this fact? A pay stub? A bank account statement?
(2) If I am able to cross as a visitor and complete the work permit documents in Canada, would I be able to bring over personal belongings for the period of time I would be "visiting" exceeding a couple suitcases for a more standard visit? Specifically, if I were to cross as a visitor with my belongings packed tightly in my vehicle for the period I will be "visiting," would they allow me to cross? I ask because if I were to come to Canada, visiting friends for a period of 3 months or so, I would expect the border would allow me to pack items I would need for that stay in my vehicle. I just do not know the conditions in which me crossing would be suspicious.
(3) If I do not have complete documents for my work visa, ONLY because the LMO documents are still pending, does that essentially mean the rest of the paperwork I could present to the border agent is useless?
Thank you in advance, and I will browse the forums more in hopes of finding answers I may have missed!