Canada is considered one of the best countries in the globe to live in. This country offers one of the most favorable immigration policies worldwide, with the Canadian Government aiming to admit more than 200,000 immigrants every year.

There are very many reasons why immigrating to Canada is a good choice: the country allows for migration with family members, migration is possible for skilled workers and investors, there’s access to free education and healthcare, there are many employment opportunities in the IT field for software professionals, dual citizenship is permitted, minimal government interference in starting a business etc.

If you are planning to immigrate to Canada soon, the following is some general information about landing and settling in Canada.

General Information for Landing in Canada

The principal applicant for Canadian residency is expected to enter in the country before or along with his/her accompanying spouse, children and any other dependents. All of you are required to land before your Permanent Resident Visa expires.

Given that you have not made an explicit immigration application to the province of Quebec, the government of Canada mandates that you can enter the country using any point of entry that’s not in this particular province. To enter the country via a point of entry in the mentioned province will require you to obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ). If you are immigrating to the province of Quebec and you have a CSQ, you are allowed to enter the country using any point of entry.

Required Documents

When you land in the country, there are some documents you should carry:

  • A Canadian immigrant visa and a document confirming permanent residence for each person that is accompanying you on your move to Canada.
  • Valid passport or other applicable travel documents for every person that is traveling with you to Canada.
  • 2 copies of a comprehensive list of all the household and personal possessions you are carrying with you.
  • 2 copies of a detailed list of possessions that are coming later on. (Note: Both lists need to show how much your household and personal possessions are worth).
  • You’re also required to carry enough monetary funds to cover the living expenses of you and your whole family like food, rent, transport and clothes for a period of 6 months. You might be required to present proof of funds.

You should preferably keep your documents at hand to present to immigration officials, rather than packed away deep in the suitcase.

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