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December 2, 2023

Travelling to Canada for the First Time as a Newcomer? Here’s How You Can Arrive Prepared

Travelling to Canada for the First Time as a Newcomer? Here’s How You Can Arrive Prepared: Embarking on your first journey to Canada as a newcomer is a thrilling experience filled with new opportunities. At VLink Immigration, we recognize that this transition signifies the beginning of a significant chapter in your life. Our mission is to ensure that your journey isn’t just a relocation but a smooth, well-guided experience. Whether you’re arriving as a permanent resident, work permit holder, or study permit holder, our expertise and support are here to make your landing as seamless as possible.

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Understanding Canadian Immigration Requirements

Travelling to Canada as a newcomer involves adhering to specific obligations. Let’s explore the key guidelines to ensure a prepared arrival with VLink Immigration.

For New Permanent Residents: Navigating the COPR

As a new permanent resident, your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) is pivotal:

  • Validation of COPR: The COPR validates your approval as a Canadian Permanent Resident, typically valid for one year.
  • Travel Within Validity Period: Ensure you travel to Canada before your COPR expires to complete the PR process legally.
  • Country-Specific Requirements: Depending on your country of origin, comply with visa or eTA requirements.
  • Virtual Confirmation: If you are already in Canada, confirm your PR status through an online portal provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

For Work Permit Holders: Essential Documents for Smooth Arrival

Entering Canada on a work permit requires meticulous documentation:

  • Passport and Additional Documents: Ensure a valid passport, a visitor visa, or eTA if required, and any relevant travel documents.
  • Job Requirements Proof: Carry proof of meeting job requirements, such as work experience or education credentials.
  • LMIA or CAQ (Quebec): Provide your employer’s Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or Certificat d’acceptation du Quebec (CAQ) if applicable.
  • Offer of Employment Number: If LMIA-exempt, secure the offer of employment number from your employer.
  • Letter of Introduction (LOI): Show the LOI at the port of entry, confirming your approved work permit status.
  • Compliance Assurance: Convince the border services officer of meeting entry requirements and having valid immigration medical exam results.

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For Study Permit Holders: Meeting Educational Entry Criteria

Entering Canada on a study permit involves the following:

  • Document Checklist: Have a valid travel document, a Letter of Introduction (LOI) from the visa office, and a valid letter of acceptance from your school.
  • Financial Preparedness: Carry enough money for your stay, considering travel and accommodation specifics.
  • Health and Good Conduct: Provide immigration medical exam results if applicable and demonstrate good health and no criminal record.
  • Ties to Home Country: Convince immigration officers of significant ties to your home country and your intent to leave Canada post-completion of studies.

Bringing Belongings to Canada: CBSA Declarations

For newcomers bringing belongings, adhere to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) guidelines:

  • CBSA Declaration: Fill out the CBSA declaration to legally declare assets, especially large items.
  • Goods to Follow List: Submit a “Goods to Follow” list for assets arriving later, presenting it to CBSA at the airport.
  • Cash Declarations: There’s no limit on cash, but amounts exceeding $10,000 CAD must be declared to CBSA.

Contact Us: Your Partner in a Successful Transition

Embarking on a new journey can be both exciting and challenging. At VLink Immigration, we recognize the importance of a well-guided transition, and our team is dedicated to providing you with the support you need for traveling to Canada. For personalized assistance, answers to your inquiries, or to begin your journey with us, contact VLink Immigration. We’re here to guide you through every step of your journey to Canada.

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