What do I need to know before moving to Canada? What documentation needs to be fill out?
Step 1: Make a list of your personal effects which you will a) be flying with, b) be shipping by container. For immigration (deals with the person) purposes you are an individual who is accepting Canada’s offer to permanently reside in Canada. For customs (deals with goods) purposes, you are a new resident of Canada. Since it is your intention to reside in Canada for more than 12 months, you will be entitled to bring in personal effects free of duty. For more information read this Tariff Item No. 9807.00.00. To speed up the process, I would highly recommend that you pre-fill this B4E form (http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publi...)Step 2: Book and board a flight to CanadaStep 3: On arrival at the Customs hall, you will stand in the Visitor line. Like everyone on the plane you will fill in this E-311 form (http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publi...). When you get to the front of the line, you will then meet a human official of Canada Border Services who is working at the Primary Inspection Line. Hand the officer your Canadian permanent residence paperwork, passport and E-311 Form. Indicate to the officer that you are moving to Canada for the first time and that you have some personal effects in your luggage and some that will be shipped later. The official will first refer you to the Secondary Immigration Inspection Area. They will do this by making an annotation on your E-311.After you walk away from this first officer, a second officer will look at your E-311, note the annotation and direct you to Immigration Secondary. There you will line up to meet an initial officer, who will read your E-311 and ask for your passport and permanent residence paperwork. If secondary is busy you will be asked to sit and wait for someone to call your name. Once you meet with the processing officer in immigration secondary, they will “land” you, which is the administrative process of becoming a permanent resident. They will also take your photo for the Permanent Resident Card which will be created later. This card will be mailed to you in about 6 weeks. If you do not have a Canadian mailing address at the time of landing, you will need to prone online later (TI am a new permanent resident of Canada. Do I need to apply for a permanent resident card?) . They will then release you to retrieve your baggage.After you recover your luggage but before you leave the secured area, another officer will look at your E-311 form and refer you to Customs Secondary. At secondary, they will review your pre-filled B4E form. They may or may not also check your luggage to determine if a) any contraband or b) confirm the items listed on your B4E as accompanying.Once you are finished with secondary, you will then be directed out of the secured area and into the airport proper. IOW: Canada?Step 4: Ship your goods: Assuming that you will send a container with some personal effects, then you will need to deal with this customs documentation. Depending on your port of arrival and where you are shipping the goods, you will need to ‘clear these goods‡ on arrival by following the instructions given either by your shipper or the Customs Secondary Officer.Step 5. After arrival secure basic new Canadian documentation: It varies from province to province but since you indicate a Toronto arrival, I will give you the example of the province of Ontario.a) Social Insurance Number: This is the basic Federal taxpayer identification number and can be obtained on-line or at an office (Applying for your Social Insurance Number... Fast, simple, secure?). Note: When Canadians talk about a “SIN card”, they are referring to this document, not a scorecard of spiritual transgressions.b) Provincial health insurance: You are entitled to national health coverage, which is administered by each province. Here is the process for Ontario (Ontario Health Insurance (OHIP). Note that there is a 3 month waiting period for new residents of Ontario before coverage starts so make sure you continue your current insurance or obtain travel insurance to cover this three month period (Travel Insurance for Visitors to Canada),c) Driver’s Licence: This is a bit more complicated depending on whether you are coming from one of the countries which has automatic transfer rights with Ontario. Read this information carefully and secure the proper records before leaving for Canada (Foreign Licence Experience Credits,d) Bank Accounts and Credit Cards: As a new resident of Canada, you will have no banking history or credit rating. Therefore I would highly recommend that you open an account with HSBC and obtain a credit card from them. You will then have a) a debit and credit card that you can use in Canada without incurring heavy wire transfer fees, and b) an opening for a relationship with a Canadian Bank that will make it easier for you to open a Canadian bank account and credit card as HSBC Canada will work with HSBC . You can later choose another Canadian bank, but this is a great starting point.