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Essential Things to Bring When You Are Migrating

Essential Things to Bring When You Are Migrating

Before flying, we made a checklist on what to bring. This will ensure that we have all the needed documents before we move out of the country. It’s actually not so hard to research since most web sites and blogs have a section on “things to do/bring before landing”.

My favorite sites for these kind of research are either canadavisa.com forum or settlement.org. Be sure to bring whatever you think you’ll be needing since it will be hard for you to get these documents/things once you’ve landed.

To Bring Description
Passports Must not be expiring within 6 months
Confirmation of Permanent Residence Form This document should be included when they give you your visa, one for you and one per individual coming with you.
B4E – Personal Effects Accounting Documents (Accompanying items)

B4A – Personal Effects Accounting Documents (Items to follow)

All items listed here will be tax free.

Downloaded here:

B4E: http://www.cbsa.gc.ca/publications/forms-formulaires/b4-eng.pdf

B4A: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/forms-formulaires/bsf186a.pdf

E677 – CROSS-BORDER CURRENCY OR MONETARY INSTRUMENTS REPORT

 

If you are bringing more than CAD 10,000 (cash and any other monetary instruments) you need to declare this with the Canadian customs.

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/forms-formulaires/e677.pdf

Foreign Currency and Other Foreign Exchange-Denominated Bearer Monetary Instruments Declaration Form

 

This is the counterpart of form E677 in the Philippines.

http://www.bsp.gov.ph/publications/tables/2012_11/news-11132012a1.pdf

Birth Certificates Bring at least two copies per person. This can be ordered online now through this site: https://www.ecensus.com.ph/Default.aspx
Marriage Certificates Bring at least two copies. This can be ordered online now through this site: https://www.ecensus.com.ph/Default.aspx
Medical Records Bring all medical records, including the one you’ve submitted during your medical exam. This should be typewritten.
Dental Records Ask your dentist for your dental records. Our dentist used the form from the Philippine Dental Association.
Children’s Vaccination Form If you have children coming with you, be sure to have their pediatrician list down all the vaccines administered to your children. The form should also be included in your Visa pack but, if it’s missing, you can download it here: http://www.chinacanada.ca/ss/down/immunization.pdf
IELTS Bring your original IELTS results
ECA Bring your original Education Credential Assessment document
Transcript of Records Bring at least two original or certified true copies of Transcript of Records coming from your school
Diploma Bring the original diploma
COE Bring original certificates of employment from all the companies that you and your wife worked for
Drivers License Bring driver’s license and receipt
LTO Certification with Red Ribbon Bring original document. Note this document has a 6-month expiry.
Bank Draft and Canadian Dollars Bring all monetary instruments with you, you must declare if more than 10,000
Medicines Bring medicines, especially if you have maintenance meds

In filling out the personal effects accounting documents, you need not list down everything per piece (although this one is advisable). You can lump it into logical groups such as clothes, gadgets, shoes, food, etc. In our case, the customs officer didn’t ask for this form and told us that the goods to follow form is what matters.

We still have jet lag, thus this post at 6 in the morning EST. Until next post.

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13 Comments

  • Reply Bunny |

    Hi,

    I’ve been reading your blog and it’s very informative. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.

    I’ll also be migrating to Canada soon. I’d like to clarify a few things. Do we really need the following?
    1. Two copies of birth certificate (why do we need 2 copies?)
    2. Two copies of TOR (why do we need 2 copies)
    3. Red ribbon of driver’s license (someon I know from Canada said it is okay to show just the Philippine driver’s license when applying for Canada drivers license. No need for red ribbon. Is this true?)

    Would greatly appreciate reply. Congratulations on finding a job 🙂

    Bunny

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Bunny,

      Congratulations and welcome to Canada in advance.

      See my answers below:
      For 1 and 2, it’s my personal preference, just in case I’ll be needing to submit original copies here. Anyway, it’s up to you. 🙂

      3. If you’ll be using just your license, at least here in Ontario, you can drive for 60 days without securing an Ontario issued license. Now, if you want to secure a full license (g2 and g) without going through the g1(student license) 1 year requirement, you need to prove that you’ve been driving for more than two years and that’s the time you will use your certification. Every province has different requirements. Be sure to research it before going here so you can secure whatever document is needed.

      I hope I was able to answer your questions. I haven’t secured any license my self so as soon as I get one, I’ll share my experience.

      God bless.

  • Reply Ghensa |

    Good day! I am also applying for immigrant visa but as of now we are on the documentation process. But i have problem with my employment contract.I just want to ask any opinion or suggestion if we cannot get employment contract from our employee what i should do. Thank you!

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Ghensa,

      Good day to you too. I’m assuming you already got your ITA.

      To answer your question, it will be a little bit hard since CIC is expecting a Certificate of Employment. Would you have Pay Stubs or Tax forms for this company? You can try using this as proof that you worked for a company and just write a letter of explanation detailing the reason why you can’t get an official Certificate of Employment.

      Let me know if you have further questions and Goo luck on your application.

  • Reply Neeraja |

    Hi Kulas,

    Do we get a visa pack alone with Visa?
    What medical records and dental records do we need to bring? Is it mandatory if you don’t have any medical history?

    Are these records come in visa pack as forms that we need to get it filled by doctors?

    Also, for kids, Singapore babay booklet has the vaccination list. Do we still need to get a form filled in by the same paediatrician or any paediatrician?

    Thank You so much

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Neeraja,

      You’ll get a visa pack, should include your COPR. It will be easier for the doctors and dentist here in Canada if you have your medical history. Not mandatory but I highly recommend it.

      No, visa pack won’t contain any form for the doctors. For Vaccines, it will again be easier if you use the form CIC is recommending for vaccines but if you have proof of vaccines that will also do.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Neeraja |

    Hi Kulas,

    Thanks again for your prompt replies as always. We got our visa yesterday. So now anxious and nervous about all the big tasks coming up.

    I don’t have any medical history. So no need for medical records, right?

    I have the baby booklet the Singapore hospital gave for my son and it has the records of vaccination. Is that enough?

    Also, my son is now in nursery. Do I need to get a certificate from the school or not needed?

    I know I bombard you with lot of questions. Thank you so much for your patience and time. I really appreciate it.

    Best

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Neeraja,

      Congratulations! For medical records, again, it will be great to have it but not required.

      For the vaccination list, of you can transfer it to a form CIC recommends, it will be great.

      These are just recommendations from CIC, you may or may not have it but the reason they have it is for you and your family to have seamless integration with the community.

      Welcome to Canada!

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Neeraja |

    Hi Kulas,
    Thanks you so very much!
    I hope you don’t mind answering some more questions!

    1. Is it possible to open a bank account in canada while living in Singapore?

    2. I understand that we can only bring CAD 10,000 without declaring. Is it for whole family or per person in the family? Rest can we wire transfer after arriving there from bank in Singapore to bank in Canada?

    3. Is there a tax to pay for the money we bring in?

    4. For a 4.5 yrs old kid, how many hours pre-school? What system does Canada have for a 4.5 yr old?

    Thanks again.

  • Reply cha carbon |

    Hi kulas!

    Your blog has been very informative for us who would like to migrate in Canada as well. Just a quick question, were your proof of funds under a joint account (you or your spouse) or solely under your name? Thanks in advance!

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Cha,

      Thanks! It’s under my name only. But once here, you can deposit in a joint account. I suggest name it after the primary applicant.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Neeraja |

    Hi Kulas,
    Thanks you so very much!
    I hope you don’t mind answering some more questions!
    1. Is it possible to open a bank account in canada while living in Singapore?
    2. I understand that we can only bring CAD 10,000 without declaring. Is it for whole family or per person in the family? Rest can we wire transfer after arriving there from bank in Singapore to bank in Canada?
    3. Is there a tax to pay for the money we bring in?
    4. For a 4.5 yrs old kid, how many hours pre-school? What system does Canada have for a 4.5 yr old?
    Thanks again.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Neeraja,

      Please see answers below:

      1. Yes, check Scotiabank’ program. As per my friend he was able to do this.
      2. You can bring more than $10k as long as you declare it when you arrive. I think $10k limit will be as a group.
      3. No
      4. I have no idea yet as my daughter is not yet in school.

      Regards,
      Kulas

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