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Travelling To Canada For The First Time? A Comprehensive Guide for Newcomers

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Thurs, 07th December 2023

Embarking on a new chapter in Canada as a permanent resident, or work permit holder is an exciting endeavour, but it comes with responsibilities and specific requirements.

Whether you are relocating for permanent residence or for educational or work opportunities, being well-informed about the necessary documents and procedures is crucial. All travellers to Canada need to show certain documents at their port of entry. These include a travel document (i.e. a passport) and a visa or electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to verify and confirm a person's status in Canada.

For New Permanent Residents:

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If you've been approved for Canadian permanent residence, your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) is your golden ticket. It's essential to note that the COPR is usually valid for one year. To complete the PR process, ensure you arrive in Canada before its expiration. If your country requires a visa, it will be issued along with your COPR. For those needing an eTA, secure it before your travel.

For Work Permit Holders:

Work permit holders must have their passport, a visitor visa or eTA if required, relevant travel documents, and proof of meeting job requirements. If your job falls under the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) category, ensure you have a copy. LMIA-exempt workers should have their employer's offer of employment number. A Letter of Introduction (LOI) will validate your work permit approval, but it's not the permit itself. Convincing border services officers of your eligibility and plans is crucial.

Bringing Belongings to Canada:

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Newcomers can bring their belongings but must declare them through the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Filling out a CBSA declaration is crucial for legally bringing in large assets without paying taxes. For items not brought immediately, a "Goods to Follow" list is submitted to CBSA at the airport, and a receipt is issued for presentation at the port of entry when bringing in the assets later.


Understanding the obligations and requirements for your specific immigration category is essential for a smooth transition into Canada. Adhering to these guidelines and having the necessary documents ready ensures a positive start to your new life in the Great White North. As you embark on this journey, embrace the diverse opportunities that await in your new home.

Related FAQs

1. What is a Canada Immigration Visa?

A Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa is a document which allows a person to live and work anywhere in Canada, and confers upon that person Permanent Resident status.

2. How is a Work Permit different from a Canada Immigration Visa?

A Work Permit allows an eligible individual to reside and work in Canada for a limited period of time, and restrictions are sometimes placed on the type of employment which can be pursued. a Canada Immigration Visa entitles its holder to live and work anywhere in Canada, enjoy many of the privileges of Canadian citizenship, apply for Canadian citizenship after three years and sponsor family members for Canadian Permanent Resident status.

3. Is there a benefit to using an attorney for immigration to Canada?

Yes, there is. Immigrating to Canada has become more and more complicated over time. There are currently more than 100 different federal and provincial immigration programs under which an applicant may qualify.

4. Can I apply for Permanent Resident status and Temporary status at the same time?

Yes, you can apply for Permanent Resident status and Temporary status at the same time. Canadian Immigration policy recognizes the concept of dual intent.

5. I have heard that Canada Immigration Regulations have changed. How will I be affected?

Canada immigration regulations, laws and policies are constantly subject to change. To remain continuously informed on changes being made by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), please visit our Latest News Section daily.

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