What documents should I bring with me when landing in Canada as a new immigrant?

When you come to Canada, you must show your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and Canadian immigrant visa to a Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) officer at the Port of Entry.

The IRCC officer will check that your documents have not expired. You cannot use expired documents. Canadian immigrant visas cannot be extended, so make sure you arrive in Canada before it expires.

You must bring a valid passport with you.

You need to have 2 copies of a detailed list of your belongings that you are bringing with you and their value in Canadian funds. You also need a list of the items that are arriving later and their value in Canadian funds. Read more in I am immigrating to Canada. How do I bring my belongings with me?

You may be asked to show proof of funds. If you are carrying more than C$10,000, you must tell a border official. Read more in How do I bring money into Canada (proof of funds)?

What other documents should I bring with me?

Make sure that you have the following documents:

  • Birth certificate or adoption papers
  • Family records (such as, marriage certificate or divorce papers)
  • Medical records (such as immunization records)
  • Dental records
  • Official school records for children
  • Diplomas, degrees and transcripts
  • Academic credentials evaluation report (if you had your education assessed before coming to Canada)
  • Reference letters from previous and current employers
  • Professional or trade licences or qualification certificates
  • Up-to-date résumé or summary of work experience
  • Valid driver's licence or other identification documents
  • Vehicle registration documents (if you are importing a vehicle into Canada)

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    Last updated: July 12, 2016 4000602