Don’t forget these documents when you immigrate

Documents to bring to Canada: a checklist

Heading to Canada with your PR visa in one hand, and your dreams in the other? Wait: don’t leave your country of origin without these documents!

The more organized you are before you land in Canada, the smoother your initial transition will be. Part of that is ensuring you have all the proper documents you’ll need.

And make sure all of your documents are originals. You should also have photocopies in case you lose your originals. Keep the photocopies in a separate place.

Note: if your documents are not in English or French, you will need to bring certified translated copies with you as well.

Essential items for entry into Canada

A Canadian immigrant visa (if applicable) and Confirmation of Permanent Residence for each family member travelling with you

⇒ Valid passport for each family member arriving with you

⇒ Two copies of a detailed list of all the personal or household items you are bringing with you, showing the value, make, model and serial number if applicable

⇒ Two copies of a list of items that are arriving later and their money value

Other important documents to bring

⇒ Birth certificates (of all family members)

⇒ Marriage certificate (or separation or divorce papers)

⇒ Adoption papers

⇒ Medical, optical and dental records

⇒ Official vaccination records for you and your children

⇒ Academic credentials, diplomas, degrees and transcripts

⇒ Trade or professional licences

⇒ Resumé (curriculum vitae/CV)

⇒ Job references from former employees

⇒ Financial records that show credit history or credit references from your bank

⇒ Record of any current foreign income, properties or investments (worldwide income will be taxable in Canada)

⇒ Driver’s licence, including an international driver’s permit and a driving experience letter from your insurer in your home country

⇒ Car registration document and insurance document if you are bringing your vehicle with you