This one-day pre-departure seminar is the first step in obtaining your permanent resident visa. The briefing will cover the following topics:
Previous employer preparedness: Canadian companies often contact your previous employer to discuss your professionalism, contribution to the organization, your interpersonal skills, and more. It’s a good idea to prepare your previous employer for these referral calls, so that the Canadian employer gets the best impression of you. Learn about reference checks!
Credential evaluations: The immigration process will require specific documents from your college or university to verify your education. This can often only be obtained by visiting the institution in your home country, and it may be too late if you reach Canada without having obtained this paperwork. Learn about required educational documentation!
What you can bring into Canada: Learn about controlled substances, currency, and other important customs regulations.
Important conversions: Learn about belongings that aren’t compatible with Canadian sources, such as electronic devices.
Adjusting to cultureshock: Learn about Canadian society, social etiquette, and what to expect when you land.
The job market: Prepare for finding Canadian employment, including resume preparations, where to look for job openings, regulatory bodies and associations in the Canadian workforce, and much more.
Travel tips: Advice on booking accommodation, airline tickets, medical insurance, and more.
Benefits of Canadian citizenship: Canada is a large, powerful, and prosperous country. Learn more about the many benefits entitled to its its residents.
  • Airport pickup
  • Shared furnished accommodation with independent rooms for four weeks
  • Fax in each apartment
  • Computer with unlimited internet in each room (driven for job searches)
  • Unlimited free phone calls to home country (helps overcome homesickness)
  • Moderately equipped kitchen
  • Unlimited one-month travel pass in Toronto for Primary Applicant
When you come to Canada, you must show your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) to a Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) officer at the Port of Entry. The officer will make sure your travel and immigration documents are correct.

  • The CIC officer will check that your visa has not expired. You cannot use a permanent residence visa after it expires. The expiration date is shown on the visa. Permanent residence visas cannot be extended, so make sure you use your visa in the proper time.
  • You must bring a valid passport with you. Your passport must be a regular, private passport. You cannot immigrate to Canada with a diplomatic, government service or public affairs passport.
  • You will have to answer questions like the ones you answered on your application for permanent residence in Canada. The CIC officer asks these questions to make sure you are of good character and are in good health.
  • Prepare to show proof of funds at this time. The officer may ask you about your settlement funds or for documents to prove your funds.

Aside from the above, you should also have all documentation for yourself and your family (if applicable). You can learn about other key documents in the preparedness seminar before departure, and ensure that you have all paperwork ready for your arrival. Documents include employment references, credential evaluations, insurance, and more. Don’t forget to include the list of items that you’ll be bringing with you and bringing unaccompanied for the customs officer to review and stamp (see “What To Bring” linked page). When you ship your unaccompanied goods, the stamped copy must accompany the shipment for duty-free entry.

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Resettlement Process:

The resettlement process starts with a one-day pre-departure preparedness session, conducted five weeks prior to the anticipated departure date. This session will highlight preparing previous employers for referrals and reference checks, credential accreditation and document preparedness, vaccinations for children, attire and other region-specific preparedness, and much more. Following that is the pre-departure training. This two-day session takes place immediately before departure, and offer insight to beginning the job search. Resume assistance, job search tools, interview preparedness, what to expect in Canada, regulations, driver’s licensing, school admissions, and much more will be covered.

Welcome Aboard:

We offer many arrival services: airport pickup, accommodation for four weeks, escort to social insurance office, assistance opening a bank account, project work, job search and preparedness, interviews with placement agencies, visiting key places in the new city, job search techniques, interview preparedness, assistance finding a long-term accommodation, school admissions, and more, all within the first four weeks. Our goal is to get the client a job within 14 days!

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This two-day pre-departure seminar further prepares you for landing in Canada. The briefing will cover the following topics:

Job Search: Employment is crucial for happiness and success in resettlement. One full day will be spent on job searching. This will include identifying suitable jobs, targeting community sites, utilizing social networking, applying for jobs, job interview preparation, and much more.

Landing in Canada: It’s important to be prepared for the customs process, so that your arrival in your new country is as comfortable as possible. Learn more about what to declare, what to take when you travel, how to declare unaccompanied baggage, immigration formalities at the airport like filling out the customs declaration form, immigration forms, new arrival screening, applying for the permanent residence card at the airport, and much more.

The resettlement seminar will address a wide range of issues including what you can and cannot bring into Canada, what items you should bring with you, and what items you should purchase after arriving. This information is specific to your country of origin, and is useful for those moving to Canada for the first time for either permanent residency or temporary employment of over three years.

You can bring your personal and household effects duty-free if you owned, possessed, and used these goods before you arrived in Canada (with the exception of wedding gifts, bride’s trousseaus, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco products). There may be some conditions for settlers to import goods.

Before departure, it’s a good idea to prepare a list of goods you intend to bring with you and a list of those you intend to have follow unaccompanied. Indicate the value (in Canadian dollars), make, model, and serial number (when applicable). You can be general with clothing (ex. You can write “personal clothing” and assign a total value for all clothing) and with most household items. You must provide a specific dollar amount for expensive items such as computers and other electronics. This list must be presented to the customs officer when you arrive in Canada, even if you are not bringing in any goods at that time.

There is a form you will need to fill out as well. This can be sent to you by email if you send in a request or contact any of our partner offices world wide. When unaccompanied goods arrive, they will be released to you when you present customs with the original copy of your Form B4.

Only goods that were declared and listed as goods to follow on your original Form B4 are eligible for duty- and tax-free importation at a later time. There is no time limit for importing goods to follow that were listed on your Form B4. If you sell any item in Canada within 12 months of the date of its importation, you must notify a customs office of such fact and pay all duties owing at the time.

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There are many different ways you can look for an apartment or house to rent in Canada. Here are some examples:
Bulletin Boards

Look in community centres, laundromats, grocery stores and other local businesses. If you are a student, check the boards at college and university housing services.

The advertisement section of major daily newspapers and weekly community newspapers have list rentals. You can read the newspaper for free at public libraries. Many newspapers let you search their classifieds ads online for free. Find your local community newspaper’s website.

Family and Friends
Many people find places to rent through personal contacts. Ask your friends, family, co-workers and others if they know of any places that are available.

Rental Guides
These guides are free. Look for them in boxes on street corners or in store entrances

Rental Listing Websites
There are many websites that list rentals. Here are some examples and you can use a search engine to find others.

* These listings are for your information only. Settlement.Org does not recommend or endorse any particular listing.

  • Craigslist
  • GSC Rentals
  • Kijiji
  • Real Estate and Rental Listings from the MLS

Rental Locators
These are private companies that search for housing for you. There is usually a fee for this service.

Walk around neighbourhoods that interest you and look for signs that say “For Rent” or “Vacancy” in front of apartment buildings or in house windows. Even if there is no sign, you can ask if any apartments are available or will become available soon. Ask if you can be put on a waiting list.

The resettlement process starts with a One day Pre-departure preparedness session which will be conducted 5 weeks prior to anticipated departure date. This session will highlight what has to be done on the referral front from the previous employer, Credential accreditation, vaccinations for children, attire and other region specific preparedness prior to departure

Pre-Departure training. (2 days). This will be the start of job search. Resume preparedness, Job search, Facing the interview, what to expect in Canada, regulations, applying for Drivers Licensee in Canada and what need to be done in Home country, School admissions, etc