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Moving to Canada: Our Landing Experience (Part I)

After a ten hour flight from Manila to Vancouver, a two-hour layover (inside the plane) and another five-hour flight,  we are finally here in Toronto! With our bodies currently fighting off jet lag, we had time to write this down and update you guys on our overall landing experience.

This will be a two-part blog post, the first one will be dedicated to the list of documents needed to be prepared prior to departure and the next post will be about our actual landing experience.

Landing Documents Checklist

What an emotional roller coaster these past couple of weeks have been! Not only did we finalize the sale of our house, we also did a lot of packing. I kept thinking about how weird this whole thing was since we were really just moving in a few months ago, packing our things from the homes we grew up in to our new one. And now, we’re doing the same except it’s to move 8,000 miles away. Imagine how difficult that was, having to decide on which things had to stay and which ones would come with us.

With everything going on, it’s was easy to get carried away and forget the many documents that are actually necessary to complete the landing. It may get overwhelming, especially if you have a big family coming with you.

Here’s a list of the forms you will need to prepare prior to landing:

  • Passport/s (with valid visa and PDOS sticker)
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) papers
  • Forms B4E/B4A (also called BSF186/BSF186A) which can be downloaded here and here.
  • Form E677, download here
  • Proof of Funds – Be prepared to show this as cash or bank draft or confirmation of wire transfer.
  • Customs Declaration Form (which will be given on board your flight) – It is important to declare funds that are more than CAD 10,000 or its equivalent. You will not get penalized for declaring this if you’re landing as a new immigrant.

Next are the B4 forms, these forms are needed to clear customs, especially if you are planning to bring in or ship goods into Canada at a later date. Listing down those items and submitting these forms will ensure that you will not get taxed for them once they get brought in.

After combing through online forums on how to accomplish those, I figured out an organized way of doing it.

Basically, form B4A/BSF186A is just an extension of form B4E/BSF186. What I did was use B4E as a cover sheet for both my list of accompanying goods (what I brought with me now) and list of goods to follow (which I’ll have shipped next month).

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For this form, I simply filled out the non-shaded boxes on top. And as you can see, there are only 8 rows for the list of items. I wrote there “List of Accompanying Goods – Attached Form BSF186A 2 pages”, then attached those. The same thing for the List of Goods to Follow, but had to tick the box that says yes to Goods to Follow.

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In filling out this attachment, I listed down general categories of the items, their quantity and the estimated value in Canadian Dollars. For example, under Description of Goods I wrote “Assorted women’s clothing x 100”, then equivalent value is $1000. For electronics, include the serial number and model. Just add everything up and get the total value. Again, if it’s the list of the goods to follow, don’t forget to tick that box as well on this form.

If you will be bringing jewelry (including watches) or anything of high value, whether it’s now during landing or later on, make sure to include those in your list and attach pictures. This will prove that you have owned these pieces of jewelry even prior to becoming a PR.

Form E677 is just a declaration form for the money that you are bringing into Canada.

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Beside the currency and coins box, just write down the country of the currency you have (can be in USD, PHP, etc.), beside that the amount (I listed down the amount by the quantity of the denomination), beside that the conversion rate if it’s not in Canadian Dollars and the last is the equivalent amount in Canadian Dollars after conversion. It’s pretty straightforward, but it’s up to you how detailed you want to be. I got very very detailed just to avoid unnecessary holdups.

Be sure to print out two copies of each set of forms, just in case they decide to keep one.

Other forms that you might need for general use in the future (not necessarily during your landing):

  • Birth Certificate – get several copies from NSO (or your country’s registering body)
  • Marriage Certificate – also prepare several copies
  • Transcript of Records, Certificates of Employment, Other certifications that you may have – might come in handy for job applications
  • Original IELTS and WES results
  • School records and immunization records – may be needed to register your child in school
  • Driver’s license certification – see our post about that here
  • Income Tax Return – will explain this further in the future

That’s part I of our landing experience. In our next post, we will talk about the landing proper. Moving to Canada will be a daunting task for anyone and If there’s anything you want to ask, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

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