As the cold days of winter are coming to an end, there are thousands of excited individuals around the world planning to make their first entry to Canada with the coming of spring.
Whether your immigration application has taken a few months or a few years, when your immigration application is approved you are typically provided with a few months to plan your arrival and make your first entry to Canada. This first entry is often referred to as “Landing” in Canada and it is only after you land in Canada that you will obtain the status of permanent residence.
While there are some new immigrants who choose to land in the winter, many new immigrants try to plan their trip for the spring and summer and when the weather is better to make their first trip to Canada.
When my clients receive the good news that their permanent resident visas are ready to be issued they are very excited to embark on this new journey.
However, their excitement is accompanied by a lot of questions: how do I prepare for my move to Canada? What documents do I need to bring with me? What happens at the airport or border when I land? How much money do I need to have with myself? What steps do I have to take after I land and what documents do I need to obtain in Canada? What are the steps I have to go through to become settled in Canada? When can I obtain health insurance? Can I get a driver’s licence? How can I find a job? Can I access language classes? Can my children enrol in school? And the list of questions goes on.
New Immigrant Series
Over the coming weeks I will be writing about matters related to landing and settling to assist those who are planning their move to Canada as new immigrants and answer common questions in this area.
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Zeynab Ziaie is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and a lawyer licensed to practice in Ontario and New York. Her legal practice focuses on immigration and business law. She often works with clients to find suitable solutions in complex immigration and citizenship cases and represents clients at all levels of court.