If you have your permits and are actively making preparations for you departure, here’s some advice so that you don’t forget anything.
Before embarking on the process of immigrating to Québec, it is important to plan your project and take all the time you need to maximize your chances and ensure that your immigration and integration into Québec society go smoothly.
Checklist 8: What to know about medical insurance
Canada’s universal health care system is one of the best in the world. But did you know not everything is free? Here are 7 things you need to know,
1. Doctor’s services, care, surgery and hospitalization are covered, including in-patient and out-patient services.
Checklist 7: Tips for shipping personal effects
Choosing what personal items to bring, packing them up and then shipping them safely can seem overwhelming. Where do you begin? Here are 10 things to consider.
1. Bring items that are important to you emotionally and nostalgically (i.e., family photos, heirlooms, etc.).
2. Bring items that will be cheaper to ship than to buy new (i.e., furnishings).
Checklist 6: Professional documents you can’t forget
Some of the most important documents you need to bring to Canada are related to your professional background. Finding a job is most likely your primary goal after coming to Canada, and you will be faced with many challenges.
Checklist 5: Medical and immunizations records to bring
Don’t forget important medical documents and forms for the whole family when you leave your country of origin. It’s important for continuity of care, as well as to register your children in school.
1. Medical records, including X-rays
2. Dental files
3. Optical prescriptions
Checklist 4: Things to know about jewelry and valuables
You have the right to bring to Canada any of the following valuables.
1. Valuable jewellery (i.e., rings, necklaces, earrings, etc.)
Checklist 3: Transferring finances
One of the first things you should consider when packing up to come to Canada is how to transfer your cash and your other investments. Here are 6 options to consider.
1. Talk to your banker in your country of origin for advice.
2. Transfer some cash into Canadian funds for immediate needs after landing.
3. Put some money into travellers’ cheques for security and immediate access to your funds.
Checklist 2: What you can bring with you — personal and household items
As a landed immigrant, you are entitled to bring with you, free of duty and taxes, any personal and household items that you owned before your arrival in Canada.
These may include any of the following. But think about whether it is cheaper to ship or to buy new items once in Canada.
Checklist 1: Documents you can’t forget to bring to Canada — an overview.
1. Birth certificates and passports of each family member
2. Adoption papers if applicable
3. Marriage certificate (and/or divorce, separation papers)