When you travel to Canada, you will need to have the following documents with you:
- Canadian Immigrant Visa and confirmation of Permanent Residence for each family member traveling with you;
- Valid passport or other travel document for each family member traveling with you;
- Two copies of a detailed list of all the personal or household items you are bringing with you; and
- Two copies of a list of items that are arriving later.
Depending on your personal situation, you should also bring the following important documents with you to Canada:
- Birth certificates or baptismal certificates;
- Marriage certificates;
- Adoption, separation or divorce papers;
- School records, diplomas or degrees for each family member traveling with you;
- Trade or professional certificates and licenses;
- Letters of reference from former employers;
- List of your educational and professional qualifications and job experience (this is also called a résumé);
- Immunization, vaccination, dental and other health records for each family member;
- Driver’s license, including an International Driver’s Permit;
- Photocopies of all essential and important documents, in case the originals get lost (be sure to keep the photocopies in a separate place from the originals);and
- Car registration documents (if you are importing a motor vehicle into Canada).
Do not pack your documents in a suitcase. You will need to have them available to show customs officials.
To learn more about the process of immigrating to Nova Scotia, visit the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration at www.novascotiaimmigration.com