Prepare to arrive

If you’re already in Canada

We’ll contact you about next steps.

You’ll have to do a short interview with an immigration officer.

You have two options for your interview:

During the interview the officer will:

If you change your address within 180 days of getting your status, you must tell us using the web form.

If you’re outside Canada

When you arrive in Canada, you’ll be greeted by an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

When you arrive, you must have:

The officer will ask you a few questions to make sure you still meet the eligibility requirements to immigrate to Canada. These questions will be similar to the ones you answered when you applied.

You won’t be allowed into Canada:

If you meet the requirements, the officer will allow you to enter Canada as a permanent resident. They will also confirm your Canadian mailing address and have your permanent resident card mailed to you there.

If you change your address within 180 days of arriving in Canada, you must notify us using this online tool.

Disclosure of funds

If you arrive in Canada with more than CAN$10,000, you must tell this to the CBSA officer. If you don’t, you could be fined and your funds could be seized.

These funds could be in the form of:

What you can bring into Canada

Before you travel to Canada, see the CBSA website to find out what you can and cannot bring into the country.


Video: Before you arrive in Canada

This video will help you get ready for your new life in Canada. It will explain some of the things you should do before you leave your country of origin to make sure you’re prepared when you arrive in Canada.

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