Prepare for your arrival: skilled immigrants (Express Entry)

If you’re already in Canada

If we grant you permanent residence, we’ll contact you and let you know what to do next.

You may:

  • make an appointment at one of our offices in Canada
  • go to a Canadian “port of entry” (border crossing), and present:
    • proof that you have the funds to support yourself and your family
    • your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and/or your permanent resident visa

During the short interview the officer will:

  • make sure all your documents are valid
  • ask you a few questions to make sure you still meet the terms to immigrate to Canada. The questions will be similar to those you answered when you applied
  • confirm your Canadian mailing address, so we can mail your permanent resident card (PR card)
    • if you change your address within 180 days of getting your status, you must tell us using the online tool

If you’re outside Canada

When you arrive, you must have:

  • your valid passport and/or travel documents:
    • your passport must be a regular, private citizen passport
    • you can’t immigrate to Canada with a diplomatic, government service or public affairs passport
  • your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and/or your permanent resident visa:
    • the officer will make sure you’re entering Canada before or on the expiry date shown on your COPR
    • we can’t extend this document, so you should make sure to use it before it expires
  • proof that you have the funds to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada

When you arrive in Canada, you will meet an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The officer will:

  • ask to see your passport and other travel documents
    • don’t pack them in your luggage
    • keep them with you at all times
    • this will help speed up your entry to Canada
  • ask you a few questions to make sure you still meet the terms to immigrate to Canada
    • the questions will be similar to the ones you answered when you applied

We won’t allow you into Canada if you:

  • give false or incomplete information
  • don’t convince the officer that you meet the conditions to enter Canada

If you’re admissible and there are no problems when you arrive, the officer will:

  • allow you to enter Canada as a permanent resident
  • confirm your Canadian mailing address where we’ll mail your permanent resident card
    • if you change your address within 180 days of arriving in Canada, you must tell us using the 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 tell them, you could be fined, and your funds could be seized.

These funds could be in the form of:

  • cash
  • cheques
  • bankers’ drafts
  • travellers’ cheques or money orders
  • securities that belong to you, such as:
    • stocks
    • bonds
    • debentures
    • treasury bills

What you can bring into Canada

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

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