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What to Expect When Moving and Crossing the Canadian Border

August 31, 2016

Canada is rated one of the best areas to live because of all the benefits it offers its citizens.

If you are planning to move here, you should prepare for a few things, especially for crossing the border. When entering into a new country there are specific guidelines and documentation you need to have on hand. Without these documents, you will not be allowed in Canada. What should you have prepared for your move?

We have some handy reference information below on what to expect when moving and crossing the Canadian Border.

Here are some of the essential documents you need according to the Government of Canada. It must be said that you should not pack these items in your luggage, they should be with you at all times and readily available.

  • A Canadian immigrant visa (if applicable) and Confirmation of Permanent Residence for each family member traveling with you
  • A valid passport or other travel document for each family member traveling with you
  • Two (2) copies of a detailed list of all the personal or household items you are bringing with you
  • Two (2) copies of a list of items that are arriving later and their money value

Some additional documents you may need include:

  • 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
  • A list of your educational and professional qualifications and job experience (for your résumé)
  • Driver’s license, including an International Driver’s Permit and a reference from your auto insurance company
  • 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)
  • Car registration documents (if you are importing a motor vehicle into Canada)

Moving to Canada is an exciting adventure, and there are many resources available for you and your family to help get you settled in.

There are a number of organizations to help you connect with locals as well as other immigrants, plan your finances and help you find jobs.

If you are in need of a company to help you move from the United States to Canada, Highland Moving Company is the one you should call.

We have been helping people move to Canada since 1921.