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  • Landing CHECKLIST....for newcomers

    By erebello

    Hi Canadian Desis,
    I see so many posts on this topic that I'm making this LANDING CHECKLIST to all newcomers....if I missed something please add it to this thread.

    1) Passport with visa stamped. (One for each accompanying family member)

    2) IMM travel document (one for each accompanying family member - do not sign it as this is done in the
    Presence of an immigration officer on arrival).

    3) Crucial documents like birth certificate, driving license. If you have a gulf license and have no accident-claim history then get letters from the insurer stating the same. Chances are that you’ll getter a better motor-insurance deal in Canada. Get any other documents which you think are important e.g. medical history records, certifications, accolades etc. (make sure keep a spare copy at home).

    4) Landing Money-check to find the exact figure (get at least 30-40 % cash or traveler checks rest in draft or bank statement).

    5) Do not get any meat or dairy products (especially if you’re migrating from the Asian subcontinent). Senior CDs please verify this. I’ve heard they even remark it on your passport.

    6) Written list of all the items in your accompanying luggage and cargo luggage (due to arrive later). Make sure all expensive items like jewelry are included.

    7) If you are getting any electronics, see that they support dual voltage (110-240). All major brands of electronics are available in Canada. However if you already have some (e.g. electronic shaver etc) and would not like to buy new then you can get them but you’ll need a step-up adapter.

    8) If you are arriving in winter make sure you have warm clothes (2 sets at least).

    9) Crucial medications if any. If possible get a copy of the prescription as well (just to be on the safer side).

    10) Health insurance coverage for initial 3 months. This is not mandatory however recommend. This coverage can be bought from international insurance companies like AIG, American Life Insurance Co. (ALICO) from the Gulf as well as India. You can also buy medical insurance upon arrival. I found this link helpful

    11) Lastly and very important – POSITIVE ATTITUDE & WILLINGNESS TO ADAPT

    If I missed any please add-on………hope it helps

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