Getting Ready To Immigrate To Canada As a Tradesperson

By on November 3, 2014

Have you recently applied for the skilled trades program in Canada? What do you do when you have just received a confirmation other than be ecstatic? Here’s how to get prepared to immigrate to Canada as a tradesperson.

Pack your bags and embark on your journey to Canada. The following will take place as you arrive at the airport.

1.Meeting the CSBA officer

You will be greeted by a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer. You will be asked to show your passport and documents. Make sure they are handy and not packed in the luggage, this will make your entry to Canada a lot faster.

2.Checking your documents

A thorough checking of your documents will be done. The documents include:

a) Your valid passport: It should be a regular, private passport. You cannot immigrate to Canada with a diplomatic, government service or public affairs passport.

b) Your permanent resident visa and your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR): Make sure it doesn’t cross the expiry date. This is a non-expandable document, so its better you use it before the expiry.

c) Proof of funds: You would need to prove that you have the funds to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada.


You will be questioned by the officer about your personal details and your visit. These questions will be similar to those that were asked when you applied.

4.Entry to Canada

If you are through with the interview with no problems, the officer will allow you to enter Canada as a permanent resident. The officer will also confirm your Canadian mailing address. Your permanent resident card will be mailed to at the same address. If you give false or incomplete information, or if you fail to convince the officer that you meet the conditions to enter Canada, you won’t be allowed to enter Canada.


If you arrive in Canada with more than C$10,000, you must make the CBSA officer aware of the same. If you fail to do so, you could be fined or jailed. This could be in the form of cash, securities in bearer form (for example, stocks, bonds, debentures, treasury bills), or bankers’ drafts, cheques, travellers’ cheques, money orders etc.

It is mandatory to go through all the above steps. Be prepared for the same when you arrive at the airport. Make sure that everything on your checklist is ready, so as to make a trouble-free entry to Canada. Have a safe trip!

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