Important Documents

To enter Canada, you will need to present the following documents which you should keep with you at all times:

  • A Canadian immigrant visa 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 copies of a detailed list of all the personal or household items you are bringing with you;
  • Two copies of list of items which are arriving later and their value.

Photo Credit: Canada Transportation Agency

Other documents you may need to bring with you:

  • Birth certificate;
  • Marriage or divorce certificate, death certificate for a deceased spouse;
  • Adoption record for adopted children;
  • Educational diplomas and certificates, transcripts that list the courses you took to obtain a degree or certificate;
  • Official vaccination records;
  • Medical records (prescriptions, test results, x-trays, allergies, etc) and dental records; immunization record for children.
  • Driver’s license and/or international Driving Permit (IDP).

*If the original documents are not in English or French (Canada’s official languages), you will need to obtain certified translations. When presenting your documents to a Canadian office, always provide the original, the certified translation, and the name and contact information of the translation agency.

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P.O. Box 32373, YVR Domestic Terminal R.P.O.
(3880 Grant McConachie Way)
Richmond V7B 1W2 Canada
Phone: 604-270-0077
Fax: 604-279-0091

Hours of operation:

Office: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday, except statutory holiday
Kiosk: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Monday - Sunday, except statutory holiday

*Closing time may vary and is based on arrival trends