*** Below is some valuable information that "OHHCANADA" had provided me in PMs about landing / moving to Alberta ***
Q: Can AINP nominated person complete landing in Toronto?
If you are only dong landing, from what my laywer told me, once you get a visa you can do landing anywhere in Canada (thought Quebec is a little complicated ) I decided to move to Edmonton for personal reasons.
Q: Is it safe to drive from US to Edmonton / Alberta
If you haven't driven in Canada before in Winter months, NO. We are already experiencing temperature from 0 to -10 (minus ten) degree Celsius now. Driving from US to Edmonton is a long long way. In Summer it would make sense, but in Winter months, anything can happen. Except for Southern Ontario region and Vancouver much of Canada in January will be bone chilling cold. Anything can go wrong on a such a long drive from US to Edmonton. The distances are just unbelievable and in some cases no cell signals. Even in the northern US states like Montana, ND, Iowa it can get extremely cold.
Let me give a quick example. A few weeks ago, I lost air pressure in one of my tire around 9pm just outside a shopping mall. I had the little air pump to fill air, I took my gloves off to work on it nozzle etc... in less than 30 seconds my fingers were so cold I couldn't adjust the nozzle properly. The temperature at the time was about -13 Celsius.
* Personally I wouldn't risk my family on a such a long journey via car in Winter. If you can wait until April I would suggest so. Otherwise I would highly recommend landing via air.
Or if you want to do it by car, then enter somewhere close to Toronto area and you can still give an Edmonton address if you have one from a family or friends etc.. "The only thing you won't be able to do in Toronto is an Alberta Driving License as you will have to be physically here".
Yes, PR card will be applied by the Immigration Officer on the port of entry so make sure you have a Canadian address handy along with list of things to follow. See one of previous posts (search by my username) there is form you have download and fill. I can't remember it name anymore. Also make sure you your bank letter with you, some times they ask some times they don't.
Jobs are plenty in Alberta, Saskachewan (both are OIL and natural Gas dependent economies) and to some extent Manitoba as well. Odds jobs are plenty as well. You can find a 10-12 $/hr job in no time at the local retailers. Other jobs take a little more time as you have pick and choose what fits then.
- Make sure you make your entry along with the whole family else it can get complicated I heard. Of course you can send them back after they enter.
Don't know about Ontario, but I checked with Alberta license office, they told I could drive upto 90 days with US driver license. I am sure it is at least 30 days in Ontario as well or even more perhaps.
Confirmation of Permanent Resident
Passports with visa.
PERSONAL EFFECTS ACCOUNTING DOCUMENT (for customs) (see link below)
And I would carry all original (Birth Certificates in case they ask).
Here is the form you need to fill for items you carry and items that will follow you some months later (I was told personal things can follow upto 1 years but check for your own satisfaction)
Make sure you make copies for your own records as they keep the form I believe.http://www.cbsa.gc.ca/publications/forms-formulaires/b4-eng.pdf
Bank letter is nothing more than a simple bank statement showing you have the equivalent settlement funds. Don't remember the exact amount required per family member.
In my case, the US bank statement with sufficient equivalent of Canadian dollars worked, frankly I don't remember if they even looked at the bank statement. They did ask if how much cash (or other form or currency like cashier's check etc...) I was carrying. Make sure you don't carry more than CAD10000.00(check this online, it could be different).
Toronto I have been told except for winter storms is cold but manageable more like Chicago cold or Buffalo, NY cold. So you should be able to manage the few days in Toronto easily unless their is a winter storm which you have to be ready (warm jackets, gloves hoodies etc...). But the rest of the Canada like I said, is just very very cold. This should give you an idea of how cold it is across Canada:http://www.currentresults.com/Weather-Extremes/Canada/coldest-cities.php
You don't have to give Edmonton address. If you know someone in other parts of Canada you can use that address. Sorry I don't know that many people here either, so can't really help you with this much. But that said, there are two issues with using an address and going out of country while your PR card is being process:
1- Cards can take anywhere from 2 to 4 months to arrive. Some lucky people got it in less than 2 months.
2- Some people have their card delayed due to photo issues or other errors etc... For photo issues, CIC requires that you visit their local office in person to take pics or something. If you are out of country by then, you cannot use your visa as it's a one time entry visa. You will then need a special travel document which I have no further information of how to apply/getting it.
For the above points you can further check this forum and compare the dates of landing and card arrival for different people. In my own case it took more than 3-1/2 months for my PR card to arrive the first time. Since then I sent it back for a typo correction on the card which is now taking another 2-3 months.
So if you are worried about the delays that I mentioned, then I suggest, you don't do the landing until you are ready to move in. But that's your decision. In most cases the card just arrives peacefully in 2-3 months time without any errors or further back and forth.
Finding a place to stay in Edmonton:
If you just want a place to stay, you can find temp to short term places to stay in Edmonton here:http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/f-real-estate-W0QQCatIdZ34
It's more popular than CraigsList here.