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Soft Landing Doubts

pfaco

Newbie
Aug 7, 2016
8
8
Hello Guys, hope everyone is doing fine.

I'll land next week in Canada and will stay for 20 days. The permanent move will happen within 1 year from now, depending how fast I can settle my situation in home country.

I got a couple questions and hope someone in the forum can help.

1- We are a family of 3. Since we are just staying for 20 days we will take 2 thousand dollars and will have our credit cards. Hotel and flights are already paid. I will take bank receipts from my local bank (not in english). Is that OK or I might have problems with the immigration office?

2- Since we are not moving now we don't have a list of goods to import. Will there be another opportunity to give one to them? Should I prepare a list with the goods I think I will bring to Canada when I move permanently, even though the list will probably not be what will be imported in the end? Not a problem if the goods take more than 1 one year to arrive?

3- Is it OK to say to the officer that we will be doing a soft landing? Or should I simply not say anything unless asked?

4- I plan to give a friends address for PR card. And get it later by Fedex. Is that reasonable? Again, is it OK to let the officer know about this strategy?

5- What other documents or preparations could be done in the 20 days time frame? Do you guys suggest opening a Canadian Bank account? I'm thinking about skipping it for now to avoid paying monthly fees. Or is there any free plan?

Any hints and commentaries are very welcome!

Thanks!
 

pfaco

Newbie
Aug 7, 2016
8
8
I got another question, do I need to make an appointment for the landing interview process? I mean, do I need to tell CIC when and where I will arrive? Asking because saw some people in the forums asking about something similar. Thanks.
 

lampbreaker

Champion Member
Apr 7, 2015
1,641
341
Hello Guys, hope everyone is doing fine.

I'll land next week in Canada and will stay for 20 days. The permanent move will happen within 1 year from now, depending how fast I can settle my situation in home country.

I got a couple questions and hope someone in the forum can help.

1- We are a family of 3. Since we are just staying for 20 days we will take 2 thousand dollars and will have our credit cards. Hotel and flights are already paid. I will take bank receipts from my local bank (not in english). Is that OK or I might have problems with the immigration office?

2- Since we are not moving now we don't have a list of goods to import. Will there be another opportunity to give one to them? Should I prepare a list with the goods I think I will bring to Canada when I move permanently, even though the list will probably not be what will be imported in the end? Not a problem if the goods take more than 1 one year to arrive?

3- Is it OK to say to the officer that we will be doing a soft landing? Or should I simply not say anything unless asked?

4- I plan to give a friends address for PR card. And get it later by Fedex. Is that reasonable? Again, is it OK to let the officer know about this strategy?

5- What other documents or preparations could be done in the 20 days time frame? Do you guys suggest opening a Canadian Bank account? I'm thinking about skipping it for now to avoid paying monthly fees. Or is there any free plan?

Any hints and commentaries are very welcome!

Thanks!
1. Most people are not asked for proof of funds. But showing foreign bank statements will be sufficient. The money itself that you are carrying will be sufficient for 20 days (depending upon how lavish you want to live :) )
2. Yes, you can provide the list of goods later or alternatively you can prepare a list as 'goods to follow'.
3. Yes, that's fine. The only problem is that sometimes some officers refuse to apply for PR cards in case of soft landing. You should not lie to them in any case. If you run into such an officer, you will need to apply for PRTD in your home country in order to return.
4. Yes, that's fine. No need to mention this unless specifically asked. Just tell them the address when they ask for address. See 3.
5. Getting SIN should be sufficient. Some people suggest that opening a bank account will make CRA think that you are a resident for tax purposes and you will have to file taxes in Canada.

Enjoy.

BTW, 'doubts' is not correct. Use 'questions' in this context.
 
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zardoz

VIP Member
Feb 2, 2013
13,347
2,152
Canada
Category........
FAM
Visa Office......
London
App. Filed.......
16-02-2013
VISA ISSUED...
31-07-2013
LANDED..........
09-11-2013
I got another question, do I need to make an appointment for the landing interview process? I mean, do I need to tell CIC when and where I will arrive? Asking because saw some people in the forums asking about something similar. Thanks.
You "land" at the first Port of Entry in Canada, by informing the primary line CBSA officer of the request.
You will then be sent to secondary immigration to complete the landing process.
 
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pfaco

Newbie
Aug 7, 2016
8
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1. Most people are not asked for proof of funds. But showing foreign bank statements will be sufficients. The money itself that you are carrying will be sufficient for 20 days (depending upon how lavish you want to live :) )
2. Yes, you can provide the list of goods later or alternatively you can prepare a list as 'goods to follow'.
3. Yes, that's fine. The only problem is that sometimes some officers refuse to apply for PR cards in case of soft landing. You should not lie to them in any case. If you run into such an officer, you will need to apply for PRTD in your home country in order to return.
4. Yes, that fine. No need to mention this unless specifically asked. Just tell them the address when they ask for address. See 3.
5. Getting SIN should be sufficient. Some people suggest that opening a bank account will make CRA think that you are a resident for tax purposes and you will have to file taxes in Canada.

Enjoy.

BTW, 'doubts' is not correct. Use 'questions' in this context.
Thanks! It was very helpful. I also enjoyed the grammar tip. :)
 
May 9, 2019
14
8
27
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Category........
FSW
Visa Office......
London
NOC Code......
1111
App. Filed.......
21-12-2018
Doc's Request.
25-09-2019
AOR Received.
21-12-2018
Med's Request
31-01-2019
Passport Req..
04-10-2019
VISA ISSUED...
27-10-2019
Hello Guys, hope everyone is doing fine.

I'll land next week in Canada and will stay for 20 days. The permanent move will happen within 1 year from now, depending how fast I can settle my situation in home country.

I got a couple questions and hope someone in the forum can help.

1- We are a family of 3. Since we are just staying for 20 days we will take 2 thousand dollars and will have our credit cards. Hotel and flights are already paid. I will take bank receipts from my local bank (not in english). Is that OK or I might have problems with the immigration office?

2- Since we are not moving now we don't have a list of goods to import. Will there be another opportunity to give one to them? Should I prepare a list with the goods I think I will bring to Canada when I move permanently, even though the list will probably not be what will be imported in the end? Not a problem if the goods take more than 1 one year to arrive?

3- Is it OK to say to the officer that we will be doing a soft landing? Or should I simply not say anything unless asked?

4- I plan to give a friends address for PR card. And get it later by Fedex. Is that reasonable? Again, is it OK to let the officer know about this strategy?

5- What other documents or preparations could be done in the 20 days time frame? Do you guys suggest opening a Canadian Bank account? I'm thinking about skipping it for now to avoid paying monthly fees. Or is there any free plan?

Any hints and commentaries are very welcome!

Thanks!
Hi, please share your landing experience and answer all your questions