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Jabya

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May 29, 2019
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Updated PR card processing times - 135 days :oops:o_O I think March landers should forget about any activity on their PR card applications at least until 15 July.
 

Alt_

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Aug 21, 2019
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I feel really sad for PRz who do not have a SIN - you guys go FULL THROTTLE in your efforts now. Otherwise survival will be impossible.
Why? It's possible to get SIN now. So you can find a job if you have SIN. You just have troubles if you are going to leave Canada.
 

abong

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Apr 1, 2020
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You can open bank account without SIN. I bank with TD and till date they don't have my SIN. Now usually for new immigrants, most banks issue credit card when you open checking account so that you can start building your credit history. So for that, yes, you need SIN. But if you are willing to let that go, they would let you open account without SIN.

Outside of bank, for POA, I would recommend applying for DL(Canada allows DL exchange if you are from certain countries) or photo card that acts as id. You don't need to show POA for applying. Until the physical card gets mailed, they will issue you a temp ID that can also be used as POA.
Hi ! Thank you so much for this idea of using the bank account statement to get the SIN. What banks would you suggest I approach that could help me with opening a bank account without a proof of address with my name on it? I am staying at a friends place and don't have a rental agreement/address document with my name on it. Thanks.
 
 

Vivir_Y_Aprender

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Nov 16, 2019
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Hi ! Thank you so much for this idea of using the bank account statement to get the SIN. What banks would you suggest I approach that could help me with opening a bank account without a proof of address with my name on it? I am staying at a friends place and don't have a rental agreement/address document with my name on it. Thanks.
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Iceclimber

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Feb 5, 2020
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I am back home in Delhi after completing my soft landing. With the Canadian economy hitting a rough patch, I am not in any rush to return. Still weighing my options. Let's see how the post pandemic world shapes up (assuming that a vaccine comes out soon!).
Hi, may I ask you what did you do during your soft landing? did you get the SIN? did you open a bank account? tnx!
 
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akb21

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Hi ! Thank you so much for this idea of using the bank account statement to get the SIN. What banks would you suggest I approach that could help me with opening a bank account without a proof of address with my name on it? I am staying at a friends place and don't have a rental agreement/address document with my name on it. Thanks.
I went ahead with TD, only because of their US counterpart. Not sure about Tangerine but the big 5 have similar provisions. Also, I opened the account the very next day of my landing as a temp worker. I had initially provided my airbnb address. Later, after I got my own place, I updated my account online.
 
 

kushagra452

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Hi, may I ask you what did you do during your soft landing? did you get the SIN? did you open a bank account? tnx!
Hi, Yes I got a SIN number at the airport. Haven't opened a bank account yet. Apart from these formalities, I met people in my network to find out more about the job market.
 
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guydecent

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Jun 29, 2019
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My G drivers license has correct mailing address. Will the drivers license act as valid proof of address to apply for SIN online?

Edit: Called SIN today and they said Yes to driver's license as proof of address !
 
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long_time_waiting

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Jan 23, 2020
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I think we should look at this update in a different view. Yes its disappointing, by the time I get my card through after THEY sent it to the wrong address I will have been a PR for 9 months. BUT, the fact they have updated the processing times says to me they are back in the office. Also, do you not think they are just putting this huge wait time to manage expectation and to stop people bugging them about going over processing time?
 

Iceclimber

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Feb 5, 2020
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Hi, Yes I got a SIN number at the airport. Haven't opened a bank account yet. Apart from these formalities, I met people in my network to find out more about the job market.
Thanks for your answer. I was actually wondering if it's ok not getting the SIN now, as I will be going back home in a bit more than a month, waiting for a better time to move here (hopefully in some months). I thought that getting the SIN now could imply tax-related obligations (which would be nonsense since I would have not yet lived/worked in Canada...)
 
 

abong

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Apr 1, 2020
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Thanks for your answer. I was actually wondering if it's ok not getting the SIN now, as I will be going back home in a bit more than a month, waiting for a better time to move here (hopefully in some months). I thought that getting the SIN now could imply tax-related obligations (which would be nonsense since I would have not yet lived/worked in Canada...)
Hey this is a good point to note and would be interested to hear what people have to say. Planning on doing something similar leaving Canada for now and moving back here later.
 
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Thanks for your answer. I was actually wondering if it's ok not getting the SIN now, as I will be going back home in a bit more than a month, waiting for a better time to move here (hopefully in some months). I thought that getting the SIN now could imply tax-related obligations (which would be nonsense since I would have not yet lived/worked in Canada...)
I don't think merely having a SIN issued makes you liable to pay taxes in Canada. However, getting a provincial health insurance card is another matter. If getting a SIN is not too much of a hassle then I would suggest that you get hold of it before departing Canada.