March 08, 2018 Salam Toronto Weekly English 81 Read More on Next Page Legal Disclaimer: This information is not intended as legal advice or opinion. You should always seek specialized legal advice with regards to your situation as the facts of each case are unique and the application of law varies in every case. New Immigrant Series: Part 1: Preparing to Enter Canada for the First Time By Zeynab Ziaie When you are approved for immigration to Canada you will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence, and if you require a visa to travel to Canada you will receive a visa stamp in your passport. But when do you actually become a permanent resident (PR) of Canada? What process do you have to go through and how can you prepare for your first time entry to Canada as a new permanent resident? Below are the top 5 tips I provide to clients who are preparing for their landing in Canada for the first time as new immigrants: 1) Plan your landing date and location You do not become a PR when you receive your approval of your immigration application. When your permanent residence application is approved you will receive a “Confirmation of Permanent Residence” and a visa sticker in your passport allowing you to enter Canada to land. The visa sticker will provide a time frame during which you can land. You must make arrangements to land in Canada before the expiry date of the visa otherwise you may lose your visa and have to restart the whole immigration process. You only become a PR when you cross a Canadian port of entry with your passport and Confirmation of PR documents and you are processed as a new immigrant to Canada. Once you know the date you have to land you should also determine where you want to land. You can enter Canada through any airport or border crossing to undertake your landing process. All Canadian Permanent Residents and Citizens have mobility rights that are part of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, allowing them to move freely between the provinces of Canada. However, you should note that you may have obligations to comply with if you applied for immigration through a provincial program (either Quebec or one of the provincial nominee programs). Typically if it is not possible to land directly in the province of your destination, you then can land in one airport and then fly to your province of destination after the landing process has been completed. There is currently a pilot program in place for applicants who are living in Canada when their immigration application is approved that allows them to undertake the “landing process” in a telephone interview with an Immigration officer rather than having to travel to a border. This program makes it much simpler and faster for you to achieve PR status when your immigration application is approved. As it is a pilot program it is only available to applicants in Canada and we will have to wait to see if this program will be extended to other applicants as well. 2) Understand who has to land first When you have a family that needs to land, you can either all land at the same time or the primary applicant in the immigration application must land first before the other family members can land separately.