Visa Canada: Important Documents to Bring

Visa Canada: The most important documents that are required to get your visa

These essential documents to bring must be originals or certified true copies. When the documents are in a language other than French and English, it is mandatory to obtain a translation (made by a certified translator) or authenticated by the official authorities. This translation must accompany the originals. You must keep these documents with you when entering Canada.

Tip: Before departure, it may be helpful to scan all of the most important documents and take these digital copies with you. During the various administrative procedures, the same supporting documents will be required. You will just have to print them. On the other hand, this digital backup can also be appreciated in the event of loss of the original parts.

This little checklist is not an exhaustive or official list of documents to bring with you, a list specific to each person’s situation, but a list of the main documents that will be useful and necessary to you during your immigration.

1. For the authorities, the employer, the studies:

– Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ)
– Valid permanent resident visa stamped in your passport and confirmation of your residency status (both issued by the Canadian government)
– Any other document provided by the Canadian authorities when you enter the country (work permit, etc.)
– Passport and travel documents (especially if you are not coming from a direct flight to Quebec)
– Other identity documents (national identity card, etc.)
– Birth certificate, family record book, marriage certificate, divorce documents
– Diplomas, study certificates and other education certificates
– School reports
– Description of the courses and internships followed
– Certificates of employment, work experience
– Letters of recommendation from former employers and your current employer
– Up-to-date curriculum vitae
– Extract from the criminal record of your country of origin as well as a certificate of military position, even for people who have not done military service
– Detailed list (in two copies) of everything you bring with you to Quebec in the event of customs control or delayed arrival of goods

2. For health:

– Medical and dental records, vaccination record
– Proof of insurance from the social security system of the country of origin
– Letter from your employer confirming your status and the number of hours worked

3. For financial institutions and everyday life:

Valid driver’s license and / or international license
Letter of recommendation from your financial institution
Proof of funds (bank statements, investments, etc.)
Credit history, if possible
Letter of recommendation from previous owners

All the documents listed above may be useful to you in Quebec for:

– Obtain a social insurance number
– Obtain a health insurance card
– Obtain a driving license
– Enroll your children in school or enroll yourself in the University
– Have your academic and professional achievements recognized
– Open a bank account
– Apply for a mortgage
– Rent accommodation
Also, bring some money in Canadian currency which will be useful to you upon arrival in Canada to call from the airport or take a means of transport to get to the city center (by bus, taxi, rental car). At Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport (Montreal), you have a currency exchange desk as well as an ATM machine (both located in the international arrivals hall).