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Essential things to get done for a short landing 

feelinggrateful
feelinggrateful
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Posted On: 2/13/2016
feelinggrateful
feelinggrateful
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Hi,

I read the Welcome to Canada (the "First two weeks" section) and understand that there are a number of things to do after the first landing. But since I am planning for just a short landing trip (say 6-7 days), I wish to clarify the essential steps that I need to take during those few days.

It appears to me that the following two things are essential:
1) Getting the COPR verified/processed at the airport (and bringing all the essential documents for landing), and
2) Getting the SIN numbers for our family members (at, say, Service Canada Centre at the City Hall).

Apart from these two steps, it appears that I may (or even should) do other things later when I settle down for good. (E.g. it seems that I really can't start the application of health card until I plan to stay for longer.) (I will also open a bank account within those days, but that's not related to legal requirement or government services, so I am not counting that as an 'essential' step for this purpose.)

In short, I should be grateful for your advice on whether a short stay for some 6-7 days would be enough for my family to handle the most essential things as far as legal requirements or government services are concerned, or I actually need to stay longer. Thanks.
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Posted On: 2/17/2016
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

It is great that you are looking into this type of information.

You may be able to find some helpful information in this previous Settlement.Org What is important to do for a short landing? discussion thread.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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