Sep 12 2011

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We are here :)

We are here 🙂

Landed safely on the 10th September. Landing formalities weren’t that complicated as expected. We get the customs declaration cards on the flight, and will have ample time to fill it out ;). I’ve outlined the stages of the landing procedures for reference.

1. Present the customs declaration card and the passports at the customs counters. Here they just check our identity and visa stamps.

2. Proceed to the immigration counters, where an officer will help us complete the landing procedures. The CPR documents are checked and we get a copy of the landing document(CPR). This is a very important document and needs to be produced on and off at a lot of occasions including the application for citizenship after 3 years.

3.  Next, we are directed towards another counter, where an officer gives us information pamphlets on few important stuff.

4. Next we come to the secondary customs where the B4 forms are required. Yes, we got the forms stamped and the officer was extremely satisfied with the prep work for this :).

5. That’s it, we are now permanent residents of Canada 🙂 🙂 :).


Indira Prabhakaran.

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  1. Salman

    Dear Indra,

    Congrats for smooth landing.

    Many best wishes for you & your family.

    And by the way, you are a proficient blogger 🙂

    1. Indira

      Thanks Salman 🙂

  2. Qorax

    Hi Ma’am,

    Congrats – and Welcome to Canada !


    1. Indira

      Thanks Qorax and Salman 🙂

      Indira Prabhakaran.

  3. Sundar Rajan

    hello indira,
    congrats on ur becoming Canadian PR. Waiting for my turn at the airport on 19th October. still in search of accommodation for a short stay of 12days (between 19th and 31st of October). If u find any pls help me out. Stay blessed.

    1. Indira


      I can understand your situation, I would suggest you stay in some hotels/ Motels etc., as it is so difficult for a newcomer to find a place to stay for 12 days. As for us, we wanted to rent an apartment before we arrived and we used craigslist site for that.

      Indira Prabhakaran.

  4. Sanjiv

    Thanks & many congratulations.

    As we are awaiting our case progress, reading your blog has been extremely helpful. It is nice to see that you are keeping up even when the priorities of new life would be demanding much of your time.

    I hope you shall continue to help us to see Canada from afar.

    Wishing you very good life.

    1. Indira

      Thanks so much Sanjiv :. Yes, the new life demands ALL of my time and I am trying to squeeze in some time for this blog now :).

      Indira Prabhakaran.


    Dear Mam, plz advise…..applied in fsw manitoba pnp, application recvd by ndvo may 24,2011,medical recd jund 6 & attend on june 13, send passports & rprf on june 16, recd dd of rprf back on july 21as incorrect amount-resend it july 25,recvd receipt of rprf aug 18 2011,ecas reads In process Medical have been recvd.———Ickecked this blog & found that after receiving recpt of rprf visa issued in 15 days, ndvo keep our pps for max. 3 months but in my case pps are with ndvo from june 17 and after rprf recpt 33days passed….I am still awaiting. plz share your view as I am in the most difficult waiting time of my life. Thanks & Regrads, vpzala.

    1. Indira

      Hi Vpzala,

      Unsure where you read that NDVO can keep our passports for 3 months max? Please let me know the location and I will have to correct it.

      NDVO takes anywhere from 15 days to 6 months to stamp the visas, after they received the RPRF and passports. So you might have to hang in there.. The day is not far away 🙂

      Good luck.

      Indira Prabhakaran.

  6. ammaartahir

    congrats Indira! 🙂

    1. Indira

      Thanks Ammaar 🙂

  7. Binny


    Are you in Ottawa?


    1. Indira

      Nope, we are in Mississauga, we may move to Ottawa sometime later ;).

      Indira Prabhakaran.

      1. Prakash

        Dear Indira

        i got this link for job fair in Mississagua. please have a look.

        1. Indira

          Thanks for sharing.

          Indira Prabhakaran.

  8. Jiby Jacob

    I just saw these contents.. I am so excited to to read it:))))..

    Could you please tel what would be the cost of 1 bedroom rented house / anything in ontario or the place you live in…

    1. Indira

      In Mississauga, a one bedroom apartment is like a 1000$. It varies through out the neighborhoods..

      Indira Prabhakaran.

  9. Neesha

    Hey Indira!

    Thought I’d drop a line on your blog today…my husband got his visa and everything! He’s on his way now and will arrive around 4:00 pm today…It’s 1:30 in the morning and I’m soooo excited I can’t sleep 😀 yayy haha…

    1. Indira

      wow! Great news Neesha 🙂 Congrats to both of you and hope to meet you guys sometime 🙂

      Indira Prabhakaran.

  10. ken

    Hi Indira,

    I got my PR visa. Thinking of landing in April. I am the unfortunate few who has no friends or relatives in Canada.No address in Canada for correspondence. I intend stay in Toronto for a week and then return to my home country. At the POE what address will I give for the PR card?

    Needed your expert reply.


    1. Indira

      I’m sorry :(. I do not have an answer for you. May be you can look at http://www.canadavisa.com/canada-immigration-discussion-board/skilled-worker-professional-immigration-b4.0/ for an answer.

      Indira Prabhakaran.

  11. devangi shah

    Hi Indiraji,

    By The ALMIGHTY GOD, I have received my VISA.I am planning to land in on 25th February 2012. My final destination is Brandon. So i have to take flight upto winnipeg and there my friend will come to receive.

    Air india filght upto torrento and for winnipeg i have to change another flight by Air canada.

    Now My question is that, what is time takes by immigration and custom dept for completiing all stated(in your blog) procedures?.

    my connecting filght have only 2 lay hours will do for all this above procedure as well as check in procedure for domestic.


    Devangi Shah

    1. Indira

      Congrats Devangi :).

      I suggest a gap of 4 hours minimum between the flights at Toronto airport. The entire landing process at the airport could take anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the delay. It all depends on the number of people in the queue ahead. 2 hours gap looks too risky for me. What if the flight gets delayed? What if you have to change terminals for the new flight? Believe me, it’s not worth the risk.

      Indira Prabhakaran.

  12. ken

    Hi Indira,

    Do we need to apply for health insurance at the POE during landing or at the service Canada center? Is a proof of address again required for delivery of health cards?

    Do we get the SIN card the same day we apply or is there again a delay like PR cards?

    Do answer my queries.


    1. Indira

      Hi Ken,

      I’m not sure if you mean the Free provincial health insurance or the ones that cover us for the waiting period for the health insurance. If it’s the former, we will have to apply for it at a service Canada centre after we land. Yes, proof of residence is required for the health insurance coverage by the provincial government.
      We will get the SIN number instantly but the plastic card arrives later.

      Indira Prabhakaran.

  13. devidasunny

    Hello Indira,

    I applied under the old catagery in 2004 September and updated my IRPA documents in December 2008. I got my CAIPS report checked twice, but no movement of my file seen on it.

    I sent out enquiries to CHC, New Delhi but they gave only standard replies.

    My question is whether I will be able to make it, at least in 2013.


    1. Indira

      Please check the below link for info.


      Indira Prabhakaran.

  14. Ajay Kutwal

    Hi Indira,

    It’s very nice to see that u are helping out so many people. And i am going to be one of them.
    I wanna know the job scenario for foreign trained architects in Canada.
    Since , you are an architect form India u will guide me better than any body else.
    I am also an architect wrking in Pune for more than 6 years. And I was about to apply in July’12 . But due to temp. pause I couldn’t.
    So, now i have the time for doing reaserach about this field in Canada.

    Will u please help me out ? What shall i do ?

    Thanking u in advance.

  15. Shek

    Hi Indira,
    I had applied for PR for Calgary, Alberta. Can I go to Edmonton as they are in the same province? If I were to apply for the PR Card at Immigration and furnish my Edmonton address, would that suffice? Or do I have to furnish a Calgary address for PR Card application?
    Many Thanks,

  16. SaraDugoo

    Hi Indira,

    Hope you doing great, I am again an applicant Applied for my Permanent Visa by last November 2013, Canada under Family Class Sponsorship and I have been given correspondence from VO ,to pay my RPRF. I can view the status online saying In process with below details,
    App Received Acknowledgement : Jan 28,2014
    Medicals Received Acknowledgement: Jan 28,2014
    Medical Results: April 22,2014
    Process started Acknowledgement: August 22,2014
    Oct 1 2014: Got a mail from VO requesting for passport to finalise and following to that request , got an other mail saying to disregard and asked me not to send passport until next mail is sent as contact from us.
    This conveys what, and why do the VO sent mail in such way, I really dont understand and please help me out here

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