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Edmonton Immigration

Edmonton immigration may seem overwhelming and confusing. Let us give you some help to break down the process a little for you. Always make sure you do your own research however...just in case things have changed or your situation is a little different.



Here you'll find the basics of what you need for Edmonton Immigration. You'll also find various services for immigrants to Edmonton at the bottom of the page.

Edmonton Immigration

Edmonton immigration

What You Need to Cross the Border into Canada

Important Documents

If you would like to immigrate to Canada, you will need to present the following documents at the border:

  • Canadian immigrant visa and Confirmation of Permanent Residence for each member of family
  • A valid passport for each family member
  • Two copies of a detailed list of all the personal or household items you are bringing with you
  • Two copies of a list of items that are arriving later and their money value
  • If you're bringing your car into Canada, you should make sure you have the correct paperwork

Money You're Carrying

When you cross the border, if you are carrying over $10,000 Canadian, you must tell a Canadian official. If you don't, you could be fined or imprisoned.

This money could come in several different forms:

  • Cash
  • Securities in bearer form (ex. stocks, bonds, debentures, treasury bills)
  • Negotiable instruments in bearer form (ex. bankers' drafts, cheques, travelers' cheques or money orders)

Medical Information

Official medical documents stating what vaccinations you and your family have already had.

Other Important Documents:

    Personal Documents

  • Birth certificates or baptismal certificates
  • Marriage certificates
  • Adoption, separation or divorce papers
  • Education Documents

  • School records, diplomas or degrees
  • Trade or professional certificates and licences
  • Vocation Documents

  • Letters of reference from former employers
  • Driver's licence or International Driver's Permit
  • Car registration documents (if you are importing a motor vehicle into Canada)

It's a good idea to photocopy all documents before traveling. This will aid you in the case that the originals are lost - just don't keep the photocopies in same place as the originals - or they might all get lost together! Having the right documents is important for Edmonton immigration.

Custom Declaration Card

At the border, you may be given a Customs Declaration Card

You should declare...

  • Items you must pay duty on (alcohol, tobacco, and gifts)
  • Business goods, plants, food, animals, firearms or other weapons
  • Money over $10,000 Canadian

Remember - this form is not for the personal and household goods that you are taking to Canada. Those are declared separately.

If you don't declare an item that should be declared, you could be fined or imprisoned.



Edmonton Immigration Services and Help

Edmonton immigration can be confusing, but even after you've arrived in Edmonton you still may feel confused and need some help adapting to life in this large city. There are several organizations that can help you. Acces Emploi

If you are a French speaking person, Acces Emploi is dedicated to helping you find a jobs in Edmonton or the surrounding areas. Their services include help with English, job counseling, and job search help and tips.

Location: 8944-82 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T6C 0Z3


Phone: (780) 490-6975

Bredin Institute

The Bredin Institute helps immigrants and refugees become established in Edmonton and become contributing members to Canadian society. Their goal is to help you and your family smoothly adjust and integrate into Canadian life. They'll help with language training and job placement as well.

Location: Suite 500, Capital Place 9707-110 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2L9

Phone: (780) 425-3730

Centre d'accueil et d'établissement d'Edmonton

L'Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta (ACFA provinciale) is a helpful service for French speakers who are new to Edmonton. They provide language help, provide assistance in integrating into the community, and help with the placement of your children into a school.

Location: 50, 8627 rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91e rue), Edmonton, Alberta T6C 3N1

Phone: (780) 669-6004

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Changing Together: A Centre for Immigrant Women

Changing Together is an organization geared toward helping immigrant women and their families adjust to life in Edmonton. They offer training and help in the following areas: finances, immigrating, legal issues, employment skills, and bi-cultural parenting.

Location: 3rd Floor, 10010-105 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1C4

Phone: (780) 421-0175

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Citizen and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada is Canada's official site on immigration. Here you should be able to find all you need to know about the legalities of moving to Edmonton. You'll find helpful information and forms on this government website.

Automated Phone: (available within Canada) 1 (888) 242-2100.

Edmonton Immigrant Services Association

Edmonton Immigrant Services Association (EISA) is devoted to aiding immigrants with their language skills, helping them with translation and interpretation, offering legal aid, and helping to provide food and clothing to immigrants.

Location: Suite 201, 10720-113 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5H 3H8

Phone: (780) 474-8445

Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers

Edmonton Mennonite Center for Newcomers (EMCN) exists to help newcomers integrate and participate in the city of Edmonton. They provide help with English and job placement. They provide help and guidance for people seeking access to health services and those seeking to adjust their children into every day life.

Location: Suite 101, 10010-107A Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5H 4H8

Phone: (780) 424-7709

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

The Newcomers Club of Edmonton

The Newcomers Club of Edmonton is designed to help woman and their families who have been in Edmonton for less than 2 years become acquainted to the city and develop friendships within the community. They have monthly socials as well as activities that include the spouse and children. Some activities include Friday Coffee, Moms and Tots, and a Book Club.

Don't be discouraged if you think Edmonton immigration is too hard. Get the help you need and go through the process step by step.



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