Can I Land With No Money????

Old Nov 4th 2007, 3:33 pm
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I am hoping to land in Toronto with Visa in hand in early 2008 to then take tests/interview for York Region Police. If successful I will return to UK, quit work, sell house, collect family etc...
My question, when I arrive at customs to land the first time would I need proof of money with me there and then, or just proof that I do have it to bring later on..and...
Once landed (the first time) would I get a PR Card straight away, or some form of reference number to refer to when applying for work..
Hope this makes sense...
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You can land carrying no money provided you have bank statements, etc, to prove you have it available. I think I had about twenty pounds in my wallet when I landed, but had bank statements for another $200,000+ on top of that.

PR card will take a couple of months to arrive in the mail, but you can get a SIN number the day you land, if you can get to a government office that issues them (the SIN card will take about a week to arrive in the mail). The SIN is the important element for getting paid after you start work.

Edit: also, I wasn't asked to show any proof of funds, only to say how much I had available. That seems the norm for people landing from the UK.
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You can land carrying no money provided you have bank statements, etc, to prove you have it available. I think I had about twenty pounds in my wallet when I landed, but had bank statements for another $200,000+ on top of that.

PR card will take a couple of months to arrive in the mail, but you can get a SIN number the day you land, if you can get to a government office that issues them (the SIN card will take about a week to arrive in the mail). The SIN is the important element for getting paid after you start work.

Edit: also, I wasn't asked to show any proof of funds, only to say how much I had available. That seems the norm for people landing from the UK.
Thanks MarkG,
Think I will take mortgage statement and house valuation just in cae, that was good enough for the embassy!!!
Anyway, with the exchange rate going through the floor I'll be lucky to have enough to buy a Tim Hortons.....
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Originally Posted by Peter Lowestoft
Thanks MarkG,
Think I will take mortgage statement and house valuation just in cae, that was good enough for the embassy!!!
Anyway, with the exchange rate going through the floor I'll be lucky to have enough to buy a Tim Hortons.....
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You might want to be able to show cash as CIC London is quite unusual in allowing you to count the equity in your property.
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I think it has to be in liquid assets at the time of landing. Not sure if it has to be in a canadian institution too if not cash. Probably not, but worth finding out for sure.
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We had 'bugger all' when we landed at Calgary last December - but I came armed to the back teeth with solicitor's letter and statement showing what the proceeds of the house sale would be. I also brought the house valuation and mortgage statements just in case.

None of it was checked !

"How much money are you bringing with you?"
"$XXX,000"
"Ok then"
!!

Alternatively - and I would never advocate such a thing - blag £20,000 from a rich relative for a couple of months - stick in your savings account at least a month or so before landing - and then take a very recent bank statement, or have on-line access to said bank account so that if you are asked to show them proof whilst in the airport, you can do so .....
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Originally Posted by ann m
Alternatively - and I would never advocate such a thing - blag £20,000 from a rich relative for a couple of months - stick in your savings account at least a month or so before landing - and then take a very recent bank statement, or have on-line access to said bank account so that if you are asked to show them proof whilst in the airport, you can do so .....

Mmmmmmm <rubs chin> borrow £20k from someone and leave the country, I wonder.........
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We had our bank statement with us, and around $50 in cash!
No one asked us a thing, in fact no one wanted to see our good to follow or goods accompanied either.
I felt kind of cheated after all that organising!
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Originally Posted by ann m
We had 'bugger all' when we landed at Calgary last December - but I came armed to the back teeth with solicitor's letter and statement showing what the proceeds of the house sale would be. I also brought the house valuation and mortgage statements just in case.

None of it was checked !

"How much money are you bringing with you?"
"$XXX,000"
"Ok then"
!!

Alternatively - and I would never advocate such a thing - blag £20,000 from a rich relative for a couple of months - stick in your savings account at least a month or so before landing - and then take a very recent bank statement, or have on-line access to said bank account so that if you are asked to show them proof whilst in the airport, you can do so .....
Cheers Ann M,
Any chance of the address of your rich relative
House won't be sold at time of landing so will have to take solicitors letter, valuation etc...
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Cheers Ann M,
Any chance of the address of your rich relative
They're not rich anymore
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