With plans to re-stock on pretty much everything in the new home, we've learned from the mover, Customs online and our immigration lawyer about documents to be aware of and information to be compiled. Each situation is considered on its own with regard to how and why you're moving to Canada. Aside from passports and accompanying familial documents, the primary applicant's work permit, paperwork from the immigration lawyer and money for the Work and Study Permits, what else will we need?
Customs at the border will want two lists-one with the items arriving with us, the other with those that will follow. They also want to know the approximate value of each item. This is one of my favorite reasons for filling one or two dumpsters before leaving. They will then provide us with a temporary admission permit for the items. The mover is responsible for separately providing Customs at the border with the information on what is brought in on the truck.
A responsibility of mine was signing over Power of Attorney for the closing on our house in New York. It was highly recommended for my husband to do so as well, just in case he can't make it either. On a lighter but deeper note, I managed to address both a personal and professional desire by squeezing in one more poetry reading. Another move towards sanity. It was an opportunity to meet up once more with one of the sectors of the population that's given me the most comfort. The support and comradery is immediate upon entering the room. For a big city, it's a unique feeling, and I hope to find a similar community in Toronto.
During and between home and office tasks, we've had lots of phone tango, keeping in touch on a slew of issues from the inconclusive moving date to setting up a bank account in Canada before getting there (a lender requirement). We're also in the process of establishing internet service with a different provider, as our current one doesn't reach our neighborhood. And in the middle of everything, the realtor called me with a question that had me saying, "You're asking ME?" The realty attorney's office then informed me that things were going slowly, but according to plan...barely. The possibility of a back-up buyer was quietly put on the table. And with little time left between tasks to debate the issue of what to take versus donate or discard, I've expressed the need to turn my four cents of decision-making into...ten.
The industry that is enabling us to emigrate is not typically busy in August, but this employer happens to have its own current busy season, adding more steps to our move. It's a detail I keep returning to, but those in our family who are newest to the new home will momentarily be the first to actually live there. Incidentally, the mover is crunched in a busy season as well. Everyone who's moving to Canada goes during the first half of August. We have company...and kindred spirits.
Looking back on the time and effort it's taken to get here and the opportunity that finally presented itself, we feel blessed, as my progressive oldest child thanks me for moving her to Canada.