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PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION SEMINAR

for Canada-bound Emigrants


Office of the President of the Philippines

PAUL VINCENT U. AVECILLA


Senior Emigrant Services Officer
Migrant Integration and Education Division
Commission on Filipinos Overseas
Email address: info@cfo.gov.ph
Official Facebook Account:
https://www.facebook.com/commissiononfilipinosoverseas/
Why are you here in
CFO?
LEGAL BASIS
Batas Pambansa Bilang 79 states that:

Section 2. … Definition of “Filipinos Overseas” shall mean Filipinos


who are permanent residents abroad, including Filipino emigrants
who are either already citizens of foreign countries or are still Filipino
citizens awaiting naturalization, recognition, or admission,
and their descendants.

Executive Order No. 346 states that:

Section 2b … The Migrant Integration and Education Office shall be


responsible for implementing the registration and pre-departure
programs and services as well as the public assistance and information
program of the Commission. It shall also provide welfare support
services to Filipino emigrants and other categories of migrating
Filipinos.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED DURING THE PDOS

I. Pre-departure (Travel documents, airport procedures,


departure card, travel tax, declaration of funds)
II. Settlement concerns (Canada’s Multiculturalism,
Immigrant serving organizations, social insurance
number, driver’s license, education, health card,
finance)
Why are you
migrating to
CANADA?
Are you READY to
migrate?
Am I ready to leave my family?

Handa ka na bang iwanan ang pamilya


mo?

Am I ready to face the challenges and


risks?

Handa ka na ba sa mga pagsubok na iyong


kahaharapin?

Am I ready to work in a foreign country?

Handa ka na bang magtrabaho sa ibang


bansa?
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

I. Pre-departure  Valid Philippine passport


a. Travel documents
b. Restricted Items
c. Baggage  Valid immigrant or resident visa
Allowance
d. Departure card
e. Travel Tax  Confirmation of Permanent Residence
f. Terminal Fee
g. Declaration of
Funds  DSWD Travel Clearance for minors traveling
h. Cross-Border alone unaccompanied by any of his or her
Currency
i. Personal Effects biological or adoptive parents
Accounting
Document
j. 5 mins. BREAK  Clearance from office for government
employees or elected public officials

 CFO Emigrant Registration Sticker


PHILIPPINE EMBASSY IN OTTAWA
H.E. (Mr.) Petronila P. Garcia
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
PROVINCES COVERED:
30 Murray Street
1. Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N5M4
2. Parts of Ontario East of Kingston
Tel. No. (+613) 233-1121
3. Quebeck
Fax No. (+613) 233-4165
4. New Brunswick
Duty Officer: (+613) 614-2846
5. Newfoundland
Email: ottawa.pe@dfa.gov.ph,
6. Nova Scotia
embassyofphilippines@rogers.com
7. Prince Edward Islands
Website: www.philembassy-ottawa.com
http://www.facebook.com/#!/philippineembassy.ottaw
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PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL, TORONTO


(Ms.) Rosalito S. Prospero
Chargé d' Affaires, a.i.
161 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 800
PROVINCES COVERED:
Toronto, Ontario M4P 1J5 Canada
1. Ontario
Tel. No. (+1416) 922-7181 922-3422
2. Manitoba
Fax No. (+1416) 922-2638
3. Saskatchewan
Email: toronto.pcg@dfa.gov.ph;
torontopc@philcongen-toronto.com
ebsite: www.philcongen-toronto.com
PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL, VANCOUVER
Hon. (Mr.) Neil Frank R. Ferrer
Consul General PROVINCES COVERED:
Suite 1405, 700 West Pender Street 1. British Colombia
Vancouver, B.C. V6V 1G8 Canada 2. Northwest Territories
3. Yukon Territory
Tel. No. (+1604) 685-1619 685-7645 685-8676 4. District of McKenzie
Fax No. (+1604) 685-9945 5. Western Part of the District of Franklin
Duty Officer: 613-0942 6. Perry Island
Email : vancouver.pcg@dfa.gov.ph;
vancouverpcg@telus.net
Website: www.vancouverpcg.net

PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL IN CALGARY


H.E. (Mr.) Julius D. Torres
Consul General
Suite 920, 517 10th Avenue
SW Calgary AB T2R 0A8 Canada
PROVINCE COVERED: Alberta
Tel. Nos. (+1-403) 455-9346; 455-9343; 455-9457;
455-9483
ATN / Emergency No. (+1-587) 577-1524
Email
:calgary.pcg@dfa.gov.ph/ calgarypcg@yahoo.ca.
IMMIGRANT VISA
Validity/expiry date
Place of issue

Visa Number
CONFIRMATION OF PERMANENT RESIDENCE (IMM 5292)

I. Pre-departure
a. Travel
documents
b. Restricted
Items
c. Baggage
Allowance
d. Departure card
e. Travel Tax
f. Terminal Fee
g. Declaration of
Funds
h. Cross-Border
Currency
i. Personal Effects
Accounting
Document
j. 5 mins. BREAK
DSWD TRAVEL CLEARANCE

 Secure from DSWD


Regional Office

 For minors traveling


abroad unaccompanied
by any of the biological
or adoptive parents
CFO EMIGRANT REGISTRATION STICKER

Emigrant’s Name

Registration Date
Country of Destination

Registration Number

Authorized Signatory

> This document sticker is a proof of registration of Filipino emigrants with the Commission.
> It will be checked by the Philippine immigration authorities at the port of exit
Reminders:

Modified Pag-ibig II Savings (MP2)


http://www.pagibigfund.gov.ph/home_pdf/announcement/Q%20and%20A%20for
%20Modified%20Pag-IBIG%20II.pdf

http://www.owwa.gov.ph/?q=node/23/#reintegration
Certificat de selection du
Quebec (CSQ)
Some of the services offered by the Ministry,
its institutional partners and community
organizations that will require your CSQ:
 Full-time French classes for non-French-
speakers
 Health insurance covered by the Régie de
l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ)
 Directory of services offered by
community organizations
 Free pre-school, primary and secondary
school education and exemption from
differential fees for foreign students at
CEGEP and university (Education section)
 Access to reduced-contribution daycare
services (Education section)
 Canada Child Tax Benefit and the Québec
Child Assistance Program, under certain
conditions.
RESTRICTED / PROHIBITED ITEMS
I. Pre-departure  Offensive smelling items
a. Travel
documents  Food products- fresh fruits vegetables, meat and their by-
b. Restricted products
Items
c. Baggage
 Biological materials, plants, cuttings, seeds, other plant
Allowance
products, wildlife, fish, sea foods and their by-products
d. Departure card  Items produced in violation of the copyright laws
e. Travel Tax
f. Terminal Fee  Firearms and other weapons
g. Declaration of
Funds
 Explosives, fireworks and ammunition
h. Cross-Border  Endangered species
Currency
i. Personal Effects  Obscene material, hate propaganda and child pornography
Accounting
Document  Narcotics, illegal drugs and other contraband items
j. 5 mins BREAK  Radio transmitting equipment
 Items designed to be permanently affixed to buildings,
construction materials, electrical and plumbing fixtures etc.
 National cultural properties
Kindly check www.catsa.gc.ca
BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

CHECK IN
 2 pieces @ 23 kilos per piece
 Size : 62 inches each ( L+W+H= Size)
HAND CARRY
 1 piece @ 7 kilos
 Size: 45 inches (L+W+H=Size)
NOTE:
CHECK BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE OF DOMESTIC CARRIERS IN
CANADA IF YOU HAVE A CONNECTING FLIGHT. YOU HAVE TO
PLAN YOUR BAGGAGE WEIGHT ON THAT BASIS. OTHERWISE,
YOU PAY EXTRA.
LIQUIDS, AEROSOLS AND GELS (LAGs)
 Allowed inside the plane but only up to 100 ml.
per item
PHILIPPINE TRAVEL TAX (P.D. 1183)

RATE:
 P2,700 for first class
passengers
 P1,620 for economy/
business class passengers
EXEMPTION / REDUCED RATE:
 100% - below (2) years old
 50% - 2 to 11 years old

PAYABLE AT:
 T.I.E.Z.A. Counter (NAIA)
 Airline Office
 Travel Agency
TERMINAL FEE

Collected to all passengers


(2) years old and above.

Manila - Php 550.00

Cebu - Php 750.00

Clark - Php 600.00

Davao - Php 700.00

Iloilo - Php 700.00


PHILIPPINE DEPARTURE CARD
SETTLEMENT FUNDS
(as of 9 March 2017)
Funds Required
Number of Family Members (in Canadian dollars)

1 $12,300
2 $15,312
3 $18,825
4 $22,856
5 $25,923
6 $29,236
7 $32,550
You do not have to show that you have these funds if:
1. You have a valid offer of arranged employment in Canada AND
2. You are currently working or authorized to work in Canada.
Other than cash, you may bring with you the
following:

 Documents that show property or capital


payable to you (such as stocks, bonds,
debentures, treasury bills, etc.) or

 Documents that guarantee payment of a


set amount of money, which are payable to
you (such as bankers’ drafts, cheques,
travellers’ cheques or money orders).
DECLARATION OF FUNDS (PORT OF EXIT)
Any passenger who brings
US$10,000 and above or its
equivalent in other foreign
currencies is required by law
to declare the said amount at
the Philippine Bureau of
Customs at the port of exit.

Download the BSP Foreign


Currency Declaration Form at

http://www.bsp.gov.ph/downl
oads/Regulations/attachments/
2006/c507a.pdf
CBSA CROSS-BORDER CURRENCY
or MONETARY INSTRUMENTS REPORT (e677)

Any amount of money


more than CDN $10,000
that you are bringing into
Canada should be
declared upon arrival.

Download form at:


www.cbsa.gc.ca
PREPARING TO ENTER CANADA

Before entering Canada make two (2)


copies of the list of the goods you intend
to bring into Canada as settler’s effects
showing the value, make, model and serial
number (when applicable)

Divide the list into two sections :


 the goods you are bringing with you; and
 the goods to follow
PERSONAL EFFECTS ACCOUNTING DOCUMENT
BSF186 BSF186A
http://www.cbsa- http://www.cbsa-
asfc.gc.ca/publications/ asfc.gc.ca/publications/forms-
forms-formulaires/bsf186-eng.pdf formulaires/bsf186a.pdf

B4E Form for goods you B4A Form for goods to follow
are bringing into Canada
PREPARING TO ENTER CANADA
SAMPLE NO.1
Item Quantity Description Value C$

HAND CARRY
CP 2 pcs. Samsung Galaxy S5, $410
SN. 12451487

D-C 1 pc. Sony Camera, SN. 12451487 $400


jewelry 10 pcs. Gold rings, etc. $1,000
CHECK-IN
pants 5 pcs. Levi’s, jag, etc. $500
polos 10 pcs. Lacoste, Dickies, etc. $300

shoes 2 pairs Rubber, leather $300


SAMPLE NO. 2

1. Make category of goods.

Description of Goods Value (CDN$)


(include serial
numbers, if
applicable)

1. Clothes 100 pcs. 2,500


2. Gadgets 4 units 5,000
3. Other Things ____ 3,500
2. In a separate paper, write your items per category.

PAPER 1: CLOTHES
Items pc. / pcs. Value (CDN$)
1. Jacket 4 pcs. 150
2. Pants 16 pcs. 300
Total: 2,500

PAPER 2 : GADGETS
Items Unit/ units Value (CDN$)
1. Samsung Galaxy S5 1 unit 200

Serial Number
024862223599NLX

PAPER 3: OTHER THINGS


Items Value (CDN $)
1. Shoes 30 pairs 1,000
CBSA
DECLARATION
CARD (E311)
Distributed to passengers
an hour or two before
landing in Canada

Up to four (4) passengers


are allowed to be declared
on each card

Read instructions
carefully and submit to
a Border Services Officer
at the port of entry
PROCEDURE
1. Follow directional signs to
immigration counter
2. Present travel/entry documents
3. Canada Border Services Agency
(CBSA) officer will ask you few
question to make sure you still
meet the requirements to
immigrate to Canada
4. Claim luggage at designated
carousel
5. Proceed to Customs for final
customs check
6. Exit airport or proceed to
domestic leg of travel
I. Pre-departure
a. Travel
documents
b. Restricted
Items
c. Baggage
Allowance
d. Departure card
e. Travel Tax
f. Terminal Fee
g. Declaration of
Funds
h. Cross-Border
Currency
i. Personal Effects
Accounting
Document

II. Settlement
Checklist
1. Immigrant Serving
Organization
2. Apply for a Social
Insurance
Number
2.1 Social
Insurance
Benefits
RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF PERMANENT RESIDENTS
(FILIPINO CITIZEN)
 Settle permanently in Canada
 Work
 Study
 Own properties in Canada
 Maintain residency requirements
 Obey all Federal, state or territorial laws and pay taxes as well
as taxes for income earned outside Canada
 Sponsor family members for permanent residency
 Apply for naturalization after 4 years of residency out of the
immediate 6 years.
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO DO RIGHT AWAY!
 Contact the nearest immigrant serving organization

www.cic.gc.ca/english/newcomers/services/index.asp

Free service for the following:


1. Finding a place to live
2. Learning about getting your foreign credentials
recognized
3. Improving your work skills and qualifications
4. Finding a job
5. Registering your children for school
6. Getting official documents and government services
7. Registering for free language classes to help you
improve your English
 Philippine-based Immigrant Serving Organization

1. Planning for Canada

https://www.planningforcanada.ca

Address: 118 Rada Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City


Telephone Number: (02) 817-0726
Contact Person: Ms. Rose Marie Cajigal
Email address: rcajigal@ciip-accc.ph
2. Pathways to Canada

https://www.pathwaystocanada.org/

Address: 502 Prestige Tower,Condominium, Emerald


Avenue Barangay San Antonio, Ortigas Center, Pasig
City
Contact Person: Ms. Connie Catanes
Telephone Number: (02) 942-1460
Email address: connieb@pathwaystocanada.com
II. Settlement
a. Checklist SOCIAL INSURANCE NUMBER
1. Immigrant Serving
Organization
2. Apply for a Social
(SIN)
Insurance Number

 To apply, simply go to your


nearest Service Canada
Centre (listed in the blue
pages of your telephone
book) Requirements for application:

 Employers need your  Original Permanent resident card


SIN within 3 days from
the time you start  Original Confirmation of Permanent Residence
working for them and immigrant visa label affixed in your
passport, and
 Or you may visit the
Service Canada Centre  Original proof of identity documents for children
website at under 12 years old. Children 12 years old and
www.servicecanada.gc.ca older are requested to personally appear when
applying for SIN.
II. Settlement
Checklist
1. Immigrant Serving
Organization
2. Apply for a Social Canada Child Benefit
Insurance Number The Canada child benefit is a tax-free monthly
2.1 Social Insurance
Benefits payment that provide a maximum benefit of $
2.1.1 Canada Child 6,400 per child under 6 and $ 5, 400 per child
Benefit
2.1.2 Canada Pension aged 6 through 17
Plan
Philippine –SSS
3. Working in Canada
For information, go to:
4. Driver’s License https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-
5. Education agency/services/child-family-benefits/canada-
6. Permanent Residence
7. Banking child-benefit-overview.html#nt
8. Transportation
9. Health Card
10. Employment
9. Help for Individuals
and Families
II. Settlement Canada Pension Plan
Checklist provides workers with income protection in the
1. Immigrant Serving
Organization event of retirement, disability or death
2. Apply for a Social  collectible upon age 60
Insurance Number  disability pensions payable until age 65
2.1 Social Insurance
Benefits
 monthly benefits for dependent children if
2.1.1 Canada Child contributor is disabled
Benefit
2.1.2 Canada Pension For information, go to:
Plan
Philippine –SSS https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publi
3. Working in Canada cpensions/cpp/cpp-enhancement.html
4. Driver’s License
5. Education
6. Permanent Residence
Philippine –Social Security System
7. Health Card
8. Managing your finance Contact Person: Roberto V. Roldan
9. Help for Individuals SSS Representative
and Families
Philippine Consulate – Toronto
Email : roldanrv@sss.gov.ph ; ofw.relations@sss.gov.ph
II. Settlement
WORKING IN CANADA
Checklist
1. Immigrant Serving
Organization
2. Apply for a Social
Insurance Number
JOB-SEARCH
2.1 Social Insurance
Benefits
REQUIREMENTS
2.1.1 Canada Child
Benefit
2.1.2 Canada Pension  Passport
Plan
Philippine –SSS
 Social Insurance Number
3. Working in Canada  Application letter & resume
4. Driver’s License
5. Education  Proficiency in English or
6. Permanent Residence
7. Health Card French
8. Managing your finance
9. Help for Individuals
 Professional license
and Families  Other proof of
qualifications
Employment Credential Assessment

Understanding the credential assessment process


Many organizations and levels of government are
involved in the credential assessment process in
Canada. Each of them has different roles and
responsibilities. If you are going through this process,
you need to understand who does what. They could be
any of the following:

 Credential assessment organizations


 Regulatory bodies and apprenticeship authorities
 Employers
 Provinces and territories
 Government of Canada
II. Settlement DRIVER’S LICENSE
Checklist
1. Immigrant Serving
Organization
2. Apply for a Social
 Apply for a Canadian driver’s license at a Driver
Insurance Number Examination Center
2.1 Social Insurance
Benefits  Foreign driver’s licenses are normally honored for
2.1.1 Canada Child 90 days
Benefit
2.1.2 Canada Pension  Present proof of legal name, birthday and
Plan signature (permanent resident card, record of
Philippine –SSS
3. Working in Canada landing, confirmation of permanent residence,
4. Driver’s License passport)
5. Education
6. Permanent Residence  Applicant must be at least 16 years old and should
7. Health Card pass vision test, road rules and traffic signs test
8. Managing your finance
9. Help for Individuals to get a beginner’s license
and Families
 To get a safe driving discount, ask your insurance
company in the Philippines to write a letter about
your insurance claims record
II. Settlement
Checklist
1. Immigrant Serving
Organization
2. Apply for a Social SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS:
Insurance Number
2.1 Social Insurance
Benefits
2.1.1 Canada Child
Benefit  Proof of Permanent Residence
2.1.2 Canada Pension
Plan  Birth certificate
Philippine –SSS
3. Working in Canada  Vaccination certificate
4. Driver’s License
5. Education
6. Permanent Residence
 School records
7. Health Card
8. Managing your finance
9. Help for Individuals Inquire with the school for more information before enrolling
and Families
the children. Compulsory education from 6 to 16 years old.
IMMUNIZATION
CERTIFICATE

Requirement for children


under 16 years of age who will
be attending school in Canada

Kindly visit:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-
health/topics/immunization-vaccines.html
II. Settlement
Checklist
PERMANENT RESIDENT CARD
1. Immigrant Serving
Organization • Waiting period: 2 to
2. Apply for a Social
Insurance Number (6) months
2.1 Social Insurance
Benefits
2.1.1 Canada Child
Benefit
• Signature in CPR to be
2.1.2 Canada Pension used in your PR Card
Plan
Philippine –SSS
3. Working in Canada
4. Driver’s License
• Postal Code is a must
5. Education
6. Permanent Residence
7. Health Card • 5-year validity and
8. Managing your finance
9. Help for Individuals renewable
and Families

• New cards processing


time: 61 calendar days
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

For inquiries about your PR card, call IRCC:

Tel. No. 1-888-576-8502


Tel. No. 1-888-242-2100

You are advised to provide your permanent residence


address to CIC within 180 days of your admission to Canada
in order to receive a Permanent Resident (PR) Card
II. Settlement
HEALTH INSURANCE CARD
Checklist
1. Immigrant Serving
Organization
2. Apply for a Social
Insurance Number
2.1 Social Insurance
Benefits
2.1.1 Canada Child
Benefit
2.1.2 Canada Pension
Plan
Philippine –SSS
3. Working in Canada
4. Driver’s License
5. Education  Apply at the Provincial Ministry of Health.
6. Permanent Residence Coverage takes effect immediately
7. Health Card
8. Managing your finance
 For the provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick,
9. Help for Individuals Quebec and British Columbia, a 3-month waiting
and Families period is observed before you can avail health
insurance benefits
Requirements:

• Valid passport
• Permanent residence card/ Confirmation of Permanent
Residence

Can I open a bank account abroad even if I’m still here


in the country?
Possible, you just need to get in touch with your preferred
bank either via live chat, by email or by phone

Best Canadian bank for Immigrants:


(w/ Newcomer Package Plan)

1. Royal Bank of Canada


2. Toronto-Dominion Bank
3. Bank of Montreal
4. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
II. Settlement 1. Employment and Income Assistance
Checklist If you do not have enough money to live on, you can
1. Immigrant Serving
Organization
apply for financial help from the provincial
2. Apply for a Social government. It is open only for permanent residents or
Insurance Number refugee claimants
2.1 Social Insurance
Benefits
2.1.1 Canada Child 2. Food banks
Benefit
2.1.2 Canada Pension People who need help can get free emergency food at
Plan a food bank. It helps families with school supplies,
Philippine –SSS
3. Working in Canada
cooking lessons and money management.
4. Driver’s License https://www.foodbankscanada.ca/utility-pages/find-a-
5. Education food-bank.aspx
6. Permanent Residence
7. Health Card
8. Managing your finance 3. Sponsorship breakdown
9. Help for Individuals
and Families What to do if the person who sponsored you for
permanent resident status in Canada will not or cannot
support you, and you cannot support yourself.
http://www.legalaid.bc.ca/resources/pdfs/pubs/Sponsorsh
ip-Breakdown-eng.pdf
Office of the President of the Philippines

COMMISSION ON FILIPINOS OVERSEAS