Canada is a land of democracy, land of culture, land of security, land of rights, flourishing children, glaciers, exquisite snow-capped mountain terrains and magnificent landscapes. Canada invites hundreds and thousands of immigrants/ refugees from the entire world every year. Canadians believe in equality of genders/ religion/race/color and cherish humanity. Canada is the hottest paradise for immigrants who want to live and work abroad and raise their kids in a peaceful and invulnerable environment. There are less crimes, strict laws and rules for offenders. But like every other place, there are pros and cons attached with this decision of migrating to Canada.
Ever since, I moved to Canada, a lot of people contacted me, showing their interest in working and living in Canada; looks like people really want to move to Canada. But before you decide on migrating here,you might be interested to have a look at the suggestions I have for you.
You must remember, there are not many work permits issued for people to work in Canada, you must have Permanent Residence to apply and work in Canada. To apply for Permanent Residence (PR), you can contact Immigration agents in your country, they can help you to collect necessary documents and assist you in getting Canadian PR.
Best time to migrate to Canada:-
Canadian immigration invites people according to their age, job, qualification, family status, marital status and all.
If you’re currently single or married (young couple without kids) and working at a junior level in your country that’s just starting a career or have only a few years’ experience at lower level.
Then you are the best person to apply for Canadian PR. At this age, since you’re a fresher, you may be happy to take any start-up job for your living. You can take up anything available to survive for some time and meanwhile further educate yourself with Canadian standards and slowly achieve higher degrees to get a better job than you had earlier and later settle down to increase your family in size.
Canada has its own education system and certification; they do not accept any other certifications in the world. It does not matter if you were working as a doctor or Engineer or you were the Top Boss at your past company. When you move to Canada, to get the job in your field, you will have to pass certain examinations and study according to Canadian system. It’s basically starting fresh from the scratch. If you are willing to accept any opportunity, you should definitely think of relocating to Canada or otherwise not.
It takes a few years to complete those courses and to verify your work certificates. Until then you have to survive, it’s depressing to compromise with anything at the higher level. One cannot live with their savings for a long time, due to this reason, people here accept any job for a particular time (by this I mean even in the coffee shop or at the grocery store.
People, who come here with kids and with very senior roles in the past, normally go under depression after a few months as getting a job here isn’t pretty easy. If you’ve a good amount of money to invest in a business that can feed you and your family, you should choose to arrive. Otherwise I wouldn’t ever suggest a person who is very well off in their country, owns a big house and cars…..sits on the Top level position.
Thinking, it’s good for their kids’ future or their prosperity?? Yes, it is true but there is again a hitch. You’ll take at least first 4-5 years to adjust yourself, to the lifestyle and will always think about what you left back home. You must know that you’ll have to start again from ground zero and be ready completely give up your ego and settle with the grudges of life in Canada.Normally, the first generation of immigrants struggles for family’s well being to give a better future and stability to their next generations.
I know a few who arrived here with the charm of the country but went back after seeing the job market. There are a few who have got the exact level of jobs as soon as they landed but you must be extremely lucky to get there. The only flourishing job industry, I’ve seen is IT Sector. They come here on work permits, have liberty to work from home and earn better salaries than others.
If you are earning plentiful of money, you can always send your kids to study abroad in the US, Canada, Australia or UK rather than sacrificing your whole life and dreaming. You have to set your priorities.
There are many people who come here just to take passports and then go back. Canadian Passport doesn’t require Visa in many countries and when you work as an Expat with a Canadian Passport, you’re paid higher salaries and bigger roles. But the whole lot of time until you get your passport won’t be an icing on the cake.
Well, even after knowing this, you still choose to land in Canada as a PR, below are a few tips for you to help in settling down;
Best Weather to Migrate:- Once you’ve decided to migrate to Canada, choosing a right weather is very tricky. Schools start in September every year (fall season) then November- March is winter and it’s mostly harsh. Best time to move here is around May-June (spring)…..climate is nice, not very hot, and not very cold. You can freely walk outside with a light jacket.
This will give you enough time to study the area, neighborhood and surroundings and where to look for jobs and other stuff. If you have school going kids, you can find out about schools and even register them immediately. According to Canadian law, the school cannot deny admitting your child in the area you live even in the middle of the year.
Where to stay after you have migrated: You must’ve seen a lot of advertisements on the web, agencies that charge you X amount of money. They will allure you online, to give all kind of support once you land. Don’t fall for any of such advertisement.
Once you land in Canada, it’s always better to look for the cheaper hotels for initial few days and in the meanwhile find a rental home for you to live. There are different types of rentals available depending on what you can afford; cheap, medium, and expensive, this will also depend on which area you would want to live in. You can contact local grocery stores, community centers, they can help you. There are free newspapers that advertise rentals, call them to arrange a meeting; we found ours like that as well.
Don’t pay any home owner online before you move to the country. There are many scams where people have paid and found nothing after they have landed; cheap hotels are the best options for initial few days of landing.
Initial Start-up:- There are many community centers, libraries in each area, public transport is very convenient.
Sin Card; you can visit Service Canada centers yourself to make your SIN card. They will require few of your documents and will provide you with SIN NO. for initial use(to open bank account). Sin Card normally comes in your post box after a few days. Please note, SIN Card (Social Insurance no.) is the most confidential document in Canada, never share it with anyone, anytime. It will only be used to open a bank account and later at the time of home buying or getting mortgages.
Health Card; Health is free and right of every resident in Canada. But, initially, for 3 months, you’ll have to pay for the medical bills and doctor’s appointment on your own. There are short-term, cheaper medical insurances available, we took one and it was very reliable. We received our cheque for our claim in just 2-3 weeks.
After you’ve completed 3 months, you will receive the health card. You can visit Service Canada Center to apply for your health card after you land.
Bank Account and Credit Card:- Creating a bank account is quite easy here, there are several banks to choose from RBC, CIBC, BMO and TD are some of the larger ones. We chose to go with Bank of Montreal and have stayed with them.
Unlike in our home countries where we prefer to pay cash for every purchase, in Canada you must apply for a Credit Card as soon as you land. Since you are starting a new journey of life, credit card will create your credibility in this country. It’s like your Bio Data (history of payment) and you must get one for you and one for your spouse and use it regularly. Initially, they (banks) sometimes block some of your money as security deposit but will later give you more credits as you create your payment history.