Canada is a North American country and part of the British Commonwealth. The nation has contributed a lot to the world, including basketball, stem cell research, and the first lightbulb. In addition, Canada is at the forefront of gender and racial equality.
There’s frankly nowhere better to relocate to than Canada, a country that is extremely safe, wealthy, and beautiful. It has everything, from sprawling urban metropolises to dense, untouched woodland.
This article will offer you some useful tips for making your move to Canada smooth, easy, and as straightforward as possible:
Organize Your Visa
One of the first things that you should do when you’re considering relocating to Canada is organising your visa. Making plans, preparations, and arrangements before you have a visa is risky, because if you’re denied then all of your plans will have been in vain. Thankfully, a Canadian visa isn’t hard to get. You can learn more with Canadianvisa.org, who can explain over 100 different routes for you to get a Canadian visa. Make sure that you never enter Canada illegally. If you are discovered, you will be deported and may be permanently banned from returning.
Once you have arranged your visa, you can buy your flights. With that said, you may need to arrange your flights before you arrange your visa. You can discuss this with the agency through whom you apply for your visa. Flights to Canada can be very expensive if you are traveling from Europe, Africa, or Asia. If you are traveling from the United States, then it won’t be very expensive. Thankfully, there are many budget airlines that fly to Canada, so you should be able to find an airline that will take you there for a reasonable price.
You will need travel insurance if you are traveling to Canada. This is so that if you are hurt or injured, you can pay for your medical help. If you travel without insurance, you may not be allowed entry when you arrive at customs. In addition, travel insurance can cover you against theft, accidents, or robberies. With that said, Canada is a very safe country and those things are extremely unlikely. Even so, it’s good to be protected whenever you are traveling anywhere, especially if you are going to be staying there long-term. Travel insurance is not very expensive.
Before you travel, you need to make sure that your passport is renewed and up-to-date. If it isn’t then you will be unable to travel. You can get an emergency passport sent out quite quickly, although it can be expensive. An emergency passport will arrive within two weeks of your initial application. You may be able to get one printed in a day if you attend your country’s embassy, however, this can be costly. If you know that you are going to Canada in the near future and your passport is expired, prepare in advance by applying for a new one.
In order to enter Canada, you will also need to provide bank statements to verify that you can support yourself during your time there. You may need a large amount of money if you aren’t going to be working during your time in Canada. It’s usually best to have a job lined up if you are applying for a long-term visa there. The Canadian authorities will not be inclined to admit you if you are chancing employment and have nothing guaranteed. You likely will be granted a tourist visa with limited money, however, but you cannot work in Canada with one of these visas. You may be able to extend your tourist visa and turn it into a work visa if you find employment there though.
If you are going to be searching for work in Canada, then you will need an updated resume. In many countries, a resume is optional and doesn’t necessarily influence the hiring process. In Canada, this is not the case. A resume will be the difference between getting or losing a potential job. Make sure that your resume is completely updated and contains your full work and educational history. Be sure to also include any achievements, certificates, or awards you have won related to your work.
Arrange a Hotel
When you have sorted everything out, you can begin making arrangements for where you are going to stay. You can either stay in a hotel or a hostel or, if you will be in Canada long-term, you can rent a house or apartment. Housing prices in Canada are very expensive, especially in the country’s larger cities and towns. You may be best off staying in an Air Bnb or hotel until you find steady and reliable work. If you are traveling to Canada to study, then you will be able to stay in student accommodation.
If you are going to rent a house or apartment, then you will be expected to provide up-to-date references, from your most recent landlord. If you haven’t previously rented or owned a house, then you will need to provide character references. These could be friends, employers, or family members. If you can’t provide references then you will struggle to find a landlord who will rent their property to you, unless you pay a year’s worth of rent upfront. Accommodation references are very important.
You are also going to need employment references if you intend on finding work in Canada. Canadian employers will want to know everything about you, including why you have moved to Canada, and what your previous employers thought of you. If you haven’t previously worked, then like with accommodation references, you will need references from friends and family, who can verify that you are a hardworking person. It is inadvisable to apply for jobs in Canada if you do not have references because Canadian employers will be less likely to hire you and may wonder why you are coming all the way to Canada for your first job.
If you are moving to Canada, then you need to properly prepare. Moving to another country isn’t easy, and there’s a lot of things that you need to consider, from work to accommodation. Make sure to study this list extensively and implement our tips into your preparation.
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