10 Questions You Should Ask If You Want to Move to Canada
If you’re intending to move to Canada, there are certain questions you need to ask yourself to ensure that you’re making the right decision. This includes your motivations for moving as well as practicalities such as whether you have enough savings, and how you’ll support yourself once you get there.
Vice president of human resources at Career Builder, Rosemary Haefner, said “Deciding to relocate is a personal decision for everyone because not everyone’s situation is the same. It may be a good decision for someone who is in a position to move their life to a new area without much disruption, for example, someone who is early in their career.
“On the flip side, someone later in their career, or someone with a family, may have more ties to their current city and while it is not necessarily a bad decision to relocate, it may take more planning and time to actually do it.”
If you’re planning to move to Canada, you should first ask yourself these questions, to make sure it’s a journey you are prepared to take.
1. Why do you want to leave your current country?
Perhaps your career opportunities are limited where you’re currently living, or just really want to experience life and culture in another country. Whatever the reason, you should have clear goals in mind.
2. Where in Canada will you live?
Deciding where to live will be crucial to your success, and will affect your chances of finding a job, as well as how you adapt socially. Do your research before selecting a location. For example, consider the Provincial Nominee Programs.
3. How will you support yourself?
If you are going to study, or want to experience Canada as a visitor, this may not apply to you, although you should still ensure you’ll have enough funds to live comfortably during your stay. For those wishing to earn a living, you should research the job market in Canada and determine whether you will be able to find a job to support yourself using your current qualifications and skill set.
4. Are you suitable for the necessary visas and work permits?
You may have decided on your dream job in Canada, but in order to live and work there, you’ll require a visa and work permit. For example, you may be eligible for Express Entry as a skilled worker. Do your homework to explore all your options.
5. What’s the cost of living in Canada?
Find out how much it costs to live in Canada, and think about all the things you’ll have to pay for whilst there.
6. Who will you be leaving behind?
Think about your family, and the opportunities you will be leaving behind in your current country. Is it the right choice for you?
7. Have you been offered job security?
If you’ve already been offered a job in Canada, is it secure? If it’s only temporary, will your work permit allow you to find another job while you are still in Canada, or will you have to leave the country? You should be prepared for all eventualities.
8. Can you afford the expense of moving to Canada?
The cost of moving overseas can be very expensive. Calculate all your costs beforehand, and ensure you can afford all the expenses whilst still being able to comfortably live in Canada once you get there.
9. Will you have access to health care in Canada?
Find out which health care services you will have access to while in Canada, and where you will turn to if you need emergency care.
10. Are you going to get legal assistance?
The immigration process is by no means simple. For best results, applicants often enlist the help of an immigration lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the immigration experience, and what is required to be successful.
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About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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