So you have finally received your confirmation of permanent residence or other visa confirmation and you are all set to jump on a plane and start to make your way to Canada. This is going to be a real whirlwind and there are so many things that you need to do before getting on that plane.
Don’t let yourself get too stressed by all of the little details, below is a comprehensive list of 4 things that you cannot afford to forget before you come to Canada.
Get all of your paperwork in one place
I like to keep things organised as best I can, however with so many important documents that will be hard to replace once you leave your home country it can be difficult to keep track of everything that you need to bring with you.
Make a list of everything that you intend to bring with you. It will include the following but make sure that you add whatever else that you need.
- Birth certificates
- Certificates and degrees
- Medical records
- Open a Bank Account
Yes you read that right, you can open a bank account in Canada before you arrive. This can be hugely beneficial for many reasons. Specifically, you will be able to show proof of funds or show money as you arrive in Canada with much greater ease. Also you can send money directly to your new Canadian bank account so that you don’t have to travel with large amounts of cash.
Take advantage of government funded training programs
I really wish that I had known about these before I came to Canada. There are a great many government funded training programs available to immigrants to Canada, for most of them you need to apply before you land here so make sure that you don’t miss out on these great opportunities.
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Decide where you are going to live
If you have friends that will allow you to stay with them in the first few months in Canada then that is fantastic news. If not, then you will need to look into other options for where you are going to rent the moment you land in Canada. You should plan to do your research long before you arrive as you want to have a clear idea of where you are staying for your first few months.
Get an understanding of the Canadian job market
You will need to conduct some research on what jobs are available to you based on the province and city you intend to live in and your skill set. Ideally, you will plan on where you are landing in Canada based on this information so that there is a demand for people with your skills in the area of Canada that you are planning to live.
With a little extra effort and forward planning you can make your move to Canada a great deal easier on yourself and your family.