While it can be fun to think about our dreams for the future, especially when moving to a new country, it’s also wise to keep in mind the practical, day-to-day considerations about money. This is particularly important for newcomers to Canada who face questions such as, “How can I protect my money?” and “Where and how can I access my funds easily?”
One of the biggest mistakes would-be immigrants make is leaving for Canada unprepared. They leave behind critical documents that can help them in their settlement in Canada. They forgot to purchase insurance to cover them and their belongings while they travel. Or they choose to leave so much behind that they are faced with enormous costs after they arrive.The good news is you don’t have to figure it out alone. Our handy pre-arrival checklists will guide you as you pack up.
Scotiabank is Canada’s most international bank, with operations in more than 55 countries (including India). We have been servicing customers for 180 years. At Scotiabank, they know that planning and the right advice can build a strong foundation for your immigration journey and that is why they applaud your efforts to participate in the Know Before You Go pre-arrival webinar.
If you come to Canada unprepared and start applying for jobs the minute you land, you will likely be told by a potential employer that, while your skills are impressive, you unfortunately have “no Canadian experience.”
One of the mistakes immigrants make is leaving for Canada without making the necessary preparations. Critical documents like post-secondary diplomas and degrees, birth certificates and immunization records often get left behind.
In order to prove the merit of your international skills or educational credentials to potential Canadian employers, you may want to or have to go through a credential evaluation, a process to measure your level of education to the Canadian system. You may also have to get your credentials evaluated if you plan on going back to school to get further training.
After immigrants land in Canada, they are often surprised by how many barriers they face in getting hired. That surprise comes in part because they were approved to come to Canada based on their education and professional experience — and in industries that are said to be in need of more workers.