Interested in immigrating? Here are 5 steps that you can take

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Thinking of moving to Canada?

  1. Thousands want to move to Canada.
  2. It is because Canada:
    • is politically and economically stable
    • has green spaces and fresh air
    • is a land of opportunity
    • is haven for raising a family
  3. Canada has a good reputation.
  4. It has friendly, fun-loving and welcoming people.

Tips to start your immigration journey:

  1. Research

    • Get information on:
      • The Canadian job market
      • Standard of living
      • Economy
      • Safety and security of the area where you intend to live.
      • The school system, childcare and health programs.
  2. Websites to visit:

    Other sources of information:

    • Other immigrants
      • Talk to friends or relatives who are immigrants.
      • Ask them about what you need to be prepared for.
      • They can connect you with other people who can help.
      • Listen to their advice. But you don’t have to follow everything.
      • Not everyone will have the same experience.
    • Visit Canada as a tourist if you have the time and money.
      • See, hear and feel what the country is like first-hand.
      • Meet people.
      • Experience what day-to-day life is like.
  3. Why do you want to move?

    • Have a strong reason for moving.
    • Is it for a better quality of life? Better opportunities for your kids?
    • Immigrating is not an easy decision.
    • Talk to your partner and your kids. Their views matter. Moving will greatly affect them too.
  4. Assess your chances

    • There are several ways to immigrate to Canada. Each one requires that applicants meet certain criteria.
    • Determine your eligibility at the CIC.gc site.
    • The assessment will show you your options.
    • Watch this video from CIC. It shows different immigration streams you can explore.

  5. Check your resources

    • Applying will take time and the money.
    • You need to:
      • fill out forms
      • gather required documents
      • monitor the application
      • go to an interview
      • get a medical exam
    • You will need money for:
      • getting documents
      • application fee
      • medical exam
      • settlement funds if your application is approved.
      • plane ticket to travel to Canada
    • You will not get your money back if your application is rejected.
  6. Make a Pros and Cons list

    • List down the positive things (pros) and the negative things (cons) about moving.
    • Write them down on paper.
    • If you your “cons” is longer than your “pros” then it may mean that you should change your strategy. Rethink your immigration plans.
    • If your “pros” are more than the “cons” then go for it.
    • Keep your copy of this list. You will refer to it every now and then.

Applying for immigration

  1. Read Applying for immigration in 7 steps if you decide to apply for immigration.
  2. Download this Immigration Checklist. It will be your guide.

Goodluck!

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Everyday Conversations

Go to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada site.

Try discussion forums in sites like CanadaVisa and Immigration.ca. Read about applicants’ concerns and issues. But remember that forum participants are not immigration experts. Check Citizenship and Immigration Canada for official immigration rules.

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