How to Move to Canada – A Quick Guide

A truck with a Canadian flag representing Canada.

Canada has built a reputation as one of the best countries to live in. Their widely known kindness to each other, and what seems to be a working system, has attracted hundreds of thousands of people to call Canada home. 

But while living in maple country is nice, they have made sure to create a process that doesn’t make it easy to move there and eventually become a citizen. In other words, you’ll have to be dedicated to the idea of living in Canada. 

While there are a lot of things that you will have to take into consideration before moving to Canada, we have decided to outline the more important ones. The things that you may forget all about, but you better don’t, because they’re a pain in the neck to deal with once it’s too late. 

Our short guide will show you everything you need to know about health insurance in Canada, to how you can take advantage of the Canadian visa policies to enter the country faster. So, let’s not waste any more time on the matter and let’s get started. 

Set up any insurances and banking issues that may cause you trouble once you move there.

When you decide to move to another country, the process is always accompanied by a long, what seems like an endless, to-do list. Well, while you will have to go and execute on each step of the to-do list, we think the more important stuff you’ll have to figure out is your life insurance and any bank-related things. 

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For example, you will have to double-check on your insurance company if they cover Canada and if they don’t offer international insurance, then it’s best to switch up your insurance company. 

The best way is to spend a day or two researching, asking for quotes, etc., before you choose your next insurance company. Maybe it’s also smart to research Canadian insurance companies and get in touch with them as well. 

As for the banking, you will have to double-check on any credits that you’re repaying and credit cards that you’re using. More often than not, your credit card won’t work overseas, and you don’t really want to be in such situation. So, call your bank and make sure you set everything up for the ex-pat lifestyle. 

Do a bit of research regarding whether or not you can take advantage of the Express Entry visa opportunities.

When you are looking for ways to move to Canada, you have probably come across the fact that Canada does require visas for certain countries. Well, when you are moving to Canada for work you will have to go to visa interviews and ultimately get yourself approved for a work visa. 

Well, there’s also another trick that you can use. The Canadian government is looking to boost the rate of skilled workers moving to Canada for work, so they are offering an Express Entry visa for people working in industries like construction. 

Of course, it’s best to consult with someone who has gone through the process and is aware of the steps that you will have to take. Our advice is to call the local embassy and ask for the process of applying and showing up to a visa interview. 

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You’ll have to find and set up a permanent residency in Canada to live there legally.

Once you go through the process of obtaining a visa, moving to Canada and start setting up your new life, you will also have to register at a permanent residency address. This is important because you will have to live there for about four years straight before you can apply for Canadian citizenship. 

Of course, there are also some other things that you’ll have to take into consideration. For example, you will have to reside in Canada for about one thousand and five hundred days before you’re eligible for citizenship. Then you will have to spend at least half a year for the first six years at your permanent address of residency before you can become a Canadian citizen. 

Make sure you declare your intent to reside in Canada permanently.

And when you’re on your way to becoming a Canadian citizen, it’s important that you state clearly your intent to reside permanently in the country. 

For example, to be considered as a permanent resident of the country, you will have to spend at least three out of the next five years there. You are allowed to travel to other countries, but there are certain restrictions that you will have. 

For example, you can only travel if you are considered Crown Servants or someone of your immediate family is a Crown Servant. There are also some other things that will allow you to travel outside the borders of Canada, but you will have to research them yourself as the list is continuously changing. 

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If you’re planning to move to Canada as a foreign worker, it’s essential to understand and gather more information about LMIA application in Canada (plus d’informations sur la demande EIMT au Canada)  as this process can significantly impact your ability to work legally in the country.

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