More and more Britons are moving to Canada and is it any wonder why? It is home to the world’s longest street that runs a whopping 2000 kilometres; it is the origin of the renowned children’s character Winnie the Pooh; and famous Canadians that derive from the country include Jim Carrey, Pamela Anderson, Avril Lavigne, and Keanu Reeves.
Do you want to relocate from the UK to the popular hotspot? Here is an expert guide to help you have a stress-free and straightforward overseas removal.
1. Search for a job
As you will see in the paragraph below, the Canadian Immigration authorities are only accepting applications with employment already arranged, so it is vital that you start looking and enquiring for a job as the very initial step. By finding work, it will speed up the visa application process, just check out the government’s career zone here.
2. Arrange a Visa
The process of moving to the country involves a points system. You need to apply for a Visa to Citizenship and Immigration Canada and you need to bear in mind that it can be quite a lengthy process so make sure you have all paperwork completed before your relocation.
As of July 2012, they temporarily stopped accepting applications under the Federal Skilled Worker programme (FSWP). It is cutting the number of points it awards applicants and they are only considering applications with an offer of arranged employment; or that are submitted under the PhD stream until the cap of 1,000 applications is reached.
3. Organise belongings
What belongings do you want to take with you and what items do you want to keep behind? Organise your belongings and adhere to the customs clearance process. Please note that all motor vehicles cannot be licensed unless they have been cleared by customs and second-hand cars other than the current year’s manufacture are prohibited.
4. Search for a place to live
Research all the different regions of Canada to find a place to live. Obviously if you have secured work, you will need to look for accommodation within a reasonable amount of distance. You will probably find it easier to live in a temporary house for the time being until you get settled. Then you can look for a permanent place.
The average rent, depending on the location, will be about £220 a month for a room, and up to £1255 a month for a luxury apartment or a large house. The cost will increase the nearer you move towards a city centre.
5. Start learning French
Canada’s official languages are English and French- both are written and spoken. It may help you to start learning basic French sayings such as hello, goodbye, thankyou and please.
6. Health insurance
It can take up to three months to apply for a health insurance card so get started immediately to become entitled to health insurance.
7. Check for pet vaccination
If you are taking a domestic animal with you, enquire via The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) site to see if your pet needs treatment before entering the country. Cats and dogs don’t need to be quarantined but if you have a reptile, it may need to be.
8. Find a school
If you are moving with children, you will need to find a school for them. The Canadian education system includes kindergarten for one or two years at the age of four or five on a voluntary basis; all kids begin Grade One at about six years-old.
The school years start from September- June but details may differ per province.
9. Start shipping 2 months before
The transit times when shipping to Canada varies but we quote 4-5 weeks for a sole use container to the East coast and 5-7 weeks to the West coast. And we quote 6-8 weeks for shared containers, so you really need to start well in advance.
Allow at least 7-10 days for local delivery from port of entry and 10-15 working days for out of town delivery.
10. Change your money
You need to change your currency into Canadian dollars and find a bank to set up a new bank account.
Follow this step-by-step guide for moving to Canada and start a wonderful new life abroad!