Getting Ready for Immigration to Canada: Helpful Tips
Getting ready for immigration to Canada requires efforts and a significant amount of time; because starting a new life in the unknown country is quite challenging, especially, when you have neither relatives nor friends there.
So when it comes to adapting in Canada, it is difficult to give one answer because, from one hand, it doesn’t represent a problem to figure out things. There are a large number of different programs for newcomers to obtain any information, and organizations, which work efficiently. In addition, Canadians are known as kind people and they are always very helpful.
Nevertheless, there’s another side of the coin - Canadians solve problems a bit differently. They have a different mentality, which defines how they behave in different situations. So what is the best thing a new immigrant can do for himself while getting ready for immigration to Canada? Well, it is trying to understand how the Canadian system works, how to communicate with people, how to approach different situations.
Here are helpful tips as you are getting ready for immigration to Canada.
Most immigrants, during their first weeks in Canada, find a temporary roof and stay in hostels or Airbnb. It is preferable to book a hotel in advance. Firstly, this gives a chance to choose better prices among preferable options. Secondly, it’s important to keep in mind that rooms are being rented out for companies holding conferences and events, as a consequence, there might be a lack of reasonable prices in decent hotels.
Again, one might choose to stay in a hotel for weeks or even a month, though there are good deals available if a person plans to stay for a week or a longer period.
Once you settle a problem of temporary accommodation, it is a good idea to begin searching for a place to stay over for the long term.
You can check out our Provincial Nominee Programs section under the Immigration category. Each province contains useful information about housing and online website to help you find what you need.
Getting Social Insurance Number (SIN) and Health Insurance
The next step on your way to getting ready for immigration to Canada is obtaining a SIN number and Health Insurance.
For a SIN number, newcomers must apply in the Canada Employment Center nearby them.
Healthcare service in Canada is paid. But it is free for permanent residents as all medical expenses are covered by the government. At the same time, each province has its own system of health care insurance.
The application process for the Health Insurance takes place in the Ministry of Health nearest office, where applicants fill out the form and submit it to the clerk, after which, they will take a photo of a newcomer. Health Card – plastic card - is usually issued within several weeks.
While getting ready for immigration to Canada, it is important to keep in mind that in some provinces newcomers are eligible to apply for the health medical insurance only in three months after their arrival in Canada. Another option would be buying private insurance for any services newcomer’s province’s public doesn’t cover. Some Canadian employers offer health insurance packages for their employees.
Getting a phone
Local companies offer a variety of cell phone lines. There’s no need to book home telephone line. There are two systems in Canada, GSM, and CDMA. To use a cell phone which can work outside North America, it’s better to choose a GSM standard.
In general, mobile packages are more expensive than, for example, European plans. Many phone companies offer discounts on one or two-year contracts. To avoid charges for incoming calls, it is preferable to set a monthly limit on the calls.
At the same time, cheaper mobile phone packages don’t include long-distance calls, even within Canada. A brand-new immigrant who is looking for a job in Canada should set a package with unlimited texting and calling for local calls.
Many mobile phone packages offer international calling or texting plans, so it’s easy to stay connected with your home.
Opening a bank account
Most payment transactions in Canada are processed through debit, credit cards, or bank checks. For some payments, local residents use the so-called Pre-authorized payments.
It is possible to open a bank account even without having a job. To open an account, a person needs to go to a bank in person and present valid personal identification. The process is very straightforward as many banks have separate services for immigrants.
To learn more about banking, check out this link.
Getting a driving license
Each province has its distinct set of rules for getting a driving license. It is important that newcomers bring a copy of their driving history from their home to determine their driving experience.
South Africans can avail from the reciprocal agreement that Canada has with the country. It allows them to transfer their license without the need to pass a test.
We recommend that you check on your country’s relationship with Canada concerning driving licenses as you are getting ready for immigration to Canada.
Connecting with the local community
Many newcomers tend to lock in their apartment, especially, with Satellite TV, and end up watching channels they used to enjoy in their home country. This is the wrong attitude because to make Canada a home, it’s important to go out and meet new friends. This helps to boost the professional network and search for a job in Canada.
Therefore, joining clubs or classes to meet people with similar hobbies is a big deal. There are lots of volunteer opportunities to participate in and local agencies which offer free employment assistance for immigrants. The information can be found in the Yellow Pages.
It’s very important to understand the Canadian style of work. Before finding the main job, newcomers should consider using their skills as a volunteer.
Another good thing to do is to start exploring a neighborhood where a newcomer is residing. It means walking around the local area and finding the nicest bars and restaurants
Finding a job
When applying for a job, a person should bring his CV in accordance with the resume style preferred in Canada. Check this website for recommendations.
In general, job seekers include in their resume: format-contact information, professional/career summary, work experience, education, and professional development. You can also include technical skills and volunteer experience.