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How to get a Canadian work permit

Many people assume that the easiest way to move to Canada is by getting a job offer or that you need a job offer in order to move to Canada. This isn’t the case. If you’re a young professional or work in a skilled trade, you can probably move to Canada as a permanent...

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Canadian Immigration FAQs

I see the same concerns about moving to Canada come up all the time. If you have a question that isn't answered here, you can ask in the comments or check out these great resources for immigration help. Do I need an immigration attorney? Nope. Canada has designed its...

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The Express Entry Canadian Experience Class

Your experience working in Canada can qualify you to become a permanent resident If you’ve worked in Canada legally for a year or more, on an open work permit through your partner, working holiday visa, post-graduation work permit, or NAFTA work permit, you may...

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Jorge’s move from Chile to Canada

We’ve written about our personal experience moving to Canada, but Canada has hundreds of thousands of immigrants who all have their own story to tell. We’re working on sharing the experiences of other people who’ve moved to Canada. Please leave a comment if you're...

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Where can I get help moving to Canada?

The best forums, blogs, and settlement resources.While Canada has one of the most user-friendly visa and immigration programs, it's common for us to come across instructions or requirements that just don't make sense given our particular circumstances. Thankfully,...

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How to win the US Green Card lottery

You’ve probably heard of the green card lottery, officially called the Diversity Visa Program(DV). Each year, the US invites 50k people from countries with low rates of immigration to the US to apply for permanent resident (PR) status. Each year’s green card lottery...

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A newcomer’s guide to filing taxes in Canada

If you’re a newcomer to Canada, you might be nervous about filing taxes in Canada for the first time. I’m going to walk you through what to expect when filing taxes in Canada as a newcomer. I’m not an accountant or lawyer, I’m an American living in Canada who files...

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How to increase your Express Entry score

Want to get an Express Entry ITA? Here's what you need to know. There’s one Express Entry question I get all the time: How can I increase my CRS points? The comprehensive ranking system (CRS) is designed to quantify your skills, work experience, language ability,...

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How to survive a Canadian winter

People’s first response when they heard that I was moving to Canada was always “But it’s so cold!” While Canada is not the Arctic wasteland most people imagine it to be, it does get cold in the winter. If you’re coming from a place that doesn’t have real winters,...

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Marrying a Canadian

TL;DR: Marriage doesn’t automatically get you a Canadian passport. The bad news is that being married to a Canadian doesn’t automatically get a you a Canadian passport. You’ll have to submit numerous documents to the IRCC to apply for permanent resident status,...

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Planning your life in Canada, for Americans

With Canada’s immigration system weighted to favor the young, few newcomers look into how their Social Security benefits will transfer, how remote workers can save for retirement, or how their move will impact their disability coverage. I’m not a financial planner, an...

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How to retire to Canada

Always dreamed of spending your retirement in Canada? Here's how to make it happen. There are no programs specifically to allow people to retire to Canada. Canada is already facing a large number of baby boomers retiring -- as well as the ongoing care of the silent...

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How to study in Canada

How going to school in Canada can lead to citizenship. Attending university in Canada doesn’t just get you a great education, it also puts you on the pathway to Canadian citizenship. Getting accepted into a designated learning institution in Canada makes you eligible...

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Immigrating as a Provincial Nominee

Because different regions of Canada have different economies and cultures, this program allows Canadian provinces and territories to select potential immigrants based on their needs. This is the purpose of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). How the Provincial...

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Document checklist for Express Entry

Make sure your Express Entry or IEC application is complete. Before applying for Express Entry you’ll need to start gathering all of the documents that the CIC will ask for. For some of the requirements, you’ll need to wait several months before you receive the...

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Becoming a Canadian citizen

So, you want a Canadian passport. Maybe you want to be able to sew on a Canadian flag patch. Maybe you want to travel longer than PR status allows. Maybe you want to avoid US Taxes. Maybe you want to run for office. Regardless of your motives, here's how to do it....

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How to find a job in Canada

You don't need a job to move to Canada, but it helps. The idea of moving to another country without a job lined up is, well, terrifying. Canadian immigration programs require that you either have a job offer, money to support yourself, or a pledge of financial...

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Setting up your apartment in Canada

Once you’ve signed a lease or bought a condo, it’s time to turn your empty place into a home. Before you move in, you’ll need light, heat, water, internet, and furniture. How to move to Canada Utilities Insurance Furnishings Utilities Unless you’re okay with living in...

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Buying a condo in Canada

You hear it all the time: Toronto is way too expensive to buy anything! In fact, houses downtown are over a million dollars! What’s wrong with this statement? The idea that you need to live in a house right downtown. No one talks about buying houses in Manhattan or...

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International Experience Canada

See what it's like to live and work in Canada. Many countries encourage young people to live and work abroad before settling in back at home through a work exchange or working holidays. Canada is no exception. International Experience Canada is their program to...

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Moving to Quebec

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Quebec has different immigration requirements than the rest of the provinces. You could certainly use one of the general programs for immigration to Canada to move to Quebec. However, Quebec offers specific programs for...

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All the ways you can move to Canada, legally

There are a lot of ways to move to Canada. Which one is right for you? So, you want to move to Canada If you're looking to immigrate to Canada, there are a number of pathways to permanent residency and citizenship. Here's a quick overview of how they all work, so you...

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A primer for would-be expats

Is moving to Canada the right choice for you? A lot of people like to daydream about moving somewhere new, living a better life. There are some other things to think about that many of us overlook. What does it take to immigrate? What rights do you have in another...

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