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What you Need to Know Before you Live and Work in Canada

In this article we will go over what you need to know before you live and work in Canada.  Apart from the wealth of newcomer services that will help assist you once you come to Canada, there are some very important things that you should know before you get here.

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Working in Canada

Almost every single Canadian work permit requires a Canadian job offer. Whether it is a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) based work permit, a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) work permit or a Live-in Caregiver work permit, the most important and basic requirement is a Canadian job offer.

Working in Canada is great way to gain Canadian experience which can help open a lot of doors for you to stay here permanently. Programs like the Canadian Experience Class and many provincial nominee categories require experience in Canada. If you are not eligible to apply under typical categories like the Federal Skilled Worker program for example, then consider the fact that working or studying in Canada could be your ticket to Canadian Permanent Residence.

Preparing your application for a Canadian work permit is also critically important because this will determine if your visa will be granted. Always remember, even if your plan is to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence after gaining your Canadian experience, a Canadian work permit is temporary in nature and you must satisfy the visa officer you will leave Canada at the end of your work permit. Your intention to leave Canada is demonstrated in your work permit application and hence why it is so important to prepare it carefully.

It is also important to note, given Canada’s strong stance on family unification, many Canadian work permits allow you to bring your spouse and children with you to Canada.

Immigrating to Canada

Whether you are applying from inside, or outside of Canada it all starts with our free online assessment tool. There are many different categories of Canadian Immigration and applying under the best category for you is something that working with a skilled Canadian Immigration Attorney like Renaud Dery can help you with. Some programs like the Federal Skilled Worker program only have a limited number of applications they will receive so applying early can help secure your visa before it is too late.

Worried about finding suitable housing in Canada? Well we have more than enough space because Canada is a big country, the second largest in fact. When moving here it is also important to see where in Canada is best for you. Employment prospects, cost of living and climate should all play a factor in your decision. But don’t secure your accommodations until a positive decision has been made on your case.

Knowing how and when to access newcomer services will also be of value to you. There are free language courses offered, seminars on how to enter the Canadian labour market and even skills development courses to help improve your chances of securing Canadian employment. These services can also help you network and meet people just like you, newcomers to Canada.

After a certain amount of time spent in Canada, you are then eligible for Canadian Citizenship which awards you a Canadian Passport and the ability to vote in federal and municipal elections.

Lastly, in keeping with Canada’s strong stance on family unification, Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible to sponsor a foreign spouse, dependent children and even parents and grandparents.

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