Has your immigration application just been approved? Are you moving to Canada for the first time? In this article, we have listed some of the most important things you should do before coming to Canada. After reading this article, you could make your specific checklist and be prepared for your settlement.
- Bring your documents with you.
Make sure to bring all your official documents to Canada. Your documents need to be accompanied by an official certified translation, if not in English or French.
Some important documents include:
- Birth certificate
- Marriage or divorce certificates
- Educational diplomas, degrees and transcripts
- Official language test results
- Medical records
It is best to have these documents with you when coming to Canada as they might become useful in future.
- Start improving your English or French.
Your key to success in Canada is having good communication skills. You will need to be proficient in English/French to attend school, find a job and start a new life in Canada. While you should try to strengthen your English/French proficiency as much as possible before coming to Canada, there is always room for improvement and once settled in Canada, you can start ESL (English as a second language) classes.
Don’t let a language barrier stop you from pursuing your dreams!
- Make arrangements for your stay after you arrive in Canada.
You should have a plan for your stay after arriving in Canada, for example, booking a hotel or staying with friends or family. You can also rent an apartment for your first few weeks.
If you are a student, you could apply for housing from your school and stay in residence.
- Start searching for employment.
You don’t have to wait until you land in Canada to search for jobs. You can start searching for a job as soon as you receive your visa. Some employers may require an in-person interview which can be done once you have arrived in Canada.
Some employment seeking websites:
Before applying for jobs, it’s best to have the following documents ready:
- Copy of your educational documents (with a certified translation if not in English/French)
- Apply for your credential evaluation
- Obtain letters of reference from your previous employers
- Research about your profession and find out if it is regulated and you need additional certifications.
- Check application deadlines for school.
If you are planning to attend school in Canada, make sure you check the institution’s application deadlines and complete all the necessary steps for your registration.
- Learn about different resources available for your settlement in Canada.
Many not-for-profit organizations in Canada provide settlement services for newcomers, such as:
- Employment services including job search counselling
- English or French language classes
- Job-specific language training
- Women services
- Youth & senior services
All these services are offered for free to help you settle in Canada, so make sure you take advantage of these services.
You can find an organization near you by clicking here.
- Apply for your provincial health card.
Make sure you apply for your provincial health card after arriving in Canada. Click here and choose your province, to apply for your health card.
- Apply for your Social Insurance Number (SIN).
SIN is a confidential 9-digit number that is required for employment, taxes, government benefits, etc. You should protect this number as if you are protecting your private information.
You can apply for your SIN by clicking here.
- Provide your address to IRCC.
Once you have settled down, you should provide your residential address and contact details to IRCC as soon as possible. You can provide your address online at www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/change-address.asp.
- Open a Canadian bank account.
After arriving in Canada, one of the most important things to do is opening a Canadian bank account. Although this is not a legal requirement, a bank account is necessary for completing your daily activities.
You don’t need to have a job to open a bank account. You can easily open a bank account by visiting one of Canada’s financial institutions and providing an acceptable form of identification.