Sunday, December 7, 2014

How to settle down in Canada after Immigration

Hopefully once you have cleared the eligibility criteria and have been permitted to migrate to Canada, you will be flying into Canada and looking for an employment opportunity and a suitable place to live we have already published the “Procedure to Apply for Canadian Immigrationin this blog. I would strong encourage you to read this if you are planning to apply for the Canadian immigration. Current article will help you to settle down in Canada once you have successfully migrated to Canada after Canadian Immigration. We have tried to jolt down all the important points for you people. I hope you would like them.

Guideline for Border checks and Canadian rules
  1. Before you settle in Canada you need to smoothly pass the border checks. Here are some guidelines to help you cross into this country:
  2. When you migrate, you can bring your household items list  from your previous country free of duty!  In fact, you are exempted from duty even for jewelry, gift and books worth less than $60. However, goods which will be put to use in a business which you may be establishing are not exempted from duties.
  3. Documents are a must have when you are entering through Canadian border. You should be carrying complete set of documents to show to the border officials:
  4. Canadian immigration visa or confirmation of permanent residence for you and your entire family
  5. Valid passports
  6. Two copies of a complete list of personal and house hold items you are bringing along with you
  7. Two copies of a complete list of items which are in transit and their financial value
  8. Other personal records such as birth certificates, marriage contracts, reference letters, educational records and professional experience certificates
  9. Declare any amount of cash exceeding $10,000 which you might be carrying or risk being jailed.

How to search for accommodation to Live in Canada after Immigration
  1. Depending on the restrictions imposed on you by the Canadian government based on your application category, you will have to make a decision about which city you would like to settle in. Big cities like Toronto and Montreal are usually favorites of immigrants because of better and more employment opportunities. However, smaller cities like Ottawa and Calgary provide a more relaxed and peaceful lifestyle to enjoy.
  2. Once you have identified the city you wish to settle in, you will need to look for a house. Typically, a room rental costs $350 whereas an entire apartment costs $2000. Canadians spend 50% of monthly income on house rent, payment of house mortgage, property tax and house insurance (if you buy your own) and utilities.
  3. If you plan to buy a house, you will have to arrange for mortgage from banks and financial institutions who will only grant you based on your income, assets value and credit worthiness. It is better to have some temporary arrangement in the beginning till the time you hunt a job in Canada.

How to Search for a Job in Canada after Immigration
  1. Many migrants face the dilemma of finding a decent job when they land in Canada. Quite often the education degree or previous credentials you attained back in your country are not recognized in Canada and you may have to further polish them. Also, in spite of your fluency in English, certain employers may only hire those who have experience in Canada and not outside. To avoid ending up with a nasty surprise that your skill/experience from homeland is not recognized by Canadian employers, visit this link.
  2. Students can opt to work while studying in Canada for those jobs which have high seasonal demand or a lack of workers in general.
Health insurance
Some provinces in Canada don’t offer health insurance to immigrants for the first three months of their stay. It is better to be covered by state health insurance as it helps save high costs of health care and services which you might need to avail. It is best to check with the health ministry of your province  about their health insurance policy for immigrants before ending up with a exuberant hospital or clinic bill.

Living Expense of Canada after Immigration
  1. Your lifestyle will dictate your monthly living expenses. If you choose to party, drink, eat out and smoke, your living expenses are bound to soar. Also, if you buy a car then you will have to spend more on fuel, its maintenance and insurance.
  2. Food costs comprise of a majority portion of living expense. To save money, it is advised to cook at home rather than eat out, particularly, if you have an entire family to sustain.
  3. Items sold in Canada are taxed heavily. The taxes which apply to items range from Goods and Sales tax, Harmonized taxes and other province specific ones.
  4. Here is typical expense sheet for living in Canada

Living Expenses in Canada 
Rent – Bachelor Apartment (one room apartment, one month, large city)
$700 – $1,100
Rent – Bachelor Apartment (one room apartment, one month, small city/town)
$500 – $700
Utilities (one month)
$20 – $30
Phone (one month not including long distance) Cell Phone Package (one month)
$20 – $40
Cell Phone Package
Cable Television (one month)
$25 – $50
Internet Connection (high speed, one month) Groceries for One Person (one month)
Groceries for one person per month
$200 – $300
One Dozen Eggs
 $2 – $3
 Bag of Rice (2 kg)
$2 – $6
Bus Fare One Way (local) Local Telephone Call
Local Telephone Call
Fast Food Meal (hamburger, soft drink, french fries) Average Restaurant Meal
$4 – $6 per person
Coffee from Specialty Coffee Shop Admission to Nightclub Gas/Petrol
Admission to Night Club
$0 – $15
Gas / Petrol
$1.15 – $1.50 per litre
 $11.50 – $13
Pair of Jeans
$40 – $80
Pair of Running Shoes
$60 – $200
Return flight from Vancouver to Toronto Letter within Canada
 $300 – $1,200
Postal Charges of Letter within Canada
International Postage (letter)

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