No matter how prepared you may be, or how many family members
are already over here, coming to a new country is a stressful,
scary process. New residents never really know what to
expect. They may not speak the language at all or only
moderately, they might not be prepared for the weather, they may
even be the first of their family to begin the process.
That is why it is important to have a detailed checklist that
you can follow, so you know where to go and what to do.
Whether you have the help of an
immigration lawyer or not, get these tasks completed within the
time frames suggested, and the transition will be a lot
Here are a few things to try and get done as soon as possible
after arriving in the country:
Seek out organizations in your new community that are designed
to make the process easier by helping you find work or get the
language training you need.
Apply for the Canadian identification you will need to fit into
society. This includes a social insurance number and a health
insurance card. Once you have ID, open a Canadian bank
After you have been here for a couple of weeks, consider:
Registering your children for school.
Exchanging your foreign currency for Canadian currency.
Going through your various housing options.
Learning about public transportation in your area, and get out
to do some shopping.
Once a couple of months have gone by and you are feeling more
Find somewhere to live.
Get a family doctor and have your children immunized.
Continue improving your language skills and find out what types
of immigration services are available in your area.
Apply for the GST/HST credit and the Child Tax Benefit, if
As the months continue to roll along and you become more
assimilated into Canadian society, you can expand your horizons
even more. Keep up with your language lessons and if you
Go get a driver's license.
Apply for a Permanent Resident Card.
Consider applying for continuing education in your chosen
field, or in a field you wish to enter.
The list of "things to do" when you arrive in Canada
is long, but if you remain focused and take action, you can have a
smooth transition into Canadian culture.
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October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
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