While arrangements are been made for your visas or permits, there are few steps to take to make sure your arrival in B.C. is smooth and that you’re able to settle in quickly without stress. The dream of making British Columbia-A Permanent Home will be a reality if you are able to follow the step-by-step guide to actualize such. See below for more information.
How To Make British Columbia-A Permanent Home
- If your Permanent Residency in Canada, have been approved, you may be qualified for free online and in-person services and supports while you are still overseas.
- Issue of accommodation must be sorted so you may have a place to stay upon your arrival in Canada. It can take sometime to find a permanent accommodation that meets your needs and your budget. If that’s the case, find a place that is closer to where you plan to live permanently.
- Do a proper investigation on the region and community where you’d like to move. Learn more about local schools, housing, the local economy and social services, about the weather condition so as to know the right clothing to pack for you and your family.
- Find out how to contact a settlement agency in the area where you are going to move. A settlement agency can help you and your family settle in easily. By helping you find housing, learn English and settle in when you arrive.
- If you are not arriving with a job offer, take the following steps:
- Research employment opportunities in advance.
- Look for a possible way to find a job early.
- Contact the regulatory body if you are interested in joining a regulated trade or profession, to find out how to become licensed or certified.
- Gather your documents (for example, letters of reference from employers, professional certificates, school records). Translate them into English for use in British Columbia. Find out about the important documents you’ll need and be sure to bring any information you need to get those documents.
- Find out more details about the Canadian port of entry where you’ll arrive. Most newcomers arrive through Vancouver International Airport (YVR). You can find out about YVR immigration services, terminal maps, travel from the airport to your next destination and more.
- You must start reading the Newcomers’ Guide to Resources and Services. It will guide and give you useful information to help you settle into life well in B.C.
- It is important to start learning or improving your English. Good English language skills will help you in your profession and in your daily activities.
Making British Columbia-A Permanent Home is a board step to achieving greatness. British Columbia has great opportunities for newcomers to explore.
You can also see how to validate your confirmation of permanent residency.