If you are preparing to immigrate to Canada during the pandemic there are many options depending on your status. As an international student, you can apply for a Canadian student visa. And if you are immigrating with your family, Express Entry is the most ideal option.
In addition, there are over One-hundred immigration options currently available to foreign nationals seeking to immigrate to Canada during the pandemic.
However, moving to Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic comes with its own set of unique circumstances. With the right planning and resources, you will soon be able to call the lively cities and stunning scenery in Canada your home.
Research as much as possible
Spending some time researching your desired community before your arrival is very important. We suggest a few things you may want to check out when choosing your new city to call home:
- Which Canadian province is best for my career choice? Each province’s government announces regular labor market report for their province. This can be helpful to decide if your career is in high need in your desired living area.
- Am I prepared for the lifestyle and weather? Weather, lifestyle, and language preferences vary across provinces. Moving to a major city in British Columbia or Ontario, which are popular choices for new immigrants, is going to be quite different than relocating to a rural town in Quebec province where French is the dominant language.
- Am I taking advantage of newcomer tools? You do not have to brave this move alone. There are several free resources to help you find a home, job, and school for your children and check your language needs.
- Have I planned for COVID-19 delays and regulation? you should expect documentation delays and mandatory isolations requirement.
Get set to arrive
Before traveling to Canada, understand how the COVID-19 pandemic could impact your new citizenship. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) site is the best resource for the latest news. Depending on your citizenship status, you may be permitted to leave your country even if your country has a current travel restriction in place.
Below are a few other things you need to do before booking your plane tickets:
- Monitor your health: Remember COVID-19-symptomatic travelers will be denied access to Canada.
- Schedule COVID testing: Every traveler over the age of five must show a negative PCR test result Seventy-two (72) hours before their flight leaves to Canada.
- Get a place to quarantine: If you don’t have a permanent address secured, you will need to book accommodations for the self-isolation period and provide your quarantine plans upon arrival. Look for a guest house or a hotel that has a small kitchen to keep all your needs.
- Draft a realistic budget and bring enough money: Get a realistic budget that will help you navigate your finances during your visit. This is especially important if you enter Canada without an employment offer. Have emergency funds set aside for prolonged unexpected expenses – and make sure you come with enough money for your isolation period.
Get your documentation quickly
New Canadian residents will need the following documents as soon as they arrive:
- Permanent Resident (PR) Card: New Canadian residents should obtain this as part of the immigration process. This card is your official proof of Canadian residency and is very important when you travel abroad.
- Provincial Health Card: This card covers your health and medical coverage. Normally, there is a waiting period for your coverage to begin. Please refer to the IRCC’s official website for more details.
- Social Insurance Number (SIN): Your SIN allows you to work in the Country and enjoy access to government services. You will also need your SIN for paying taxes. Getting these documents will make it easier for you to complete other important aspects like opening a bank account and begin working.
- Get a job: finally, it is best to secure a job before you settle in Canada, especially since COVID-19 has presented all companies with more challenges. Search NewCanadianJobs.ca, which is a list of jobs that welcome new permanent immigrants.