Congratulations! Now, you’re ready to immigrate to the beautiful country of Canada. However, before you daydream about the things that you’ll do in the country and the opportunities that await you, be sure to ground yourself to reality and prepare for the future. Preparation is the key for successful immigration, especially if this is your first time to move to a foreign country.
In this article, we’ll share with you some of the essential things you need to sort out before your move to Canada:
Unlock Your Mobile Phone
Using your phone in a new country can be costly. Moreover, swapping your SIM card won’t be an easy solution because many mobile carriers lock the handsets they sell to their own network. For this reason, even if you try to put a Canadian carrier’s SIM card in your phone, it will be rejected.
This doesn’t mean you should get a new phone, but the best thing to do will be to have your mobile phone unlocked so that you can use it in Canada. At the same time, you will need to know which mobile provider you will use when you get to the country.
Determine Which Household Items You Will Bring
If you plan to bring some household items with you to Canada, keep in mind that this will cost you some money. Make sure you consider the size of the items against the size of your new home. If you plan to bring some items with you, do your homework to find great deals on moving fees as well so that you can save on these payments.
Prepare Your Driver’s License
If you plan to drive in the country, you need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) before your move, but this will depend on the country you’re coming from.
If you are travelling from these countries, you can exchange your existing driver’s license for a Canadian driving license even without a road test.:
- Isle of Man
- New Zealand
- South Korea
However, you still need to prove that you have at least more than two years of driving experience with essential documents.
In other countries, an IDP may be needed, in which case you can seek your local government’s rules on how you can acquire it before you fly off to a new country.
Set Up A Bank Account
Before you immigrate to Canada, know that you can already submit an application for a bank account in the country. That way, you can swipe and withdraw money without worrying about the processing costs as soon as you arrive at the airport. You can also apply for credit as a newcomer.
If you are set on opening a bank account in Canada, here are the following documents to prepare:
- Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
- Permanent Resident card or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) document
- Social Insurance Number card issued by the Government of Canada
- Provincial health insurance card
- Work or study permit
Pack All The Necessary Documents
Before you head to the airport, make sure to sort out your documents to ensure a smooth transition, such as:
- Visa / work permit / immigration documents
- Bank balance letter
- Travel insurance if applicable
- Address of place to stay
- Driver’s license or other government-issued ID
- Copy of student transcripts if required
Moving to a foreign country can undoubtedly be scary and exciting at the same time. You want the process to go as smoothly as possible, so you need to make sure you are well-prepared. With the tips shared above, you now know how and the documents needed to have a smooth immigration to Canada!
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