Browsing: Immigration

How to immigrate to Canada, how to apply for Canadian citizenship, and how to tackle the challenges newcomers face.

Immigration Toronto, September 2013
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Ever won­dered why I sound like a smar­tass when I give immi­gra­tion advice? Well… that would be because I’ve made my share of mis­takes when I first trav­eled back and forth between France and Canada. I recently wrote a few tips about cross­ing the Cana­dian bor­der smoothly. Now, I have to share my own hor­ror story—a cau­tion­ary tale of what hap­pens when you are not prepared.

Immigration Toronto, September 2013
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I find this series fas­ci­nat­ing. You see trav­el­ers, both Cana­di­ans and for­eign, try­ing to smug­gle goods or get­ting in ille­gally. Peo­ple lie, threaten, plaid igno­rance, get angry, etc. as CBSA agents dig deeper to get to the bot­tom of things. Sit­ting in front of the TV, you can’t help think­ing “man, these peo­ple are idiot! Don’t they know any better?”

Immigration Kensington Market, Toronto, September 2013
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Cit­i­zen­ship and Immi­gra­tion Canada devel­oped a point-based sys­tem to recruit skilled immi­grants based on the needs of the econ­omy. But the fact you are eli­gi­ble for per­ma­nent res­i­dency on paper doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean you will enjoy life in Canada. I don’t have a crys­tal ball nor a magic wand. I can’t pre­dict who will be suc­cess­ful in Canada. But based on my expe­ri­ence, some folks will adapt bet­ter than others.

Immigration Hire Immigrants Ottawa
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Canada wel­comes immi­grants for a vari­ety of rea­sons, includ­ing to help the coun­try address chal­lenges such as an aging work­force and demands for skilled labour. How­ever, many new­com­ers run into set­tle­ment dif­fi­cul­ties, like hav­ing their for­eign cre­den­tials rec­og­nized, fit­ting into the Cana­dian work cul­ture and net­work­ing their way to a job that truly matches their skills.
So how can we bridge the gap and build a bet­ter country?

Immigration Gatineau or Ottawa? Quebec or Ontario?
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Prospec­tive immi­grants inter­ested in mov­ing in the National Cap­i­tal Region (NCR) often ask whether they should set­tle in Ottawa or in Gatineau. This is a rather big deci­sion to make, because even though the two cities are very close geo­graph­i­cally speak­ing, they are located in two dif­fer­ent provinces, with the Ottawa River as a boundary.

Immigration Please Help, Ottawa, 2012
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Some days, I’m that close to hit the “delete” or “spam” but­ton because I can’t believe how rude or strange some peo­ple can be.
I have received what I call “WTF ques­tions” before, includ­ing the ever-popular “please send me a copy of your old com­pleted immi­gra­tion forms so that I can fill my own forms eas­ily”. Because of course, I’m dying to share per­sonal infor­ma­tion, includ­ing exten­sive back­ground info, work and fam­ily his­tory, with ran­dom strangers on the web.
So this is how to NOT ask for help for help when con­tact­ing a blogger.

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