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Browsing: Interviews with immigrants
Meet Hélène, a French immigrant who chose to settle in a beautiful small town in British Colombia.
Gagan and Shikha, from New Delhi, India, immigrated to Canada in the skilled worker category. They landed in Ottawa two months ago and they share insights about the immigration process, landing, and shopping for chilies and coriander!
Remember “Chiruza Canadiense”? I interviewed her over a year ago, in March 2013. Back then,…
Julien and his wife, two French from Troyes, were looking to expand their horizon and…
Jeff and his family live in a fishing village just outside Halifax, on the east coast of Canada. After years of managing IT information security, Jeff now runs his own consulting business out of his home. This allows his biggest passion: being around his two young kids.
In March 2012, Emily O’Hara and her husband moved from “Down Under” to Kamloops, British Colombia. Emily worked as an Environmental Engineer in a Canadian-owned gold mining company in Australia, and her husband and she were transferred across within the same company to the “True North strong and free”.
Paco Plaza and his wife are originally from Colombia. They moved to Barcelona, Spain, in 2000, and have been living there for the past 12 years. They started the Canadian immigration process in 2008, and finally, in 2012, after a long waiting period, they were granted permanent residence in the self-employed persons category.
Carol is from Philippines and she is currently living in Calgary, Alberta. She came to Canada in summer 2011—her first time ever leaving her home country—under the Live-in Caregiver Program and she looks after a pre-school child.
I am usually pretty good at dealing with applications and legalese (I filled my own visa, permanent residence and citizenship applications all by myself, after all!) but to me, tax return forms are cryptic pieces of paper, even after eight years in Canada.
So I looked for a tax specialist… and ta-da! I found Allan Fefergrad, CPA, CGA, from Better Tax Services, a Montreal-based accounting firm.
Miguel fell in love with Canada when he was just 16 years old. He came here to learn English, and eventually obtained permanent resident through his partner by applying in the sponsorship category.
Lou, her husband and her two teenage sons are from a small village in Essex, United Kingdom. They moved to Canada in summer 2010 to find a better work/life balance, and so far, their experience has been positive.
Alice is French, from Alsace (Eastern France). A post-grad student, she lives in Quebec City. A foodie and animal lovers (two different things, not implying she eats animals!), she shares her adventures on her blog, Une Frenchie en Québéquie.
Isa is French and lives in Lyon with her partner. A lifelong lover of all North American things, she lived in Montreal for seven months in 2010, a city she fell in love with.
Cecille and her family are from the Philippines and landed in Canada in 2011. They settled in Mississauga, one of the many suburbs of Toronto, and enjoy their new life in a safe multicultural country. This resilient family actually applied for permanent residence twice—the second one was their ticket to Canada, after six years old waiting in total!
Welcome to the 2013 edition of “Ten Immigrants, Ten Interviews!” In this series, we will explore the motivations of ten prospective immigrants and newcomers to Canada.
“Chiruza Canadiense” is a young professional woman in her thirties. She is from Argentina and lives in Buenos Aires. She is one of these thousands of immigrants who applied under Quebec’s skilled worker category and she is stuck in processing limbo.
Murtaza and his wife are a multicultural couple: she is from France and he is from India. They found a country in their image: Canada.
After a relatively quick immigration process (only one year), they picked Montreal as their new home.
Estefania is originally from Patagonia, Argentina. She isn’t sure why she originally picked Canada to complete an exchange program after graduating from high school, but she knows she fell in love with the country, and more specifically Quebec.
Not all immigrants have a great experience in Canada, and not everybody chooses to stay. Such stories have to be told because it’s important to stress that the grass in not always greener on the other side.
Natalia came to Canada from Colombia. She feared for her life back home, and quickly applied for refugee status in Canada. The paperwork took a long time—four years—but it wasn’t the main problem Natalia faced.
Jorge is one happy immigrant and without hesitation, he states that immigrating to Canada exceeding his expectations. He deserves much of the credit for his success: his optimism, hard work and flexibility brought him where he is today.
John Erick is a newcomer to Canada: he landed from Venezuela a couple of months ago. Despite facing the usual challenges most immigrants face, including finding a first job in Canada and living in English and in French, he is happy to be here. His blog title says it all: Mi Renacer En Canadá (Reborn in Canada).
Daniel, from Paraguay, isn’t afraid of new challenges: he chose to settle in Quebec, Canada’s francophone province, even though French is not his mother tongue. He is also very patient and waited for two years before he was finally granted permanent residence status.
Emma and Jean-Paul were ideal candidates: there are both young and highly-educated French citizens with degrees and experience in needed fields. They were selected easily and nine month later, they were landing in Montreal.