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Canadian Immigration

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

The Blogger’s Burden

There is “one of these” again in my inbox today. The “object” line reads “help me”. I can guess the content of the email, the suspense factor is minimal.

French Diplomacy

"You're French? What the hell are you doing here, then?" This is how an Australian backpacker reacted upon meeting in a dorm in Toronto, in 2002. "What are you doing there?" I replied. "It's summer...

The Language Connection

I felt completely isolated from other Canadians. I couldn’t do small talk, couldn’t relate to the culture, didn’t understand jokes and when arguing with Feng, I always ended up in tears because it...

People I Used To Know

I had missed relationships ending and new ones beginning, I had missed pendaisons de crémaillère in first apartments, I had missed months of eating store-brand pasta because the cost of living in...

Are You a Good Fit for Canada?

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...