How To Immigrate To Canada: An Ultimate Guide for Filipinos

Most Filipinos dream of a better life. Canada, a country that’s very accommodating and friendly towards immigrants, has become a popular destination for Filipino immigrants in the last few decades. In fact, 837,130 Filipinos now live in Canada as of 20161.

Of course, much of the allure of Canada comes from its high quality of living. Citizens, as well as immigrants, get to enjoy a lot of benefits that can help improve their daily lives. With Canada hoping to welcome another 430,000 permanent residents in 20222, this could also become your new life.

Before getting started on the long and possibly complicated process of immigrating to Canada, there are several factors that you should consider, many decisions to make, and a lot of research to do. Let this article be your guide. 

Related: How to Get a Job in Canada: A Filipino’s Ultimate Job-Hunting Guide

 

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What Are the Different Pathways for Immigrating to Canada?

1. Express Entry

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Express Entry is a program to choose the best-skilled workers based on their skills, experience, and potential to contribute to Canada’s economy. This online program is in-charge of managing permanent residence applications from skilled workers.

Applicants can enter the Express Entry pool through three different programs namely, Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class.

Here’s the application procedure for the Express Entry system:

  1. Assess your qualifications and find out if you’re eligible to apply under any of the three programs. You can also take the online test to verify your eligibility.
  2. Prepare all the documents that you need to prove that you meet your chosen program’s requirements.
  3. Create your Express Entry profile. This program uses a point system and you’ll be ranked in the pool based on your score from your qualifications.

Applicants with the highest scores will be invited to apply for permanent residence. Once you receive an invitation to apply, you’ll be given 60 days to submit your application for permanent residence.

Complete applications will be processed within 6 months.

The following are the three programs available under Express Entry:

a. Federal Skilled Trades Program

This program applies to the following job categories, all under skill type B:

  • Major Group 72, industrial, electrical and construction trades
  • Major Group 73, maintenance and equipment operation trades
  • Major Group 82, supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture, and related production
  • Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utility supervisors and central control operators
  • Minor Group 632, chefs and cooks
  • Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers

You must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply under the Federal Skilled Trades Program:

  • With at least 2 years of relevant work experience within the last 5 years
  • Must meet the job requirements for the chosen skilled trade
  • With a valid job offer for at least one year or a Certificate of Qualification in the chosen skilled trade issued by a Canadian authority
  • No education requirement but can improve Express Entry score if you have one
  • Valid language test with scores of at least CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) 5 for speaking and listening and at least CLB 4 for reading and writing
  • Proof of Funds (only if you don’t have a valid working permit or a legitimate job offer for at least one year) 
  • Admissible to Canada
  • No plans of living or working in Quebec

b. Federal Skilled Worker Program

This program applies to the following job categories:

  • Managerial jobs (skill type 0)
  • Professional jobs (skill level A)
  • Technical jobs and skilled trades (skill level B)

You must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program:

  • With at least 1 year of paid and relevant work experience within the last 10 years
  • Valid language test with scores of at least CLB 7 in all four skills
  • An education equivalent to at least a diploma from a Canadian high school or post-secondary school
  • Admissible to Canada
  • No plans of living or working in Quebec
  • Proof of Funds (only if you don’t have a valid working permit or a legitimate job offer for at least one year) 

c. Canadian Experience Class

This program is for skilled workers in Canada who want to become permanent residents.

You must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply under the Canadian Experience Class:

  • With at least 1 year of skilled work experience in Canada which means jobs under the following categories: managerial jobs (skill level 0), professional jobs (skill type A), and technical jobs and skilled trades (skill type B)
  • With work experience legally obtained in Canada
  • No education requirement but can improve Express Entry score if you have one
  • Valid language tests with scores of at least CLB 5 for NOC B jobs and CLB 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs
  • Admissible to Canada
  • No plans of living in Quebec

2. Study Permit

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This program is for students who wish to study in Canada. Applicants from the Philippines can apply online through the Student Direct Stream for an easier and faster process.

To be eligible for a study permit through the Student Direct Stream, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a citizen of China, India, Pakistan, Philippines, or Vietnam
  • Must not be in Canada when you apply
  • With an acceptance letter from a post-secondary learning institution in Canada
  • Proof of payment for the first year of study
  • Must have passed the required medical exam
  • Must have obtained a police certificate
  • With a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of C$10,000
  • If studying in Quebec, you must have a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion
  • Latest transcripts
  • A language test result of at least 6.0 in all four skills on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or a Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) score of at least a CLB 7.0 in all four skills 

This program has an application fee of C$150 and a biometrics fee of C$85 per person.

Study permits are processed within 20 calendar days. You must have your credit card with you as you fill out the online application. To apply, just complete the online form, use a scanner or camera to create e-copies of your documents, and pay the application and biometrics fees online using your debit or credit card.

3. Refugee Status

This program is designed for people staying in Canada who want to make a claim for refugee protection in the country. Refugee protection applies to people who are unwilling or unable to go back to their home country due to several reasons.

There are two categories of applicants under this program: convention refugees and persons in need of protection.

Convention refugees are outside their home country and won’t be able to return due to fear of persecution based on one of the following reasons: membership in a social group, nationality, political opinion, race, or religion.

A person in need of protection is someone who can’t return to his home country safely due to the possibility of facing any of the following: danger of torture, a risk to their life, or risk of punishment or cruel, unusual treatment.

You have two ways to apply. You can either apply at a port of entry or at an IRCC office. Then, you have to download the application package which you have to fill out with your background, family, and the reason why you want to get refugee protection.

After completely filling out the forms and gathering the needed documents, you can submit your application in person at an IRCC office or port of entry. It must be noted that no fees will be collected under this program. 

Once your eligibility for refugee protection is confirmed, you’ll be invited to a hearing at the IRCC.

4. Start-up Visa

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This program is for highly-skilled entrepreneurs who have huge potential to create businesses in Canada. The possible businesses should be innovative, globally competitive, and can create a lot of jobs for Canadians.

In order to be eligible for this program, you must meet the language requirements of at least CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) 5 in either French or English in all of the following areas: listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

You must have a qualifying business and be able to get a letter of recommendation from any of the designated organizations which are in charge of approving business ideas. You also have to bring enough funds for you and your family members. 

This program has a visa application fee of C$1,540 and takes around 12 to 16 months to process. To apply, you must download the application package for the Start-up Visa from Canada’s immigration website.

After filling out the form and making sure that you have all the needed documents, you just have to pay the application and biometrics fees and then submit your application.

5. Caregiver Program

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Canada has new programs for immigrants who want to apply as caregivers: the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot.

READ: How to Become a Caregiver in Canada: A Definitive Guide for Filipinos

Through these pilots, you’ll be given an open work permit and a chance to bring your family members with you to Canada. It’s also a direct pathway to getting a permanent residence status in the country.

In order to be eligible for this program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be admissible to Canada
  • A language test score of at least Canadian Language Benchmark 5 
  • Must have completed one year of Canadian post-secondary education (or its foreign equivalent, to be assessed through ECA or Educational Credential Assessment)

You can follow the standard procedure for applying for work permits in Canada. You just have to make sure to indicate the pilot program you’re applying for.

First, you should have a valid job offer from a legitimate employer. Next, fill out the application form online at Canada’s immigration website.

Completely fill out the form and gather the required documents. Pay the application fee and provide your biometrics. Once you have provided all the needed information, documents, and biometrics, you can submit your application.

6. Self-employed Category

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This program is for self-employed persons with relevant experience in athletics and cultural activities. These are some occupations that fall under the cultural activities category:

  • Authors and Writers
  • Creative designers
  • Creative and Performing Artists
  • Craftspeople
  • Musicians
  • Painters
  • Sculptors
  • Technical Support and other related jobs in motion pictures
  • Visual Artists

To be eligible for this program, you must have two years of relevant work experience. You must also get at least 35 points on the selection grid which is used to determine if you’ll make an economic contribution to the country.

You must also show that you intend to be self-employed while living in Canada.

This program has an application fee of C$1540 and the processing time is around 22 months. To apply, you must download the application package for the Self-employed program from Canada’s immigration website.

After filling out the form and making sure that you have all the needed documents, you just have to pay the application and biometrics fees and then submit your application.

7. Provincial Nominee Program

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The Provincial Nominee Program is for workers who want to become permanent residents of Canada and have all the necessary education, skills, and experience to be beneficial to the economy of a specific province or territory.

You must be willing to live in the province you’ll be applying to. Although it varies per province or territory, the usual targets of these programs are students, semi-skilled workers, skilled workers, and business-minded people.

The list of qualifications varies per province or territory. You can check each of their qualification requirements and figure out where you’ll have the best chance of becoming a provincial nominee. The usual categories are education, age, years of experience in the industry, and proof that you know the English or French language.

Saskatchewan, for instance, uses a point system, and having a relative in the province will get you a lot of points.

Interested foreign workers can apply online or through the paper. The application and screening process varies depending on which province or territory you’ll be applying to. You must submit a police check and pass a medical exam as part of the application process.

It must be noted that among all the provinces and territories in Canada, only Quebec does not offer a provincial nominee program.

Here’s a quick rundown of the online and paper-based processes.

a. Online Process

Process #1.
  1. Choose which province you’re applying to and ask them to nominate you by proving that you’re eligible through your documents and certificates.
  2. Once you’re accepted as a nominee, create your Express Entry profile and indicate that you’re a provincial nominee.
Process #2.
  1. Create an Express Entry profile and include which provinces and territories you’re interested in.
  2. Wait for a province to send you a ‘Notification of Interest’ and once they do, contact them directly.
  3. Finally, you have to apply to their Express Entry stream.

b. Paper-based Process

  1. Apply to your preferred province or territory under a non-Express Entry stream.
  2. Make sure that you’re eligible to apply and successfully meet their qualifications.
  3. After successfully getting nominated, submit your paper application for permanent residency to the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
 

How To Immigrate to Canada From the Philippines: 9 Steps

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1. Choose the most suitable program for you

Out of all the available immigration programs for Filipinos, choose the best one for your needs and qualifications. You have to consider your education, work experience, available funds, type of occupation, and other factors.

2. Do a self-assessment

Assess all your qualifications, as well as your ability to fulfill all the other requirements.

Do a checklist and figure out which requirements you already meet. On the other hand, find out which qualifications you don’t meet yet and start working on them. It might take some time to fulfill a qualification that you don’t have yet, but it will ensure better chances of successfully immigrating to Canada.

3. Work on your deficiencie

a. Education

If the program you’re applying for requires a minimum level of education and you lack the required diploma needed, you can take the time to continue your studies or earn a certificate in a specific skill.

b. Experience

A lot of experience will get you more points and raise your rank in the Express Entry pool which will increase your chances of getting a working visa or becoming a permanent resident in Canada.

c. Language Test

If you haven’t taken a language test yet, you can start by enrolling in a language course program and applying for the IELTS or other similar language tests.

Review, practice a lot and aim for the highest possible score so you can earn a lot of points in immigration point systems. Test results are usually valid for two years.

d. Funds

If the program you’re applying for requires you to show proof of funds and you don’t have the required amount yet, you can take some time to find ways to complete your required funds.

You can save up from your salary and other sources of income, get help from relatives, or sell properties and belongings that you won’t need anymore since you’ll move to a different country anyway.

e. Re-assessment of Credentials

Have your diploma, degree, or certificate re-assessed so you can prove that your education and training level meets the required equivalent in Canada’s educational system.

4. Prepare all the necessary documents and certificates

Prepare all the documents needed for your visa so it’ll be easier to start your visa application once you get a job. These are the required documents when applying for a working visa or a permanent resident visa in Canada:

Additional documents may be requested depending on the immigration program you’re applying for.

5. Find a job

a. List of the Most In-demand Jobs in Canada

There are over 300 in-demand jobs in Canada right now.  You can view the complete list here. The following are some examples of in-demand jobs that are currently facing labor shortages in Canada:

  • Accountant
  • Account Manager
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Aircraft Pilot
  • Business Consultant
  • Cashier
  • College or Vocational Instructor
  • Cooks
  • Developer
  • Driver
  • Electrical Engineer
  • General Labourer
  • HR Manager
  • Merchandiser
  • Pharmacist
  • Project Manager
  • Registered Nurse
  • Receptionist
  • Sales Associate
  • Welder

b. Where to Find Job Ads

The best site to look for job ads is through the Job Bank of Canada which is government-approved. These are other reliable job sites where you can search further for possible jobs: Monster, Workpolis, and Indeed.

c. Job-hunting Tips

These are some of the best tips to follow when looking for jobs in Canada:

  • Create an impressive resume that fits the standard resume in Canada.
  • Explore different job search sites and even related forums for leads on job openings.
  • Tailor your cover letter according to the company you’re applying to or the qualifications needed in the job post. Don’t send the same cover letter to every company you’re applying to.
  • Be enthusiastic and show a lot of interest in the job you’re applying for. You can even do a follow-up after one week.
  • Set up an online resume on LinkedIn and other similar social sites to increase your online presence.
  • Be confident. It’s important to sound confident when expressing your interest in a job so they’ll know that you’re qualified and determined in getting the job.

6. Verify your employment

Once you have successfully found a job, check if the job offer is valid and if it comes from a legitimate employer. After confirming its authenticity, you can get started on your visa application.

7. Apply for the visa program where you’re eligible

Start your application to the visa program you’re eligible to apply for. Gather all the documents needed and prepare your debit or credit card to pay for the fees.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply for a Canadian immigrant visa or permanent residency:

  1. Check your eligibility. Canada’s immigration website has an online tool to determine if you are eligible to apply for an immigrant visa or for permanent residence.
  2. Once you’re sure that you’re eligible, choose from Canada’s several immigration programs.
  3. Create an account at Canada’s immigration website. Having an account will let you fill out the application form, submit your application, pay the fees, check your application status, receive messages regarding your application, and update your information.
  4. Fill out the application form for the immigration program you’re applying for. You can also find a document guide which you can refer to if you want to learn about the required documents for your application.
  5. Pay the application and biometrics fees. The only way to pay the fees online is through a debit or credit card. The amount that you have to pay will be indicated on your application.
  6. Check the processing time for the program you applied for. You can also check the status of your application through your account.

8. Get to know Canada before your Big Move

a. Learn about the provinces and territories in the country

It will be easier to adjust and more exciting to explore if you already know a lot about the country where you’ll be moving to. By learning about Canada’s geography, you’ll find out where all the important buildings, scenic spots, and establishments are located.

b. Study the laws

This will help you assess each situation you might find yourself in when it comes to legal matters. Knowing and understanding a country’s laws will also help you avoid encountering legal issues in the future.

c. Know your rights and duties as an immigrant

Whether you’ll be a temporary visa holder or a permanent resident, know the rights and privileges that come with your present status in Canada. At the same time, find out all your duties as an immigrant and how to fulfill your obligations in your new country.

d. Learn about the weather situation in Canada

Knowing what to expect in Canada when it comes to the weather is important. By doing your research, you can prepare for and learn how to adjust to Canada’s extreme weather conditions.

Canada has four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Spring starts as early as late February or as late as April and lasts until June. The average temperature in the country during this season ranges from 19 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit.

Summer starts in June and lasts until August. During the summer, the average temperature in the country ranges from 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fall is arguably the most comfortable season in Canada since the temperature is cool but the surroundings are still beautiful. The average temperature in the country during the fall is around 27 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit. This season starts in September and lasts until November.

Winter, on the other hand, is the most challenging season since the average temperature can go as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

e. Know the average cost of living in the country

These are the monthly average costs of living per city or province excluding rent (per person)3:

  • Toronto – C$1,038.73
  • Montreal – C$944.66

On the other hand, these are the average cost of monthly rent per city or province for a 1-bedroom house:

  • Burnaby – C$1,600
  • Calgary – C$1,100
  • Montreal – C$1,500
  • Ottawa – C$1,300
  • Toronto – C$2,300
  • Vancouver – C$2,100
  • Victoria – C$1,400

To help you get more ideas, these are the average cost of monthly food and groceries per city or province:

  • Burnaby – C$350-420
  • Calgary – C$220-320
  • Montreal – C$200-220
  • Ottawa – C$200-215
  • Toronto – C$400-520
  • Vancouver – C$310-410
  • Victoria – C$250-400

f. Find out the best cities or provinces to live in, depending on your needs and occupation

These are the Top 10 Canadian cities to live in for immigrants:

  1. Burlington, Ontario – It’s a safe place to live and offers a great quality of life.
  2. Vaughan, Ontario – It has a low crime rate and lots of job opportunities in the retail and manufacturing industries.
  3. Calgary, Alberta – Rent prices here are constantly declining despite being a large metropolitan area.
  4. Richmond Hill, Ontario – It has one of the highest employment rates and one of the lowest crime rates in the country.
  5. Toronto, Ontario – A large percentage of people residing here are immigrants. The average salary is high and the unemployment rate is constantly declining.
  6. Oakville, Ontario – It’s home to a large population of South Asians and has a low unemployment rate.
  7. West Vancouver, British Columbia – It’s a suburb of Vancouver and has a high average household income.
  8. Saanich, British Columbia – It’s culturally diverse and has beautiful landscapes. It has one of the highest employment rates for immigrants.
  9. Markham, Ontario – It’s highly accessible from Toronto and has a large population of immigrants. It’s also considered as the ‘hi-tech’ capital of Canada.
  10. Vancouver, British Columbia – It has one of the mildest climates across the country and has a diverse population.

9. Prepare for your new life in Canada

a. Re-check all your immigration details

i. Job Specifications

Read your contract or job offer again and go over even the smallest details. Check the duties and responsibilities that come with your job description and the working situation that you’ll be expecting.

ii. Visa Details.

Re-check your visa details like the type of residency or visa that you have and the privileges and responsibilities that come with it. Verify if it has an expiry date and if you need to renew it in a few months or years. If you’re not a permanent resident yet, find out when you’ll be eligible to apply for a PR card.

iii. Documents and Certificates

Check if you have all the required documents to go through immigration and those that you’ll use as you start your life in Canada. These are some of the documents that you must absolutely bring with you: passport, education credentials, language test result, birth certificate, valid ID, job offer or contract, and others.

iv. Funds

Make sure that you have enough funds not only to show as proof but also to sustain your living expenses there during the first few months of the adjustment period.

b. Book your flight

After getting your visa, the next step is to book your flight. Explore your options and figure out just what you need for your flight.

It’s not a short flight so it’s completely understandable to want nothing but the best seats and services. Once you have a clear idea of what you want, find the best deal within your set budget.

You must also take into consideration the number of stops or layovers and the perks that come with the ticket. You can always consult with a travel agent.

c. Look for houses/apartments in Canada where you’ll move in

The next thing that you have to do is look for apartments or houses where you can live once you arrive in Canada. There are popular sites like Kijiji where you can find advertisements for houses or apartments for rent.

You have to consider its location like the distance from your school or workplace, the neighborhood, and its proximity to establishments and city centers. You should also figure out if it has all the amenities that you need. Lastly, make sure to always get the best possible value for your money.

d. Look for schools or universities for your children

One of the best things about Canada is it offers free education for children until they’re 17 years old. If you’ll be taking your kids with you, you have to prepare ahead since the admission process of a school or university might start early.

Canada’s education system is a bit similar to that of the Philippines. It consists of 2 years of pre-school, 6 years of grade school, 2 years of middle school, 4 years of high school, and around 4-5 years of tertiary education. 

e. Attend seminars

Seminars organized in the Philippines before your departure can help you prepare better for your big move. Upon arriving in Canada, you can also go to seminars there which are organized specifically for Filipino immigrants. These seminars will give you an idea of what to expect while building a new life in Canada.

 

What Are the Pros and Cons of Living in Canada?

Pros

  • Lots of Job Opportunities for Immigrants

Canada has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world at only 6.5% in 20224. However, its strong economic outlook also comes with its own share of problems, such as a labor shortage5.  It’s the main reason why Canada needs a lot of foreign workers as they are looking to fill skill shortages in different industries. People who want to start businesses are also welcome in Canada.

  • High-quality but Affordable Healthcare

This is one of the best benefits that Canada has to offer. People residing in Canada can see a doctor, go to the emergency room, and even get their eyes checked without paying any fees. Of course, it’s not entirely free since it’s where the taxes go but it can be very convenient, especially during emergencies.

  • Low Crime Rate

If you want to raise a family in a safe environment, then Canada is an ideal country for you. It has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Violent crimes are rare in this country. In fact, its crime rate has been steadily declining since 19916 which makes it one of the safest countries to live in.

  • Great Educational System

Canada has a well-balanced educational system. The government also provides funding so children can study for free until they turn 17 years old. Education is compulsory up to 16 years old in all Canadian provinces except for New Brunswick, Manitoba, Nunavut, and Ontario where the compulsory age is up to 18. Expat children with a residence permit can also study at public schools for free.

  • A Lot of Social Welfare Programs

The government creates a lot of social welfare programs to help improve the lives of its residents. There are available training programs for residents who want to develop a new skill which can lead to more job opportunities. There are also programs dedicated to education in order to help the residents become more qualified for better job opportunities.

  • Great Outdoors

The natural scenery in Canada has always been known as diverse and breathtaking. In this country, there are oceans, lakes, snow-covered tundra, mountains, and other scenic spots. There are so many outdoor activities that you can do in Canada: from boating and skiing to hunting, fishing, hiking, and a lot more.

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A lake in Canada. Image by hassangary98 from Pixabay

Cons

  • Cold Weather

This is one of the major factors which make Filipinos think twice about moving to Canada. It can get really cold during the winter.

Winter in Canada starts as early as November and ends as late as April. The coldest city in Canada during winter is Winnipeg, Manitoba which experiences an average temperature of -30 degrees Celsius. On the other hand, the warmest places during winter are Ontario and the Maritime provinces.

The average yearly snowfall in Canada ranges from 82.5 inches to 131.9 inches.

  • Cost of Living

Another disadvantage of living in Canada is the high cost of living. Canada’s cost of living is approximately 86.12% higher than in the Philippines, according to Numbeo7. It’s usually more expensive to live in highly populated Canadian cities such as Vancouver, Toronto, Victoria, Calgary, Mississauga, Edmonton, and Ottawa.

  • Government Regulation

A lot of Canadians feel that the government controls a huge part of their lives. They feel like the government is always involved in the decisions that they have to make. For example, in Canada, the government regulates the amount of trans-fat8 that can be included in a restaurant meal and how rare steak or burger can be cooked9.

 

Tips and Warnings

1. Learn how to constantly adapt to change

Building a life in a different country will bring a series of major changes to your school life, career, and relationships. Being able to handle change can be really beneficial for you. The best thing to do is accept the fact that change is inevitable and an important aspect of growing as a person.

2. Embrace diversity

Since Canada is a melting pot of different races and cultures, the first thing that you have to do once you enter the country is to anticipate and embrace the diversity of its people.

You’ll interact with different nationalities at your school or university, workplace, and practically everywhere you go. Consider yourself lucky to be surrounded by a diverse group of individuals. You’ll get to discover different cultures without exploring the world.

It’s a great chance to gain knowledge about different nationalities and their unique ways. It can be an eye-opening experience that can change your perspective on a lot of things.

3. Be patient, especially during the visa application process

While going through the procedure of immigrating to Canada, always be patient since you have no control over the processing time anyway.

While waiting for the result, you can take the time to plan and organize the big move. Prepare yourself since it’ll be a new chapter in your life.

This tip also applies once you have arrived in Canada. Don’t rush things and give yourself enough time to adjust to your new environment and routine. You’ll eventually get used to your new life.

4. Build your network

You can start by getting to know your neighbors or co-villagers, but only if it’s a common practice in the area you’ll be living in. You can also get to know your colleagues and be comfortable around them.

Try to familiarize yourself with the faces that you encounter in your daily life. Reaching out to the Filipino community near your city is a huge step towards building your own network in Canada.

5. Know the culture and practices in Canada

Join forums and read online about the different practices in Canada and its culture. It’s important to stay open-minded since there are some practices in Canada that might be unusual in your home country and vice versa.

To be able to fully integrate into Canada’s community and adjust to life there, it’ll be great to start getting familiar with the country’s way of life.

6. Do a lot of volunteer work

Volunteering is highly-appreciated in Canada and will help you connect with the locals. You can spend your free days being a volunteer for causes that you are passionate about. You can volunteer at environmental organizations, relief operations, feeding programs, and a lot more.

One way to truly belong in a community is through helping them with events and activities which will benefit other members of the community. You won’t just be helping your community; you’ll also be part of a family that can help you as you adjust to your new life.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much does it cost to immigrate to Canada?

2. I’m now a permanent resident in Canada. How can I sponsor a family member to come to Canada?

3. What is the maximum age to immigrate to Canada?

4. What is the best age to migrate to Canada?

5. Can I immigrate to Canada on my own? Or do I need to get the services of an immigration consultant?

6. Do Canadian PR cards expire?

7. How long is PR valid in Canada?

8. What happens if my PR card expires while I’m inside Canada?

9. Can I lose my Canadian permanent resident status?

10. Can you immigrate to Canada without a job offer?

11. How long do you have to stay in Canada to become a citizen?

12. What is the easiest way to immigrate to Canada?

13. What are the possible reasons for getting my Canadian work visa denied?

14. How can I get a job in Canada though a POEA-accredited agency?

 

References

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Rod Michael Perez

Rod Michael Perez is a freelance writer with over 7 years of experience in writing long-form articles, ad copy, and SEO content for local and foreign clients. He is also an aspiring startup founder and believes that the Philippines could be the next hub for startup culture. He takes care of his dog, a poodle-Shih Tzu hybrid, in his spare time.

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