You’ve imagined tellng your current boss that you’re leaving for Canada. You’ve researched where you want to live. You’ve started the job search. But you’re still not sure how to actually make the move from the computer screen to Canada.
We’ve compiled our top three ways to make your move to Canada a reality this year.
Work in an in-demand industry, and land a job before you go
An obvious start, but make sure you’ve researched what jobs are actually in demand in Canada. You’ll get extra points on your visa application if you have a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer.
We’ve compiled a post about Canada’s latest skill shortages – check it out to see if your occupation is needed in Canada.
If your occupation is on there, start your job search. You can try Working In Canada’s job board which is frequently updated.
If your occupation isn’t on the list, there are other visa options available to you – see ‘Get clued up on Canadian visas’ below.
Meet Canadian employers face-to-face
Or, even better than a job board, you could visit the Working International Expo. This October we’re coming to London and Dublin (our boutique, Canada-only show) with Canadian employers recruiting for a range of job skills and industries. Attending an expo is a great way to meet these Canadian employers face to face. You’ll get the opportunity to sell your skills and experience and you may even interview while you’re there.
consider a move outside the big cities
Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver are really popular with would-be Canadians, so think about making the move to some of the smaller provinces. The provinces experience critical skill shortages (meaning they’re more likely to look internationally for the skills they need) but still offer the incredible lifestyle and landscape of Canada’s major cities (arguably more so, as they’re less populated).
Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operates currently in these provinces:
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Prince Edward Island
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Nova Scotia
PNP applications are given preference over other skilled visa applications (like the Federal Skilled Worker stream) by Citizenship & Immigration Canada, as they look to find the skills the provinces really need.
Get clued up on Canadian visas
There are multiple visa options into Canada for skilled workers, entrepreneurs, business owners, students, family members, and more.
The best way to understand the different routes into Canada and the options available to you is to get specialist visa advice. At the Working International Expo, we’ve got Canadian visa experts (like Brazolot Migration Group) on hand to guide you through your different options and the visa process.
You can also explore Citizenship & Immigration Canada’s website to determine your eligibility.
Show your commitment
Canadian employers want to see an understanding about what relocating to Canada will really mean to you – and they want to see your commitment to making your new life work.
Have you ever visited Canada? Do you have family in Canada? Will you be bringing all your family with you to Canada? Or will all of your family be back home? How will you adjust to your new life? Are you in it for the long haul or will you turn around and head back home after only a few months?
Consider the above questions and be sure that a move to Canada is right for you.
…It is? Great, going to the Working International Expo is a good way to show your commitment and enthusiasm. You can research all your visa options, meet potential employers and sort your move – from arranging professional movers to opening a bank account.
Make the move to Canada this October
You can arrange your move to Canada this October without leaving the UK or Ireland. The Working International Expo is coming to London, Dublin (our boutique, one-day expo featuring Canadian employers only), and Manchester, starting in a fortnight!
See you there!