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Moving to Canada

except Québec...

 

It's actually pretty easy to get Canadian permanent residency if...

I'm not a lawyer of any form, and in particular I'm NOT an immigration lawyer, so I can NOT give you any legal advice regarding immigration (nor any other kind of legal advice anyway).

My personal opinion is that you do NOT need an immigration lawyer, UNLESS you're too busy to deal with the large amount of paperwork that they require. And if you DO use an immigration lawyer, you'll likely still have to do quite a lot of paperwork. You'll just have less stuff to read and understand.

Contrary to many countries, Canada does see high value in giving permanent residency to qualified workers, and that's why it can actually be quite relatively easy to get Canadian permanent residency.

See the official Canadian website: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada.html

I applied in December 2017, and in February they rejected my application because they misread it! Then it was reopened (because it was their fault, otherwise don't even try to get it reopened since you'd be wasting everyone's time) and in March my application was approved. Then in June I confirmed my permanent residency at the border. I could have done it earlier but I prefered to wait because...

Once your permanent residency is confirmed, you're stuck in Canada until you receive your permanent resident card, UNLESS you're willing to enter Canada by a NON-commercial vehicule every time you need to do it without a permanent resident card. In other words, you have to enter from the USA. Or just wait until you have your PR card! And that takes about 2 months...

If you wanna go to Québec... It's different. It has its own immigration rules, so you have to deal with Québec directly first...

P.S. Not everywhere in Canada is about super harsh winters and hot humid summers. Vancouver has a very very temperate climate!


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