“Canada is a beautiful country that receives immigrants with open arms; there are so many opportunities for newcomers; and the best candidates will be selected and brought to the country”. Those are just few of the news circulating worldwide and shared a million times on social media, but the truth is, if you search a bit, you’ll see that it’s not as easy as the media tries to show.
I see so many people with the illusion that you can just buy a ticket and simply move to Canada, just like that, and once you get here, a job offer will be handed at the airport, and shortly after you will buy a beautiful house and a bunch of stuff. If you think moving to Canada is that easy, sit back and read this post. I will list the 6 biggest illusions people have about living/ immigrating to Canada:
Coming to Canada is easy
If you are planning to come as a tourist, yes it is easy, but even as a tourist you’ll need a visa, and this visa can be denied. The main reason for denying Canadian visas is the lack of thighs with your home country (proof of work, study or anything that proofs you will go back home after visiting).
Just as the tourist visa, the student visa can also be denied, and the main reasons are insufficient funds to support your stay/study and again the lack of thighs with your home country. To get a visa approved, you’ll need to provide all the required documents on your application, and be consistent about it. And remember, students and visitors CANNOT work during the stay, unless previously approved by immigration.
People who have an American visa or had a Canadian visa in the past 10 years can apply for the ETA to enter in Canada, it is easier, faster and cheaper to apply, but this doesn’t guarantee you will get your entry approved.
And if you plan to move to Canada, the process is way more complicated, and you’ll need to go through the process of permanent residence, so no, you can’t just get in a plane and move to Canada.
Finding a job is easy peasy
Another illusion is that finding a job without being in Canada is easy. I receive several emails daily asking how to get jobs in Canada, and when I ask more information, people tell me they are not in the country and don’t even have a work permit. People think that they will send a resume, a company will like them, hire right away and do all the paperwork to bring them to the country. To do that, the company needs to sponsor an employee (LMIA) and this process is expensive and complicated.
Even if the process were a bit less complicated, companies would never hire overseas without knowing the person and his/her skills. Nobody would bring someone to the country just based on a resume and a phone interview, unless this person was referred and work in a very specific field that is in demand in Canada.
If you are counting on that to get a job and move to Canada, or if you think you will come as a visitor and get a job in order to stay, forget it and start planning another way to come: Save money, research immigration alternatives, contact a immigration consulting company.
I’ll get rich in Canada
Canada is not US, I will start this topic saying that. The wages in the US are higher and a lot of people used to go there to make a lot of money in a short period, but unfortunately Canada is not the same. Here we have a better quality of life and free healthcare, but we do not get paid as well as people in the US.
The minimum wage in Ontario just went up to $14/hour, and if you work 40 hours/week you’ll technically make $2,240/month, this would be enough to survive. But you have to account for the taxes, and also for the fact that it will take some time to get a job; and even if you get one fast, it will most likely to be part time at the beginning.
So don’t think you will arrive, get a job fast and make a good living. It will take some time for settling and you will need a good money reserve to survive until you get stable.
I’ll get the same/better job as I had back home
Even if you have a million years experience in some field back home, when you arrive in Canada you’ll have to step down in order to get a job. Unfortunately here you are just one more in the pool of candidates, and you’ll have to proof yourself to get where you want to be. I’m not saying start from the bottom all over again, but you’ll probably need to apply for jobs on a lower level than your previous job, and sometimes even entry level jobs in the field.
Study in a Canadian College to automatically immigrate
The current immigration system is point based, and if you have enough points, you receive the invitation to apply. I think it’s a fair system that gives you the chance to improve in some areas in order to get the invitation.
One way to increase points is studying in a Canadian institution, and a lot of people think this is enough, but they forget to simulate the points to see the real chances. Studying in Canada does not guarantee immigration, only helps with some points, and if not planned well, it will be just an expensive diploma/certificate that you’ll take back home and hang on the wall.
Having a comfortable life in your home country is not the same as having a good life in Canada
I’m from Brazil, and being a middle class I was very spoiled. And this is not just me, it’s everyone. We are spoiled in the sense that we always have someone to do things for us, maids to clean the house, handy man to fix broken things, a guy for this, a girl for that, and we pretty much don’t have manual skills ourselves to do anything on our own.
Other than that, the cost of living is very different, and we can’t keep up with the same lifestyle, we have to step down again, and start to live in a simpler life, specially in the first years in Canada.
You’ll live in a smaller house, you’ll buy cheap/ second hand furniture, fix your own things and work a lot! Way more that you worked before, and that’s because you’ll start value your money more, specially if you are paid by the hour. Don’t worry, it’s not all bad, and after few years, life will get better, you’ll get a better job, and will be able to afford more things. And the most important, you’ll get used to a simpler life, and will like it!
I’m writing this post, now in English too, because those are the most common things I hear from people who are planning to come to Canada, and I would like to help breaking this fantasy wall and bringing people closer to reality. The most important on the immigration process is research a lot, read all the official sources of information like CIC, look for all possibilities and make plans A, B, C and D. Do your homework and it will pay off.