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-Firstly, find out whether you qualify to apply for a visa.
-Contact your local Canadian High Commission for application forms and documentation or visit their web site at www.cic.gc.ca for details of visa types, fees, minimum application requirements and selection factors.
-Decide whether you will submit your own visa application or if you need an immigration lawyer or immigration consultant to complete the visa application on your behalf.
-Prior to submitting your visa application, try to take one or two 'preview trips' (in winter and summer) to see if Canada feels like the place you and your family would like to call home.
-Once you have submitted your visa application, use the long waiting period to research possible housing, job opportunities, schools and other relocation assistance you will require during your move to Canada. Current processing times for Skilled Worker visas (through the Canadian High Commission in London) are between 24 - 30 months.
-Consider improving your English or French language skills while you are waiting for your visas. The ability to communicate and work in one or both of Canada's official languages is very important and will help you in the Canadian labour market.
Once you have applied for your visas, you will have plenty of time to plan and prepare for your relocation to Canada.
Despite the strong temptation to do otherwise, until you receive your visas.
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