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Considering a Move to Canada - Next Steps

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...'I'm thinking seriously of moving to Canada - where do I start?'... Before you dash off to sell the house, the car and the cat and jump on the next plane to Canada, take a moment to review the list of do's and don'ts to keep you on the right track and prevent you from making what could be an expensive and painful mistake!


-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.

Applying for permanent residence in Canada is a legal procedure, and like any legal procedure, there are costs and risks attached. There are no guarantees that you will be successful in your visa application and, despite what you may have heard to the contrary, purchasing a property or buying a business in Canada will not influence the decision of the immigration authorities in your favour.

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.

Expat Health Insurance Partners


Our award-winning expatriate business provides health benefits to more than 650,000 members worldwide. In addition, we have helped develop world-class health systems for governments, corporations and providers around the world. We want to be the global leader in delivering world-class health solutions, making quality health care more accessible and empowering people to live healthier lives.

AXA - Global Healthcare

As the global healthcare specialists for AXA, the world’s number one insurance brand, we can help you get fast access to expert medical care, whenever and wherever you need it. All our plans include evacuation and repatriation, a second medical opinion service and extra support from a dedicated case manager if you’re diagnosed with cancer. You’ll also have 24/7 support from our caring multilingual team - we’ll always remember you’re a person, not a case number.

Bupa Global

At Bupa we have been helping individuals and families live longer, healthier, happier lives for over 60 years. We are trusted by expats in 190 different countries and have links with healthcare organisations throughout the world. So whether you're moving abroad for a change of career or a change of scene, with our international private health insurance you will always be in safe hands.


Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.

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