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Is Moving to New York a Good Idea?

May 10th, 2019 Comments off

Whether it’s in a movie or real people, many move to the city that never sleeps each New York Minute in the hope of pursuing their dreams. Over 8.6 million people live in New York City. But it isn’t for everyone. The city has the biggest population loss in the United States with out of state migration, resulting in one million people leaving since 2010.

Before deciding to move to Manhattan, it’s best to figure out whether a move to New York City is a good idea for you.

Where You Live Will Change Your New York Experience

New York City isn’t geographically big, it’s roughly only 300 square miles, but there are hundreds of neighbourhoods to live in within the five boroughs. Finding the right neighbourhood for you is key to whether New York feels like home. Spend time in all five boroughs, investigate your must-have and nice to have list, and get exploring areas on different days of the week and different times of day and night.

It’s Not a Cheap Place to Live

New York constantly sits atop the list of the most expensive cities in North America. According to a survey released by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 1-year 2016 American Community Survey the cost of living in New York is 22 percent higher than the national average. It’s estimated that you’ll need a salary of at least $87,000 USD each year to keep up with the cost of urban living in the area. Median rents in Manhattan are around 3K each month, while Brooklyn or Queens is closer to $2,500 each month. Unless you have a great salaried job offer, or don’t mind living with lots of roommates in a microscopic place this may not work. Budget for your move ahead of time and overestimate your expenditures (and round up) to avoid running out of cash every month. Also note, that because housing is competitive, a lot of landlords will need proof of salary of as much as 40 to 50 times your monthly rent and/or someone to co-sign as a guarantor should you lapse on rent.

If you’re looking to buy, the median price for a home in New York is just under a million dollars, so be prepared to spend or understand that home ownership may not be in the cards for you. If you can’t’ afford to buy, know you’re not alone, as according to a recent New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey 68 percent of New Yorkers don’t own their homes.

Strap on your Fitbit

If you hate walking, New York City is probably not for you. If you live near a subway station that will save you some steps, but most New Yorkers will walk a couple of miles every day just as a part of their commute. Good, comfortable walking shoes are a must have.

Late Nights & Convenience

The nickname ‘the city that never sleeps’ is true. Bars can open their doors as early as 7AM and don’t need to shutter their doors until 4AM, and there are many 24-hour shops or bodegas to get whatever you need. Same goes for cabs, spas, gyms, clubs, and even some restaurants. So, if you’re on shift work or keep irregular hours this could be the right city to maintain a social life no matter what the hour is. There is a lot to see and do in this city, and if you watch your budget you can have a great time.

Moving With Kids

Educational options for NYC kids are as competitive as getting a rent-controlled place with a view of Central Park. Research school options before working out your living arrangements to make sure that your kid(s) end up in the best possible school. Many NYC parents opt to pay to send their kids to private school, which is more convenient, but will also cost money.

Don’t Move on False Hopes and Fantasy

The TV, movie, or vacation version of New York city may accurately encapsulate an era in the city, but that won’t be your experience. You’re not Sarah Jessica Parker, Ilana Glazer, or Woody Allen, and moving to a city with a false hope of something you envision isn’t going to work out – no matter what city it is.

There are Slices of Nature

New York is known for having some beautiful parks, and residents who appreciate these small spots that contain greenery. Some argue that these parks seem better simply in contrast to the concrete jungle. If you’re craving a house with a lawn and a driveway, they do exist, just not in Manhattan. Consider moving a little further away to Queens in a neighbourhood like Little Neck if you want your own piece of grass that isn’t shared in Central Park.

Cockroaches and Bedbugs and Match Box Sized Apartments

Big city living comes with the risk of cockroaches, bedbugs, and infestations in your apartment thanks to your neighbours no matter how vigilant you are. While small spaces are expected in New York, pests don’t need to be. Before signing a rental agreement ask about bedbugs. The NYC Bed Bug Disclosure Act, states that landlords must notify prospective tenants in writing about any bed bug infestations that have occurred in their building in the past year. You can also search for pest related complaints at specific addresses on the Department of Housing Preservation and Development website.

Parking

Love to drive? New York City may not be for you. On the flip side, if you detest driving you may fit in. A recent U.S. Census found around 56 percent of New York households don’t have a car. Those who do have cars and want to keep them will need to shell out anywhere from $400 to $900 each month for parking alone for garage parking, or jockey their car constantly for street parking.

Pets

If you’re not willing to give up on your pet, you’ll need to do some extra research before moving to New York. A lot of buildings won’t allow pets, period, whereas others have limitations on only specific breeds and weights of dogs. Read the fine print and ask questions before you sign an agreement to make sure Fido can come with you, because who wants to be in a new city without their best friend?

A Trial Run

If you’re unsure of your New York, or any city, move consider taking on a temporary contract for a shorter period of time, like a year or 18 months to help determine if it’s right for you. You may just fall in love.

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What to Bring When You Move to Australia

April 30th, 2019 Comments off

G’Day Mate! If you want to live in the land down under, even if it’s just for a year, it can be stressful not knowing what to pack and what to leave in storage. First determine which items are better to rent or buy when in Australia. Next think about how you’ll be spending your time to determine what items are must haves and which are nice to haves.

Before you leave, find out if where you’re staying supplies items like furniture and pots and pans to avoid shipping items that you won’t need. ​

Documentation

These are the basics for any trip, whether it’s for one week, one month, or a year. Make sure you have your Passport, your e-visa /copy of your e-visa acceptance email, your boarding passes, and any applicable print outs of where you’ll be staying. You’ll also need to bring any applicable tax information, visa information, your marriage license, birth certificate(s), immunization and medical records, travel insurance paperwork, and credit cards/ cash cards.​

Packing Cubes​

Using packing and storage cubes is a wonderful way to keep everything you need organized, accessible, and compact. This can help you organize items by importance, season, and even destination.​

Electronics​

A recent price comparison study found that those living in Australia pay twice as much for their technology and technological devices than people in North America. Since this includes gadgets like phones, computers, software, and more, it’s better to buy at home and bring it with you. If you’re going to Australia for work or for play (or a combination of both) you’ll likely want a small laptop to help you search for local employment opportunities, connect with family back home, or work remotely. Don’t forget a solid case to prevent it from getting broken. Those who won’t need a full computer may favour an iPad instead. Avid readers will want to bring a Kindle or e-reader to stay on top of their reading lists without adding the bulk of physical books. Don’t forget to bring a power bank to charge your appliances and a universal adaptor that will work. Australian power runs on The Australian Type I power outlet and is one of the lesser used outlet types worldwide, so make sure you bring the right adapter to keep your electronics charged and ready to go.​

Clothes​

What you ship for later (or send with friends and family who visit) will depend on what time of year and where in Australia you’re staying. Summer in Australia begins in December and the heat continues until the end of February, while winter is June 1 to the end of August. For summer you’ll want to make sure you pack: A peaked or bucket hat, flip flops (these are called thongs down under), sunglasses, swimsuit, light sweaters, slip on mesh water shoes, a beach towel, some t-shirts and shorts, skirts, dresses or trousers (whatever your preferred go to capsule wardrobe summer wear is), one or two items that are a little dressier in case you go somewhere formal, and a waterproof/windproof jacket for rainy season, and some running/hiking shoes and hiking trousers. Note that winter is a little warmer in Australia compared to most European countries and other areas in the Northern Hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need some warm gear. Pack a toque or cold weather hat, a pair of running shoes or light hiking boots, warm thermal socks, a scarf, thermal underwear (particularly if you’ll be hiking or camping), some favourite long sleeved and short-sleeved shirts and sweaters for layering, a warm coat, a raincoat/windbreaker, jeans, hiking trousers and again, a couple of dressier items to wear for job interviews or going out in the evening. Bikini/ swimsuit/ trunks. Don’t forget that you can purchase some items in Australia, but it’s best to bring some of your favourite and more specialized items from home.​

Prescriptions & Medications ​

Shop for items like prescriptions and favourite over-the-counter medications before you leave, as name brands you rely on may not be as readily available, or available at all in Australia. Wear contacts? Stock up on your prescription to make sure you have an ample number of back-ups. In terms of prescription drugs, you will be permitted to take a three-month supply, but just remember to bring a copy of the physical prescription written in English, that confirms that this medicine has been prescribed to treat a medical condition. ​

Your Favourite Brands​

If you’re brand loyal, it’s helpful to know which of your favourite products cost significantly more in Australia so you can complete a shop before you leave. According to Finder some of the brands that will cost you the most are Gap, MAC, Revlon, Brooks, Burton, Dickies, Levi’s, Sega, Apple, and Sony. ​

Miscellaneous ​

A water bottle with a built-in filter is a must have for anyone who is travelling and needs to keep hydrated. It’s cheaper to buy bottled wine in Australia than it is to buy bottled water, so save some money and the environment, and filter it yourself. This way you won’t ever need to worry about tap water being filtered and safe to drink. ​

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What You Need to Know Before Moving to California

April 11th, 2019 Comments off

California Dreamin’ isn’t just a song, it’s a mindset. California represents a better way of life and a world of potential opportunities to many. It’s no wonder so many people look to make the west coast their new home. Whether it’s the pursuit of warmer, dryer weather, more time with nature, fame and fortune, a diverse culture, education, or employment, particularly in the tech industry, there are many reasons why you might be contemplating a move to The Golden State.
Before you pack your bags and sunscreen there are important things you need to know before moving to California​.

Big Business Opportunities​

Since 2010 California alone is responsible for 20 percent of the US’s economic growth. The biggest industries in the state include technology, tourism (with Walt Disney Company being a huge player in the local employment industry), and agriculture. California grown products are huge, generating the most crops in the US. (https://livability.com/ca/real-estate/moving-to-california-heres-everything-you-need-to-know)

Wheels Are Essential

Not a fan of driving? California may not be for you. While San Francisco has the best public transit in the state, real estate prices reflect this service, so it may not be an option. California is the third largest state in the US (after Alaska and Texas) which means that most towns and cities are considered to have lower population communities, meaning public transit options aren’t great. Recent census data reveals that the average commute for those living in California is just under half an hour each way, so be prepared for the traffic. For those who want an eco-friendly commute the cities of San Francisco, Napa, and Santa Monica are known for being bicycle-friendly.​

You Might Meet a Celebrity​

The density of famous folk is heightened in California. Don’t be surprised if you run into someone while you’re in West L.A. or enjoying a hike or spiritual retreat at Joshua Tree National Park. You may want to act like a local and play it cool though – no autographs or selfies (that’s for tourists).​

Where Post Secondary Education Dreams Come True​

Do you want a wonderful education for yourself or your kids? Being able to take advantage of in-state tuition fees in California will provide access to the largest public university system in the US. California has over 400 universities and colleges including Stanford, California Institute of Technology, Pomona College, and many other highly sought educational institutions.​

The Danger Factor

While it’s beautiful and sunny most of the time in California, there are some risks associated with living here. It can be dry and windy with fires, draught, and mudslides as possibilities that should be considered for your safety, and when purchasing your insurance. Southern California has around 10,000 earthquakes each year, although most of them are so tiny they aren’t felt. Roughly 15-20 each year are greater than a magnitude of 4.0 on the Richter scale. Crowding in cities makes it challenging to find kid-friendly places for them to run around and explore. In addition to cities, inner cities and some suburbs can be dangerous. The violent crime rate in California is ranked 16th nationally. ​

The Best Mexican Food Outside of Mexico​

California Mexican cuisine is world-famous. From fast food chains to ‘it’ hot spots, anyone who enjoys Mexican food is in for a real treat.​

Look at Your Budget Sheet Carefully​

Money won’t go as far for you in California as it would in other states. Today the housing crisis makes it tricky to find an affordable place to live. According to CNBC, the cost of living score is 2 out of 50 possible points, with the average home price at $1,182,092. The cost of living in California is said to be 43 percent higher than the national average. Make sure you look at your financials closely, as a solid six-figure salary in California won’t go as far. Remember to look at the implication of both property taxes and income taxes in California when setting your budget for your out-of-state move. ​

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Orbit New Blog Why People Are Moving to Europe?

October 22nd, 2018 Comments off

Why People Are Moving to Europe?


Europe has long been an attractive destination for people looking to start a new chapter in their lives or to seek opportunities. But, what is it that draws people?
This post discusses why people are interested in moving to Europe. After reading this post, you might decide to join them.

European Quality of Life


When people think of Europe, one of the things that come to mind is a relatively high quality of life. There are a few reasons for this.

First, a number of European countries offer socialized medicine. Citizens’ tax dollars pay for medical services, making it less expensive for people to receive the health care they need.
Second, higher education is also subsidized in a number of European countries. The quality of the education is also quite good, making these countries an attractive choice for people from abroad.
Third, the majority of European countries are established democracies, which means that services are consistent and reliable. Take, for example, public transit. In Vienna, you know that the train will always be on time.

A Blend of Modernity and History


Europe is home to Greece and Rome, two of the biggest influences on modern Western civilization. The Renaissance also started in Europe, producing some of the world’s most recognized art and literature.

However, European culture didn’t die out after the 17th century. To the contrary – European countries still produce amazing art, literature, and music today. When you move to Europe, you’ll find a plethora of opportunities to expand your mind.

The Amazing Cuisine


Some European countries are known for their cuisine (Italy, anyone?). And where else can you get authentic Italian food except in Italy?

Moreover, it’s less expensive in many countries to drink wine or beer than water. So, if inexpensive and plentiful alcohol is your thing, Europe is the place to be.

Short Travel Distances and Low Airfares


It takes an hour to travel by train from Bratislava to Vienna. That’s but one example of the short travel times between European capitals. Because things are fairly close together, it’s easier to get from place to place.

In addition, airfare between many European capitals is relatively inexpensive. It won’t cost you too much money to get from Budapest to Bucharest for a quick weekend jaunt. The competition between airlines means that Europeans have more and cheaper choices when it comes to travelling.

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How Long Does It Take to Ship from Canada to Australia?

October 16th, 2018 Comments off

If you’re moving to the Land Down Under, you have a number of questions. For those shipping personal effects from Canada to Australia, the questions double. One of the most important questions is, “How long does it take to ship my goods from Canada to Australia?” The answer will depend on what method you’re using to ship your goods. Read on to learn about how long it will take you to see your goods.

Sending Your Goods by Air


The fastest way to send your goods to Australia is by air. It will take approximately a week or so for them to arrive.

That being said, sending them by air is also the most expensive method. Moreover, the amount of items you can ship is quite limited. You can’t ship large and heavy items such as furniture. Also, there are other restrictions on what you can ship by air – you can’t send items such as aerosol containers or items with lithium batteries.

Sending Your Goods by Sea


Sending your goods by sea, conversely, is a significantly longer process. It can take between six to nine weeks to ship goods by sea from Toronto to Australia.
Bear in mind that shipping by sea is considerably cheaper. Additionally, you can ship larger items, such as furniture, on a boat.

Other Sources of Delays


Australia has some of the toughest biosecurity rules in the world. Customs authorities in Australia are scrupulous about ensuring that nothing harms the country’s crops. As such, inspections of shipments are the norm.
These inspections can add time to the shipment process. In addition, if customs authorities discover that one of your items is contaminated, they will destroy it. This adds a needless expense to your move.

Ensuring Your Goods Arrive in Australia in a Reasonable Amount of Time


Regardless of which method you choose to ship your goods to Australia, you can help the shipping company adhere to the estimate it gave you by following Australian customs regulations.
Don’t bring anything forbidden into the country such as fruits, nuts, plants, seeds, or biological products (see the list here). Make sure that whatever you are shipping is clean, empty and dry. Things that are wet and dirty are a breeding ground for bacteria. Also, soil can carry diseases which could kill Australian crops. By taking the time when you’re packing to make sure your goods are ready for Australia, you can help them get to your new home on time.

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By Adi Shaked

What to Pack When Moving to Australia for a Year

October 2nd, 2018 Comments off

The Land Down Under is a beautiful, vibrant, country with a number of major cities. If you have the opportunity to spend even a year there, you should take it.

So, what do you pack if you’re going for a year? This list will help you figure out how to pack to maximize your enjoyment in Oz.

Where Are You Moving?


The clothes you should bring will depend on where you’re moving to in Australia. It’s a big country, and there is more than one climate.

Perth, located in the southwestern part of the country, is known for hot temperatures in summer. If you’re going to move to Sydney, on Australia’s east coast, be aware that summer temperatures are cooler. It’s also rainier there, so be sure to pack an umbrella.
Be aware that homes aren’t very well heated during Australia’s winter. While Australia’s winter temps never approach anything close to Canada’s frigid negative numbers, you’ll want a sweater to keep you warm.

What Not to Pack


In this case, it’s also helpful to know what not to pack. You don’t want to take too many clothes with you – if you’re only going to Australia for a year, you don’t need your whole wardrobe. And, as mentioned above, you won’t need your heavy winter gear.

Once you decide you’re traveling to Australia for a year, it’s time to go through your wardrobe and figure out what is absolutely essential and what should stay behind. If you haven’t worn it in six months, it’s not worth bringing. Another good question to ask is, “Can I see myself wearing this in the year I’m going to live in Australia?” If you have to invent scenarios in which you would wear an outfit, you shouldn’t bring it. There are very strict luggage limits for flights to Australia, too, which you can’t exceed.

It’s also important to be aware of Australia’s biosecurity laws. Australia has some of the toughest biosecurity laws on the planet. They have these laws in place to keep crops safe.

To that end, you can’t bring in live plants, fruits, seeds, nuts, or soil from outside of the country. If customs authorities discover that you have a forbidden item, it will be destroyed. Consult the Australian customs authority to get the complete list.

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If you’re moving to Australia, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd today. We have over a decade of experience moving customers to Australia and around the world. Some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why did they come back to Orbit? Our customer service is what sets us apart – customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew shows up on time with all the materials they need to get the job done correctly the first time. To learn more about Orbit, call us at 416-661-4228.

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Moving to California from Canada: What You Need to Know

September 12th, 2018 Comments off

California has been the subject of songs, books and movies. Its climate, its landscape, its food and its lifestyle have attracted people from the 1500s. Canadians are no exception.
If you’re considering making the move to the Golden State, there are a number of things you’ll need to keep in mind before the big move. Read on to learn what you should know before moving from Canada to California.

Decide What You’re Taking with and What Stays Behind

Moving can be an expensive proposition. That’s why from the point you decide to move, you need to take a careful look at your stuff. Start asking yourself if it’s worth it to ship some of these items.
While not everything that’s available here is sold Stateside (think Kinder Eggs), you can replace many belongings fairly easily. And when it comes to clothes, your Californian wardrobe will depend upon where you move. As the state is quite large, there’s more than one climate. What makes sense to wear in LA might not be warm enough for San Francisco.

Have Your Paperwork in Order

In the US, you can’t get anything done without a social security number (SSN). Once you have an SSN, you can apply for jobs, get a bank account, a credit card, a cell phone, and a work visa. That should be one of the first things you do.

Once you have a credit card, you can start building a credit history. Many apartment buildings require a good credit history, so keep that in mind when you’re hunting for a home.

Be Medication-Savvy

We Canadians enjoy mocking the Canadian healthcare system. However, if you move there, the shoe is on the other foot.

Make sure to take a supply of medications if you’re on any. Also, be aware that some medications aren’t sold in the US, and if they are, they might be under a different name. Talk to your doctor about what other treatment options are available south of the border.

Think Carefully about Importing Your Car

It’s much easier to get your car imported at the US border than waiting until after you get settled in. However, if you choose not to do it at the border, you have a year to do so.
There have been people who have reported problems because they hadn’t paid off their car loan before moving, or they leased their car. Do your research before you move.

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What Steps Do You Need to Take Before Moving to Australia?

August 17th, 2018 Comments off

Are you moving to the land of kangaroos, koalas, and wallabies? There are a number of steps to take before moving to Australia.

This post lays out the actions you need to take before you take the plunge. Read this guide so your move to Australia can be smooth and hassle-free.

Keep Quarantines in Mind

When you’re moving internationally, one of your first steps should be to decide what you’re taking with you and what you’re leaving behind. However, that becomes a bit more complex when you’re moving to Australia. Australia has very strict quarantine laws. These laws vary by state, so what’s allowed in one state might not be allowed in another. Check the rules in the state to which you’re moving to determine what you can and can’t bring. While people think of quarantines, pets are the first thing that comes to mind. However, quarantines apply to more than just pets.

That being said, we’ll take a minute to discuss quarantines on animals. Bear in mind that only dogs and cats that have been in an Australian Quarantine Inspection Services-approved country for an entire six months before moving are allowed to enter the country. Other animals are subject to approval or rejection.

Decide What’s Making the Move

Shipping your belongings around the world won’t be an inexpensive undertaking. It makes sense (and cents) to figure out whether it’s more economical to ship your belongings or to buy new furniture in Oz. Remember that Australia runs on different voltage than North America. Your appliances won’t work there without a transformer and an adapter. It’s not worth shipping your fridge across the world.

What You Need to Know before Shipping

Once you’ve decided what you’re going to ship, you should be aware of what you can ship without paying duty. Personal and household items that you’ve owned for a year before moving can be shipped duty-free.

You can ship furniture, crockery, cutlery, linens, clothing (not furs), books, jewelry, musical instruments, antiques or family heirlooms, stamp and coin collections, paintings, sculptures, power tools and sporting equipment as long as you’ve owned it for a year or longer before moving to Australia.

The Australian government will charge duty on motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts, caravans, boats, trailers, aircraft, machinery, plant equipment and fur clothing.

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If you’re moving to Australia, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd today. We have experience shipping people’s goods across the world. Some of our clients like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why do we get repeat customers? They appreciate our customer service. No question is too small for our customer service representatives, and our moving crews arrive on time, with all the equipment they need to get the job done right the first time. We treat your belongings as though they were our own. To learn more about what makes Orbit different, contact us today at 416-661-4228.

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Moving Furniture from Canada to France

August 14th, 2018 Comments off

Moving to France is exciting. You’ll be exposed to a new culture, language, and let’s not forget those fabulous French desserts.
However, before you get too excited about petit fours, crème brulees, and madeleines, there are some things you have to keep in mind. Specifically, you need to know about the furniture you can and can’t import into France. Read on to learn what you need to know about moving furniture from Canada to France.

What Documents Do You Need?

In order to import furniture into France, you have to possess certain documents.
You’ll need a valid Canadian passport, a valid visa, residence and work permit (if applicable), a certificate of employment, a Certificate of Change of Residence obtained from the French Consulate with your signature indicating the dates during which you’ll be living in France, a document called “Attestation de non-cession” (which states that you have lived abroad for at least one year, have owned all items for more than six months, and that goods will not be sold for 12 months), proof of residence in France (such as a lease or utility bills) and three copies of an inventory with values in euros signed by you. Your inventory must indicate the contents of each carton. If you’ll be in France on a work permit, you’ll need a letter from your employer indicating the dates you’ll be living in France.

Regulations on What You Can Ship

France has certain regulations about shipping personal effects.

You can’t import goods if you haven’t owned them for at least the previous six months. Moreover, those goods must be going to your principal residence in France, and your shipment must arrive within one year of your arrival date in France.
What if you’ve received furniture as part of your inheritance? You must provide a notarized declaration of the inventory, the relationship between you and the deceased and proof of French residency. The goods must be shipped within one year of death.
Let’s say you’ve just gotten married. You have to provide a marriage certificate and proof of French residency. The goods must be shipped within one month of the wedding.

Bear in mind that you can’t ship ivory or animal skins, counterfeit goods or goods that are less than six months old. Moreover, if you’re shipping antiques, you must provide a certificate of authenticity.

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If you’re moving to France, call Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. today. We have been moving people across the world for over a decade. Some of our clients are so satisfied, they’ve used us more than once! What makes Orbit different? It’s our customer service. No question is too small for our customer service representatives, and our moving crew shows up on time, with all of the equipment they need to get the job done right, in one shot. To learn more about why customers choose Orbit, contact us today at 416-661-4228.

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Moving to Sweden from Canada to Claim Benefits

July 5th, 2018 Comments off

Canada and Sweden have a few things in common. They’re cold climates with internationally renowned metropolitan centres. Both countries are crazy about hockey, and they both offer excellent benefits to their citizens.
What happens if you move to Sweden from Canada? Can you claim benefits? Read on to learn more.

Are You Eligible for Canadian Benefits?

Depending on your situation, you might be eligible for benefits from both countries, even if you move from Canada to Sweden. The two governments have an agreement on social insurance payments which came into force at the beginning of 1986.

If you contributed to the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) as well as the Swedish national pension plan, or you lived in Canada and Sweden, you might be qualified for Canadian and Swedish old age and disability benefits. Under the agreement, Canada will pay a benefit amount reflecting the portion of your periods that are creditable under Canada’s pension program, and Sweden will pay a benefit amount reflecting the portion of your creditable periods under Sweden’s pension program.

The two types of pension plans included under the agreement are CPP and Old Age Security (OAS). The Swedish pension plan covered under this agreement includes the Basic Pensions Scheme and the Supplementary Pensions Scheme.

Your eligibility for CPP and OAS are based on the contributions you’ve made to these programs. If you’re not eligible for CPP, the Canadian government will consider the periods in which you’re credited for Sweden’s Supplementary Pensions Scheme as the time in which you contributed to CPP. If you’re not eligible for OAS, the Canadian government will consider the time in which you resided in Sweden after the age of 18 as periods of residence in Canada.

Are You Eligible for Swedish Benefits?

As mentioned earlier, there is a Swedish pension plan. There are also other government benefits available to Swedish residents.

Once you arrive in Sweden, you must register with the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan). That will entitle you to basic healthcare, parental benefits, child allowances, disability coverage and other insurance payments.

What about eligibility for the national pension plan? The Basic Pensions Scheme provides flat-rate benefits based on residence in Sweden, while the Supplementary Pensions Scheme is based on income from employment and self-employment. To qualify for a benefit under the pension program, you normally must have resided in Sweden or contributed to the Supplementary Pensions Scheme for a minimum number of years.

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By Adi Shaked

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