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7 Secrets to Feel at Home After Moving from the UK to Canada

December 10th, 2019 Comments off

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Since Canada and the UK have historical links that bind them, it’s no wonder that so many Brits end up in Canada, and vice versa. Following the vote for Britain to leave the European Union, Google searches for ‘moving to Canada’ skyrocketed. Whether you’re looking to leave for a job, family, or a change of pace, Canada can offer Brits a familiar yet brand new country to call home. Just the same, any move across the pond is a huge change, so here are 7 secrets to help you feel at home after moving to Canada from the UK.

Learn the Language

While English (and French) are the official languages of Canada, making for an easier transition, picking up on some of the nuances of Canadian language will help you understand what everyone is talking about in casual conversation, eh. Canadian spelling, unlike American, is very similar to UK English. However there are some notable differences, for example words like analyse and paralyse are spelled analyze and paralyze by most Canadians. Other terms to learn are mostly slang: a loonie is a dollar, a gas station is a petrol station, and a toque is a hat to keep you warm in the winter.

Enjoy Familiar Comforts Of Home

It turns out Canadians enjoy Coronation Street just as much as the Brits, with the CBC broadcasting it five times a week on the edge of prime time since it’s the most popular soap in both Canada and the UK. Feel free to binge watch and find out who in your social circle in Canada is also hooked on Coronation Street.

Learn to Love The National Sport

Ice hockey and lacrosse to Canadians are what cricket and football are to the Brits. A great way to meet new people is to go and check out some games, amateur or pro, and if you’re so inclined explore the possibility of learning the sport and playing yourself. There are numerous house leagues of various levels for adults and children alike. It’s a great way to stay active and meet new people.

Network With Other Brits

Groups like Brits in Toronto have over 4,000 members (with many cities across the country having such groups) and exist to help other Brits feel at home. These groups include meet ups, so you can connect with others who are going through something similar to you, but also provide opportunities for you to find the comforts of home in Canada. Need to know where to get a good curry or roast beef in your new hometown? No problem, members of these groups are happy to offer suggestions and help you acclimatize to your new life in Canada.

Be Wary of ‘Tourist’ Friendships

While it can be wonderful to meet other Brits new to Canada and figuring out if it is the right fit for them, and commiserating about your adventure, don’t rely on one person or family to be your entire social circle. Should they decide to head back home you will find yourself feeling very lonely. Karen Brooks moved to Whistler from the UK in 2010 and told The Guardian of her experience, saying that it’s easy to meet other expats where they live, but many people are only there for a short time, so remain patient when finding the best possible place to live, work, and meet others.

Bond Over Complaining About the Weather

Trade in your raincoat for a winter parka. Aside from the west coast in British Columbia, the rest of Canada sees a lot less rain, but colder temperatures. Invest in warm gear for cold weather so you can get out during the winter months instead of spending all your time inside, alone, watching Netflix. Want to start a conversation? Complaining about the weather is an important Canadian rite of passage.

Bring Family & Friends Over To Visit

Spending a little time in your new home as a tourist and enjoying attractions alongside loved ones is a fantastic way to grow an appreciation for Canada. Canada is huge compared to the UK, so even exploring one province, depending on the province’s size, could take some time. Scheduling visitors during your first years in Canada will give you something to look forward to, and provide new and exciting ways to explore the country.

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Essential Documents You Need for Moving to Costa Rica from Canada

November 29th, 2019 Comments off

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So, you want to become a ‘Tico’? This is an affectionate nickname that many Costa Ricans use to refer to themselves because of a linguistic habit of adding tico/tica to the end of words in Costa Rican Spanish. Who can blame you for wanting to move to Costa Rica? It’s warm, sunny, friendly, and filled with amazing rainforest and wildlife.

Before you pack your maleta (suitcase), you’ll need to know what documents you need to bring with you.

Your Passport

Those coming as Canadian (or U.S.) citizens are not required to acquire a visa to enter the country as a tourist for a stay of up to 90 days. Simply have your passport stamped. Note that your passport must be more than six months away from expiration and cannot be damaged or you may be denied entry into the country. You will also need to present proof that you will be exiting the country within 90 days, in the form of documentation such as a plane ticket with a destination elsewhere. Many people repeatedly do this and simply re-enter the country a short time later, but there are no guarantees that you will be readmitted through this travel loophole, and it’s better to seek out a lengthier solution during your first 90 day stay.

Immunization Records

If you have stamps in your passport indicating that you have travelled to Asia, Africa, or South America you may be required to bring a World Health Organization Card (WHO CARD) or a doctor’s letter as proof of your yellow fever immunization.

Driver’s License

Generally Canadian driver’s licenses will remain valid for you to rent and drive a car in Costa Rica for shorter stays. Those staying longer will want to explore obtaining a Costa Rican license after they attain a residence visa.

Getting a Visa As Retirees

Seniors retiring in Costa Rica need to provide proof that they have at least 1K per month of income coming in from a recognized pension plan (like a teachers’ pension that comes in every month). Those who don’t have a fixed retirement plan, but have savings, can provide proof they have at least $2,500 income coming in for at least 24 months, or simply deposit $60,000 in an Immigration Authority Approved Costa Rican Bank. Those who wish to invest 200K in a home, business, or residential property in Costa Rica can obtain residence under the Inversionista Program (for investors).

Beyond Documentation, A Hired Lawyer

This is an attorney who specializes in immigration to Costa Rica, and will help you sort out your visa quickly, organize your paperwork, all without unnecessary delays. Most government officials will not be able to speak English, so if your Spanish is rusty, your attorney can speak on your behalf and translate for you.

Other Documentation

While your lawyer will be able to help you assemble your documentation, you can get started by gathering the following standard items including: an immigration application form, a receipt showing you have deposited money in the Banco de Costa Rica to pay for your application (this is noted to be $50 when applying from Canada or $250 if applying while visiting on your tourist visa), a letter explaining why you want to live in Costa Rica, proof of registration within the Canadian Embassy in Costa Rica, proof of fingerprinting by the Ministry of Public Safety, your birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable), your Police Record. Note: documents must be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs of the government.

Bienvenido a casa/Welcome Home!
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A Complete Guide to Moving from Chicago to Canada

November 7th, 2019 Comments off

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Fearing the upcoming US election? Got a job offer or educational opportunity you can’t refuse? While a move from Chicago may not seem like a big deal, particularly if you’re moving to another large city like Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, or Vancouver, there is still a lot that you need to know. Here’s a quick cheat sheet on moving from Chicago to Canada.​

Pick Your Timing​

A move to Canada doesn’t need to be a final decision. On your passport alone you can spend time in Canada as a visitor for just under six months, but that also means you won’t be able to work while you’re here. To find out your eligibility for whatever type of goals you have in Canada (whether it’s as a student, a temporary worker, or a permanent resident) you can fill out a 10 minute online tool at www.Canada.ca. ​

Those with more than a year of full-time work experience may qualify for Express entry, which costs around $2000, may involve some language testing and takes about six months to process. Applicants are rated on a scale up to 1200 points with 600 points based on skills, education and professional experience, and the other 600 on having relatives with Canadian residency, job offers, or speaking French.​

If you have a skill that is in high demand in a province (like in the tech industry) you may qualify for the Provincial Nominees Program, however this will determine where you’ll need to live.

Where Most People Live In Canada​

While many people joke about Canadians living in a frozen wasteland, take note, most of the Canadian population is with 100 miles (or 160 kilometres, you’re really going to need to learn the metric system if you want to live here) from the United States Border. Most people live in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver.​

If you’ve decided you’re Canada bound but have not landed on a location yet, you’ll need to decide whether you’re a city mouse or a country mouse among other things. Employment offers from companies with offices around the country may allow you to select a location based on weather preference, affordability, proximity to family, friends, or ski hills – it’s up to you.​

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Finding The Right Location For You


Vancouver offers big city living, first-class public transit, an ocean view, milder climate, and a hefty price tag to go with the West Coast benefits. ​

Toronto may be the closest to what you are used to in Chicago in both climate and big city culture. Toronto offers diverse and trendy multicultural neighbourhoods, art, culture, theatre, and many job opportunities. The cost of rent in Toronto compared to Chicago is comparable, especially when you factor in the US/Canada exchange rate. Concerned about safety? Toronto is frequently listed among the top safest cities in North America.

Other big-city options include Edmonton, Calgary, and Winnipeg.


Speak French, love Europe, and don’t mind the cold? Consider Montreal or Quebec City to enjoy a European feel very close to the US border. ​

For those looking to simplify their lives and experience a friendly oceanic Canadian experience, look to live in Newfoundland, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island, or New Brunswick.​
Still hate extreme weather. The mildest and most temperate climate in all of Canada is in Victoria, the British Columbia capital, where the temperature rarely dips below zero in the winter or above 30 degrees C in summer.​

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Climate Differences

Chicagoans may feel like they have cold weather on a lock and will have no problem adapting to Canadian weather, more specifically Canadian winters. While the average monthly temperature in Chicago is only 2.3 degrees Celsius different in Toronto, Ontario (that’s 4.1 degrees Fahrenheit), something that may get to you is the lack of sunlight. There are 541 fewer hours of sunlight in Toronto each year than in Chicago, which may impact anyone who suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SADs). ​

Things to Remember​

Just because you’re living in Canada doesn’t mean you aren’t still a US citizen, and your rights and obligations as such are the same. You can still vote and are encouraged to do so.​
Canada is known for welcoming in immigrants and the OECD Better Life Index rates life satisfaction in Canada as seven out of the 40 countries assessed (life satisfaction is rated 17 in the US). You may have just found your new home, and remember Chicago Style Pizza is just a short flight (or long drive) away.​

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5 Major Stress Points of Moving From Mexico to Canada

November 5th, 2019 Comments off

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A move to Canada may be the right thing for you and your family, but before you pack your bags take note – immigration can be a long and complicated process. In addition to being granted admission into the country there will be other hurdles and stress points you’ll need to face. The good news is that if you’re prepared and know what to expect, you’ll be able to face them head-on and anticipate potential barriers in your early days in the country.

TSome Professions Aren’t Easily Transferred

A lot of Canadian professions are highly regulated. This means that a degree or experience as a professional in Mexico may not apply when you arrive in Canada. Often, depending on the profession, educational and professional credentials need to be assessed by a local regulating body, followed by a possible need to upgrade your education and/or take a series of exams to be able to practice your profession in Canada. This is particularly common in healthcare. It may take months or even years to meet Canadian standards and get working in your chosen field. Those with internationally recognized designations may be able to set to work right away. Either way, you’ll need time to determine when you can start working and have a back-up job in mind should you need to take time and have the funding available to get certified in Canada.

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Healthcare Isn’t Exactly Free

Many people talk about Canada having free healthcare but the reality is, not everything is free. Yes, people who are new to Canada can enjoy a top-notch and publicly funded healthcare system, but some money is needed. A lot of coverage won’t begin until someone has been in Canada for as long as six months, so it’s recommended that you get some private insurance to cover you in the meantime. It’s also worth noting that some health services like prescription drugs and dental care are not covered under the healthcare system, so once again purchasing comprehensive insurance is a good idea.

Learning the Language

Canada has two official languages: English and French, and you’ll need to be able to prove that you can speak at least one of them fluently. To prove you can speak in either English or French you will need to take a skill testing exam in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The exams that are accepted for this are called the IELTS and TEF exams. The exams are a time commitment of just under three hours and will cost $320 for an IELTS exam. Be sure to add this item to your checklist and timeline. The results from these exams take approximately five to seven days to be released when taken in Canada.

Driving In Canada

Being able to use your driver’s license in Canada may not be an option. Each province has its own rules and regulations which means you’ll need to pay to have your license issued in a Canadian format. You also may need to take some testing before you are permitted to drive. Thankfully, if you are unable to drive for some time, Canada is known for having many excellent public transit options available, particularly in larger cities.

Canadian Weather

We can’t talk about Canada without mentioning the weather. The Canadian climate is very different than the temperate one in Mexico. Winters can be long and cold, whereas summer can be quite warm and even feel tropical. Plan on living in the Prairies or interior provinces, get ready for a lot of snow, for as much as six months of the year. Many find it best to plan their transition to Canada in the spring where they can experience some transitional weather, the summer, and most of the year before facing winter.
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6 Surefire Ways to Convince Your Kids to Move to Canada from Texas

October 18th, 2019 Comments off

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US News recently ranked Canada as the fourth best country for raising kids (The US didn’t make the top 5 list). While this, a new job, family, or a plethora of other reasons might be why you want to move to Canada, it might be harder to convince your kids to leave the Lone Star State for the Great White North, eh?
The good news is there are numerous benefits for children in Canada that may help convince your kids (and the grown-ups) that Canada is a fantastic place to raise kids whether they’re six months old, six years old, or 16!

Independence From Safety

Each year the Global Peace Index releases a list of the most peaceful (aka safest) places in the world to live. In 2019, Canada ranked number six on this list (the US ranked 128 on a list containing 163 countries), making it a highly sought-after place to live. While this number may not impress kids looking for more independence, as a parent it can provide peace of mind for you to loosen the reigns and allow for some extra freedom, particularly for older kids.

It’s A Winter Wonderland

If your kids are used to Texas sized adventures, Canada may just impress them. While Texans see snow from time to time, much of Canada brings winter and snow to extremes. Let your kids try out skiing, snowboarding, skating, snow biking, or even hockey to help them embrace the colder weather, make new friends, and perhaps even find a hobby that lasts a lifetime.
Cheaper Post Secondary Education
American post secondary education is known for coming with a hefty price tag. Even those who end up paying international student fees (this will be substantially lower should your family be granted permanent resident status or Canadian Citizenship) end up paying significantly less than they would for a school that is out of state or a private American College. This, along with universal health care, frees up money for the pursuit of a post graduate degree, living on campus, or maybe even the purchase of a car to help them with the commute. What teen is going to say no to that?

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Wildlife Abound

Do your kids love wildlife? Canada is jam packed with it. Take your animal loving child to the west coast and Vancouver in the spring so they can watch 20,000 gray whales complete their enormous migration north (the longest mammal migration). Other animals you may run into while you live in Canada (depending on where you’re travelling) include grizzly bears, cougars, moose, gray wolves, Canada geese, marmots, wolverines, and bison. Remember to learn about safe distances from wild life and what to do if you come across Canadian wild life, before your first adventure.

Explore Canada On Foot

Interested in hiking? Check out the Great Trail spanning 24,000 kilometres (that’s 14,900 miles), all around this beautiful country. Four out of five Canadians live within 30 minutes of this multi-province and territory spanning trail, so odds are it’s nearby. Want to check out some national parks, national historical sites, and national marine conservation areas? Kids 17 and under can visit any of these locations operated by Parks Canada for no cost whatsoever (sorry parents, you must pay, but we promise it’ll be worth it).

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Parental Leave

While this may not apply to older kids, it does apply to those who want to expand their family and enjoy more time with their little ones. If your child has always wanted a younger sibling, living in Canada may be the time to consider it. In Canada, employees who are covered by the Canadian Labour Code (research to see if this applies to you) are able to enjoy as much as 17 weeks of maternity leave, and a parental leave for either parent caring for a newborn infant or newly adopted child for a combined period of up to 63 weeks. Many parents are eligible for receiving some employment insurance during this time period.

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We have over a decade of experience moving customers 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 and living in Dubai

September 24th, 2019 Comments off

Dubai is the largest city within the Emirate of Dubai, offering international big city appeal, along with a cheaper cost of living compared to cities like New York or London. With a big move overseas, comes a lot of change. This adaptation includes everything from finding a job, place to live, and sorting out working or student visas. These six tips will help you make your transition from your life in the Great White North to the City of Gold.

Finding Work In Dubai

Many people enjoy working in Dubai, and particularly benefit from the lack of personal tax, so their take home income is much higher than in Canada. The work week is different in Dubai, with Friday being the weekly day of rest. Some companies even run from Sunday to Thursday, making their weekends Friday and Saturday. Generally, workdays are 8:30am to 5:30pm, but during the holy month of Ramadan working hours are shorter with six-hour days.

Like any move, it’s best to find work before entering the country since many new hires are recruited from international employment agencies. While most people in Dubai speak English, you may want to brush up on your Arabic, the official language of the UAE. Most Canadians can obtain a visa upon arrival, but it’s probably best to speak with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs office of Dubai to make sure all your paperwork is in order and you bring all the required documentation.

Pay Rent In Advance

Many employers are willing to help new recruits find a home in Dubai. If you end up renting a place, you can easily find both furnished and unfurnished options. The most expensive areas are the districts of Dubai Marina and Jumeirah, because they’re near the beach. Word to the wise, most landlords in Dubai will need six months up to a full year’s worth of rent before you move in, so make sure your bank account is ready to take the hit.

Adjusting to the Weather

Canadians are known for dealing with some pretty severe weather, which can happen in Dubai, only the extreme weather here lies at the other end of the temperature spectrum. Just like Canada, Dubai enjoys four seasons, although these seasons are a little less defined. In Dubai, instead of dealing with cold winters, you’ll experience long, scorching hot summers, ripe with humidity. Summers generally last around four months, but not to worry, Dubai has wonderful air conditioning just about everywhere, so you shouldn’t have to spent too much time outdoors if you don’t want to. For those looking for a little relief from the heat, consider visiting the mountain region of the east coast to cool down.

Making Friends Quickly

In addition to befriending locals, there are many easy ways to connect with other newcomers. Companies like InterNations help bring people together thanks to their complimentary membership with online and in person planned activities. Another way to connect is by looking for Facebook groups to help introduce you to others who can befriend you and give you some inside scoops on common questions like arranging childcare, the best schools, places to buy food, get coffee, and more.

Be Friendly

While Canadians are known for being friendly and adaptable it’s always a good idea to read up on the culture in the area where you’ll be visiting or living. Dubai is a Muslim city and their customs in public places reflect this. When out in public remember to dress modestly, keep PDAs to a minimum (like kissing or hugging), and don’t get intoxicated or disorderly, to avoid a run in with the local police.

Other ‘Canadian’ Comforts

Comforts from home are increasing in Dubai thanks to globalization. While Tim Hortons coffee is new on the scene, there are 15 locations to get your double double and Timbits, with some stores open 24 hours a day. Canadian brunch and breakfast giant Eggspectation has made the leap across the pond, with one of the favourite locations in Dubai hosting a beach view over eggs benny. Just make sure you get there early, because there is often a line-up.
Just because you’re living somewhere warmer doesn’t mean you need to abandon your skates. There are some hockey clubs that have formed, catering to children and adults alike. Canadians who enjoy hiking to keep healthy and explore can easily access trails, all within a two-hour drive of the city.
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Moving to Canada from California

September 9th, 2019 Comments off

Where to Find Celebrities After Moving from Canada to California
Sand, surf, sunshine, and stars. These are some of the many things that bring people to California. People moving from Canada may find themselves looking for some fun ways to fill up their free time as they get to know their way around their new home – and one fun way to do so is go looking for some celebrity sightings.
Here are eight places to go and seek out a glimpse of the rich and famous once you’ve moved to California.
It Starts at the Airport
While many celebs have private jets and hang out in VIP clubs before they fly, they’re stuck with the rest of us peasants at the baggage carousel. Whenever you’re at the airport, whether your travelling yourself or picking up visiting relatives, keep your eyes open for a famous flyer nearby. Arrivals are in terminal three, which is a good place to start looking.
Where to Get Fresh Fruit & Famous Photo Opps
While some celebs have staff, who complete their meal prep for them, there are others who prefer a more farm to table approach to their eating regimen. Studio City Farmers’ Market runs on Sunday morning and is standard for those who are working in the studios around the corner or live in the area. For regular celebrity style groceries consider scanning the aisles of Erewhon Organic Grocer & Cafe, a high-end health focused grocery store that has appeared on TV Shows like Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

Salons of the Stars
Just like everyone else celebs need some self and beauty care. Salons like The Chris McMillan Salon serve celebrities and regular folk (even though he is responsible for the legendary ‘Rachel’ haircut). Other salons where you may bump elbows with someone noteworthy include Jose Eber, Mêche Salon, Petit Mason, and Spoke and Weal.
Get Fit & Famous
Staying shape is key for celebs. Jake Gyllenhaal and Kim Kardashian are said to love interval training at Barry’s Bootcamp. Classes start around $30 each. Taylor Swift is said to enjoy classes at Ballet Bodies, Dakota Fanning at Cardio Barre Beverly Hills, and of course you may run into just about anyone at the famed SoulCycle Beverly Hills.
Some celebrities don’t like a traditional gym but want to stay in shape. That’s when they head out hiking. California trails like Runyon Canyon give a great view of LA and are frequented by celebs including Anne Hathaway, Channing Tatum, Alexander Skarsgard, Amanda Seyfried, and Natalie Portman.
Hey There Sports Fans
Some celebs are better known for their love of sports than others (ahem Drake). Head to the Staples Center to catch a game and a glimpse of celebs with regular courtside seats (like Jay Z, Leonardo DiCaprio, Dustin Hoffman, and many more).
Where to Dine, Drink & Stay
Celebs could hang out at just about any haunt, but some are more notorious for paparazzi and fan sightings. The Sunset Strip is a good place to start with places like Chateau Marmont Hotel, BOA Steakhouse, Sushi Park on Sunset Blvd., The Eveleigh, Fig and Olive, The Nice Guy, Augustine Wine Bar, The Magic Castle, or The Palm Beverly Hills.
Steeped Celebs
Celebs like coffee, like everyone else. California cafes known for frequent celeb clientele include Alfred Coffee (a fav of Harry Styles), or Urth Caffe (which served as a shooting location for the show Entourage). Aroma Coffee & Tea is a San Fernando Valley hang out for the young and famous as it’s close to Campbell Hall School.
A Sure Thing
Certain events guarantee celebrity attendance. Hang out by the TCL Chinese Theatre during a premiere to get a look at famous guests arriving. The same goes for when a new person gets a star unveiled or is going to attend their own Hand and Footprint Ceremony. Enter the lottery for red carpet bleacher seats, just be sure to register online in advance. Get set to be part of a live studio audience for shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live or Ellen, to get up and personal with the host and whomever is visiting.
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How To Go About Moving to Australia

June 11th, 2019 Comments off

Each year thousands of people make the decision to relocate to Australia. Many Australian cities sit atop the Top 30 Cities around the world for quality of life. This article isn’t meant to convince you of why you should move to Australia, but to provide practical tips on how to make your move as seamless as possible.

Determining Where You Want to Move

Unless you have a job offer in your hand, weather may be a big deciding factor on where in Australia you want to live. It’s not all dry, hot outback and there are six different climates to consider. The northern coast is hot and humid, there is a small area of humid and warm climate on the eastern cost, in the northern inland you can expect a hot dry zone with warm winters, a hot dry area with cooler winters in the southern inland and sections of the west coast, warm summers and cool winters on the south coast, and warm summers and cold winters in Tasmania and areas of New South Wales and Victoria.

Your Visa Application

You need a Visa to visit Australia, even if it’s not to work. You may want to consider getting a vacation visa to check out how you feel about various parts of the country before moving.

All visa applicants are assessed for their English proficiency (if their native language is not English), skill qualifications, screened for their health by government approved doctors, character (like a police check), and must sign the Australian Value Statement agreeing to follow local laws and live as locals do.

If you have a job offer in Australia waiting for you, your employer will be completing your sponsored migration visa for you with most Temporary Skilled Visas being for a maximum of four years.

Those who want to move Australia without a job offer can apply for the SkillSelect Program and prove that they have the right professional proficiencies to find a job on the Skilled Occupations list. Points towards being awarded a visa are based on the skills you and/or your partner will bring with you to Australia.

Backpackers, adventurers, and anyone who is 18 to 30 and wants to go to Australia can apply for a Working Holiday Visa. This visa provides entrance for 12 months in Australia, but has restrictions, like you can’t work for the same employer for more than six months (which isn’t that hard if your primary reason for being there is to travel around the country).

Items to Sort Before You Move

There are items you’ll need to attend to before you leave on your adventure. These are a few of the things you’ll want to take care of:

  • Get a relocation checklist and follow it (this includes items like getting a migration agent, setting your budget, finding a job and place to live, and hiring a team to help move your things overseas)
  • Redirect your mail
  • Cancel all subscriptions and pay off any outstanding bills & debts in your home country before you leave
  • Go to the doctor and sort out any potential health issues (make sure you get copies of your prescriptions for post-move, and that your vaccinations are up to date)
  • Rent or sell your home and/or give notice at your rental of your intention to move
  • Set up an Australian bank account to avoid monetary delays and international fees
  • Sort out living arrangements for pets when you’re away, and/or determine applicable quarantines for your pets to allow them to travel with you
  • Put anything you don’t want to move into storage
  • Things To Bring With You

    Bringing the following items in paper and USB form to Australia with you will make the transition of your move exponentially easier:

  • Taxation Documentation
  • Your resume and references
  • Your Visa Approval/Visa & Passport
  • Insurance Documentation
  • Rental reference letters
  • Your children’s report cards and educational records
  • Your up-to-date will
  • Current prescriptions
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    What to Do When Moving to Australia

    June 3rd, 2019 Comments off

    So, you’ve decided that you’re moving to Australia. Congratulations, or as they say down under, ‘half your luck!’. (People believe this comes from the sentiment of, ‘I wish I had half your luck’, or ‘lucky you’). When preparing for a move to Australia there’s a lot you’ll need to do and learn, some of it before your flight even leaves the airport. Here are some tips for getting started on your big adventure.

    Get Your Visa

    Australia is an expensive place to live, so you’ll need to get a job. Get your working holiday visa before you even board your flight, as living in Australia isn’t cheap, particularly if you want to live in a big city like Sydney or Melbourne.

    Sort Out Your Finances & Set A Budget

    You’ll want to arrive with at least around AU$5,000 (About $3500-$4000 USD) to help you muddle through a couple of months without a job, just in case. You’ll need as much as a month’s deposit and monthly payments in advance for many short-medium term rental properties. Contact your bank at home before you leave to make sure they know you’ll be in Australia, and don’t cancel or freeze your bank account and/or credit cards because of ‘suspicious’ spending on the other side of the world. You’ll also need to plan to have various personal items shipped to your new home.

    Paperwork

    The following are basic items you’ll want to have readily accessible for your move: prescriptions for any medications you’ll need (and remember to declare any medication you have packed when you arrive at the airport), prescriptions for glasses/contact lenses, professional and landlord reference letters, your passport, e-visa/copy of e-visa acceptance email, tax information, birth certificate, marriage license, and confirmation printouts for where you’ll be staying upon landing.

    Finding Work

    For those who plan on getting their two-year work visa for Australia, you’ll want to get your required three months of regional work completed ASAP. Regional work is a job performed in a specific area of Australia, and usually involves fruit picking, farm work, or horticultural work. These jobs are relatively easy to find and The Visa Bureau of Australia maintains lists of agencies, orchards, and farms that will qualify as ‘rural’ Australian work and count towards your regional work. Be sure to verify that your work qualifies and get it out of the way to ensure you can continue working in Australia. Many people who have completed their Regional Work Requirement recommend completing farm working during the cooler months to keep comfortable.

    When You Start Working

    When working on your holiday Visa you must make sure the person employing you has registered as a working holidaymaker employer. This will ensure you are taxed the correct amount. Keep in mind that when you are working on a holiday visa, the longest you’ll be permitted to work with any employer is for six months. For those who want to work in a restaurant or bar that serves libations, you’ll need to obtain a Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificate which can be obtained by taking an online course based on the state in which you plan on working, and paying a fee of approximately $50. Remember to keep all your records of work and payslips while you’re in Australia.

    Getting the Right Accommodations

    Most apartments in Australia come without furniture, but you can filter your search to find a place that is furnished with appliances and furniture, unfurnished with appliances but no furniture, or completely unfurnished and without appliances. Furnished apartments will cost more, so prepare to budget for this expense. To find cheap, used, furniture check out Australia’s number one classified site, Gumtree. Since it can get hot in the summer, you’ll want to make sure your apartment has air conditioning, as temperatures can reach a whopping 42 degrees Celsius.

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    What to Expect When Moving to Canada from South Africa

    May 31st, 2019 Comments off

    Census data has revealed an increase in South Africans moving to Canada, with around 5,765 South Africans moving to Canada from 2011 to 2016. Any move comes with change, culture shock, and more! For South Africans, this move may require a significant adjustment compared to other regions of the world. Here’s what to expect when making the move of over 15,000 kilometres from South Africa to Canada.

    Safety Concerns

    Crime and safety are the big reasons many South Africans are moving to other countries like Canada and New Zealand. Canada is considered a very safe country ranking the eighth safest out of a ranking of 162 countries (from safest to most dangerous). Canada’s overall crime rate is 1.6 per 100,000 which is low. While theft and petty theft is low, don’t leave valuables in your car and lock up your bike to prevent theft. Because Canada is safe, not many people live in gated communities like they do in South Africa. Marijuana is legal in Canada. You’ll also find in Canada that most police are not corrupt, so if you get stopped for speeding, it’s not a time to negotiate, just pay your fine and move on.

    Official Languages

    English and French are the official languages of Canada, but roughly one-fifth of Canadians report that their first language is neither of these languages. The top five languages spoken in Canada are (in order of most spoken) English, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Punjabi.

    Weather Changes

    Canadian winters can be frigid. If you’re looking for something a little more temperate, but don’t mind the rain you’ll want to make the west coast your home. While Canada has four seasons, just like South Africa, winter here runs from December through March, and summer is May through September (the opposite of life in the Southern Hemisphere). Cars will need snow tires for better traction in winter, and you will need to get accustomed to walking and driving in cold, wet, and sometimes blizzard conditions. In the summer, there are concerns surrounding forest fires in areas like British Columbia.

    Good Help Is Hard To Find

    While you may be accustomed to domestic help in South Africa, beyond hiring a cleaning person every week or two, most Canadians can’t afford regular domestic help. This means most ironing, gardening, and cleaning will be done by you and your family.

    Get Your Visas In Advance

    Take care of your work permits and visa well in advance, before you move. Canada has visa application centres in Cape Town and Pretoria, or you can apply online for your visa provided you have access to a credit card and digital camera to make copies.

    It’s Cheaper…. Sometimes

    Food, entertainment, and housing is cheaper in South Africa than it is in Canada. What you’ll save money on is toys, electronics, cars, and inflation (which is only at two percent). Used to only being able to buy/drive a white car in South Africa? In Canada, you’ll be able to pick out a car in virtually any shade or colour.

    The Food

    Canada is a multicultural country with great food, but you aren’t going to find a substitute for real braai, sorry! Barbecue isn’t going to even compare, so find other fantastic local food to enjoy. The amazing food you will have access to is fantastic sushi, maritime and west coast seafood, and more!

    Time Zones for Communicating with Your Family

    While South Africa is far away, the time zone difference between Canada and South Africa will allow for easy phone communication with family. Use your mornings to connect with family at home, who will be nearing dinnertime.

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