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Paperwork 101

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So you’ve decid­ed to move to Canada. Congratulations! You’re join­ing more than 250,000 oth­ers who immi­grate to Canada each year. Now it’s time to take care of the paperwork.

You can’t just pick up and head across the bor­der, at least if you plan to work or go to school or stay for more than an extend­ed vaca­tion. You need per­mis­sion from the Canadian gov­ern­ment.

How do you get that per­mis­sion? How do you fig­ure out the best way to immi­grate to Canada–the way with the great­est chance of suc­cess – for you and your family?

The fac­tors to con­sid­er are:

  • Will you be com­ing to Canada for more or less than six months?
  • Do you have a job offer or poten­tial employ­ment in Canada?
  • Are you com­ing to Canada to go to school or uni­ver­si­ty?
  • Are you plan­ning to retire to Canada?
  • Do you want to move to Canada per­ma­nent­ly or for at least sev­er­al years?

Get com­fort­able, because even when you’ve defined your rea­sons for com­ing to Canada, the paper­work process is rather lengthy, and you need to under­stand the var­i­ous immi­gra­tion options. Read on for more infor­ma­tion about the doc­u­ments you need to vis­it Canada, work in Canada, or study in Canada, or apply for Canadian per­ma­nent res­i­dent sta­tus.

– Excerpted (in part) from the book, Living Abroad in Canada. To read more, buy the book.

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