How to become Canadian - a guide for those who can't face Trump or Brexit

How to become a Canadian - an immigration guide

Ottawa

Thursday, November 10, 2016

This year's been a bit of a life-changer, hasn't it?

First the UK votes to leave the European Union, and now Donald Trump has become president of the United States of America. Two events which, it's fair to say, weren't universally popular in their respective countries.

So if you're looking to just get away from the US or UK before they hit troubled waters, you'd be forgiven. In fact, we won't just forgive you, we'll actually help you out. 

A lot of people have been looking abroad to work in other countries after the world-changing events of the last year. A load of UK citizens applied to become Irish residents after the Brexit vote, and a large number of people in America will no doubt be considering their options right now.

But forget Ireland - Canada's got mountains, maple syrup, hockey and acres, acres of space. We reckon it's the best bit for those looking to relocate (and it's particularly good for those from the US, who can simply drive across the border to their new home).

Just follow this guide and you'll be well on your way to becoming a permanent Canadian resident.

1. Determine your eligibility

First, you need to determine whether you fit the general requirements for a working visa, some of which might need to be proven to Canadian immigration authorities. 

Some of these are basic - you need to prove you abide by the law with no record of criminal activity, that you're not a security risk, and that you're in good health (you might need to undergo a medical to prove this). 

However, you will need to show you've got enough money to take care of yourself during your time in the country, that you plan to work for employers who are responsible and aren't ineligible because they have not complied with the government's conditions. 

You can apply for residency under one of six categories, Skilled Worker, Business Class, Provincial Nomination, Family Class Immigration, Quebec-Selected Immigration, or International Adoption. You can find out more on each catergories' individual requirements here

2. Determine your work permit

Assuming you're looking to work when you're in Canada, there are two types of permits you can apply for, work-free or employer-specific. They do what they say on the tin - the latter only lets you work for a certain employer for a certain amount of time in a certain location. The former allows you to freely work for any employer in Canada - this one will give you a greater amount of flexibility.

If you can move with work, staying with your current company, it'll be all the easier for you. 

3. Apply online

Once you've sorted what you want, you just go online and apply. Pay the application fee, provide a medical certificate to show you're healthy, a criminal record check to show you've got no black marks, and - after preparing, of course - attend the immigration interviews.

4. Move to Canada

Assuming your permit or residency's been approved, pack up your house, sell it off, board the flight, and high-tail it off to your new life of pancakes, maple syrup, and hopefully, freedom from all that nasty political stuff which has affected the world so much this year.