Hints on Living in Canada
When you finally decide to make your way over to Canada you’ll need to know a few things before making the trip. By this point you might already know that you’ll need to apply for one or more programs to determine your eligibility to immigrate, but you will also need a few other things. No matter where you try to immigrate to in the country you will need to be fluent in either English or French, or both. In Quebec especially people take their native language very seriously, and it is rumored that some areas of Quebec are primarily-French speaking and the people do not tend to make it easy on those that move into their communities.
This might seem a bit harsh, but in truth it is due more to pride in their country that Canadians so zealously insist that immigrants know the language of their people. There is also the matter of a $550 application fee that you will need to provide in order to apply for a visa. Also, those that are 18 or older will need to provide a background check that will prove that they have no outstanding criminal record. Once again, Canada is very discerning as to the nature of those they accept, particularly when it comes to those who are non-compliant with their rules. While they are accepting of all religions, races, and cultures, they still want immigrants to follow the laws of the land so to speak.
If you are deemed a security risk for any reason it is likely that you will be turned away. Being convicted of a crime, having serious health problems, serious financial problems, or falsifying information on your application could be a direct ticket back home without any chance of coming back. Remember again, when you’re applying to become a resident in another country it is absolutely vital that you follow their rules and go by their guidelines.
On top of all that you will need to be able to prove that you have sufficient settlement funds. In other words you will need to prove that you can survive on your own once you enter the country, as most places don’t want to have to support a large number of immigrants that aren’t willing to pull their own weight. If you are bringing funds, cash specifically, across the border, make certain to inform the border guard if you’re carrying more than $10,000, otherwise you might be seized and have your money confiscated.