So many questions about moving to Canada...

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So many questions about moving to Canada...

Postby stevet » Thu 08 Feb 2007 17:54

And I don't know where to find the answers.

I work for a company that wants me to move to their Canadian offices. I have 16 years IT experience and have worked for them for 5 years. I'm all up for this and so are my family.

Instead of asking loads of questions, I'll just give a list of the things that are bugging me. Hopefully people will recognise these situations and may be able to point me in the direction of something I can read that will answer my questions...

I have a couple of 'O' Levels from 1985. I then "fell" in to a career in IT. I am an Open University student. I have 2 OU certificates and an OU Diploma but I'm still 3 courses short of the degree.

My partner has no formal qualifications. She doesn't work for my employer but she'd need to get a job.

I have a 9-year old son AND I will have another child before the move is meant to take place (August 07, baby due March 07).

I don't own a property in the UK - we're renting.

So I don't have a degree and I won't be able to finish it before the move. Two children, I'd need a 3 bedroom house. And is the status with my qualifications and experience going to be a problem?

Thanks

Steve

PS. It will be Ontario, just outside Toronto.
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Postby Michael1944 » Thu 08 Feb 2007 22:25

What is the name of the city you are being transferred to?
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Postby stevet » Sat 10 Feb 2007 14:10

Michael1944 wrote:What is the name of the city you are being transferred to?


That would be Mississauga.
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Postby jessica » Sat 10 Feb 2007 17:53

how much is your company prepared to do?

I mean, do you plan to just come over here at the whim of the company and be here with what I guess would be a temporary work visa? Or do you plan longterm to come here and get permanent residency and stay here no matter what future you have with your current company?

If you plan to eventually get pr, then you'll have to complete the on-line self assessment tool (look at www.cic.gc.ca - immigrating to Canada) and see how you are with regard to your points.

Or you could just leave it to your company, I would think that they'd look after all the paperwork to transfer you adn then you could just go with the flow. Even if you end up returning to the UK, at least you 'll have had yoru horizons broadened and had a great adventure.

Does that make sense?

Just my thoughts?
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Postby Michael1944 » Sat 10 Feb 2007 18:14

Mississauga is a rapidly growing city, lots of rentals available, about a half hour from the City of Toronto, but proximal to everything.

I would not worry , at this stage about your education, you have a job and job experiance is a big factor.

I would budget about 1,500 Pounds for rent and for basic living.

A 4 bedroom house would cost you about 150,000 pounds.

Mortgage Rates are about 5.5 %, 10% down, house will carry for about $1,500 a month.

Jobs for your partner, depends upon the skills, but there are tons of employers within an easy drive from Mississauga.

A new car with air conditioning etc will run you about 10 to 15, 000 pounds.
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Postby stevet » Sat 10 Feb 2007 18:47

jessica wrote:how much is your company prepared to do?


They're doing quite a lot. They're paying for me to spend 60 days ina hotel and expense up to one months salary. And they're paying for a lawyer to sort out all the paper work. Even shipping my 7 year old labrador :-)

But there is a lot they don't do. Like help with finding accomodation.

The contract I will sign with them is such that if I leave within 3 years I'm on my own (and I have to pay them back all the money they spent). After that I would like to apply for permanent residency. If they make me redundant before the three years, relocation to the UK will be entirely at their expense.

jessica wrote:see how you are with regard to your points


84 points. I didn't realise that the experience and a job to go to counted so much. That's put my mind at rest.

Is there anything like the Open University in Canada? I'd like to carry on studying even if I have to start the degree from scratch.

Are there any sites I could look at for house prices? I have friends in places like Guelph, Hamilton and Stratford (I'm not that rich) but don't know anyone in Mississauga. And the only family I knew in Toronto now live in the UK!

Thanks for your responses so far. Very helpful.


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Postby jessica » Sat 10 Feb 2007 20:14

well, I think you're in a really good position!

84 points is perfect. Download all the forms now, start completing them asap and apply as soon as you get here in order to avoid haivng to get Canadian police checks for being here more than 6 months, and also to avoid hair-raising nail-biting worrying about visas etc running out.

Three years to get settled here is a great opportunity. I think your company is being very generous.

Finding houses to rent is easy I reckon - my husband found a lovely place for us in a couple of days. You don't need references. BUying houses is easy if you've got at least 35% deposit (for not being a permanent resident). Check out www.mls.ca for some house porn! Google rental agencies in your planned area.

Don't know about the OU here or anything like it, but why not do some googling for distance studying etc. Also bear in mind that you may not be allowed to - under our temporary work visas, we are not allowed to take any study courses. But I also reckon you could do the OU from Canada eh?

Sounds like you're well away, sit back and enjoy the ride! August is when we got here, lovely and hot! And good luck with your new baby.
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