Help! Americans Immigrating to Canada!

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    Jul 26, 2011 7:51 PM GMT
    Hey Guys,

    I'm looking into moving to Canada in January, 2012. Just wondering if anybody has any experience (preferably Americans who might know the Visa process). Not sure what kind of Visas are open and available etc.

    Also if people have tips/suggestions about which Cities are good to move to, I'd love to hear people's opinions about that too! I'm thinking Toronto or Vancouver, but open to anything really!

    Thanks!!

    Jxx
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    Jul 26, 2011 8:47 PM GMT
    A few possibly useful links:

    Application to work in Canada: Work permits
    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/work.asp

    Working temporarily in Canada: Special categories—Business people
    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/special-business.asp

    Am assuming that you're American but if by chance you are from the UK there's also the International Working Holiday Visa:
    http://www.international.gc.ca/iyp-pij/intro_incoming-intro_entrant.aspx?view=d

    So under NAFTA, there is a special VISA application for certain professions. With your MBA you should qualify for a few of em. (e.g. one quick list that I googled was http://www.globallawcenters.com/tn_job_list.php of jobs that qualify.) Fortunately it is generally easier to get a work permit in Canada than it is say in the US. (I got a TN before but that was to work in the US and I just had an undergrad business degree).

    The general rule of thumb applies though... before you get a job, you should say you're just coming to Canada temporarily and not to work as then you could be required to produce other documentation like a work visa. Say you're coming to visit friends or something. Not sure how hot the finance sector here is at the moment but most of the hiring I've heard is on the sales side of trading.

    As for cities in general, you should really figure out what you want to do and what you are looking for outside of work... the range of things you could do are quite large... for example, you could work in the great white north in say Northwest Territories or Nunavut, make decent money but it might kinda suck for a social life.
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    Jul 26, 2011 8:53 PM GMT
    Awesome!! Thank you very much!

    yeah I'm an American looking to go north for a bit ;-) I was Hoping NAFTA would hook a brother up, but wasn't sure yet. Thank you seriously though! I'll check the links out.
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    Jul 31, 2011 7:10 PM GMT
    The jobs prospect up here can be a mixed bag. I know of people who lost their jobs due to whatever reason and found jobs quickly. Others I know are still looking for jobs after quite some time. I'm not sure what sort of industry you're looking at (strictly financial, or possibly other sectors that you can adapt your skill set to). Have you gone to any job hunting sites yet or using any headhunters?

    One other aspect is that if you're looking in a major centre like "Toronto", that can be a whole mixed bag of location. Just like other metropolitan areas, some of the larger firms and banks will have offices outside downtown and you may need to commute. Like riddler posted, you should look at what you're also doing outside of work. Some areas that are outside major cities aren't bad to consider, especially if they are within a reasonable distance that you can hit the major core on weekends or days when you have some down time. Maybe you can also visit both Toronto and Vancouver first to get a flavour of what both have to offer before deciding on which one to live in.

    Oh, and you may need to get your finances and health matters in order. Aside from the usual taxes that you'd have to report to the IRS, there's also health care coverage, which you'll need to have.

    I hope you find something icon_smile.gif