I’m sure that, like me, most of my fellow bloggers in this “Coming to Canada” niche receive every day one or two emails (most of the times in a terrible English), asking how we can help this people come to Canada NOW!
For some reason I still don’t understand they seek for a fast, easy, cheap (free, if possible) way to immigrate to Canada.
Let me tell you my friend: there’ s none. I’m sorry.
But I want to go to Canada Mr. G! What can I do?!
In a nutshell, there are two ways you can use to find out how to come to Canada: on your own or with an Immigration Consultant.
For the first path, my recommendation is going to the official source of information: Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Their website is http://cic.gc.ca
This webiste has a tool named “Come to Canada” You just enter the information and follow the guide. At the end, it will let you know what do you have to do and how. If that information is not enough, you can always use our “How to go to Canada” guide.
Remember: there are more than 60 programs in Canada. You have to go through them all, read them carefully and verify which one you can really use for a successfull immigration. It can be hard work, but is not impossible.
Using the Immigration Consultant way
You can always use an Immigration Consultant, but first remember to give it a thought: do you really need to hire a Regulated Immigration Consultant? Professionals are not cheap, although a good RCIC (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant) can end up being a good investment. Some of them can cost up to CAD 150 an hour but, on the other hand, they can give you a good evaluation of your profile and what would be your best way to come to Canada.
Remember, not anyone can give you advice and represent you to come to Canada!
What else should I do?
Beside finding out what immigration program is the best for you and your family, you may also have to:
- Learn one of the official languages. Canada is raising the minimum acceptable levels for many programs, so be sure to check what mark you need to pass.
- Save money: This is an expensive journey. Yo will need as much dollars as possible in your pocket.
- Research: information is key to a successful immigration. never stop researching about Canada.
- Network: get in touch with people in Canada. From your community, from your profession, from your favorite sport or hobby. It does not matter: Networking is fundamental!
But Mr. G! “I just want job!”
Sorry buddy. Give up the dream and stop sending “work for food” emails. They do not work. You have to be here to get a job or be lucky enough to know which company is recruiting AND is not a scam. Almost never happens.
I’m honest here: there are hundreds of recruiting companies out there claiming they can bring foreign workers to Canada. I was never able to get in touch with any of them. I don;t know how they work, where they recruit, how do they contact workers… nothing! They are a complete mystery!
Worst of all: it’s full of scams out there. Full of strange people trying to steal your money and taking advantage of your desperation. Be careful!
So… There’s no Canadian Dream for me, Mr G?
I guess you could tell me…
I’m poor, I don’t speak English or French, I do not have a contact in Canada, I do not know a employer or recruiter, I do not even have a reliable Internet connection to research all the stuff you gave me. Should I give up my Canadian Dream?
I could be a romantic, sound like Oprah and tell you: “Never give up your dreams!” or I could be blunt and candid and tell you: “May be you should”.