Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Checklist for New Canadian Immigrants

As newcomers to Canada, new immigrants have to do a few important things in order to ensure they start off on the right foot.

The first few days, weeks and months will bring about many challenges, but when you're prepared, it's much easier to deal with these challenges.

Some of the things that need to be taken care in terms of accessing government benefits and programs are listed below. Use this Newcomer's Checklist to help you navigate through the process:

  • Apply for your Permanent Resident (PR) card;
  • Apply for your Social Insurance Number (SIN) card;
  • Apply for your Health Care card;
  • Open a bank account and apply for a credit card;
  • Apply for your Canadian driver's license;
  • Enroll your children in school (if applicable);
  • Validate your professional credentials.

Depending on which Canadian province or territory you are in, you will have to visit the appropriate website.

I've created a SQUIDOO web page in which you will find all the links you need as well as other important information to help you settle into this new life.

In case you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me.

Wishing you all the best and welcome to Canada! :)