Canada – The Great White North – is the second largest country by total land mass in the world, and you’ll find it sitting just above the United States of America. For every year of the last decade or so, roughly a quarter of a million people have moved to this beautiful country to start a new life.


But though the appeal is certainly there, many people don’t actually realise quite how difficult doing a full life relocation can be. Of course, you’ll need to cart all your possessions half way around the world, but you’ll also have to gain proper residency and citizenship status.

Understanding what you need to do when moving to Canada can make the whole transition go much more smoothly, so read the following tips compiled by before you decide to up sticks and go.

Get Clued Up on the Law

It depends on where in the world you currently live, but relocating to Canada can be a pretty lengthy process. You should scout out your new home before you actually arrive in the country, and it is almost essential to have employment lined up – you might not be allowed residency entry if you have no job.

The officials will look upon you in a better light if you have employment secured, so you should get that sorted first of all, but leave any logistics until you’re sure you can successfully make the move; this includes getting a moving van and signing your lease.

Apply for Legal Residency

It is illegal to simply move to Canada without applying for residency. This is the only way to obtain all the legal rights; it is of vital importance. There are only six different routes to legal residency – family, business, skilled worker, provincial, international adoption and Quebec-selected.

For most people, the skilled worker class will be the best way to get residency. A few criteria will be looked at: your age, experience, education and field of employment. To be deemed worthy, you’ll need to gain 67 or more points (out of 100) on your application.

Entrepreneurs and investors will want the business route, whereas to gain family residency a Canadian member of your family must sponsor your entry.

Apply for Full Residency

Once you’ve been living in The Great White North for three years, you are able to apply to be a full legal citizen of the big and beautiful nation.

To obtain proper Canadian citizenship, however, you must fulfil certain criteria – you must be able to speak either English or French (or both, natch), you must be at least 18 years old, you must have a decent understanding of typical Canadian social protocols, and you must pass an examination on the government and politics of Canada.

If you have met all of those requirements, and you’ve been a good resident of Canada for the previous three years, you will be granted full legal citizenship. Congratulations, you are now officially Canadian!