Top Tips For New Immigrants Arriving During Pandemic

Top Tips For New Immigrants Arriving During Pandemic

If you have just received your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) or your permanent resident visa, congratulations. As you have found out, many started this journey with you but only a few of you have gotten to this stage. While moving to a new country can be both an exciting and somewhat stressful process, moving during the current pandemic comes with its own set of unique circumstances. However, with access to the right resources and planning, you will be able to transition smoothly into your new home in Canada. In this article, I will share some tips for new immigrants arriving during pandemic. 

Do Your Research About Your New Country

While you are preparing to land, it is important that you find out about the country that will soon become your new home. You need to research about things that will make your transition smoother. If you have a friend or family member in Canada, they can point you in the direction of what you need to focus on.

However, if you don’t have a friend or family member, the process can be stressful. This is why we sharing these top tips for new immigrants arriving during pandemic. We have written some articles on some of the things you should do before and after you arrive in Canada. You can click on the URLs below to read them.

In addition, spend some time researching your desired city and community before you arrive. Aside the suggestions in the article, find below a few things you may want to consider also when choosing your new city to call home.

  • Which province is best for my career choice? Each province’s government releases regular labour market reports for their province. This can be helpful to determine if your career is in high need in your desired living area.
  • Check out the lifestyle and weather: Weather and language preferences vary across provinces and territories. So, moving to a major city in Ontario or British Columbia is going to be quite different than relocating to a town in Quebec where French is the dominant language.
  • Take advantage of the newcomer tools: There are several free resources to help you find a job, home, and school for your children and assess your language needs.

Prepare To Arrive

Before your arrival date, understand how COVID-19 could impact your new citizenship. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website is the best resource for the latest news. Depending on the country you are from, you may be able to leave your country even if your country has a current travel ban in place. So, before you book your plane ticket, below are a few other things you need to do:

  • Monitor your health: COVID-19-symptomatic travelers will be denied access to the country.
  • Schedule COVID testing: Every traveler over the age of five must show a negative PCR test result 72 hours before their flight departs to Canada.
  • Make arrangement for a place to quarantine: If you do not yet have a permanent address secured, you will need to book accommodations for the self-isolation period and show your quarantine plans upon arrival.
  • Bring enough funds: As you plan your journey, you need to create a budget that will help you navigate your finances in the first few months in Canada. If you don’t know how to go about this, you can read out article on how to prepare financially before you arrive in Canada.

Take Advantage Of The Settlement Organizations and Job Search Resources

Depending on the province or territory that you select, there are settlement organizations and job search resources available to new immigrants. You will find below some articles that can be of help.

Finally, during your isolation period, you will not be able to interact with others outside of your home. So, if you are staying alone in an isolation place, you will need to order groceries and supplies online. Check to see what online retailers are available in your area as you may have to stock up on pantry and cleaning essentials.

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