? asked in Politics & GovernmentImmigration · 10 years ago

I want to move to Canada, but is it possible for me?

Ever since I was a kid and my mom took me to niagra falls, and then toronto on a trip, I have always felt that i should be living in canada. But i am a U.S. citizen. I wonder if i will be liked in canada ? ive always been bias toward canada, i like winter, i love snow, canada didn't enslave my ancestors. I just also feel that canada is less racist than the u.s. (i am 29 african-american/jamaican with irish greatgranparents). even with the election of barack obama i feel that there still are too many racists in the u.s. I also think that the U.S. is a hypocrtical country. Honestly if i wasn't that my parents lived in the U.S. i probably would give up my u.s. citizenship to become a canadian. I am in college but i don't have a lot of money, so im wondering what are my chances of moving there, how can i get a job with or without a work permit. I want to move to toronto or montreal. i also speak spanish and some french. i plan on saving enough money to live 6 mos. with or without a job. but is it easy to find an apartment and job in toronto as an immigrant without legal papers or while i am waiting for government approval to be a legal citizen? i am single with no children and i have always worked hard. so i do not plan to be a burden on the canadian system.

Update:

I should have my degree by next summer

and im in the environmental engineering field

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    10 years ago
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    I just also feel that canada is less racist than the US. (i am 29 african-american/jamaican with irish greatgrandparents).

    YES - there are thousands of mixed race people in Canada as well.

    I probably would give up my u.s. citizenship to become a canadian.

    NOT NECESSARY - both countries allow duasl citizenship

    I am in college but i don't have a lot of money, so im wondering what are my chances of moving there

    NO CHANCE unless you have a DEGREE

    How can i get a job with or without a work permit.

    You either immigrate or find a job and qualify for a work permits - which are being given out only for specific specialist jobs. (see jobs in demand link below)

    I plan on saving enough money to live 6 mos. with or without a job.

    You will need a MINIMUM of CAN$10,000 saved up - more is better

    but is it easy to find an apartment and job in toronto as an immigrant without legal papers or while i am waiting for government approval to be a legal citizen?

    If you visit Canada you cannot rent an apartment, you cannot get a job, there is a recession on - it is very hard to find a job right now.

    I am single with no children and i have always worked hard.

    So i do not plan to be a burden on the canadian system.

    GOOD PLANS but you will need a LOT of money to live on as jobs are very hard to get.

    This is the list of jobs in demand

    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/app...

    These are eligibility requirements to immigrate

    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/app...

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    When you say "degree" are you referring to university? You say you're in college but here in Canada, colleges grant diplomas, not degrees. In Canada, universities grant degrees, not colleges.

    I mention this because if you are completing college, you will not likely be able to get a job in your field whereas a university graduate will stand a better chance of qualifying. Qualifying, mind you, not necessarily gaining acceptance. We have about 1.5 million Canadian citizens who are unemployed and some of them are environmental engineering graduates. That means that whatever few jobs there may be in that field will not go to foreigners but to one of our own qualified citizens. Sorry but that's just the way it is.

    That all said, your best bet would be to look through http://www.cic.gc.ca and read through the entire site very carefully. While you may qualify to apply, that will not guarantee you a job. Fact is, no Canadian company will hire a foreigner if a qualified Canadian can do the same job.

    As for whether you will be liked in Canada, you will be liked if you are a nice person. If you are a jerk, you will not be liked. Sure, there are some racists in Canada but there just isn't the level of racism here that you find in the US.

  • 10 years ago

    I feel for you my young friend.

    It is easier than people may tell you on message boards, I did it so I know.

    When will you get your degree ?

    All you need to get a work permit at the border is a job offer from a Canadian employer....

    They will grant you a work permit initially for 12 months but you can renew after that for 2 years as long as the employer says that he still needs you.

    It does help if you get a degree - the border guys are so much more immigrant friendly than the US.

    What job would you qualify for ?

    IT skills are in very high demand.

    I

  • 10 years ago

    If you are an engineer you have a chance. But not until you graduate. Canada is far more strict against hiring illegal immigrants. You will not be able to get a job without your papers.

    If you want to move to Canada, here is a link to the Canadian government web site with the information.

    http://www.goingtocanada.gc.ca/CIC/display-affiche...

    One of the most popular ways of entering Canada is as a skilled worker. Follow this link to see if you are eligible

    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/too...

    You can take this test to see if you might qualify

    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/ass...

    An easier to way to work in Canada, at least on a temporary basis may be under NAFTA. However, you must be a member of certain specialty occupations.

    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/special-business...

    These occupations are listed here.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TN_Visa

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    Canada – Temporary Work

    http://207.219.111.92/requirements/steps2.aspx

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  • Shelly
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    hi kris i had some friends try to relocate to canada years ago. tim was starting a business there and had no problem. vince and cindy were going to work at the business and werent allowed work visas. again this was years ago but the rules may still apply. if you have a skill thats in demand you are more likely to get permission. but tourist visa isnt a work visa. i might suggest a few options. one find an employer who would help you get the work visa . or the longer method that some friends of mine did here. is to stair step it. that is once you get there apply for the work visa or resident visa

  • 10 years ago

    You can't move there without already having a job or skill that are in high demand. Read the Canadian immigration page for their requirements. They are fairly tough.

    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    have you checked the Canada Immigration website? Usually a good place to get information like this and won't just be the guess of a total stranger. Type "canada immigration" in the Web Search box at the top of this page.

  • 6 years ago

    a grand hotel in oronto is said to me that they will give me job but i want to ask that if they give me visa so does i need to pay any money

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