Vou reproduzir aqui a parte que diz respeito a minha fase, antes de imigrar, mas vale a pena entrar no site e conferir tudo o que tem por lá. Encontrei até um checklist para newcomers, dividido por etapas (3 ou + meses, 1 a 3 meses e - de 1 mês!).
Isso que eu chamo de jogada de marketing. Eles foram bem espertos, afinal, quem não sente segurança com um banco que entende o que você está passando e te ajuda no que é possível? Eu não conheço o RBC, mas agora até fiquei com vontade de conhecer.
Olha só o que eles organizaram pra gente:
BEFORE YOU MOVE
"GET YOUR PAPER WORK TOGETHER
You’ll want to have your valid immigrant visa, passport, birth certificate, education documents, immunization and health records up to date and ready to go when you leave. You’ll find a complete list of essential documents and important items as well as helpful tips at Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Make sure all your documents are either in English or French to ensure that they’ll be accepted by organizations in Canada. If not, have them translated and notarized.
Tip Get your driver’s license, experience certificate from your local road transport authority and a reference letter from your existing automobile insurance company. These will act as proof that you are an experienced and safe driver. You may find them useful when you apply for automobile insurance in Canada. As well these documents may help lower the cost of your automobile insurance. In Canada, you must have vehicle insurance to drive legally.
PLAN YOUR ARRIVAL DATE
When you’re organizing your move to Canada, it is helpful to set a target date for your arrival. Then, prepare a timeline based on what needs to be done. Booking tickets early may also help you save on the cost of your ticket.
Tip Many new immigrants find that moving during the summer – when most of Canada is experiencing warm or hot temperatures – is easier to handle on both a practical and emotional level than a winter move. Find out what type of clothes you’ll need when you arrive.
DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT TO BRING
When you arrive: Plan to purchase or obtain all the items that you’ll need for the first few months of your stay, since other household items that are being shipped may not arrive for a few months after you do. Also consider bringing an extra supply of any medications you take—the same brands and formulations that you are accustomed to taking, may not be available in Canada and it may take time to find suitable alternates.
After you’ve landed: Obtain an estimate from a moving company for packing and shipping costs of items that will arrive later. You may wish to re-evaluate your packing list, as the cost of shipping large items like furniture may be as expensive as the cost of a new item in Canada.
FIND A PLACE TO STAY WHEN YOU FIRST ARRIVE
Unless you have already arranged permanent accommodation, you’ll need somewhere to stay when you first arrive. Your options might include:
- A hotel or motel room
- The home of family or friends who already live here
- A host or sponsor who has volunteered to house newcomers
- A house or apartment for rent – rental accommodation is usually listed in the classified advertising section of local newspapers in Canada or may be found by searching the internet.
FIND NEWCOMERS SERVICE IN YOUR AREA
The Government of Canada provides many free services to newcomers to help them get settled. Before you arrive in Canada, check the free services offered in the area where you will be staying. You may also wish to consider booking an appointment with a service agency before you leave so that you can meet with someone soon after you arrive in Canada. Visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada for a complete list of community and government services.
FIND OUT IF YOU QUALIFY FOR ASSISTANCE
Canada offers special benefits programs to assist certain types of immigrants. Find out whether you’re eligible for these programs."
E eles ainda organizam mais duas categorias para esta fase (segue a prévia):
"PREPARE FOR WORK
This is perhaps the most important step in the immigration process. With some preparation, you can take advantage of Canada’s many job opportunities and find the success you’re looking for.
- Prepare documents for work
- Decide where to immigrate
- Research job opportunities
- Evaluate your credentials
- Contact people who you know in Canada
- Evaluate your language skills
- Check out LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
ARRANGE FINANCES (claaaro!)
Here are some things you can do now to help get your finances organized before you arrive in Canada: - Open a Canadian bank account
- Transfer money into your Canadian bank account
- Estimate monthly living expenses
- Understand the Canadian banking system
- Get temporary medical insurance
- Obtain Canadian funds
- Make banking arrangements in your home country"
Cada um desses itens tem mais detalhes na página oficial. E tem muito mais por lá... vale a pena conferir! (Tá parecendo até postagem paga isso aqui... hahah, mas achei bom mesmo!)
Au revoir mes amis!