Are you thinking of going to live abroad for a while? Canada is definitely an ideal place!
If you have already made up your mind, what you should start thinking about now is whether you want to go temporarily or permanently. We know that this is a tedious decision, and even more so when you still don’t even know what the country is like … Don’t worry about it now! But if it is good that you go thinking about it (you can also decide once there).
An essential factor before emigrating to Canada, you decide what you come to make the country: study, work, start a business, travel, etc. Since depending on the purpose, you will have to process one visa or another. It is important to be realistic and see how feasible your project is, depending on your financial situation, your career, and your goals, career opportunities, etc.
Next, we are going to tell you about the most common or easy mistakes to make when deciding to emigrate to Canada, especially with a student visa. Take note, not to commit any of them and enjoy your experience there to the fullest Ready?
1. Not having a clear objective
If you do not know very well why you want to come to live in Canada, you will hardly achieve your goals. It is worth sitting down to think and define the purpose of the trip, whether it is to learn English, complete your studies, study something new, come in search of job opportunities in your area, live the experience, get to know new cultures, and landscapes, etc.
2. Obtain information from unofficial or unreliable sources
We already know that today we can access millions of web pages, with a lot of information, about everything we can imagine. We can also find thousands of bloggers on social networks and on YouTube, giving advice on what life is like in Canada, talking about visas, and even courses… Please don’t believe everything you see and hear there! You could jeopardize your admission process in the country.
Coming to Canada as a student requires compliance with the immigration laws and processes required by the government. At YouTOOproject, we are happy to advise you with any questions you may have about the process or live there, in addition, our team can help you choose the type, of course, that best suits you, and do all the visa procedures. We save you headaches and unexpected scares.
3. Make last-minute changes
Our advice is that you plan your trip well, and as far as advance as possible explores the options you have in the country and the visas you can opt for.
If your option is to study in Canada, take a good look at which courses you can take, and which ones are interesting for you, remember that the visa must be processed sometime before the start of the course (at least 5 months in advance). Contact us, and we will send you all the information you need about the courses.
Once you have your course, it is good that you do not make last-minute changes regarding dates, as this would affect your accommodation reservation, and your flights probably, in short: more expenses and nerves!
As far as visas are concerned, the Canadian government has the necessary resources to verify the information we send, including documents from other countries, do not risk it! It is not worth lying or falsifying documents or experience. These types of shortcuts can trigger your visa to be rejected, with possible future penalties for entering the country.
5. Wanting to process your visa quickly and cheaply
This adventure that you are about to start is an investment in your future, so it requires your time and effort to make the project come to fruition. We advise you to take good advice and consult the official website of the Government of Canada.
6. Not wanting to buy health insurance
This is one of the manual errors when going to study in a foreign country. First of all, to say that it is mandatory to have medical insurance to study in Canada, even if you come with a work visa with the International Experience Canada program.
Some people prefer not to hire it to save money, well, the decision can be quite expensive … Hopefully not, but if you have to go to the doctor in Canada, just for a medical consultation it costs about $ 100 – $ 120, go to the A hospital emergency room can be around $ 400, not to mention if there is an admission or operation … Take medical insurance with coverage for every day that you are going to be in the country.
7. Failure to complete the course of the studies are unrelated
When you apply for a student permit in Canada, if it is professional studies, the chosen course must be related to what you have studied previously, either in your country of origin or elsewhere. If you want to change your profession, it can be accepted, but you will need to explain it in your application.
You can also check the English courses
It is worth mentioning that the person who opts for a study permit must dedicate himself to it, attending the classes of the authorized course (and no other), and complying with the minimum attendance required. Failure to do so can have visa implications.
8. Not having the required financial funds
Yes… studying in Canada is expensive, especially as an international student, especially since life there is not cheap (food, rent, transportation, etc). It is true that you will be able to work 20 hours a week, and in full-time vacation periods, but you will still have to show sufficient funds to stay in Canada.
9. Surround yourself with friends only from your own country
It is understandable, it happens to all of us when we live away from home, we want to feel close, and what better way than to interact with our own … and that’s fine! but we advise you not only to interact with Spanish-speaking people.
First of all, because it won’t allow you to practice as much English or French, and then, if you want to enrich your cultural experience, you have to open up to new nationalities.
10. Let the visa expire
You should not commit this mistake under any circumstances, your permit must be active when you are within Canada, otherwise, the Canadian government can deport you since you would be illegal in the country. Before it expires, you can make an extension of your visa, or student permit, and wait for the answer to arrive while you are still in Canada.
We recommend that you always seek advice from a professional, before failing to comply with any legislation in force in the country. Keep in mind that each immigration status carries legal obligations that are strictly enforced for everyone.
We hope that these 10 tips will help you when emigrating to Canada, safely, and without making mistakes that can ruin this fantastic experience. As always, we are at your disposal to expand the information in this post, or to help you with the entire process related to your study permit in Canada.