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Emigrating to Canada?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by eordonez, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. Nov 18, 2009 at 12:11 PM
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    eordonez

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    I've been thinking about it.... Of course most of you know i live in Mexico, mexican citizen, so is my wife... we both have good levels of both spoken and written english... no french...originally my mother's father was born in Canada, in Saskatchewan i think...

    I'm an architect, and my wife is a psychologist skilled in organizations.... but i dont think we can work on our professions without taking multiple bar exams and courses..... seems that the requirements are quite easy to fulfill, the only problem is that you need to have a job offer in order to prove you can support yourself and obtain a work visa....

    the other downside is leaving both our families behind....

    what are your thoughts Canadian fellas??? :p
     
  2. Nov 18, 2009 at 12:14 PM
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    HwyRogue

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    ..not sure about the immigration criteria, nor whether or not Mexican secondary education is recognized... have you checked with the Citizenship and Immigration's Canada office? ..here is their website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/EnGLIsh/immigrate/index.asp

    Good luck! I'm in Saskatchewan of course - and if you intend on moving to SK from Mexico...you better bring lots of sweaters.. it gets damn cold here :) ( -50C with the wind chill is not uncommon)
     
  3. Nov 18, 2009 at 12:31 PM
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    thanks for the link, i took the test it says i have 70 out of 100 points on the test, and the minimum to pass is 63, so im kinda ok LOL :p
     
  4. Nov 18, 2009 at 1:29 PM
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    What about the US? :eek:
     
  5. Nov 18, 2009 at 2:11 PM
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    Well, now that's very hard, in the first place it is difficult to get a laser visa, i've seen a lot of people, with good jobs, income, family, had their visiting visa denied, i cant even think of the process to obtain a work visa..... :(

    of course it would be better because of the proximity, but i don't think that can happen....
     
  6. Nov 18, 2009 at 2:23 PM
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    Ah gotcha... Sorry to hear Ed... :(

    Wherever you end up, good luck! :)
     
  7. Nov 18, 2009 at 2:26 PM
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    You should check into that. I have a friend that seemed to have no trouble at all. He was able to work while everything was being processed.
     
  8. Nov 18, 2009 at 2:27 PM
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    Thanks man, im just considering some options, since economy and a lot of stuff isn't getting any better here.... :eek:
     
  9. Nov 18, 2009 at 2:28 PM
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    cool, I will do, but seems to me that you already need to have a good job offer to make things easier and speed them up.....
     
  10. Nov 18, 2009 at 2:31 PM
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    Not nesesarilly. My Buddy was offered the job after he came here. He explained what he was going thru with the company, and all was well.
     
  11. Nov 18, 2009 at 2:34 PM
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    my wife is an electrical engineer from Venezuela she was lucky and her degree was reconized her in canada. She had to take some APPEGA exams and done she got a great job with Halliburton as an engineer. She really misses home sometimes, but the situation in her country is very bad kinda like mexico. She hates the cold winters and the 90 day summers. Canada is great we don't pay a dime for our heath care and it is very good. Its pretty safe compared with the u.s or other countries. The taxes are high, the gas is very high. Housing is pretty expensive if you want to live in a decent city. Vancouver is great lived there for 7 yrs, but crazy expensive.
    The nice thing about Canada is you can breath and its not too crowded. I know mexicans need a visa to come here now to not sure how hard it good luck and hope to see you Canada someday in your taco:)
     
  12. Nov 18, 2009 at 2:38 PM
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    Cool man, thanks for the heads up, about those taxes, how much is high??
    I pay 15% over everything except meds and groceries, and i pay from 18-30% on income depending on the utility at the end of the month, the more utility the more we pay, oh and I also pay a vehicle property tax, the cash bank deposit tax.... fuck a lot of taxes down here....
     
  13. Nov 18, 2009 at 2:43 PM
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    As far as income taxes my wife and I are in the 35-40% range
    Property tax is $3600 per yr
    My tacoma insurance $1100/yr
    STi insurance $960/yr
    Meds are free through benefits @ halliburton
    Utilities are high too around $400/month
     
  14. Nov 18, 2009 at 2:44 PM
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    wtf is a cash bank deposit tax
     
  15. Nov 18, 2009 at 2:47 PM
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    oh yeah, our president, treasure fat guy and congress thought that it would be cool to tax the cash deposit on the bank, because a lot of people dont pay taxes... for example

    if a client gives me $30,000 pesos in cash, and I need to deposit that on my bank account, i can only deposit $15,000 in cash every month, the rest will be taxed at 3% rate so i would pay $450 for those extra 15k to the goverment.....
     
  16. Nov 18, 2009 at 2:54 PM
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    wow thats pretty bad your gov't blows.
     
  17. Nov 18, 2009 at 7:22 PM
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    I just immigrated to Canada from New Zealand.

    I had already been here on/off for 4 years on work visa's and just visitor visa's working for cash.

    I applied for permanent residency in May, 6 months later it was finally done. My girlfriend sponsored me under the common law family class, it was a very long frustrating process.

    You can pay immigration companies to help but they are REALLY expensive, I did it my self and it cost around $1500 CAD, the immigration service I went to said they would charge a minimum of $6000 and thats if everything went well.

    Canada is an awesome country to live in, I lived in Colorado US for a year and prefer Canada, the country just seems to be easy going and laid back. BUt yeah completely different climate to Mexico!!! Where I live now we get snow in September all the way through to May! Luckily I can still fly home to NZ to catch some sun mid winter
     
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