Moving to Canada from the UK

If you’re exploring the possibility of a move to Canada from the United Kingdom (UK), you’ll likely have a host of questions that need answers. Whether the impetus behind the change is personal or professional, we have all the information you need to make the big move.

After all, Canada is considered by many to be a fantastic place to live, so whether you plan on living in the more temperate climes of Vancouver, British Columbia or the hustle bustle of downtown Toronto, Ontario, there’s no need to wait to get started.

The move to Canada from the UK has never been easier. Read on below to find out how you can become a permanent resident today.

Can British Citizens Live and Work in Canada?

Canada has updated its economic immigration programs to prioritize the entry of skilled immigrants. While there are multiple pathways to a new life in Canada, one of the best options to explore is the collection of three economic immigration programs included under the Express Entry online application process. Those programs are:

  1. The Federal Skilled Worker Program.
  2. The Federal Skilled Trades Program.
  3. The Canadian Experience Class.

Each of the Express Entry programs is designed to help connect workers with job opportunities in Canada before they arrive, and is one of the best mechanisms to ensure that the candidates  most likely to succeed economically have the best chance at securing permanent residence. For reference, Canada admitted 65,000 citizens from around the world via the Express Entry pathway in 2017.

Foreign workers  from the UK who want to benefit from processing times of six months or less should look into these permanent residency programs to find the best fit for them.

What is the International Experience Class?

If you’re under 30 years old, this program could be perfect for you.

Canada has negotiated bilateral youth mobility agreements with 30 countries, one of which is the UK. The International Experience Class is targeted to assist a younger demographic, and anyone  between the ages of 18 and 30 can receive a temporary working visa to live and work in Canada for up to two years.

The central requirement is that you must have done a minimum total 1,560 hours of work (equivalent to 30 hours per week for 12 months) over the last three years, whether as a full or part-time worker. Successful candidates will be placed into a pool with draws that pick winners throughout the year.

Once your application has been selected, all you need to do is show that you:

  • Have at least $2,500 in settlement funds to help you land softly
  • Have a return ticket to your country of origin
  • Proof that you have health insurance

Learn more about it here, or simply give us a call and we can go over it with you. However, keep in mind: the International Experience Class is only available to those who plan to live and work outside the province of Quebec. Quebec has its own program, which you can read about here.

What If I’m Over 30 Years Old?

If you are not eligible for the International Experience Class, the best way to move to Canada from the UK is to become a permanent resident. Typically, between 5,000 and 10,000 UK citizens become permanent residents each year by applying through one of the two skilled worker programs.

Each of the programs have various requirements for education, language ability and work experience. If you meet the minimum eligibility requirements, your permanent residency application will then be scored based on a number of factors, including:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Existing valid job offers in Canada
  • English/French language skills
  • Adaptability

Just as it was with the International Experience Class, successful candidates are placed into a pool, with regular draws that pick winners throughout the year. Candidates with the highest scores are most likely to be picked.

To get a better sense of the requirements, you should start with a some in-depth research about the Skilled Worker Program or the Skilled Trades Program on the Government of Canada’s website.

To learn even more about eligibility requirements or to receive a complete breakdown of scoring factors, call us for a 1 Hour Online Consultation and we will get you the information you need.

Emigrating from the U.K. to Canada?

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Job Hunting in Canada

To work in Canada you will need to apply for a work permit. It should take approximately five weeks to complete the process from the UK.

You’ll also need a Social Insurance Number (SIN). The SIN provides you with the added bonus of allowing you to enjoy benefits similar to what National Insurance offers to in the UK. If your spouse, partner or dependent family members will be joining you in Canada, they will also be able to apply for open work permits.

To apply for the required permits, you will need a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which you can read about here on the Government of Canada website. This is provided by an employer, and shows proof that:

  • You have a valid job offer
  • You have the skills and qualifications required to do the job
  • The employer cannot find a Canadian to do the job as well as you can

For more clarity on LMIAs, contact us for a free 15 -minute Discovery Call.

What If I’m Retired and Want to Move to Canada?

The Government of Canada’s economic immigration programs prioritize the entry of skilled immigrants in order to connect workers with job opportunities in Canada. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t find a place in Canada!

Any UK citizen can visit Canada for up to six months without a visa. Additionally, if you have a child or grandchild that is already a Canadian citizen, you can receive a super visa which allows for visits up to two years long. However, there are limitations related to the super visa, and additional complications that relate to any UK state pension. Pensions payments remain won’t rise with inflation if you move to Canada,. so you’ll have to incorporate that in advance into any financial planning.

Ultimately, to keep things simple it is usually best to move to Canada from the UK before you retire. This way, you can work and earn your residency before changing your official status.

How Much Does it Cost to Move to Canada?

Certain fees exist to process your application when moving to Canada, and the fees vary depending on what category or program you applied under. For those in the skilled worker programs, the cost is $550, plus $550 for a spouse and $150 per child. Once you have secured permanent residence, there is also an additional cost of $490 per person.

In addition, it is important to note that unless you have arranged for employment in Canada prior to your arrival, you must have what are termed “settlement funds” that total a minimum of $10,000 per person, calculated in Canadian dollars. It is also required that you have an additional $2,000 for each dependent that is moving to Canada with you.

While situations vary, and while different regions of Canada have different living costs, the key element to remember is that you will need to provide yourself and your family with enough breathing room to support your living expenses for six months.

Also, remember that if you are living in Canada you may still be required to pay taxes in the UK. And for retirees currently receiving a pension, you will also need to consider how to transfer that money while minimizing fees. In addition, it is prudent to consider other factors such as how inheritances may be impacted by your Canada move, how to manage the volatility of exchange rates, and other factors.

Need More Information?

We’re the experts. Call us today and we’ll help both answer your questions and put your mind and ease.

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