Your dream has finally come true. After all the hard work, preparation and constant monitoring of IRCC website, you are finally here in your dream country, Canada.
You have done the unpacking and are all set in your new home. So what is left to take care of now?
Here are some essential things that you need to do during the first week after you arrive in Canada.
Get Your SIN
A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine digit number which a new immigrant will require when he or she wants to work in Canada. It is the same as the National Insurance Number in UK, a PPS number in Ireland, or the Tax File Number given in Australia.
Immigrants who have come to Canada on a temporary work permit will be given a SIN starting with ‘9’. A new immigrant can apply for SIN at any of the Service Canada office. Make sure to bring in your study or work permit with you.
Open a Bank Account
Banking is convenient in Canada, however, charges of some bank account will be higher that a new immigrant is used to in his or her home country.
You will need to gear up to manage your debit card and bill payments, and try to avoid bringing in money from your home account.
Keep it in mind that banks in Canada usually charge a monthly fees for maintaining a chequing account (known as ‘current accounts’ in your home country). On an average $220 are spend by every Canadian towards bank charges every year.
Apply for a Local Cell Phone Plan
You are now in a new country and using your home phone can prove to be really costly, if at all that is still working. One of the first things that you need to do is to get a local cell phone plan.
It is important because as it will prevent you from incurring costly roaming charges. You will find it really useful as you explore your surroundings in the new country and make use of the Google map.
Start Your Apartment Search
A new immigrant will find it difficult to find a rented apartment as most of the landlords wants to have a local reference or a Canadian credit history. Landlords give more preference to those who can provide such references.
Don’t be worried, there are many new immigrants like you and the way out is to keep searching for a landlord who is flexible enough. To begin with your local phone number will be of help to you. Landlords will be more ready to answer to a call from a local phone number.
The second option is to look for websites such as Craiglist. Many of the entries in here will be out-of-date and the only way to find out which one is available is by emailing or calling.
Once you have got all the basic errands in your pockets, it is time now to get to know the surrounding and the people living around you. It will be really helpful to acquaint yourself with people around you and make some friends.