One of the first things that you need to accomplish once you land in your Canadian province is to obtain a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from a Service Canada office. It is important to have one in order to be able to work in Canada or to have access to various government programs and benefits.… Continue reading Moving to Canada: Getting Your Canadian Social Insurance Number
After a smooth 2-hour flight from Toronto via Air Canada Rouge, we finally arrived in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The Charlottetown Airport was quite small, having only one baggage conveyor and no immigration counters as it only serves domestic flights. But us Filipinos are used to that! We even have smaller airports in some provinces… Continue reading Moving to Canada: Touchdown, Charlottetown
After weeks of tearful despedidas and goodbyes, we were off to our greatest adventure both as individuals and as a married couple. On the 17th of June 2017, we flew from Manila to Toronto via Philippine Airlines. It was an 11 hour flight to Vancouver, with a two hour layover there before the final four… Continue reading Moving to Canada: Our Landing Experience (Part II)
After a ten hour flight from Manila to Vancouver, a two-hour layover (inside the plane) and another five-hour flight, we are finally here in Toronto! With our bodies currently fighting off jet lag, we had time to write this down and update you guys on our overall landing experience. This will be a two-part blog… Continue reading Moving to Canada: Our Landing Experience (Part I)
UPDATE: We were able to successfully get a Canadian Class 5 Driver's License without having our LTO Certification stamped by the DFA. Read about that here. With our departure date inching closer and closer, we're rushing to accomplish all the last minute errands that are left for us to do. One major thing that needed… Continue reading Philippine Driver’s License Certification and Certificate of No Apprehension
UPDATE: We have already landed in Canada and have successfully activated our account with Scotiabank. Read more about it here. In our last post, we talked about the different ways you can bring your money into Canada as a first time immigrant. In that post, we mentioned that we will be going with a wire/telegraphic transfer between… Continue reading Moving to Canada: Bringing Your Money to Canada (Part II)
UPDATE: We have already landed in Canada and have successfully activated our account with Scotiabank. Read more about it here. It's now a little over a month before our big move to Canada and we have been busy taking care of the many different matters that need to be settled. Right now, we've put our house on the… Continue reading Moving to Canada: Bringing Your Money to Canada (Part I)
Three months to go before finally moving to Canada! Last week, we finally booked our one-way tickets to Canada. It suddenly feels all too surreal and time seems to go by quicker now that we've started to accomplish the major things one needs to do before migrating to another country. It is indeed a very bittersweet… Continue reading Can’t Wait to Explore Prince Edward Island!
In our last post, we wrote a short guide on how to register for your PDOS at the Commission for Filipinos Overseas (CFO). In this post, we'll share our actual experience and thoughts about the seminar after attending it last Friday, March 10, 2017. What to Bring PDOS Registration Form (per person, required) Landing Papers… Continue reading Our Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) Experience!
Before a Filipino moving to Canada can leave the country, he or she will have to attend the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) given by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) in Manila. This is a required seminar for any Filipino moving to another country. It is mandated by the law and immigration will not clear you to… Continue reading Registering for the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) at the Commission on Filipinos Overseas