Moving To Canada From The United Kingdom – A Guide To The Basics
If you live in the UK and want to make a change, Canada is a great place to live. There won’t be a language barrier, and Canada has plenty of opportunities for work, as well as top-ranked universities for graduate and postgraduate studies. But how do you move to Canada from the UK? Here’s a quick guide to the basics.
How Do I Get Residence In Canada As A UK Citizen?
Canada has a wide variety of different ways to get a visa for Canadian residence. Most people moving to Canada from the United Kingdom get a work visa to work for a Canadian company. However, you can also get a student visa, or you may be able to get residence in Canada if you join a close family member who is a citizen or resident.
The requirements for each individual visa vary, so it’s best to consult directly with the Government of Canada’s website to see the options that are available to you. You can click here to browse all of the information you need about immigration and citizenship in Canada.
When Should I Ship My Household Goods To Canada?
Once you’ve obtained a visa to live in Canada, you may want to ship your household goods, appliances, and other possessions to your new home. Typically, your items will be shipped by ocean freight. It may take anywhere from 10-30 days depending on the port where your items will be sent, so plan accordingly.
It’s a good idea to plan at least 1-2 months in advance, and send the majority of your household goods ahead of you to Canada so that you can get access to them quickly once you arrive to take up residence. Note also that you can import almost all of your household goods tax and duty-free to Canada.
Can I Bring A Car To Canada From The United Kingdom?
It’s technically possible to transport a car to Canada from the UK, but it’s not a good idea, since the UK drives on the left side of the road, and Canada drives on the right side of the road. If you will need a car in Canada, it may be best to sell your car in the UK and buy a new car in Canada.
Right-hand drive cars can only be imported if they are over 15 years old in Canada, so late-model vehicles cannot be imported at all. Though you can bring a car into Canada tax and duty-free when you move, importing a right-hand drive car from the UK is rarely possible.
Work With Experts To Move To Canada From The United Kingdom!
Moving to Canada from the UK can be very challenging, particularly if you have a lot of stuff to bring with you and you’re moving with your family. So contact A-1 Auto Transport today. We work with expert international and long-distance moving companies. Working with professional movers helps simplify your move, reduces stress, and ensures your stuff will arrive in Canada safely from the United Kingdom.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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