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Old Mar 13th 2013, 1:13 am
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Hi, I'm from the UK and after finishing Uni this year I have plans to train as an accountant and maybe specialise in tax, and then eventually make a move to Canada.
I understand that I have to be employed in my chosen profession for at least a year before I can make a move to Canada. - However, I'm not sure if:

1) I should train and qualify as an accountant in the UK first and then move to Canada. - When I do will I have to retrain, to understand Canadian methods, etc..
2) Begin training as an accountant in the UK for a year and then make a move to canada as a part UK qualified accountant?
3) What happens if after a decade or so in Canada I want to come back to the UK for some reason or other?

And: Can anyone provide me with info about housing/living costs in Canada?
Is it less/more expensive than say in SE UK and London?
What are the equivalent taxes (ni, income, vat, council, etc) like on average?

I have more questions, but it's late!
Thanks.

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Old Mar 13th 2013, 4:02 pm
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Hi Caleb, Welcome to BEs!
For specific info on Canada, I recommend you post in the Canadian Forum.
I personally think you should either train and qualify in the UK (cheaper for you) and then transfer (not hard for CIMA, or for ACCA I have heard) or train and qualify here in Canada. I certainly wouldnt try to move as PQ.

If you do all your training there and specialize in tax you could then move on FSW (if accountants return to THE LIST) or move using Provincial Nomination although I have heard thats due to change. Or get offered a job on a TWP - hard but not impossible. Or maybe work for one of the big firms like Deloittes and obtain a transfer.

If you wish to study in Canada, that would be more expensive, but will get you your Canadian designation and be more useful in Canada.

If you get PR and then citizenship and wish to return to the UK after 10 years that would be of no issue from an immigration point of view, you can come and go as a citizen. PR has more rules around it to maintain the status.

I am being very broad here as I am no immigration expert but speaking as a CMA accountant that qualified in the UK and transferred here. The peeps in the Canadian forum are more in the know about up to date immigration aspects.

why tax out of interest? Something that floats your boat?
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