My Canadian Experience

Old Aug 24th 2003, 8:21 am
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Hopefully, It will be useful for somebody planning to move to Canada:
1. Application submitted: July 2001 (Submitted in Buffalo, USA,
Independent skilled category: Total about 6 years of experience in
Software engineering)
2. AOR received: October 2001
3. Interview waived and Medical forms received in May 2002.
(My wife was pregnant at the time, so we did not go to Medical
things, and we waited until the birth of child. Only in December 2002,
we did the medicals)
4. Medicals done: December 2002.
5. Passports were requested in February 2003, and got visa stamped.
7. Moved to Canada (Toronto): end of May 2003. Custom/Immigration
officers were very polite and helpful. I still had my money in US
bank, and have carried bank statement. Custom officer just asked me
how much money I was bringing in Canada, I showed the bank statement,
it was obviously more than minimum required amount. I had my list of
goods papers. It was stamped. My car, which I could not sell in US
also was in list.
8. Stayed with relatives for one week. After that started looking for
an apartment, initially it was difficult, because most of the
landlords were asking for an job letter. However, in downtown Toronto,
one of the apartment managers agreed to lease me without the job
letter, when I told her that I have sufficient bank balance to survive
for one year without job. Signed for one year contract, and moved to
apartment: 2nd weed of June 2003.
9. Got home phone from Bell Canada, and cell phone from Rogers, Cable
internet from Rogers too.
10. Started looking for job. Put my resume every where (monster,
hotjobs, careerclick, others). Started getting calls/emails from
recruiters/employers). Most of the response, I got were from Monster.
I have got more responses than I expected, technology job market is
not that bad as it looks from surface.
11. Had successful job interview in the end of June, but
unfortunately, project did not start in time, even though my
recruiting agency was saying me to wait, I started looking for another
job, and luckily in the Mid of July, I had another successful
interview and was hired. This time I was hired directly for the
permanent position. Pay rate is as same as in US but in Canadian
dollars. [So, be positive about the job market, and constantly try and
enhance your knowledge, you will get it, like I did.]
12. In the mean time, I used transportation service to move my car
from California to Toronto. I paid $1200US and they move my car in
about 14 days. I picked it up in Mississauga bond shed.

All the best
 
Old Aug 24th 2003, 12:06 pm
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Thank you for sharing...I am moving to Toronto in about six weeks so this was
very interesting to hear...Wishing you all the best
 
Old Aug 24th 2003, 4:44 pm
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Thanks much for sharing your experience. I shall be looking for an IT job too. OK even if the salary is less(70% of US as you said), I can get out of H1B bondage!! That is so refreshing to know.

Could you please let me know the typical apartment rent there in Toronto area?Do the rent prices vary widely? Are the lease break penalties similar to those in USA? (asking because if you end up getting a job very far from where you rented the apt!!).

Thanks much.
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Old Aug 24th 2003, 5:34 pm
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Could you please tell me the name of the car moving company and any contact numbers. I will be needing the service in mid September
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Old Aug 25th 2003, 3:05 pm
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I used A-A Auto Transport, Inc. to move my car. Their contact is:
Dion
1-888 744 7227 or 1-888SHIPCAR
[email protected]

The appartment rent here in downtown Toronto is almost as same as in
California, it is just in Canadian Dollar. I guess, you have to leave
the one month rent if you break the contract.

Hopefully, that helps.




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    > Could you please tell me the name of the car moving company and any
    > contact numbers. I will be needing the service in mid September
 
Old Aug 28th 2003, 5:37 am
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How come you did not go to Vancouver , is the job market for IT better in Toronto then in Vancouver ?
I am thinking about Vancouver now, so I want all pluses and minuses , I pursonally did not like east cost of USA that's why I am asking.
Also , Sallary are the same in UDS$ or $CAD what about work ethics and all other stuff at work, is it similar to US ?
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Old Aug 28th 2003, 11:56 am
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Initially I wanted to go to Vancouver, but some of my friends in
Canada suggested me to go to Toronto instead for IT jobs.
Yes, Salary are almost same in figure as in US but in $CAD. I did
not find much difference in working environment also.

vlad <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > How come you did not go to Vancouver , is the job market for IT better
    > in Toronto then in Vancouver ?
    >
    > I am thinking about Vancouver now, so I want all pluses and minuses , I
    > pursonally did not like east cost of USA that's why I am asking.
    >
    > Also , Sallary are the same in UDS$ or $CAD what about work ethics and
    > all other stuff at work, is it similar to US ?
 

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