July 17, 2018
A letter from subscriber.
We are family of 4 and we have been living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) for more than 10years. Dubai is an amazing city that everyone want to visit and enjoy the beautiful tourist spots in it. But, we don't see our family living in UAE for life even we prefer living in UAE until the rest of our life. This is because staying for life in UAE is technically impossible for expats like us. Being expats, your residency is tied up with your work status. If you are terminated, or laid off, then you and your dependents have 30 days to stay in the country. If you didn't find new employer, you and your dependents needs to exit the country and re-enter using tourist visas which can range from 30 days to 90 days. Despite that me and my wife, have both high paying job, no income tax, free medical insurance for the whole family, cash travel allowance and living in one of the safest city in the world, we acknowledge that we need to have a better country than our home country. Because of this, we decided to apply for permanent residency in Canada under the Express Entry Program for Foreign Skilled Worker Class.
Below are our application timelines:
- Creating Express Entry Application: April 2017
- Receipt of Invitation to Apply: May 2017
- Medical Test: May 2017
- Submission of Application: June 2017
- Passport Request Email: August 2017
Why did we choose Canada? Canada is one of the best countries in the world, offering Canadian passports/ Canadian citizenship after you satisfy the government requirements.
Once our application got approved, we submit our passports to VSF to get the immigrant visa to Canada stamp in our passports. We landed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1st half of 2018 and become "Permanent Resident". A permanent resident (PR) is someone who has been given permanent resident status by immigrating to Canada but is not a Canadian citizen So we are technically still citizens of other countries. However, being PR holder, (Understand PR Status - Canada.ca) we can do the following:
- get most social benefits that Canadian citizens receive, including health care coverage,
- live, work or study anywhere in Canada
- apply for Canadian citizenship,
- protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Permanent residents must pay taxes and respect all Canadian laws at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. However, the PR holders cannot do vote or run for political office, or hold some jobs that need a high-level security clearance.
If we complete 3 years before expiry of our PR cards and satisfy the requirement of the government of Canada, we can get the Canadian passports/ Canadian citizenship.