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Living in North America guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in North America with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is intended for expatriates having special skills and who are looking forward to live and work in Canada.

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  • Stretching over 1,667,441 km2, Quebec is the largest of Canada's ten provinces. Over the years, it has been attracting thousands of expatriates. Learn more

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  • Located in North America, Canada is one of the world's richest countries, stretching over 9,984,670 square kilometers. Discover life in Canada.

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  • Mexico is a dream land for millions of people across the world. The country attracts expatriates due to its economy, environment and lifestyles...

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • If you’re travelling to the United States, there are certain documents that are required for you to be able to enter the country.

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  • If you intend to get married in the United States, find out about the procedures, formalities, and types of marriage in this article.

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  • To live in Quebec as a permanent resident, you must obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate. You can apply for the CSQ at the immigration department.

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  • Looking forward to travel to Quebec ? You are probably wondering about relating formalities. Have a look at this article for more information.

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  • Before immigrating to Canada, you must determine in which category you are eligible to apply for a visa. Find out more in this article.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • There are different criteria to be filled in if you wish to live and work in Quebec. Find out more about work visas and permits for Quebec in this article.

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  • If you wish to visit Quebec as a tourist you will need a visitor visa. This will be useful when you reach the Quebec immigration services. More information

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  • You may need a visa or an electronic travel authorization (ETA) to be allowed to make a temporary stay in Canada. Find more information in this article.

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  • If you are looking forward to study in Canada, you will have to apply for a student visa. Discover all the relating formalities in this article.

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  • The Working Holiday Visa (WHV) is ideal for young people aged 18 to 35 who wish to go on holidays in Canada with the possibility to work. Find out more...

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Are you moving to the U.S. and looking for a job in San Francisco? Here are some tips to help you in your local San Francisco job search.

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  • Are you moving to the U.S. and looking for a job in Los Angeles? Here are some tips to help you in your local L.A. job search.

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  • Are you moving to the U.S. and looking for a job in Miami? Here are some tips to help you in your local Miami job search.

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  • Are you moving to Austin, Texas, and wondering how to find a job there? Here are some tips to help you in your job search.

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  • Are you moving to the U.S. and looking for a job in Dallas? Here are some tips to help you in your local Dallas job search.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • If you want to settle in Seattle, here is some information about accommodation, neighborhoods, and the cost of living.

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  • If you want to settle in Portland, here is some information about accommodation, neighborhoods, and the cost of living.

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  • If you want to settle in Houston, here is some information about accommodation, neighborhoods, and the cost of living.

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  • If you want to settle in Dallas, here is some information about accommodation, neighborhoods, and the cost of living.

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  • Washington D.C., despite being somewhat compact for a cosmopolitan city, is as diverse in its population as it is in its accommodation options.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • This article has helpful information on admissions, visa types, and tuition if you want to study in the United States.

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  • If you're looking to study in Vancouver, here is an insight into the local higher education system and some useful information on enrolment formalities.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Public health system in the United States: how does it work? What types of healthcare systems exist,and should I get purchase private healthcare insurance?

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  • Do foreign nationals need a health insurance on moving to Quebec? How do you apply for a health insurance card in Quebec? Find out in this article.

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  • All foreign nationals have to get a health insurance on moving to Canada. Health tests are also required. Discover the Canadian health care system.

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  • Before moving to Mexico, you will have to inquire on its health care system to determine if you will be eligible to its services once you are on the spot.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • How to open a bank account in the United States? What documents do you need and how long is the process? Find out in this article.

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  • On moving to Quebec, you will probably want to open a bank account. Expat.com explains, in this article, how to open a bank account in Quebec.

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  • Wondering how to open a bank account in Canada? Expat.com is providing you with an overview of the Canadian banking system and some tips to guide you.

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  • Expatriates in Mexico, whether tourists or residents, are now authorized to open a bank account in the country. However, some conditions may apply.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • Foreigners nationals living in Quebec have to pay taxes both at the federal and provincial levels. Find an overview of the tax system in this article.

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  • Foreign nationals in Canada have to pay tax according to their resident status. Find all that you need to know about the Canadian tax system here.

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  • Before moving to Mexico, you are advised to inquire on the different types of taxes that apply. You are likely to pay income tax if you are working there.

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  • This article is about State Sales Tax Holidays. These are weekends when there is no sales tax on specific items.

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  • Income tax in the USA: useful information about the income tax system in the United States. Personal taxation in the US.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Like most Canadian cities, Quebec also has a wide transport network. Discover this province's transport networks with Expat.com.

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  • Canada hosts a wide and developed transports network. Find all that you need to know about transportation in Canada in this article.

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  • Various means of transports are available in Mexico. Moreover, it is one of the countries where transport prices are the lowest.

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  • You can travel across the United States by different means of transportation: by airway, by railway or by highway. You can gather information about these at the town hall of your region or on the Internet.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Driving in the US: is my driver's licence valid in the U.S.? How do I apply for a U.S. driver's licence?

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  • Foreign nationals do not need an international driver's license to drive in Canada. Discover all the relating conditions if you want to drive in Canada.

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  • Foreign nationals living in Quebec are allowed to drive with their national driver's license for up to 6 months. Find out more about relating conditions.

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  • European expatriates are allowed to drive in Mexico with their European driver's license. But you have to inquire on traffic regulations beforehand.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • When moving to a new country with all your belongings, it is important to understand the procedure and conditions. Find out more in this article.

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  • Relocating to Quebec requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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  • Moving to Canada required appropriate planning. In this article, Expat.com is providing you with some useful and tips to guide you through your move.

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  • You are advised to inquire on required formalities to move to Mexico if you are planning to settle there. You may also need to hire removal professionals.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Numerous telecommunication companies in the U.S. offer different services and packages, and there are many different ways to keep in touch.

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  • Canada has a wide telecommunications networks including several regional service providers. Discover the telecommunications market in this article.

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  • In this article, Expat.com provides you with an overview of Quebec's telecommunications networks with tips on how to obtain a phone line and Internet.

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  • Mexico has a modern information and communication technology network which is supported by various phone and internet service providers.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • You can discover the United States in an exciting way during your spare time or on holidays. There are numerous natural and amusement parks you can visit,

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  • Interested in American cuisine? This article will give you some information about traditional and regional foods, as well as dining out in the United State

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  • Curious about the American lifestyle? The article below will tell you about holidays, American values, and work and family life.

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  • Thanks to its huge historical and cultural heritage, Quebec provides a range of leisure activities to expatriates. Get a glimpse of these in this article.

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Miscellaneous

  • If you want to move to the US with your pet, you have to understand the procedure. Make sure to check the conditions with both your airline and APHIS.

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  • If you are looking for a daycare for your child while you're at work, here is some information that might help you.

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  • If you are planning to move to Quebec with your pet, you are probably wondering about relating formalities. Find all that you need to know in this article.

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  • If you are moving to Canada, you probably want to know which products you can bring with you. Custom duties may apply on some products. Find out more.

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  • In Mexico, only dogs and cats are considered to be pets. So if you wish to travel there with your dog or your cat, you should obtain an importation permit.

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