I started The Globe Diary in 2017 while I was adjusting to, and settling into, my new life in Canada. Craig and I moved from Cape Town, South Africa, to a small town just outside Edmonton, Alberta, for his job. At the time, I had just completed my second degree, this time in Law, and had way too much time on my hands. I knew I wanted to use my creative energy so I finally started the blog I had been putting off for years.
Back then, I used it as a sort of diary, documenting our weekend activities in our new city as well as the vacations we would take. Slowly but surely, the blog picked up and several people started messaging me with questions about travel, our immigration process and my recommendations. I loved being able to help people get out and explore more.
We're so excited to share our new guide with in-depth step by step process. It will go live on the 10th of June, but in the meantime, I've linked some of our expat posts below.
We've been there, having done the move ourselves, we're here to make your immigration story a good one. Whether it's with our easy-to-use checklists for before, during and after, or an in-depth 30-minute consult about your various immigration options, we've can help!
Initially, Craig arrived on a work visa (he had a job offer) & I arrived on a visitor’s visa. Now, we are both Permanent Residents (PRs), but we could have (and maybe should have) immigrated through Express Entry & landed in Canada as PRs. Learn more about Express Entry here.
It took us a full two years from the date we decided to move and start the process (including researching, completing exams, waiting on documents etc) to getting to Canada. Bear in mind though, we had a few delays in terms of job offers and waiting on documents.
For Craig’s initial work visa and my visitor’s visa, we did it all on our own through CIC. When we applied for Permanent Residency, we used an immigration lawyer in Canada. We felt like there was too much at stake at that point to mess it up and were willing to pay for it.
Waiting on documents delayed us a few months so if you’re even thinking of it, I would start getting these documents lined up at least.
Many online agencies have scammed people, so I would make sure the agent, if a consultant, is authorized and registered with the ICCRC and read these tips about preventing fraud. If you are using a lawyer, they should be registered with their specific provincial law society. See here.
So many things. The expense. The waiting game. The huge emotional strain. The struggle of saying goodbye. The guilt.
We first moved to a small rural town North of Edmonton because that is where Craig received a job offer. We have recently moved to Calgary, Alberta, for a job opportunity and we feel like it's a better fit for our lifestyle.
If you’re arriving by air, you’ll be flying into Edmonton International Airport (YEG), located in Leduc just 30 minutes from Downtown Edmonton. You can book transport with SkyShuttle into Downtown Edmonton for $18 per adult and $10 per child or use Uber, estimated $40-50 per trip.
Since our move was dependent on a work visa, where we lived was determined by where we received a job offer.
If walking isn't your thing, you can use the Edmonton Transit (bus and LRT) or Uber. The light rail transit (LRT) provides fast and convenient service to 15 stops around the city. You can pay per trip or get a day pass.
Edmonton's food scene is killing it right now and everyone's noticing, so you must make time to try out some of our local favourites. We've started off by ranking our top 5 for each meal of the day, but we also share our favourites according to area and budget. Just click the filters accordingly.
Once Downtown, most things are within walking distance. A current popular form of getting around the city is the electric scooter rentals, which you can book through the Lime or Bird apps. You can also rent a bike or take a segway tour with River Valley Adventure Company.
Do you know how Instagrammable Edmonton really is? Have you explored all the Instagrammable Spots in Edmonton? If not, here’s a list of locations to take a photo and up your Instagram Gam.