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Things I've Learned Since Moving Abroad — a Letter I Wrote A Year Into Being An Expat

The step-by-step process I have created for every client focuses on more than just the administrative side of emigrating — it also empowers you to set up systems that save you time and money; introduces you to new networks and prepares you for the inevitable emotional rollercoaster. 


Ready to move to Canada,
but don't know where to start?

BRAND PHOTOGRAPHER (BUT ALSO FRIEND + BIZ MENTOR)


DUE TO ARRIVE IN FEB 2020, FUTURE HEAD OF SPENDING


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Life partner, SOON-TO-BE BABY DADDY + editor-in-chief.


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BRAND PHOTOGRAPHER (BUT ALSO FRIEND + BIZ MENTOR)


DUE TO ARRIVE IN FEB 2020, FUTURE HEAD OF SPENDING


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Life partner, SOON-TO-BE BABY DADDY + editor-in-chief.


LOCKED: EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

Created by Ikipoh from the Noun Project

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The step-by-step process I have created for every client focuses on more than just the administrative side of emigrating — it also empowers you to set up systems that save you time and money; introduces you to new networks and prepares you for the inevitable emotional rollercoaster. 


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The step-by-step process I have created for every client focuses on more than just the administrative side of emigrating — it also empowers you to set up systems that save you time and money; introduces you to new networks and prepares you for the inevitable emotional rollercoaster. 


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Behind The Globe Diary you'll find me — Leigh, a South African living in Canada. I've completed degrees in Psychology and Law, but I'm currently in-training to be an Immigration Consultant to help others move to Canada, like we did.

The step-by-step process I have created for every client focuses on more than just the administrative side of emigrating — it also empowers you to set up systems that save you time and money; introduces you to new networks and prepares you for the inevitable emotional rollercoaster. 


Wondering whether to move or not? It's the question on your mind, but you can't decide.

BRAND PHOTOGRAPHER (BUT ALSO FRIEND + BIZ MENTOR)


DUE TO ARRIVE IN FEB 2020, FUTURE HEAD OF SPENDING


NOT CURRENTLY HIRING, BUT WHEN WE DO, WE WILL LET YOU KNOW!


Craig Gradwell

Tracey Thomas

Baby G

Future Employee

DECISION TIME!

Life partner, SOON-TO-BE BABY DADDY + editor-in-chief.


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Behind The Globe Diary you'll find me — Leigh, a South African living in Canada. I've completed degrees in Psychology and Law, but I'm currently in-training to be an Immigration Consultant to help others move to Canada, like we did.

The step-by-step process I have created for every client focuses on more than just the administrative side of emigrating — it also empowers you to set up systems that save you time and money; introduces you to new networks and prepares you for the inevitable emotional rollercoaster. 


LOCKED: EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

LOCKED: EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

Created by Ikipoh from the Noun Project
Created by Ikipoh from the Noun Project

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HOW DID YOU IMMIGRATE TO CANADA?

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






HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO MOVE?

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.

DID YOU USE AN IMMIGRATION AGENT?

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. 






WHAT TAKES THE LONGEST?

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. 










WOULD YOU RECOMMEND USING AN AGENT?

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





WHAT SHOCKED YOU ABOUT IMMIGRATION?

So many things. The expense. The waiting game. The huge emotional strain. The struggle of saying goodbye. The guilt. 





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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

WHERE IN CANADA DID YOU MOVE?

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. 





HOW DO YOU GET TO EDMONTON?

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.




HOW DID YOU DECIDE WHERE TO MOVE?

Since our move was dependent on a work visa, where we lived was determined by where we received a job offer. 





HOW EASY IS IT TO GET AROUND?

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.





WHICH IS THE BEST CITY TO LIVE IN?

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. 





IS THE CITY WALKABLE?

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.