Get a license. In Ontario you get a G1 learning license to start off with. For 8 months you learn to drive, after which you appear for the driving test known as the G2 exam post which you get a G2 license. There will be some restrictions in the G2 license.
The 12 month practice period
You may practice for 12 months on your G2 license and you won’t need any experienced driver in the seat next to you on the Ontario roads at any time.
Zero Blood Alcohol Level
You must maintain a zero blood alcohol level at all times during driving.
Seatbelts for all passengers
Carry only as many passengers as the number of seatbelts in a car.
If you are under the age of 19
There are a number of restrictions that apply if you are under the age of 19. This includes how many passengers you can fit in the vehicle, as well as when you can get behind the wheel.
Restrictions on nighttime driving (First 6 months)
For the first six months of your licence, you are only allowed to have one 19-year-old or younger passenger in the car with you at all times.
Night Driving Restrictions (After 6 months)
After the first 6 months you can drive with up-to 3 passengers 19 and under from midnight to 5 am.
Night driving restrictions exceptions
These driving conditions won’t apply to you if you have a licensed driver in your car with 4 years of driving experience or if all the passengers in the car are your immediate family members such as brother, parent or sister.
If you have the license from India you can get this license much faster and you won’t have to wait for the usual 16 months or more.The two documents are the driving letter and the driving extract (The driving extract is the driving experience letter from your home country mentioning the years of driving experience you have) . Make sure that the driving license has the chip on it. If the license does not have the chip on it then it will not hold value and you will have to wait for 8 months to appear for the G2 license. The advantage of this is that you will receive your G2 license quicker and your insurance will also be reduced as normally the insurance is costly if you have little or no driving experience.
Getting the educational degree evaluated from regulated organizations is very important before you come. The most well known one is the WES (World Education Services). The other known educational credential assessment services are CES, IQAS. Basically these organizations evaluate your Indian degree with the Canadian degree equivalency to make sure you can qualify for the respective program. Overall, the paper is good for five years. The university that you studied in will send the transcripts directly to the college/University that you are applying to. The transcripts need to be sent directly from the university that you studied to the university that you are applying to otherwise it will not be accepted.
The Canadian experience class has no educational prerequisites.
Work experience in home country
If you have any work experience in your home country then make sure to get it along when you arrive in Canada. The reference letter, experience letter needs to be in the required format. Look into all the online mentioned formats. The NOC codes, full time work experience,the number of hours you worked, the manager you worked under, the rules and responsibilities you had needs to be mentioned in the reference letter. There could be a possibility that you don’t have the same manager that you had before but mention the previous one as well. Make sure to also include all the visiting cards that you can. If you are applying for PR this will help in getting the points that you require.
The bank account statements will be necessary to get points for the PR application as well. Make sure also to bring all the academic documents and government ID’s when you come to Canada.
Photographs, spectacle and phone accessories are very expensive in Canada and it is recommended that you bring them along with you when you arrive. As for the photographs make sure to bring in all the digital copies of the photographs when you come.
After landing in Canada
Make sure to get your study permit from the immigration department when you arrive in Canada. The study permit will mention things such as your name, the work eligibility, the category of the course along with many other details are mentioned there. Contact our consultants to get to know all the details of the study permit.
SIN Number (Social Insurance Number)-
Major operations like opening a bank account, buying a car, purchasing a phone, signing a lease will all be done by presenting this number. You can get this at the airport or in any Service Canada Centre in most of the cities in Canada. The process won’t take more than 15 minutes to half an hour.
Opening a bank account
Open a bank account in the bank that you made the GIC in before coming. Once you open the account you will receive $2000 in your checking account. The two types of accounts are checking and savings accounts.
Get a phone number – This is very important as this will be used in your resume, business cards, social media and various other places.
When you arrive in Canada as mentioned before, get your G1 license which will also assist you as a proof of ID. You won’t have to carry your passport everywhere and just using your driving license will be good enough.
These are some of the main things that one should do before and after coming to Canada as a student and as a PR. Get in touch with one of our consultants and ask them what will be the additional requirements or tasks that need to be completed before and after you arrive in Canada either as a student or as a Permanent Resident.