1. Settle your affairs
Pay off anything you owe. Go over your insurance policies and cancel any monthly subscriptions. Sell your stuff or make arrangements on how you’ll manage them while you’re far. The hustle and bustle of moving to another country make it easy to overlook specific details and leave behind loose ends. Never postpone because settling money issues from a distance is usually more expensive and more stressful.

2. Research cost of living
Before you leave, get an idea of how much basics cost in where you’re moving. Gauging monthly expenses down to every detail may be hard, but at least know the average costs of rent, transport, utility bills, medical insurance, and special services. You can cut back spending on things like food, entertainment, and clothes, but other expenses may be a lot less flexible.

3. Put together all your essential documents
Newcomers to Canada may be allowed certain tax credits and benefits. You can file income tax returns before you have an income history. Make sure you and your spouse have a recorded history of your earnings for the two years before moving. Also, get originals of all documents that may help you prove your past insurance and credit history.

4. Research what you can bring into Canada
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website (www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca) lets you research the goods allowed and disallowed by customs. You don’t want to find yourself in the awful situation of paying fines or extra taxes or having to ditch particular stuff.

5. Pack quality
Even with a comfortable amount of savings, it’s important to avoid shopping sprees until you get a decent job. So, try to pack quality personal items that will probably last a while. When it comes to outfits, keep in mind the weather and important occasions like job interviews.

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