- Mar 9, 2010
- Visa Office......
- NOC Code......
- App. Filed.......
- Doc's Request.
- AOR Received.
- IELTS Request
- File Transfer...
- Med's Request
- Done on 3 Sep 2014
- Med's Done....
- Sent by E-medical System
- No interview
- Passport Req..
- yes, rcvd PR1
- VISA ISSUED...
- Got it
- landed 24-May2015, Decision made 22-2-2019. Next Oath
Thank you very much for sharing your experience.fsarosh said:
Hi, I have landed here one month back and i would very strongly recommend all those having families with them to delay the arrival of their families as long as they can. Although, I also believes that Allah gives you “Rizq” but Allah also told us to use your brain and carefully analyse the situations.
It would not be an easy task to settle down here with the family and you will not only spend too much money but on the other hand, your family will suffer too much because of that disturbances. Let me give you a brief of some of the “must have” expenses against which, there is no way out. Here, I am assuming that you will settle in Toronto and have a wife and 2 kids. Now, I am providing you the summary of that expenses:
1- Rent (the cheapest option is a one bedroom basement which comes around 750 per month and the landlord takes 2 months advance rent) $ 750. Apartments are available in $ 1000 and above, houses are even more expensive.
2- Medical Insurance for the whole family because the province of Ontario doesn't gives you the free government medical facility for the first three months so roughly, the per month cost for you 4 people would be at least $ 400 per month. If someone thinks that there is no need to have a medical insurance and it's just a matter of 3 months then remember this point that even if you have light cough or fever and you visits the doctor, he would charge at least $ 100 and medicines are not included in it so add $ 400 in the monthly expense for the medical insurance.
3- One double bed (obviously, you cannot sleep on the floor) will cost at least $ 300 and add $ 100 for the mattresses so this makes a total of $ 400.
4- Microwave oven $ 150
5- Grocery $ 200 (would be expensive for the first time because you will have to buy everything from zero)
6- Cooking Utensils $ 200 (remember, you cannot bring everything from Pakistan)
7- Transportation $400 for the whole family in a single month assuming that you will only use bus and underground trains and “no taxi”.
8- If you buy a car, its good but before buying the car, spare at least $ 800 for the driving license process. If someone think he will be able to drive on the basis of an international driving license from Pakistan he can do so but the traffic rules here very strict and you can only know the rules fully if you get a local license. Also, in the initials months/years, you will have to pay a very heavy amount in insurance because here, they will treat you as a new driver no matter if you show your previous license and an insurance letter from Pakistan. It would only facilitate the licensing process but the insurance company will not make any compromise.
9- Winter jackets, $ 300 for the family (here, I have selected the cheapest available prices). Those people who thinks that the winter clothing from Pakistan would be sufficient (or there is another category of people in Pakistan who thinks that the Pakistani leather jackets is a solution of every kind of winter) please think again. It would not even protect you 10% and the Pakistani leather jackets are one of the worst in designing and quality and one can easily point out that cheap product.
Finally, I want to add some points here. First, I don't want to start a debate on this with anyone. This is my point of view based on “real facts” but my intention is not to make anyone scared or upset. The very reason behind this is to caution those who are planning their landings. One can try his luck if he want. My duty was to alert you. Landing with the family is a very big adventure and if anyone wants to enjoy this adventure all i can say is “best of luck”.