My wife and I are landed immigrants since last month. We are from Mexico, we are 28,
we both have professional degrees from one of the best universities down there, UIA,
I was an employee of one of the most important idustrial groups, FEMSA, we full-owned
a new car. Our life was not so bad but we heard about Canada and here we are…..
with no job!!!!
Well…we applied for the PRV in July 2001 and by December we were receiving it.
Everything seemed perfect.
The truth is that you have to quit your job, sell your home stuff or keep it in a
warehouse (highly recommended), leave your friends and family and of course save all
the money you can. Once you arrive here (TORONTO) you’ll find a place that has a hole
bunch of human resources and employment organizations, business, free!!! newspapers,
free!!! rental magazines, lots of “NOW HIRING” in mall stores, restaurants,
etc……..BUT this kind of employers won’t hire you because they say you’re
OVERQUALIFIED and in the other hand, the companies you want to be part of won’t hire
you because you don’t have canadian experience, your professional degree is not
valid, or would not be the equivalent.
And what about renting a place……. there are lots, and I mean LOTS of apartment
buildings….BUT, the cheapest ones are terribly old, and you must need to rent it
for at least 1 year. The problem comes if you get a job in the other side of the
city. If you haven’t been here, and been to the states you’ll find a big difference.
The states is full of town houses complexes, new ones or truely renoveted. I can tell
you this, because my wife lived in Houston in a beautiful and new townhouse. The
owners are constantly renoveting it. And the sad thing is that it’s cheaper.
Do you want to know how we’re doing it? We are paying 1,320 cdls for a small room
inside a student home including meals. The house is really nice and big…. BUT we
can’t look for our own place because we still can’t find a job. If you want to live
here you need to start thinking that you’ll see 2,000 cdls flying away each month. (2
modest, well educated young people)
Thats our truth here…… it’s also true that there’s no crime as in Mexico and it’s
also true that you won’t see so many poor people, but right know we can’t see how are
we going to improve that what we had before. Professionaly speaking.
We don’t know why the canadian government is still giving visas to immigrate
professional people that can not work in their field. They ask for a professions in
demand but there are not.
If someone can help us we’d appreciate it very much