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Top Five Reasons to Live in New Brunswick

Choosing where to live is a big decision that can be a bit nerve-racking. To help make your decision easier, here is a list of five reasons you may want to choose New Brunswick as your new home.

Eastquoddy Lighthouse (Campobello, New Brunswick Canada)

Work Life Balance

New Brunswick is a land for people who desire a simpler, no-frills lifestyle amidst a land teeming with lakes and forests. It has a reputation for a strong work ethic, employer loyalty and a healthy work/life balance. While hard work is valued, people take the time to enjoy family and leisure activities as well.

Inexpensive Real Estate

Compared to other provinces, New Brunswick offers some of the least expensive real estate in the country. The average price of homes sold in New Brunswick was $189,118 in June 2018, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association. These low prices allow most families to afford a home and land, where in other areas this is something enjoyed only by the wealthy.

Hopewell Rocks in Canada at sunrise

The Breathtaking Landscapes

There is no denying the beauty of Atlantic Canada with stunning fjords, sweeping tides and defiant lighthouses staring down the ocean from the rocky shore. There are a number of culturally and historically significant landmarks to enjoy too.

Top Tier Education

New Brunswick offers your children access to some of the finest education in the country, with all citizens and permanent residents enjoying government-funded education until the age of 20. The province also boasts the highest high school graduation rate in the country.

Bilingual Province

New Brunswick is the only Canadian province that has both French and English as its official language, by law. Research has now shown that bilingual young adults not only fare better in the job market, but are also more likely to demonstrate empathy and problem-solving skills. Imagine the possibilities that might come with being fluent in three languages.

If a low-key, relaxing, outdoor lifestyle is of interest to you, then you should consider New Brunswick. Contact our team today at info@activeprofessionals.com to learn more about the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program and determine your next steps.

Top Considerations When Looking for Your First Home

You’re in the process of making Canada your new home and now it is time to look for a place of your own. Before you begin shopping for a house, it’s important to know how much you can afford. At this stage, you should also consider whether you would like to rent or buy.

Once you know what you can spend, you will want to determine what you are looking for in a home now as well as what you might want in the future. Some considerations include:

  • Size Requirements, Housing Type and Special Features: How many bedrooms/bathrooms would you like? Would you like to have a yard or a Garage? Do you want air conditioning, storage, or a fireplace? Do you have family members with special needs?
  • Setting, Lifestyles and Stages: Do you want to live in a city, the suburbs or a rural environment? Do you plan to have children? Do you have teenagers who will be moving away soon? Are you close to retirement?
  • Work and Schools: Are you willing to take on a long commute every morning? Which schools are in your neighbourhood? How will your children get there?
  • Culture, Family and friends: How important is it to live close to them? Do you have a place of worship or cultural community centre nearby?

After determining your expectations and financial capabilities, it is time to consider which neighbourhood is right for you and what is available on the market. Your home’s location will play a big role in your everyday life, so it’s important to consider all of the features that come with a new neighborhood before deciding where to buy. Here is a list of some factors that may influence your decision.

  • Neighborhood safety, emergency services, hospitals and medical care
  • Preschools, elementary schools, and high schools
  • Banking and financial institutions
  • Grocery stores, parks and shopping

Finally, you may want to find yourself a real estate agent who knows the market and can help you locate your dream home.

Why hire an immigration consultant to help you with your study permit application

 

Immigration Consultant (RCIC)

In order to obtain approval on a study permit application, you as the applicant must convince the immigration officer that:

  • You have been accepted to study at a designated learning institution,
  • You have sufficient funds to cover the cost of your study plus your living expenses (without working),
  • You have enough ties to your country of origin in order to show you will leave Canada at the end of your stay.

Many students believe it is enough to have been accepted into a post-secondary institution, but unfortunately, it is not the case.

The main reasons for refusal of a study permit application are lack of evidence of sufficient funds, and lack of evidence of ties to country of origin such as prospective employment, establishment in your home country, and purpose of the visit to Canada.

Even though it is not mandatory to hire an immigration consultant to assist you with your application for a study permit, nor it guarantees approval,  it is useful to have an immigration consultant evaluate your case and help foresee possible weaknesses in your application. Active Professionals can guide you on what documents to obtain and how to show all the necessary evidence in order to avoid refusal.

If you have already applied and were refused, let us help you. We will look at the reasons why your application was denied and will guide you on gathering the documentation needed to rectify the issue.