You’ve made it. After all the dreaming, the planning, and the constant refreshing of your MyCIC account, you’ve finally arrived in Canada.
You’ve done some unpacking, and the roommates in your hostel seem nice. But what to do next?
Here are some of the essential things you’ll need to do during your first week in Canada.
1. Get your SIN
Your Social Insurance Number is a nine-digit number that you’ll need to work in Canada. It’s similar to the PPS number in Ireland, the National Insurance Number in the UK, or the Tax File Number in Australia. If you’re in Canada on a temporary visa, your SIN will begin with a ‘9’.
You can apply for a SIN at any Service Canada office, and if the queues are short, you should have it all sorted in about 30 minutes. Be sure to bring your work or study permit with you.
Our SIN guide has more information on what you’ll need.