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Old 04-04-2014, 12:01 PM
 
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Hello everyone. i need some advice from hopefully some of my new neighbors! I am US physician (american citizen) who has an offer to work in ontario. I am currently applying for my medical license(CPSO) and my work permit. my question is this:

if my current apartment lease runs out here in the states, and i have not gotten the work permit yet, is it possible to move to ontario and lease a place?

i understand i could cross the border as a visitor, but would anyone in ontario lease me an apartment before i officially have the work permit?

are there other issues that i should be aware of??

thanks in advance.
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Hello everyone. i need some advice from hopefully some of my new neighbors! I am US physician (american citizen) who has an offer to work in ontario. I am currently applying for my medical license(CPSO) and my work permit. my question is this:

if my current apartment lease runs out here in the states, and i have not gotten the work permit yet, is it possible to move to ontario and lease a place?

i understand i could cross the border as a visitor, but would anyone in ontario lease me an apartment before i officially have the work permit?

are there other issues that i should be aware of??

thanks in advance.
Yes, I'm sure you can rent an apartment before you have a work permit. It's been a long time since I rented an apartment. Hopefully someone in Ontario with recent experience will respond.
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:57 PM
 
Location: British Columbia, Canada
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You can definitely rent a place during the 6 months any American can stay without going back to the US once (without a work permit.) Hopefully someone in Ontario can help you but there shouldn't be any issues, especially with you being a doctor!
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Old 04-04-2014, 04:59 PM
 
Location: CFL
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Don't see an issue with Immigration caring if you rent but landlords might be iffy on this. Not many landlords want a tenant just for 6 months and depending on the occupancy rate in the city you are looking at some times landlords take many applications and pick and choose which tenant to accept.

Many do credit checks etc which might pose an issue. It would maybe help to bring a copy of your US credit report as I don't think a check on the canada side will show any history.
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Old 04-05-2014, 05:37 AM
 
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Border agents get intensive when some one is coming across the border with no return ticket and even more so when that traveler says they plan to work in Canada. Make sure you have all documentation on your perspective new job and all documentation on your visa,particularly the part where it says you have been accepted to live and work in Canada..
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Hello everyone. i need some advice from hopefully some of my new neighbors! I am US physician (american citizen) who has an offer to work in ontario. I am currently applying for my medical license(CPSO) and my work permit. my question is this:

if my current apartment lease runs out here in the states, and i have not gotten the work permit yet, is it possible to move to ontario and lease a place?

i understand i could cross the border as a visitor, but would anyone in ontario lease me an apartment before i officially have the work permit?

are there other issues that i should be aware of??

thanks in advance.
I have dual citizenship so I never had to worry about this but my fiancee is American and I've looked into what she would need to do to live and work in Canada.

You definitely need a work permit. If you go to the border and they ask you how long you're visiting Canada for and you say that you don't know or that you are visiting but hope to find a place to stay and work, they will turn you back. Sorry, that's how it works.
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:29 AM
 
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thanks guys. thats what i thought. i will wait for the work permit before i move.
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Old 04-13-2014, 02:59 PM
 
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I can going to be the dissenter. I think you can move to Ontario today. Don’t take my word for it, call an Ontario advisor. They have advisors on staff ready to help migrating doctors with exactly these concerns:

Physician Trained Outside of Ontario (licence-eligible)

I see two options open to you. First, a NAFTA work permit doesn’t technically doesn’t require licensure. It requires to you to be working in a NAFTA professional field and a degree in that field. Seek professional guidance, but I think you can probably start training in Ontario and receive some compensation for that before you are licensed. Remember it is in your employers interest as well and if you are not working it might be in your interest to discount your future services to partially offset the reduce wages you’ll be collecting before being licensed. This will give you the ability to get a SIN, start the clock on getting health insurance, allow you to open bank accounts and feel like a full person.

Second, the six month restriction mentioned above is not carved in granite. You can apply for an extension in month five and there is actually a presumption in favor of it is being granted. As long as you have the funds not become a ward and are making steady progress on your license, I can’t see it being denied.

What would I bring to the border crossing:

*A letter promising you a job at least on the day you are licensed;
*Proof of your degree;
*Proof of your US license;
*Proof that you have applied to Canada for a license;
*Optionally an opinion letter from a Canadian Solicitor or doctor with licensing experience stating that you are likely to be licensed;
*Proof of money in the bank sufficient to cover you living without employment for 90 days (usually $15,000);
*Optionally a US credit report;

Turning to rentals. The first thing I would do is use a real estate agent. Spend a few minutes showing them who you are besides talking about what you want. When they make contact with the landlord you want them to be able to vouch for you a bit. Don’t use Craig’s List to look. People are so concerned about scammers that they won’t hear you out most of the time. Tell the agent that your situation and suggest a liquidated damages clause in the event that you aren’t licensed or are denied an extension. Tell them that you are willing to escrow the money with the agency or a solicitor if needed.

As to credit reports, think about this service:

https://connect.experian.com/tenant-....google.com%2F

It is for American renters but will let the Canadian landlord see your report directly from a major US credit service for free.
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