This community is a support network for all topics around immigration to Canada. We operate a friendly, welcoming forum, so please consult the Community Links on the right (desktop) or at the bottom (mobile) of the page as well as the Rules & Guidelines of this forum before posting: https://forum.moving2canada.com/discussion/10/please-read-before-posting-forum-rules-guidelines
We are glad to have you!
The Moving2Canada community is a support network for immigrants to Canada and those planning their move. This is a place to share knowledge and experience and help each other out. Please treat other forum members with respect and ensure everyone feels welcome to contribute and participate. Feel free to disagree with other members, but please criticize the content, rather than the people posting it.
We trust every member of this community to adhere to the following rules:
1 Be kind and courteous
We operate a friendly, welcoming community for members who share this ethos. Abusive or hostile commentary will get you banned. We really have zero tolerance for hateful, harassing, condescending or otherwise personally aggravating posts. If you feel provoked or attacked, make use of the report functionality and leave it for moderators to deal with.
2 Respect everyone's privacy - do not send direct messages to other forum members
Respect everyone's privacy — do not send direct messages to other forum members unless permission has been requested and granted. Many members find this annoying. Post your questions to the group. If you receive unsolicited messages, please send a private message to a moderator or admin.
3 No commercial third party posts
Posts by third parties of a commercial nature are not allowed. Promotion in this forum is generally limited and restricted to trusted partners. If you wish to advertise with Moving2Canada, please visit the Moving2Canada advertising page and contact us.
4 No promotions or spam
Give more to this forum than you take. Self-promotion, spam and irrelevant links aren't allowed. Please don't post stuff without a comment as to why it might be of value.
5 Research before you post
Before posting, please consult the helpful resources in the pinned posts and search the forum for an answer to your question. This helps you find the right answer faster and avoids repetition and clutter.
6 English please
One of the great features of this forum is that you can navigate the User Interface in your language of choice. However, all posts and comments should be in English, or contain an English translation. This is to: maintain transparency, not to alienate, allow the community to help you more efficiently, and avoid misunderstandings with administrators and moderators.
Please help us keep this community positive and use the Report button if you find any posts breaking these rules.
Role of Administrators and Moderators
We have a team of administrators (Moving2Canada staff) and moderators (reputable community members) who you may see posting in the community from time to time. They are here to ensure a positive experience for everyone. They deal with reported posts, organize content and make sure the rules are followed and everyone behaves accordingly.
- Administrators and Moderators may participate in discussions to provide context or resources to a post or to recommend other forum content as appropriate.
- Administrators and Moderators may edit, remove, or merge content at their discretion to maintain the quality of content and flow of discussion.
- Administrators and Moderators will be on the lookout for inappropriate, offensive, or off-topic posts, as well as individuals who are not behaving appropriately. We reserve the right to remove any content or members for any reason we deem fit.
- If you wish to contact a member of the moderation team, please send a private message or contact us through our Contact Us form.
Help the moderation team out!
The moderation team will monitor discussions to make sure all rules and guidelines are respected, and content is easy to find. There are a lot more of you than there are moderators and admins, so please help us out!
- Use the “Flag” button to report Spam or Abuse and use the “Off Topic” reaction to mark irrelevant content.
- Provide your feedback in the Feedback Category of the General section. We are always interested in your opinion on how to improve this community.
Organization is key
Please try to find the right place for your contribution. Clutter and repetition make the forum harder to enjoy for everyone. Everything has its place here, so try to keep it organized.
- Use clear titles for your posts.
- Find the right category for your post and stay on topic. If you have another question on a different topic, create a new post in the appropriate category.
- Search for your question before you ask it – chances are you’ll find an answer already discussed.
Have a proper conversation
Give more than you take and help us make this forum a great place to discuss the issues you may have surrounding immigration to Canada. Please try to enrich the community with your posts and feedback.
- Check the “Unanswered” questions and show off your knowledge by helping others who have not yet received an answer to their question.
- There are no stupid questions – if you cannot find an existing topic on your question, please ask by starting a thread or posting in a relevant thread.
- Please try to provide complete and comprehensive information so other members can answer your question.
- Cite your sources whenever possible. Tell us why you know what you know so other members can replicate your reasoning.
- Make use of the reactions to give feedback on questions and answers.
- Follow relevant posts through the notification feature by bookmarking them.
Create meaningful connections
The Moving2Canada community forum is a great place to connect. Most newcomers and prospective immigrants lack a support network in Canada when they arrive, but the community can help fill that space. Get acquainted with other members and connect over the common challenges of moving to a new country, and leverage the knowledge of this community to prepare for success in Canada.
- Fill out your profile – it will give you access to better information from Moving2Canada and allow other users to understand your situation and experience.
- Get in contact with other community members by entering discussions and answering questions, or mentioning them in a post with the @ symbol followed by their username (for example: @username). You are welcome to send private messages, but please ask for permission from the other member you wish to contact first!
Most importantly: This community is for you! Be yourself and enjoy your time here. We hope you will find plenty of help and all the answers you need, while enjoying a great community spirit. Welcome!
All the hard work you are investing in helping each other out should be recognised. After all, if you contribute quality answers and inside knowledge, you will earn some reputation to your name. We want to reward those who truly embody the spirit of forming a support network between immigrants to Canada.
That’s why this community comes with a Ranks & Rewards system to provide you with some motivation to earn recognition along the way. Besides, we think it is fun to earn some points, cool badges, reputation ranks and rewards while helping your fellow community members.
There are different ranks within the community, depending mainly on the amount of points you have earned, but also the commitment you have shown to the community. Ranks come with special privileges and will display on your profile and next to your name whenever you post.
All members start out as Newcomers. To prevent Spam and Scams, Newcomers may not send private messages, post links or create polls just yet.
2. Contributor – 50 points, min. membership duration of 1 week
You’ve shown some dedication! Contributors have full access to the forum and private conversations.
3. Maple Leaf – 250 points, min. membership duration of 1 month
Your reputation is taking shape! Maple Leafs gain access to additional reactions to help curate the conversation.
4. Moving2Canada Expert – 1,000 points, min. membership duration of 1 month
You obviously care about this community! Experts gain access to some additional content curation abilities, like picking the 'Best Answer' and 'Splitting/Merging comments within discussions'.
5. Moving2Canada Community Hero – 2,500 points, min. membership duration of 1 month
Oh wow, everyone here knows you! Apart from generally being awesome and well respected, Community Heroes gain the powerful ability to grant ‘Maple Leaf Standard’ promotions to postings and give some badges, actions otherwise reserved for the moderation team.
Reaching these ranks means earning points. So how does that work? There are three regular ways to earn points, and one irregular way.
Contribution – Starting discussions, answering questions and engaging in the community enable you to earn points, either directly or by earning Reactions and Badges for your activity.
- Earn 1 point for your first answer to a question.
- Earn 10 points when your answer is chosen as the “Best Answer” by the original poster or a moderator.
Reactions – There are several different reactions available in the community each is associated with a points value for the post and the poster, helping to both curate great content and reward awesome community members.
Badges – Badges are earned for various activities in the forum. Some are earned automatically, based on certain activities or achievements, others are granted by the moderation team directly. The following badges are currently available:
Please note that the range may be expanded over time. There may also be hidden badges, but we won’t tell you what they are or how to earn them! 😉
Awards & Competitions – We may, from time to time, have special events, awards and competitions within the community and you can earn rewards for topping the leaderboard of contributors. Each of these achievements and actions can come with special opportunities to earn badges, points and other rewards.
A few rewards will go beyond a great reputation within the community. This list may change and expand over time and Moving2Canada reserves the right to change the rewards or criteria for rewards listed here at any time.
Reaching the rank of Moving2Canada Community Hero
Upon reaching the rank ‘Moving2Canada Community Hero’ a member will receive one voucher for a free Resume Editing Service or a free Immigration Consultation from our expert partners. In case you need neither of these services, the reward can be cashed in for a $100 CAD voucher of an agreed online vendor.
A few mandatory disclaimers:
Moving2Canada reserves the right to change the system by which Ranks & Rewards are earned and its components and rewards at any time. We also retain the right to determine if someone is gaming the system. We have safeguards in place to prevent cheating and misuse, but moderators and administrators are the ultimate arbiters and have the last word on any debatable issues.
We hope you enjoy this little system. Thanks for being here!
this may be intuitive to you, but in case you were left wondering where to start a new discussion or one of the other posting option in this forum, here is a quick primer:
As you can see there is a very obvious red button to start a "New Discussion". On desktop it is found to the right of the forum content, on mobile it is found below. But did you know you can also press the little red arrow to the right of that button to find the options for creating a "New Poll" (locked for new members) and "Ask a Question"?
Creating a new discussion vs. asking a question
So you can either discuss a topic or ask a question. What is the appropriate form for your posting?
Does your topic have a clear question and does this question have a right solution or best answer? -> Ask a Question
Do you want to discuss a topic, hear different opinions or have a conversation? Does your topic require more than one answer or explore different directions? -> create a New Discussion
How to Create a great Posting
Thank you for starting new discussions and asking questions. The more you contribute, the better this forum becomes.
Here are a few tips to help you create great discussions:
- Make the discussion title or question as descriptive as possible. A good discussion title is a short preview of your post and is what gets people to click and read. A well written title is also going to help search engines better index your post which will bring more people into the discussion. For example, instead of ‘Won’t Connect’, try ‘Help, I’m having problems getting my Acme modem into bridge mode.’
- Proof read. Spelling mistakes, typos, and bad grammar will distract readers from the point you’re trying to make. Vanilla automatically saves drafts as you type. If you’re writing a long post, save it as a draft and come back to it after a few minutes or as long as it takes your brain to forget what you had written.
- Use minimal formatting. Overly formatted posts can also distract from the message and it encourages others to do likewise and you end up with a hard to read thread.
- Put your post in the right category. The right category can be the one that has a relevant category name or it can be a category where this kind of post is often made.
- Use tags. Tags are helpful for others to find keyword related posts. It also helps the site admins get a sense for what topics are popular.
- If you want responses, ask for them. In marketing this is called a ‘call to action’. If you want others to comment, you can encourage them by asking them to do so. If your post is just an FYI then don’t.
- Go easy on the insider jargon. Inside jokes and inside references can be fun and make the community unique but too much of it can turn off new members.
- Add an image. Images add visual interest and make your post look great when shared to social networks. You can embed an image using the button bar or you can upload one from your desktop or phone.
- Mention others. Credit other members if you are building off their previous comments or if you want to draw them into the discussion. Put the @ before a username to mention someone.
- Take ownership. Most important of all, take ownership of the discussions that you have created. Respond to comments promptly and thoughtfully. Thank others for commenting on your discussion and help with moderation if things get heated.
Hope this helps! Please let us know in the comments if you think additional guidance should be added to this post.
Hi, I have a question regarding applications for EE. My wife and I are wanting to apply for PR. She currently has a LMIA and I am working on a spousal open work permit which was granted based on her LMIA. With the EE application, do we each have to do an individual application or does my wife do one and include me in it as her spouse, so I would get PR as a spouse based on her application???
Any help much appreciated.
Thank you 😃