Natasha’s Journey

Welcome to my personal blog. Here I want cover some untypical (or not) stories about immigration, exploring the world, prices, work and much more.

We got Canadian PR!

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I last wrote, and that’s because having a little one at home makes maintaining a full-fledged blog quite difficult. Plus, there weren’t many updates to share. But today, I’m finally writing this post as a permanent resident of Canada! Yes, it finally happened—we got PR. I’m incredibly happy to write this post! Whee, just two more years and we can finally apply for citizenship....

June 15, 2024 · 7 min · Natasha Katson

How We Rented A Condo in Toronto

Today I’ll share my experience of looking for a condo (an apartment) in Toronto. A disclamer: I’ll refer to our condo as an apartment just because it sounds more familiar to me. While we have a temporary place till March 3, we have recently signed a lease to a new place, and we should get the keys on February 17. As a person who has recently moved here from Russia, I still feel that it’s all a fraud, but hopefully, this country is more civilized, and a signed lease gives you some guarantees....

February 3, 2021 · 18 min · Natasha Katson

Get Your SIN in Canada

Finally, we have all the necessary documents (work permit, to be specific) to proceed with further bureaucracy. Here is how the process usually works. A person lands in Canada with a work visa (let’s say during the COVID pandemic). After the arrival, they get a Work Permit at the airport and take a two-week quarantine, which I mentioned earlier. While they in quarantine, they can apply online for a SIN (social insurance number0, contact a bank to get an account, and get employed remotely with their Work Permit....

January 14, 2021 · 4 min · Natasha Katson

The Day When We Finally Got a Work Permit

Today is the 11th of January, which means that we have to go to the airport to check if there are any news regarding our case. I had insomnia, couldn’t eat in the morning, but we finally went to the airport to be there by 2:30 pm. CBSA office looks similar to the police station (I haven’t been at any, but I see it that way). The Officer on duty got our documents and checked if we were who we said we were....

January 11, 2021 · 3 min · Natasha Katson

Quarantine in Toronto

While I have some free time, I want to tell you about the quarantine in Canada, specifically in Toronto. Before we went to Canada, we read this article about the 14 days of mandatory quarantine for everyone entering Canada. As requested, we prepared a quarantine plan to share with the Officer, but we haven’t talked much about the quarantine itself because of our unusual case. The Officer just told us to go to our temporary place and be back at the airport when the quarantine is over....

January 3, 2021 · 10 min · Natasha Katson