Are you going to be moving from another country to Ottawa, Ontario in the near future? We know how stressful moving can be even when you just move to a house that is only a few miles away from your other one. But moving to a foreign country can create some particularly stressful problems. The best thing you can do to help yourself out is to start researching as early as possible. Look into moving companies, research the city, and if you are moving because of a job, find out if your company has relocation benefits. Any research you can do in advance will make your life infinitely easier. There is nothing more frustrating than being ready to move but then having to delay everything because you didn't realize how long it would take to get a visa. If you can, make a visit to Ottawa to get a little bit of a taste of how life in Ontario will be. When planning your move, the very first thing you should work on is your paperwork. Historically, Canada is a relatively welcoming country for immigrants and almost 20 percent of Canada's entire population is composed of foreign born immigrants. If you are immigrating, you will first need to obtain a visa from the Canadian Visa Office. Then, you will need to apply for permanent residence with the Consulate General of Canada. It will take an average of 25 months to get permanent residence in Canada. When you first arrive in Canada, officials will need to see a valid passport as well as proof of that you have enough money to cover your own expenses for the first six months that you live in Canada. They will also request a detailed list of all personal items that you are bringing into the country. When it comes to the actual moving part, you will need to decide how many of your belongings you want to actually take with you. This will depend in large part on where you will be immigrating from. If you are in reasonable driving distance, you will just want to get a moving truck and bring all of your possessions. If you are not sure where you will be living, you can get a self storage shed for about 75.00 Canadian dollars a month until you find a permanent residence. However, if you are moving from a country that is overseas, it is incredibly expensive to have transport items such as furniture. It is a much better idea to start selling your belongings early in order to recoup some of your money. Finally, research the different shipping options available so that you can decide which shipping method will be the best for your specific moving situation.