From Venezuela to Montreal: Andres Roget

“Canada is a great option for anyone looking to emigrate or just live abroad for a few years; several big software companies have offices in one or several provinces, the country has an excellent quality of life and Canadians are some of the friendliest and open people you can meet.”

Would you ever move to a new country without a job lined up? That’s exactly what Andres Roget did when he got his permanent residency and moved to Canada back in 2013.

Here’s how:

Andres grew up in Venezuela but began looking for other opportunities after finishing his engineering degree. Despite loving his home country, he wanted to start his career in a country with a great quality of life and a promising tech industry. During his initial research, Andres realized that certain countries had much easier immigration processes so he focused on those. More specifically, Canada and Australia really appealed to him.

Journey to Canada

Andres decided to apply for his Canadian PR because of how easy the process was and he knew his engineering skills were in high demand there. Without a lawyer or consultant he researched the whole process himself, applied and was accepted for permanent residence about X months later.

He was so sure he could find a job that in 2013, Andres moved to Montreal and worked as a busboy while applying for jobs and building his network. After just 3 months he was able to get a job and hasn’t looked back. Since moving to Canada he has worked for multiple tech companies in Montreal, and for the last year and 4 months Andres has been working at Oohlala Mobile in Montreal as a lead front end developer. He also volunteers as a mentor at Lighthouse Labs where he helps junior developers with topics such as React, Node and Rails.

Making it Happen

But it didn’t happen overnight — Andres spent plenty of time researching the processes, preparing his application from home, reading up on companies to apply to and learning about housing options for his eventual move. Andres also recently received his Canadian citizenship — a great example of someone who made the most of the opportunities for skilled immigrants interested in moving to Canada with the end goal of becoming a citizen.

Overall, Andres has had quite the experience moving his entire life to Canada and says “Canada is a great option for anyone looking to emigrate or just live abroad for a few years; several big software companies have offices in one or several provinces, the country has an excellent quality of life and Canadians are some of the friendliest and open people you can meet.”

If you’re interested in a similar path, consider Pursuit Prime — we are making it easy for developers to learn about the Canadian PR process, get approved as quick as possible, find a great job in Canada and make the move seamlessly. To learn more, head here!

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