My oldest son currently has some (smallish) mental health life-challenges. As part of my parenting, I wish to help with this by living overseas for a year with him. He loves the snow and we're both Australian born with only AU passports, so we thought Canada might be a similar place (read: not too challenging like languages, etc) to settle for a year. The idea is like a 'gap' year between primary school and high-school but he will need to go to school there, still. Possibly bring my 2nd and 3rd child also and wifey (pending her work arrangements, else leave her home for a year and please refrain from making jokes about this, etc).
- Spend a year away overseas with family (dad (me), 1 child (currently 9) and possibly wife + 2 younger children.
- Child/children go to school.
- I work remotely (i.e. keep current Australian job, just work remotely at destination country [requires internet connection of course]).
- Must have snow + skiing facilities.
- Are Australian citizens allowed to live in Canada for 1 year? Is it hard to get the appropriate visas etc?
- I wish to keep my existing AU job (i.e. all salary goes into my AU bank account, I keep paying AU tax) but I will be physically doing my work in the country. This means I won't be stealing a Canadian job from a local.
- Can my child or children go to a school over there?
- Finally (thinking out of the box...) are there any well-known house-swap facilities (e.g. we live in someone's house, they live in ours). Trying to keep costs down.
- Q: Why Canada? A: Australia and Canada are part of some Commonwealth. So I thought this would be easier than other countries. I have family friends who live at Lake Tahoe, USA (which is my first preference) but you know... USA + visa == ru-roh.
- Q: Do you have to go to Canada? A: Nope - open to other options based on visa requirements + ticking off goals listed, above.
- Q: Do you have to remotely work the entire time? A: Nope. I have a lot of long service + annual leave owing so I could (probably would) take 4 or 5 months paid leave, if this helps with visa and rules, etc.