Government ID. How to get your British Columbia ID.

In British Columbia, all residents must have a Government ID. This ID issued by the government will allow you to streamline procedures and enjoy some benefits and discounts as a BC resident.

Obtaining this document is very simple, and if you are going to reside +6 months it will allow you to streamline many of the daily activities such as completing an application, doing government procedures, renting a car or a hotel room, hiring services (internet, telephone …) or collect a check.

There are four categories that can require having the British Columbia ID: Residents; Dependents; First Nation Residents; Individuals. If you are reading this blog you will probably find yourself in the category “Other individuals in British Columbia”.

The category “Other individuals in British Columbia” includes students and people who have a Visa, Work Permit or Working Holiday Visa with a validity period of +6 months.

To start the process of getting the ID, it is necessary to submit your Student Permit, Work Permit or Working Holiday Visa, and your passport to the Government Office located in Burrard St. (cross) Georgia St.

  1. When you arrive at the office you have to communicate to the paperwork assistant that you would like to request the BC Government ID. They will provide you a turn-number and a questionnaire.
  2. Fill-in your personal information and wait for your turn.
  3. When your turn comes, go to the announced position and provide the person in charge the previously completed questionnaire, your visa, and your passport.
  4. The Government ID will be sent to the address you have indicated in the personal data questionnaire.

It is that easy!

Once you receive the new identification documentation, just add it to your wallet and leave the identity document of your country of origin at home. In this way, you will be preventing the situation of being undocumented in a foreign country in case you lose your wallet.

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Fall has plenty of reasons to be happy and excited! In this season you will eat a scrumptious turkey and pumpkin pie while celebrating Thanksgiving, you’ll prepare your best costume for Halloween, you will eat a lot of candies and you will laugh playing scary pranks to some of your friends. TRICK OR TREAT?!?!

Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday in Canada that is celebrated the second Monday of October. Most of the locals celebrate this event at home with their families; if you’re a student, you will probably plan this day with your classmates and friends.

On October 31st, Halloween is gonna host great events and you’ll have some many chances to enjoy and have fun: from have a relaxing eve drinking hot chocolate and eating pumpkin pie to go partying with your friends in the best nightclubs of Vancouver. Halloween is one of the best occasions to hang out with your friends and for sure you’ll have so much fun!!

In autumn, particularly in the early-autumn (September – October), you can also keep enjoying your outdoor activities as hiking some interesting trails in Vancouver’s outskirts; have a walk enjoying the impressive and fabulous fall’s foliage landscape while taking stupendous pictures. Biking the seawall, going ice skating, fishing or kayaking.

Canada is one of the most gorgeous-fall of the world, so, if the next autumn is your first, you’ll be astonished by the beauty or the inspiring yellows, ochres, browns, greens, and reds of the hills. Especially in British Columbia, and Vancouver, thanks to the warmish weather you will be able to visit the numerous natural reserves where discover a wide range of feelings and colors.

And don’t forget the salmon run! The magical time when salmonswhich have migrated from the oceanswim to the upper reaches of rivers where they spawn on gravel-bedsYou can see them jumping in the riverschanging their colorsswimming against the streams… Definitely a unique experience to enhance here British Columbia! To know when and where to go, you can find more info here



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