Hello MSW Fam! Today I’m introducing you to Cassandra Brennan, CEO of Flight Path Immigration.
In honor of Women’s History Month, I’m resuming my Taiwan interviews and introducing you to a fabulous woman and friend!
Cass is a fellow Canadian and an all-star for the expat community here in Taiwan. I’m excited to introduce you to her so you can learn more about her business Flight Path Immigration, as well as her work here in Taiwan.
Welcome to My Several Worlds Taiwan interview series, Cassandra. MSW has been hosting interviews since 2009 and we’re so pleased you’re joining a list of totally awesome people both here in Taiwan and overseas.
We’re excited to have you! Let’s get started!
MSW: Can you tell us a little about yourself and what you are doing with Flight Path Immigration in Taiwan?
CB: Born in Canada, I started my studies in immigration law, through an online program approved by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.
Studying and working full time for the better part of two years, I received my license and opened Flight Path Immigration in the summer of 2020.
Flight Path Immigration provides knowledgeable immigration advice and exchange programs for younger students to study abroad.
MSW: When did you first become interested in becoming an RCIC?
CB: Becoming an RCIC became a dream of mine as I watched close friends embark on their immigration journey to Canada throughout the years of my time in Taiwan.
The process is complex and proved difficult for some without the assistance of a professional to guide them through the process.
It was then I realized this field was not only what I was meant for, but how much I wanted to help others make their dream of becoming Canadian – their reality.
MSW: How does Flight Path Immigration help people who are interested in moving to Canada?
CB: We help people in all areas of immigration, from students, visitors, skilled workers, spousal and dependent children sponsorships, citizenships as well as criminal rehabilitation. We have clients located all around the world and here in Taiwan.
We also help connect younger students with study abroad programs through our various partnerships with learning institutions in Canada.
More details about our services can be found on our services page and FAQ page.
MSW: Can you tell us a bit about what brought you to Taiwan and when you came here?
CB: I moved here back in April 2008 to teach English for a few years which has turned into just shy of 13 years.
During that time I worked mainly in high school as both an ESL teacher and program coordinator. Shortly after that, I became a scuba instructor, I’ve done lots of traveling, and then I studied law here while I taught full time.
MSW: I am amazed at everything you’ve accomplished and that you were able to do all of it at the same time! Wow! My next question is a generic question and I’m not a fan when people ask me because we can never say just one thing, but I’m going to ask anyways. What do you love most about Taiwan?
CB: I wish I could give you all my favourite things about this beautiful island, but if I had to say one (or two), it would be the convenience of life and the local people here who are always open to helping you find those convenient ways of life.
MSW: Why did you decide to start your business here in Taiwan?
CB: There were only two licensed RCICs here on the island before I added my name to the list. Working with a Taiwanese born, Canadian citizen who is also an RCIC and my right hand COO and Agent, Amy, we offer a unique experience for our clients and can provide our services around the clock in both English and Chinese.
MSW: I understand that you’re fluent in Chinese and thus your skillset is in high demand. If a new student wanted to get started with learning Chinese, what would you want them to know?
CB: Fluent might be a stretch as this is probably the hardest language I have ever studied, no matter my fluency, I would definitely say it is one of my biggest accomplishments to date.
Life in Taiwan gets not only easier, but more accessible when you learn the language. It brings with it the cultural knowledge will undoubtedly help you understand the people and the nation from a very different point of view.Cassandra Brennan at Flight Path Immigration in Taiwan – To anyone who wants to study Chinese, do it! Studying any language you wish to master is a gift if you live in the country where it is widely spoken. Click To Tweet
You find countless encounters daily to practice – learn, and you will find the Taiwanese to be very complimentary of your skills even at a beginner level, you are “cool” in their eyes, and that’s cool!
MSW: Can you tell us a bit about your work with Haxstrong Charity?
CB: I have been working alongside the charity for just shy of four years.
Known within the community for the legal work I do with local firms across the island to help foreign residents, students and visitors navigate the system in various areas of the law.
We have helped on labour, traffic, family, medical and criminal cases, etc., and most of all finding people who reach out to us for some support and professional advice in regards to the law, their rights, the process, and potential outcomes.
It is rewarding watching people gain confidence and independence from our guidance and support.
MSW: What kind of tips would you offer to readers who are interested in moving to Taiwan?
CB: Come visit, teach, swim, hike, meet the amazing people. Taiwan has a charisma about it that can captivate you, and allow you to experience something new.
The convenience, health care, quality of life, thriving economies, Taiwan is an ever changing, fascinatingly beautiful island to visit, or even call home.
MSW: What about readers who are interested in moving to Canada?
CB: Canada, is a country people would say is one of the most multicultural nations in the world. The vast landscapes that cover the “The Great White North” offer you the choice of beautiful mountains, lakes, rivers, animal life and nature, city, country and the comforts of Canadian traditions.
With an aging population, immigration to Canada for education, employment or reunification will help fill the gaps in high demand professions in health care, agriculture, science, accounting, and more.
MSW: As a woman in business in Taiwan, what kind of advice do you have for other women who want to get involved in business here?
CB: Be patient. It’s hard. The simplest tasks can be the most difficult, language helps, but respect bonds.Cassandra Brennan at Flight Path Immigration in Taiwan – Get involved, send emails to organizations in the community for like-minded women to gather, and be willing to mentor. Click To Tweet
Get involved, send emails to governments, companies, organizations existing in the community for like-minded women to gather, be willing to mentor, when you have failed, be understanding of the complexity of the simplistic.
Find someone with your passion to grow with, and succeed with, and make mini pyramids of your success along the way, each milestone is a mountain in another country, culture and language.
And as corny as it may sound, believe it will happen, try till it does, and honour those moments however you want.
Your success is measured only by you, and if you are thinking about it, starting it, going through it or living it, you are already right where you are meant to be.
MSW: Is there anything else you want readers to know about your business and what you do here?
CB: Flight Path Immigration was at one time just a name, and now it is a place where people come to embark on their immigration journey to Canada.
We are committed to offering advice and guidance from licensed professionals and having a personal stake in each of our clients and their unique application. You can check out our website, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, or find us on google maps and book your appointment to meet with us.