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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Chummypinky(f): 1:00pm On Feb 16
mikel88:
I did my Medicals at q-life clinic Victoria island Lagos.
.., congrat to the both of us i also did my medicals d same place with u february 1st,i was so shocked wen they sent for ppr the upper friday which is feb 8,we av sent it to them,my question is when are we going to get it back?hope it not gonna take a month o
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Mich4Canny: 5:18pm On Feb 16
Hello All, one of the May SOWP applicants for my husband and kid...been worried about the looooong wait and so have checked this forum regularly to see if it’s just ours... was really sad though somewhat relieved to know how many applications were pending...sigh
Wrote several mails to cic, my PM even Justin Trudeau (JT) was really desperate at a point ...anyway you all know the drill...
Long story short, it would seem and I believe so that it took God to bring JT physically to my school for a townhall meeting.. I saw my opportunity, got my family details printed...sat strategically and waited for an opportunity to be called...God did it.
I mentioned our case to JT and he promised on public television to look into it and accelerate... this was Jan10th or so, a week later they asked for my child’s medical, yesterday to the glory of God visa was approved finally!
DJT may not come to your aid personally but God has many other ways and angels to bring His plan and testimonies to pass in your life. Good morning!
Mark 11:24

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by kife(m): 11:35pm On Feb 16
It quite unfortunate that cic has no valid explantion for the unscrupulous delays in May applications. SOWP applications filled from Nigeria are sadly the slowest in the history of mankind. However, the consolation is that in the Long run, it usually turns out to be a successful.
My wife has been on the system for over 9months now, since May 28, 2018. I have explored all options, calling cic, corresponding with local MP, I even have gotten correspondence from the PM's office, sadly, all I get is: "your application is still under active review", office is currently operating out of service standards. Its a horrible experience, but God yet lives. Its a hard and tough call, but am confident we all will win in the very end.
Success to all hopefuls, Godspeed!

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by bigmove: 5:18pm On Feb 17
kife:
It quite unfortunate that cic has no valid explantion for the unscrupulous delays in May applications. SOWP applications filled from Nigeria are sadly the slowest in the history of mankind. However, the consolation is that in the Long run, it usually turns out to be a successful.
My wife has been on the system for over 9months now, since May 28, 2018. I have explored all options, calling cic, corresponding with local MP, I even have gotten correspondence from the PM's office, sadly, all I get is: "your application is still under active review", office is currently operating out of service standards. Its a horrible experience, but God yet lives. Its a hard and tough call, but am confident we all will win in the very end.
Success to all hopefuls, Godspeed!

I believe you'll soon get your approval as I got mine on Friday 15th February , May 22nd appllicant
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by bigmove: 5:25pm On Feb 17
Praise Master Jesus with me people, passport request has landed...
Application: May 22nd 2018
Biometrics: May 28th 2018
Upfront medicals: May 18th 2018
Medicals passed: June 15th 2018
Eligibility review: Feb., 15th 2019
Passport request: February 15th 2019

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by barry011: 11:10pm On Feb 17
Hi mikel88,
Once again I congratulate you for your victory at last. Please I have a quick question. In your testimony, you mentioned you had to go for the medical test even though you didn’t get the mail to proceed. My wife has done something similar. She did the medical on January 3rd and up till now no update has been received on our online cic page for the medical. My question is, did you submit your e-medical printout through webform? If not, how did you get the e-medical printout across to CIC if you did. In our case, we haven’t done anything with the printout. I want to know if there is anything we should do that we haven’t done. Thanks
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by barry011: 11:16pm On Feb 17
mikel88:
FINALLY! FINALLY!! FINALLY!!!!... The wait is over.

GOD ALMIGHTY has done it!! (40weeks, 9months)

My original passport request mail dropped this evening. All glory be to our lord.

Applied 5th May 2018
Biometrics 7th May 2018
Did Medicals on 30th November (I vex go do am without medical mail)
Medical passed::: 8th of December 2018
Eligibility review started on 6th of December 2018
Passport request::5th February 2019

Hi mikel88,
Once again I congratulate you for your victory at last. Please I have a quick question. In your testimony, you mentioned you had to go for the medical test even though you didn’t get the mail to proceed. My wife has done something similar. She did the medical on January 3rd and up till now no update has been received on our online cic page for the medical. My question is, did you submit your e-medical printout through webform? If not, how did you get the e-medical printout across to CIC if you did. In our case, we haven’t done anything with the printout. I want to know if there is anything we should do that we haven’t done. Thanks
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by bigmove: 12:25am On Feb 18
barry011:


Hi mikel88,
Once again I congratulate you for your victory at last. Please I have a quick question. In your testimony, you mentioned you had to go for the medical test even though you didn’t get the mail to proceed. My wife has done something similar. She did the medical on January 3rd and up till now no update has been received on our online cic page for the medical. My question is, did you submit your e-medical printout through webform? If not, how did you get the e-medical printout across to CIC if you did. In our case, we haven’t done anything with the printout. I want to know if there is anything we should do that we haven’t done. Thanks

eventhough this is not directed at me but yes, you should submit the printout through webform. January 3rd is over a month ago, maybe her medicals would have been passed by now. All the best..
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Chummypinky(f): 7:11am On Feb 18
Please those of us that submitted our passport wen are they going to return it back to us?
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by kife(m): 10:11am On Feb 18
bigmove:


I believe you'll soon get your approval as I got mine on Friday 15th February , May 22nd appllicant
Thanks Fam, am quite hopeful and praying to God. I am actually going to secure an appointment for medicals today. I have the conviction in my spirit, testimony is close.

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by mikel88: 3:52pm On Feb 18
barry011:


Hi mikel88,
Once again I congratulate you for your victory at last. Please I have a quick question. In your testimony, you mentioned you had to go for the medical test even though you didn’t get the mail to proceed. My wife has done something similar. She did the medical on January 3rd and up till now no update has been received on our online cic page for the medical. My question is, did you submit your e-medical printout through webform? If not, how did you get the e-medical printout across to CIC if you did. In our case, we haven’t done anything with the printout. I want to know if there is anything we should do that we haven’t done. Thanks
@bigmove has already answered your question.. the e-medical printout sheet given to her will be uploaded via CSE webform page and fill in all other necessary fields..
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by mikel88: 3:53pm On Feb 18
bigmove:
Praise Master Jesus with me people, passport request has landed...
Application: May 22nd 2018
Biometrics: May 28th 2018
Upfront medicals: May 18th 2018
Medicals passed: June 15th 2018
Eligibility review: Feb., 15th 2019
Passport request: February 15th 2019
Congratulations bro...all glory be to the lord.

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by barry011: 5:18pm On Feb 18
mikel88:
@bigmove has already answered your question.. the e-medical printout sheet given to her will be uploaded via CSE webform page and fill in all other necessary fields..

Thanks @mikel88 and @bigmove for the prompt responses. I will act on that.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by coolsammie: 10:48pm On Feb 18
Concate:
Hello, I've been a silent reader on this thread but i decided to share my testimony with the house to encourage someone.

I applied and got my study permit approved in September 2018 after I had deferred my school admission to September 2019.

On 19 October 2018, my husband submitted his SOWP application (online route) contrary to many people's opinion that SOWP can't be granted when the spouse has not been enrolled or has not resumed school in Canada.

Unfortunately for us, he got refused on 19 November 2018 for failure to submit evidence of LMIA or LMIA exemption. We then responded to the VO by referencing a CIC link where it was clearly stated that LMIA is not required for SOWP.

A new application (paper route) was submitted on 23 November 2018 and his permit was approved on 14 February 2019, best val gift ever!

We will both be going to Canada in August 2019. It has ended in praise las las!!!

Thanks for sharing this testimony.

Many don't take this approach, mostly when the one with the study permit landed in Canada. My wife is the prospective study permit applicant (PhD), we intend to use this your approach considering our little darling daughter.
Please, what are the supporting documents that we can attach?
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Ymin: 12:33pm On Feb 19
Concate:
Hello, I've been a silent reader on this thread but i decided to share my testimony with the house to encourage someone.

I applied and got my study permit approved in September 2018 after I had deferred my school admission to September 2019.

On 19 October 2018, my husband submitted his SOWP application (online route) contrary to many people's opinion that SOWP can't be granted when the spouse has not been enrolled or has not resumed school in Canada.

Unfortunately for us, he got refused on 19 November 2018 for failure to submit evidence of LMIA or LMIA exemption. We then responded to the VO by referencing a CIC link where it was clearly stated that LMIA is not required for SOWP.

A new application (paper route) was submitted on 23 November 2018 and his permit was approved on 14 February 2019, best val gift ever!

We will both be going to Canada in August 2019. It has ended in praise las las!!!

Congratulations.
Pls I am planning applying for SOWP for wife and children after securing my own TRV and have few questions.
1.Do I just submit SOP for spouse alone or still write additional one to support her own application.
2.Can I just transfer all the funds to her account for SOA or I still need to provide my account statement?
3.Kids are ages 4 and 6. What type of Visa do I apply for them.

Thank you.
1.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by wealth360: 2:24pm On Feb 19
Congratulations Bigmove. God has really moved big in our situations. Please I want to ask, did you recently send CIC any message prior to approval? Also, did you get an email update that eligibility review has started? Or you just got an update and its Ppr. Awaiting your response.
bigmove:
Praise Master Jesus with me people, passport request has landed...
Application: May 22nd 2018
Biometrics: May 28th 2018
Upfront medicals: May 18th 2018
Medicals passed: June 15th 2018
Eligibility review: Feb., 15th 2019
Passport request: February 15th 2019

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by jaybaby2017: 10:49am On Feb 20
Good morning my e-family, please I would like to know how long it will take after paper submission, before you can link your application online. Thanks
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by bigmove: 6:35pm On Feb 21
wealth360:
Congratulations Bigmove. God has really moved big in our situations. Please I want to ask, did you recently send CIC any message prior to approval? Also, did you get an email update that eligibility review has started? Or you just got an update and its Ppr. Awaiting your response.

Thank you wealth360, God be praised.
*Aside the usual CSE and mails, my husband contacted the MP of his city in January and his office contacted ircc and also London office but no response other than application is being processed. His school contacted them too but were told they cannot have access the that information required.
** I always get the "there has been no update to your application" message monthly. I got a "you have a new message in your account" on friday 15th; logged in to see that eligibility review has started, and applicatiin approved. Then I got the no update to your application message the following day.

....sorry for the late response, been offline.

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by wealth360: 3:55am On Feb 22
Thanks
bigmove:


Thank you wealth360, God be praised.
*Aside the usual CSE and mails, my husband contacted the MP of his city in January and his office contacted ircc and also London office but no response other than application is being processed. His school contacted them too but were told they cannot have access the that information required.
** I always get the "there has been no update to your application" message monthly. I got a "you have a new message in your account" on friday 15th; logged in to see that eligibility review has started, and applicatiin approved. Then I got the no update to your application message the following day.

....sorry for the late response, been offline.

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Schonebaby: 4:45pm On Feb 22
Dear House,
Please I have an urgent question and I will like to know if someone can answer me urgently. Thanks
I'm going for PhD fall, fully funded.
I have a husband and daughter, and I plan to apply for them as soon as I get MY tRV.
My husband is an elect. engineer working , however his account just jas around 300k. I will be applying for him and my daughter, and based on this thread, I'm aware that fund is of essence for spousal visa app.
We have a sponsor ready to sponsor him , can he use the sponsor , or it has to be his personal money.

Looking forward to an answer. God bless

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Concate(f): 12:00am On Feb 23
coolsammie:


Thanks for sharing this testimony.

Many don't take this approach, mostly when the one with the study permit landed in Canada. My wife is the prospective study permit applicant (PhD), we intend to use this your approach considering our little darling daughter.
Please, what are the supporting documents that we can attach?

Hello,

Please see list of documents submitted in support of my hubby's SOWP application:

HUSBAND'S DOCUMENTS
• Birth Certificate and Police Clearance Certificate
• Detailed Resume
• LOE containing info on family background, reasons for applying for sowp, career history, travel history and financial resources
• IELTS Test Result
• Sworn Affidavit and police report for loss of International passport (This was included because he lost his int'l passport that contained his valid and expired visas and stamps to USA, UK, Dubai and SA)
• Letter of Employment and work ID Card
• Payslips from current and past Employers
• Visa Page and Stamps on new passport
• Statement of Account (Operating & Salary Account)
• Introduction Letter from Current Employer
• Pension Fund Statement and Tax Clearance Certificate
• Medical Examination Slip (Upfront medical)
• Work Reference Letter from Past Employers
• Property Documents (Deed of contract)
• Car document
• Investment Certificates and Confirmation Letter
• Original Int'l Passport (for paper app)

WIFE'S DOCUMENTS
• Letter of Explanation written by the wife to support husband's application
• Proof of tuition deposit for course registration
• Copy of school's admission Letters (Old and New)
• Passport Data Page
• Canada Visa Page and Correspondence Letter for Study Permit
• Other Visas and Stamps on passport (This was provided to show that we have always been travelling together so Canada cannot separate us)
• Letter of Employment and Work ID Card
• Payslips from current Employer
• Statement of Account (Operating & Salary) with a balance of N1.6m in both accounts
• Introduction Letter from Current Employer confirming wife's study leave
• Pension Fund Statement and Tax Card
• Property Documents in wife's names

PROOF OF RELATIONSHIP DOCUMENTS
• Marriage Certificate and Newspaper Publication for change of name
• Wedding Photos and selected photos from our time together
• Call log history and Whatsapp messages between between us

I'm not sure I can provide accurate answer on the documents you need for your daughter but I'm sure someone here can help you with that.

I hope this helps.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Concate(f): 12:13am On Feb 23
Ymin:


Congratulations.
Pls I am planning applying for SOWP for wife and children after securing my own TRV and have few questions.
1.Do I just submit SOP for spouse alone or still write additional one to support her own application.
2.Can I just transfer all the funds to her account for SOA or I still need to provide my account statement?
3.Kids are ages 4 and 6. What type of Visa do I apply for them.

Thank you.
1.

Hi,

My response to your questions are as follows:
1. We submitted two SOP/LOE - one for the applicant and the other for spouse to support the application (I did this for my husband)
2. It's important that she has the required amount in her account being the applicant. It's also good for you to have some funds in your account, if you are submitting it. Although, i don't know if this is IRCC requirement but I did it and it worked.
3. I have no response to q3 as i don't have kids yet.

I hope this helps.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by coolsammie: 10:38am On Feb 23
Concate:


Hello,

Please see list of documents submitted in support of my hubby's SOWP application:

HUSBAND'S DOCUMENTS
• Birth Certificate and Police Clearance Certificate
• Detailed Resume
• LOE containing info on family background, reasons for applying for sowp, career history, travel history and financial resources
• IELTS Test Result
• Sworn Affidavit and police report for loss of International passport (This was included because he lost his int'l passport that contained his valid and expired visas and stamps to USA, UK, Dubai and SA)
• Letter of Employment and work ID Card
• Payslips from current and past Employers
• Visa Page and Stamps on new passport
• Statement of Account (Operating & Salary Account)
• Introduction Letter from Current Employer
• Pension Fund Statement and Tax Clearance Certificate
• Medical Examination Slip (Upfront medical)
• Work Reference Letter from Past Employers
• Property Documents (Deed of contract)
• Car document
• Investment Certificates and Confirmation Letter
• Original Int'l Passport (for paper app)

WIFE'S DOCUMENTS
• Letter of Explanation written by the wife to support husband's application
• Proof of tuition deposit for course registration
• Copy of school's admission Letters (Old and New)
• Passport Data Page
• Canada Visa Page and Correspondence Letter for Study Permit
• Other Visas and Stamps on passport (This was provided to show that we have always been travelling together so Canada cannot separate us)
• Letter of Employment and Work ID Card
• Payslips from current Employer
• Statement of Account (Operating & Salary) with a balance of N1.6m in both accounts
• Introduction Letter from Current Employer confirming wife's study leave
• Pension Fund Statement and Tax Card
• Property Documents in wife's names

PROOF OF RELATIONSHIP DOCUMENTS
• Marriage Certificate and Newspaper Publication for change of name
• Wedding Photos and selected photos from our time together
• Call log history and Whatsapp messages between between us

I'm not sure I can provide accurate answer on the documents you need for your daughter but I'm sure someone here can help you with that.

I hope this helps.

Thanks for for this useful information. I wish to keep in touch with you. Best wishes in your quest Sis!

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Girly10: 5:14pm On Feb 23
Thanks for your response.
Can my hubby go to the border to get the SOWP since application done online is taking too long and we are already in Ontario? Applied 10 Dec online and no response till now despite mails to CIC. Got only 6months left on study permit.

Biometrics done in NIG and mail from CIC received. Is he required to do medicals in Ontario for SOWP?

Please shed more light on Atlantic Canada. Fund is a big issue. An alternative to PR without taking a second course will be appreciated.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by bibeetee: 7:54pm On Feb 23
Here is my timeline
App submitted : Nov 29
Biometrics request :Nov 30
Medical request : Jan 5
Medicals done: Jan 9
Medicals passed: Jan 15
Biometric confirmation letter: 30 Jan
PPR: 31 Jan dated 30 Jan.
I am so grateful to God for this swift process. I pray my PR processing is equally smooth. I wish everyone a successful application too.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by kife(m): 8:05pm On Feb 23
Girly10:
Hi,
Got my study permit in Oct 2018 and landed in Canny in Dec with my family. Got TRVs at point of entry. Applied for SOWP immediately and waiting. My permit is for a year cos it’s PGD. I need to do take another course to qualify for PR. Can you advise province to consider for next course which can speed up PR process? Ontario seem saturated and not favorable for international student conversions for 40yrs n above.

It all depends on the facts of your situation.
If funding for your program is not an issue..
Atlantic Canada is cheap and easy to get PR.
But if you have to work to survive, to pay your fees and all that, I advice you stayed in Ontario, the jobs are here.

Again, you can start off school in Atlantic Canada and do summer hustles in Ontario, many do this.

As per PR.
You now have 6months after education to apply for PGWP. And with a 1year program, you get a 1year permit, in my guess, 1.5years is more than enough to put together a good application for EE.

But again, a 2years program is safer.

Your funds determine your choices.
Godspeed.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by kife(m): 8:16pm On Feb 23
bibeetee:
Here is my timeline
App submitted : Nov 29
Biometrics request :Nov 30
Medical request : Jan 5
Medicals done: Jan 9
Medicals passed: Jan 15
Biometric confirmation letter: 30 Jan
PPR: 31 Jan dated 30 Jan.
I am so grateful to God for this swift process. I pray my PR processing is equally smooth. I wish everyone a successful application too.

Congratulations fam.
Please, what office processed your application?
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by bibeetee: 8:25pm On Feb 23
Kenya, thanks
kife:


Congratulations fam.
Please, what office processed your application?
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by kife(m): 9:56pm On Feb 23
bibeetee:
Kenya, thanks

I could have guessed.
I wish I knew how to avoid London in any application.
Kenya decides as quick as possible.
Congrats once more.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by lassky(m): 10:09pm On Feb 23
Congratulations! Could you please share the list of documents you submitted in support of your application?
bibeetee:
Here is my timeline
App submitted : Nov 29
Biometrics request :Nov 30
Medical request : Jan 5
Medicals done: Jan 9
Medicals passed: Jan 15
Biometric confirmation letter: 30 Jan
PPR: 31 Jan dated 30 Jan.
I am so grateful to God for this swift process. I pray my PR processing is equally smooth. I wish everyone a successful application too.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by bibeetee: 10:27pm On Feb 23
Mine
Educational certificates
SOA with #40,000 balance
Marriage certificates
Family pictures
CV
Change of name publication
Child's birth certificate
My dad's CAC documents
Employment letter
LOE

Spouse
Educational certificates
Study permit
Provincial drivers license
Statement of account
LOE-
And loads of family pictures. These are the ones I can remember.

lassky:
Congratulations! Could you please share the list of documents you submitted in support of your application?
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by bibeetee: 10:31pm On Feb 23
While London is known for approvals, Nairobi is notorious for its incessant rejections. Albeit, that trend is quite the opposite lately. In the end, what is important is a successful application. I wish you Godspeed.
kife:


I could have guessed.
I wish I knew how to avoid London in any application.
Kenya decides as quick as possible.
Congrats once more.

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