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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by kife(m): 10:59pm On Feb 23
bibeetee:
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.

I am quite hopeful.
Thanks Fam.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by lassky(m): 12:43am On Feb 24
bibeetee:
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.


Many thanks for this! I am in the process of applying for my wife's sowp, but I am a bit scared to apply because her SOA is low; she has about 500k or so. If I may ask, considering the balance in your SOA, did your husband stand as the main sponsor for the application and how were you able to tackle that?
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by bibeetee: 9:04am On Feb 24
My hubby is the main sponsor and he explained in details in his LOE how he was going to sponsor us throughout our stay. My closing balance was 40k.
lassky:


Many thanks for this! I am in the process of applying for my wife's sowp, but I am a bit scared to apply because her SOA is low; she has about 500k or so. If I may ask, considering the balance in your SOA, did your husband stand as the main sponsor for the application and how were you able to tackle that?
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by lassky(m): 9:13am On Feb 24
bibeetee:
My hubby is the main sponsor and he explained in details in his LOE how he was going to sponsor us throughout our stay. My closing balance was 40k.
this is really helpful. Thanks once again.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Girly10: 6:12pm On Feb 24
Thank you for your response

Can hubby obtain SOWP from the border since online application is taking so long. Applied 10 Dec and no response yet. Got only 6months on study permit.

Hubby did Biometric in Nigeria and got a mail from CIC.
Is he required to do medicals for SOWP here in Ontario?

Please shed more light on Atlantic Canada. Fund is a big issue. An alternative to PR without taking another course will be most appreciated.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by messynaldo: 7:01pm On Feb 24
congrats.
so have you got your pp back?

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 Girly10: 3:22am On Feb 25
Please, kindly respond to my last enquirer. I won’t mind mailing directly for help if I get an email address.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Girly10: 3:25am On Feb 25
Please, kindly respond to my last enquiry.I won’t mind mailing directly for help if I get an email address.

Girly10:
Thank you for your response

Can hubby obtain SOWP from the border since online application is taking so long. Applied 10 Dec and no response yet. Got only 6months on study permit.

Hubby did Biometric in Nigeria and got a mail from CIC.
Is he required to do medicals for SOWP here in Ontario?

Please shed more light on Atlantic Canada. Fund is a big issue. An alternative to PR without taking another course will be most appreciated.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by kife(m): 6:04am On Feb 25
Girly10:
Please, kindly respond to my last enquiry.I won’t mind mailing directly for help if I get an email address.

If he can make it to the border, the work permit is approved same day.

He definitely will be required to do a medical exam.
If your program is already completed, look into the "in-demand" occupations in any of the Atlantic cities, find a job, once you are successful at being hired, it should be easy moving forward.

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by agbasi(m): 8:19pm On Mar 01
I just got SOWP in just 3 weeks. Submitted Feb 6 wit upfront medical. Medical Passed Feb 26th. Passport Request Feb 27th.

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by kife(m): 11:27pm On Mar 01
agbasi:
I just got SOWP in just 3 weeks. Submitted Feb 6 wit upfront medical. Medical Passed Feb 26th. Passport Request Feb 27th.

Congrats, this is Nairobi?
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by lassky(m): 12:08am On Mar 02
agbasi:
I just got SOWP in just 3 weeks. Submitted Feb 6 wit upfront medical. Medical Passed Feb 26th. Passport Request Feb 27th.
wow! Congratulations, bro! Could you share the list of documents you submitted?
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by agbasi(m): 8:07am On Mar 02
kife:


Congrats, this is Nairobi?

Yea Nairobi
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by agbasi(m): 8:12am On Mar 02
lassky:
wow! Congratulations, bro! Could you share the list of documents you submitted?

Normal docs.
Make sure you include a solid LOE. Enumerate your POF in the LOE and attach bank statements and letters from banks and pension managers to support your claim. Include a CV if you work.
Include your travel history and very good proof of relationship. Spouse should also write an LOE and letter of invitation and enumerate her own POF. In fact let her include proof of investment in Nigeria or Nigerian banks. Include copies of her initial work or study permit, include Birth certificate of children if you have any. Put a lot of pictures and shoot!
I have never been refused visa and I have traveled round the world. Packaging is everything. Your story must be straight and credible.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by lassky(m): 10:51am On Mar 02
Thanks brother! Did you apply via online or paper route?
agbasi:


Normal docs.
Make sure you include a solid LOE. Enumerate your POF in the LOE and attach bank statements and letters from banks and pension managers to support your claim. Include a CV if you work.
Include your travel history and very good proof of relationship. Spouse should also write an LOE and letter of invitation and enumerate her own POF. In fact let her include proof of investment in Nigeria or Nigerian banks. Include copies of her initial work or study permit, include Birth certificate of children if you have any. Put a lot of pictures and shoot!
I have never been refused visa and I have traveled round the world. Packaging is everything. Your story must be straight and credible.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Phantomcole: 11:51pm On Mar 02
Hello house, thanks everyone for your support.

I need some information.

I would like to know if it is possible to get a work permit after completing a one year PGD from The University of Winnipeg

Also I want to know my options for work permit/temporary residency visa after that one year PGWP expires

Thanks in advance

kife:


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 Girly10: 12:05am On Mar 03
Hello House,

My hubby’s SOWP was declined today saying he showed no proof that institution his spouse is attending is a DLI institution. A friend applied for this SOWP for us and I am not sure he included my Admission letter showing my school’s DLI number.
What can we do now? I am thinking of going with him to the nearest border with all our documents showing school admission letter and fees paid. Re-applying online may take another 12weeks. Kindly advise.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by kife(m): 11:49am On Mar 03
Girly10:
Hello House,

My hubby’s SOWP was declined today saying he showed no proof that institution his spouse is attending is a DLI institution. A friend applied for this SOWP for us and I am not sure he included my Admission letter showing my school’s DLI number.
What can we do now? I am thinking of going with him to the nearest border with all our documents showing school admission letter and fees paid. Re-applying online may take another 12weeks. Kindly advise.

Sorry for the delay.
If your hubby is already in Canada, there is no point applying again...
You guys should go to either Niagara or blue water bridge (Sarnia),(if you are in Ontario) you will get the work permit safe day.
You basically will do what is called a "flagpole" at the US border.

NB: Ensure that your documents are all complete and that you meet all the requirements, because flagpoling can go wrong, that leaves your hubby in the middle of nowhere.

So do your due diligence properly.

Goodluck.

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by kife(m): 11:56am On Mar 03
Phantomcole:
Hello house, thanks everyone for your support.

I need some information.

I would like to know if it is possible to get a work permit after completing a one year PGD from The University of Winnipeg

Also I want to know my options for work permit/temporary residency visa after that one year PGWP expires

Thanks in advance


This all depends on you and the plan that you can hatch.

A one year pgd is equivalent to a 1yr PGWP.
Now the facts:

After school, you have 6 months to apply for PGWP
When you apply, you get 1year PGWP.

That's a total of 1.5years.

The good news is that, if you study the Manitoba Provincial nomination [/b]system properly, you will be able to get EE through them easily.

I personally believe the [b]1.5year
above is enough to put together a perfect application for any of the express entry stream.

Better still, find Aboriginal babe marry, chop PR immediately ��...(Just kidding)
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Bbojembe: 10:12pm On Mar 03
Hi Guys,

I need clarification please. Am filling the SOWP for my husband and children. When they brought out the checklist, there wasn't any room to upload proof of fund, police clearance nor my study permit. Is that how it has always been or is there anything I didn't do right? Secondly, they asked them to state duration of intended stay, I have till 2024 on my study permit. Should I state exactly 2024 or should I reduce it in there forms?

Thanks.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by wealth360: 6:31pm On Mar 06
Approval Dropped this Morning for my wife and baby. To God be the Glory. Only Him is God and no one can share his glory.

After waiting for 9 months 3weeks and 6days.

More updates will be available soon.

To you waiting, never give up. God is working on it.

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by bigmove: 7:05pm On Mar 06
wealth360:
Approval Dropped this Morning for my wife and baby. To God be the Glory. Only Him is God and no one can share his glory.

After waiting for 9 months 3weeks and 6days.

More updates will be available soon.

To you waiting, never give up. God is working on it.

congratulations.... all glory be to God.




Ehn ehn, everybody make una help me ooo... went to collect my passport today though daughter's passport is not ready for collection, but the issue is my visa expiration is stated for June 30th this year undecided cool.
is that how they use to do? what do I do?
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by kife(m): 7:16pm On Mar 06
wealth360:
Approval Dropped this Morning for my wife and baby. To God be the Glory. Only Him is God and no one can share his glory.

After waiting for 9 months 3weeks and 6days.

More updates will be available soon.

To you waiting, never give up. God is working on it.

This news lightens my soul.
I think you are the Saskatchewan mayor I spoke to sometime last year? ( not sure again)

Congrats bro.

Though we are in the 10th month, we just did medicals without invitation last week, and its been updated passed.
We are just waiting for the same anointing that you just recieved. Hopefully, it will come soon. Am very positive.

Congrats bro.

Enter kijiji make you find like 6bedroom condo abeg, I go rent basement�.

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by kife(m): 7:23pm On Mar 06
bigmove:


congratulations.... all glory be to God.




Ehn ehn, everybody make una help me ooo... went to collect my passport today though daughter's passport is not ready for collection, but the issue is my visa expiration is stated for June 30th this year undecided cool.
is that how they use to do? what do I do?

Enter Canada as soon as possible.
The rest is story.

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by bigmove: 7:31pm On Mar 06
kife:


Enter Canada as soon as possible.
The rest is story.

Thank you sir.
That is the plan ooo because even hubby has been served a notice to vacate family housing if we don't show soon, just asking to know if anyone has experienced it.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by wealth360: 12:55am On Mar 07
It's because your spouse study permit or work permit expires that time.
bigmove:


congratulations.... all glory be to God.




Ehn ehn, everybody make una help me ooo... went to collect my passport today though daughter's passport is not ready for collection, but the issue is my visa expiration is stated for June 30th this year undecided cool.
is that how they use to do? what do I do?

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by wealth360: 12:57am On Mar 07
God will perfect it am sure. London office ? God has done it for you. Dont ask for anything again, just start praising him please.
kife:


This news lightens my soul.
I think you are the Saskatchewan mayor I spoke to sometime last year? ( not sure again)

Congrats bro.

Though we are in the 10th month, we just did medicals without invitation last week, and its been updated passed.
We are just waiting for the same anointing that you just recieved. Hopefully, it will come soon. Am very positive.

Congrats bro.

Enter kijiji make you find like 6bedroom condo abeg, I go rent basement�.

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by kife(m): 5:39am On Mar 07
wealth360:
God will perfect it am sure. London office ? God has done it for you. Dont ask for anything again, just start praising him please.

Yes brother, London office.

Am shopping houses already.
Her resume is already waiting to be pushed in for work also�
I know she will be here with me for Easter.

Congrats once more.

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by wealth360: 5:58am On Mar 07
The journey all started in December 2017 after assuring my wife that their application should not take more than 2 - 3 months. I thought I knew it all.

1st Application (Paper route)
Submitted December 10th, 2017
Application updated in February 28th as Refused
Reason for refusal:
Generic travel history
purpose of visit
Personal asset
financial status

I applied for GCMS NOTE sharply, but I have in mind that the reason for the purpose of visit was because my study permit will soon expire in June 2018 and my program still continues till 2019 September. I applied for SP extension immediately and it took 2 months to come out in May 8th, 2018.

GCMS notes: focused on my wife financial status and personal asset. that what we had is not enough total of $17,000 cad. She had $7000 in her account and mine was $10,000 cad. The said amount was calculated with what is on IRCC website that:
Host: $10,000
2nd person : $4,000
if any 3rd: $3000 as living expense. But this is for PR application because for SOWP, there is no set proof of fund.

Result from gcms: Visa officer use what is called LICO (Low Income Cut-off) measure to make his or her judgement. It was written there that for a family of 3, $37,000 should be seen.

Another issue was that, I went to print out my statement showing inflow and outflow here in Canada, and most of the money was sent to me by friends here towards the submission date. So V.O said both I and my wife lodged huge money prior to submission and no explanation was given.

Application REFUSED.

2nd Application
Submitted May 15th 2018
Online route: Thinking it will be faster than paper and better.
Upfront medical was done.
Medical for wife updated as passed after one month June 18th.

Concerning the reasons for refusal:
1. I got a funding letter from my supervisor stating that from May 2018 I will be receiving a stipend of $1350 for 1 year = $16,200
2. I submitted just a bank balance statement of $17,000 cad (All money borrowed) and after application submission , I returned back all the money.
3. Wifey got a Cash gift from her Dad #10,000,000 transferred to her account and a deed of gift along with a letter of introduction to the V.O and also a land was transferred to both of us and deed of gift was done in January 2018 before the refusal + wifey Business account of #1,000,000 = 11million naira = $40,703 cad
Total fund showed was $74k+cad

Purpose of visit: we simply said my purpose is to reunite with my husband then returned to Nigeria after his program have ended.
Travel history: I have never had any reason to travel out of my beloved country ever since I was born, and this should not be used against me.

Then the wait started from May 15th. In September, Daughter medical was updated as Passed.
I contacted 2 MP's office one in Saskatoon and the other in Regina, Little they can do, just encouragement that we should be patience.
wrote several emails to London office with many IRCC web form, No response.

I applied for GCMS note in october 2018, it shows that medical and criminality are passed but review has not started nor assigned to anyone.
In November again after 2 weeks from the first gcms note, I applied again, result was the same with the first one. It was literally abandoned one place.

December 2018, I wrote a letter to the Immigration minister Ahmed Hussen, He responded that My local MP will get back to me. Still nothing.

January I travelled back to Nigeria to see my family I don miss my wife. Conji is not good at all.... grin. came back in Feb 17th and still no news. I wrote Prime minister Justin Trudeau, copied Ahmed Hussen again. No response.

The following wee I wrote the president of my University. He set up a meeting to discuss with me and further set up another meeting with the school immigration lawyer which was yesterday 5th after the meeting the Jazz lawyer told me to consider EE application I should write IELTS. I was just nodding.

My point; God has already done it for us while I was making all this moves thinking it should be done by my head knowledge. At the end. today 6th March , 2019, Wifey called that she saw an update , DONOTREPLY, checking with fear, I saw Application approved. Praise God.

To you out there, yours will come sooner than you know.

Pardon my long story people but it will help someone.

Cheers

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Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by wealth360: 6:05am On Mar 07
The journey all started in December 2017 after assuring my wife that their application should not take more than 2 - 3 months. I thought I knew it all.

1st Application (Paper route)
Submitted December 10th, 2017
Application updated in February 28th as Refused
Reason for refusal:
Generic travel history
purpose of visit
Personal asset
financial status

I applied for GCMS NOTE sharply, but I have in mind that the reason for the purpose of visit was because my study permit will soon expire in June 2018 and my program still continues till 2019 September. I applied for SP extension immediately and it took 2 months to come out in May 8th, 2018.

GCMS notes: focused on my wife financial status and personal asset. that what we had is not enough total of $17,000 cad. She had $7000 in her account and mine was $10,000 cad. The said amount was calculated with what is on IRCC website that:
Host: $10,000
2nd person : $4,000
if any 3rd: $3000 as living expense. But this is for PR application because for SOWP, there is no set proof of fund.

Result from gcms: Visa officer use what is called LICO (Low Income Cut-off) measure to make his or her judgement. It was written there that for a family of 3, $37,000 should be seen.

Another issue was that, I went to print out my statement showing inflow and outflow here in Canada, and most of the money was sent to me by friends here towards the submission date. So V.O said both I and my wife lodged huge money prior to submission and no explanation was given.

Application REFUSED.

2nd Application
Submitted May 15th 2018
Online route: Thinking it will be faster than paper and better.
Upfront medical was done.
Medical for wife updated as passed after one month June 18th.

Concerning the reasons for refusal:
1. I got a funding letter from my supervisor stating that from May 2018 I will be receiving a stipend of $1350 for 1 year = $16,200
2. I submitted just a bank balance statement of $17,000 cad (All money borrowed) and after application submission , I returned back all the money.
3. Wifey got a Cash gift from her Dad #10,000,000 transferred to her account and a deed of gift along with a letter of introduction to the V.O and also a land was transferred to both of us and deed of gift was done in January 2018 before the refusal + wifey Business account of #1,000,000 = 11million naira = $40,703 cad
Total fund showed was $74k+cad

Purpose of visit: we simply said my purpose is to reunite with my husband then returned to Nigeria after his program have ended.
Travel history: I have never had any reason to travel out of my beloved country ever since I was born, and this should not be used against me.

Then the wait started from May 15th. In September, Daughter medical was updated as Passed.
I contacted 2 MP's office one in Saskatoon and the other in Regina, Little they can do, just encouragement that we should be patience.
wrote several emails to London office with many IRCC web form, No response.

I applied for GCMS note in october 2018, it shows that medical and criminality are passed but review has not started nor assigned to anyone.
In November again after 2 weeks from the first gcms note, I applied again, result was the same with the first one. It was literally abandoned one place.

December 2018, I wrote a letter to the Immigration minister Ahmed Hussen, He responded that My local MP will get back to me. Still nothing.

January I travelled back to Nigeria to see my family I don miss my wife. Conji is not good at all.... grin. came back in Feb 17th and still no news. I wrote Prime minister Justin Trudeau, copied Ahmed Hussen again. No response.

The following wee I wrote the president of my University. He set up a meeting to discuss with me and further set up another meeting with the school immigration lawyer which was yesterday 5th after the meeting the Jazz lawyer told me to consider EE application I should write IELTS. I was just nodding.

My point; God has already done it for us while I was making all this moves thinking it should be done by my head knowledge. At the end. today 6th March , 2019, Wifey called that she saw an update , DONOTREPLY, checking with fear, I saw Application approved. Praise God.

To you out there, yours will come sooner than you know.

Pardon my long story people but it will help someone.

Cheers
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by bigmove: 8:08am On Mar 07
wealth360:
It's because your spouse study permit or work permit expires that time.

Thank you.
That would have been a good reason for such but his study permit is till June 2020.
Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by bigmove: 8:18am On Mar 07
wealth360:
The journey all started in December 2017 after assuring my wife that their application should not take more than 2 - 3 months.
My point; God has already done it for us while I was making all this moves thinking it should be done by my head knowledge. At the end. today 6th March , 2019, Wifey called that she saw an update , DONOTREPLY, checking with fear, I saw Application approved. Praise God.

To you out there, yours will come sooner than you know.

Pardon my long story people but it will help someone.

Cheers


congratulations once again sir, I am really happy for you, its indeed been a long journey.

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