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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by atiteb4: 11:30am On Jun 05, 2017
theafk:

If i may ask, do you have the two years work visa right now.
Sorry to burst your bubble but if you are applying from Nigeria and you are Nigerian, I don't think we qualify for the two years visa (please confirm very well so as not to hear stories that touch) But incase you have the visa, yes, you can work then apply for permanent residence or even use the express entry route which will serve as a plus for you cos you have Canadian work experience.
All the best
why don't we qualify? Why is it difficult to get a job first and working there before immigrating??

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by toyogirl: 12:20pm On Jun 05, 2017
Alright, thanks!

salford1:


Maybe you know me. It's a small world.
No, I did not attend Salford Uni. I attended MMU but lived in Salford while I was a student.


I would limit the amount of food stuff though. They really take a lot of space in travel bags when travelling. Most Naija foodstuff are sold here. The only food I request from Naija is stock fish, dried ponmo, dried cray and maybe iru (locust beans).

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by czaratwork: 3:41pm On Jun 05, 2017
Whe does winter set in i Toronto? when do you start wearing all those
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by czaratwork: 3:42pm On Jun 05, 2017
PR but will like to advance my studies.
Fusion23:


Lots of people settle in Toronto , its the IT and Financial Hub, but whats your plan are you coming in as a student or PR?

You can always use LinkedIn to scout for jobs .

Accommodation is a bit high but manageable based on your taste and the area, you might not be able to afford downtown.

you can use kijiji to scout for houses too.

http://www.kijiji.ca/b-gta-greater-toronto-area/house-rent/k0l1700272
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by czaratwork: 3:46pm On Jun 05, 2017
is mississauga close to toronto? do they have IT jobs there (mississauga) as well?
Fusion23:


Lots of people settle in Toronto , its the IT and Financial Hub, but whats your plan are you coming in as a student or PR?

You can always use LinkedIn to scout for jobs .

Accommodation is a bit high but manageable based on your taste and the area, you might not be able to afford downtown.

you can use kijiji to scout for houses too.

http://www.kijiji.ca/b-gta-greater-toronto-area/house-rent/k0l1700272
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Fusion23: 5:03pm On Jun 05, 2017
czaratwork:
PR but will like to advance my studies.

I do not live in Toronto or Mississauga, its close by thou they have a term call GTA , google will explain better , as for jobs google and LinkedIn
will help you too. As for studies after PR, 90 percent of jobs do not required M.sc or PHD, but it sure helps as Canadian experience.

Work experience and skills are the main thing.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by dogice(m): 6:36pm On Jun 05, 2017
czaratwork:
is mississauga close to toronto? do they have IT jobs there (mississauga) as well?

Sauga city and Toronto city are literary side by side. Mississauga is the largest suburb in Toronto and part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). There are IT jobs in Mississauga because a lot of corporate headquarters are located here. However, it is nothing compared to the number of IT jobs in say downtown Toronto.

And yeah, IT is all about experience mehn. Companies don't really fancy Masters and PhD that much.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by salford1: 9:28pm On Jun 05, 2017
salford:

Accomodation wise, Regina is just a bit cheaper than Calgary. Winters are colder than Calgary. There are less things to do compared to Calgary.

I dont know which areas are termed highbrow in Regina..just here for work, and I try to keep my cost low by sharing flats. Family still resides in Calgary cos we have friends and family around to support each other especially with regards to child minding. Generally, i would say anywhere in Regina is okay except the North Central area.

I have driven through the NC alot of times, all i see are just drunk people.lol.But people believe the area is notorious. The type of alcoholics one sees on Calgary trains at night. Talking about ctrain. To all coming to Calgary. Its better to resist the temptation to jaywalk around the downtown area, it attracts a fine of $150 dollars per person i.e if the fine has not be increased.lol

The crime in Calgary these days is actually higher than Regina. Almost everyweek, there is someone getting shot in Calgary or Red Deer. Three cruisers sped past me on my way to Regina this morning.. it was later reported that two persons where shot dead in a parking lot (SE Calgary) around the time i saw the cruisers. I can only link it to the rise of fentanyl abuse and the high rate of job loss in the Calgary area. Been in Regina for over one year and no report of someone killed by a gun or knife yet.

Just a week or two ago. I mentioned the surge in crime rate within and around Calgary.
We need to be vigilant and watch out for ourselves.

https://www.nairaland.com/3842789/nigerian-immigrant-stabbed-death-calgary

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Gymme(m): 11:23pm On Jun 05, 2017
It is well with the man's family and Calgary.

salford1:

Just a week or two ago. I mentioned the surge in crime rate within and around Calgary.
We need to be vigilant and watch out for ourselves.

https://www.nairaland.com/3842789/nigerian-immigrant-stabbed-death-calgary

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Nobody: 3:31am On Jun 06, 2017
salford1:

Just a week or two ago. I mentioned the surge in crime rate within and around Calgary.
We need to be vigilant and watch out for ourselves.

https://www.nairaland.com/3842789/nigerian-immigrant-stabbed-death-calgary

@Salford1

My nieces are planning to study in Calgary. With these crime stories I have read, I worry it isn't safe for them there. Now I am torn between Vancouver and Toronto. Calgary was their first choice sad

How "safe" is Toronto and Vancouver compared to Calgary?
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by salford1: 3:53am On Jun 06, 2017
WellEndowed:


@Salford1

My nieces are planning to study in Calgary. With these crime stories I have read, I worry it isn't safe for them there. Now I am torn between Vancouver and Toronto. Calgary was their first choice sad

How "safe" is Toronto and Vancouver compared to Calgary?
They don't have to worry at all. All the cities you listed are relatively safe just like most cities or towns in Canada... I would not let crime rate decide what city I move too. My family resides in Calgary even though i work in a different province....Infact..Bow Valley College is located downtown Calgary..and lots of people work in the CBDs.

One just need to be vigilant and careful... e.g I remember changing coaches many times when I used the C-train at night (once I see a very drunk person or someone that looks high on drugs in my coach). I also sometimes cross to a different side of the road when I see someone that looks unkempt or a junkie/druggie walking towards me. One just have to be careful these days.

Downtown crimes are mostly committed by aborigines...there are free fare zones and drop-in centers around downtown of most cities, so you find junkies in large numbers around such places begging for coins or cigarretes.. Crimes outside downtown are most times drug war related.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by deesmom(f): 6:29am On Jun 06, 2017
Abeg make una no vex o , which one is downtown? Please use my dear Lagos as illustration, so I can picture what downtown means exactly. Thank you.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by salford1: 6:50am On Jun 06, 2017
deesmom:
Abeg make una no vex o , which one is downtown? Please use my dear Lagos as illustration, so I can picture what downtown means exactly. Thank you.
Downtown would be central business district. A good example is where you have alot of tall buildings in lagos...isale eko. Almost every city in North America would have a downtown. Even the very small ones of say 10,000 people.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Nobody: 7:19am On Jun 06, 2017
salford1:

They don't have to worry at all. All the cities you listed are relatively safe just like most cities or towns in Canada... I would not let crime rate decide what city I move too. My family resides in Calgary even though i work in a different province....Infact..Bow Valley College is located downtown Calgary..and lots of people work in the CBDs.

One just need to be vigilant and careful... e.g I remember changing coaches many times when I used the C-train at night (once I see a very drunk person or someone that looks high on drugs in my coach). I also sometimes cross to a different side of the road when I see someone that looks unkempt or a junkie/druggie walking towards me. One just have to be careful these days.

Downtown crimes are mostly committed by aborigines...there are free fare zones and drop-in centers around downtown of most cities, so you find junkies in large numbers around such places begging for coins or cigarretes.. Crimes outside downtown are most times drug war related.

Thanks

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by czaratwork: 9:31am On Jun 06, 2017
I appreciate God and Canadian government who give common man/ poor Nigerians opportunity to experience good life by creating an opportunity for relocation.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by likeababygirl: 11:01am On Jun 06, 2017
Hello guys, Anybody in Halifax that is willing to tell me about life generally over there. I.e accommodation, transportation, part time job. I will appreciate. Thanks
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by deesmom(f): 9:34pm On Jun 06, 2017
[quote author=salford1 post=57236185]
Downtown would be central business district. A good example is where you have alot of tall buildings in lagos...isale eko. Almost every city in North America would have a downtown. Even the very small ones of say 10,000 people.[/quote


Many thanks Oga Salford

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by salford1: 10:10pm On Jun 06, 2017
[quote author=deesmom post=57263349][/quote] You are welcome ma.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by jenny3(f): 7:20am On Jun 08, 2017
Thanks for this vicole, safe delivery
vcole:
Hello everyone. I landed last month in Calgary. Its been a struggle trying to post because I've been quite busy but i'll try to share my experience thus far.
I have a toddler and I am currently pregnant so we decided not to take a direct flight from Nigeria. We flew medview to London and spent a couple of days there then flew air canada to Calgary. Medview........let's just say that would be the first and last time we would fly them. They were totally disorganized at the Lagos airport in terms of checking in passengers and there was so much uproar which ended up in the flight being delayed by over an hour. However, the aircraft we used was quite large and the leg room in economy was quite spacious and they made up for all the drama with the food which was quite savoury especially if you have a taste for Nigerian cuisine....they had fried and jollof rice (fried rice wasn't great at all, jollof was nice), pounded yam and egusi, amala and ewedu. The pilot more than made up for the delayed departure by landing us in Gatwick only 5 mins later than schedule. Down sides - no in flight entertainment.

Air Canada was good. Aircraft was lovely, in flight entertainment, cabin crew and meals were lovely as well. They are also kid friendly and leg room was good. Flight was smooth until landing which became quite turbulent due to the weather. Flight duration was 8.5 hrs.

At YYC, it took about 20-30 mins to get from the aircraft, go through immigration and pick up our baggage. Then we headed to the department that handles landing and had to wait for about 2hrs before it got to our turn. We landed on a Sunday so I don't know if that was the reason for the long wait. However, I realized that if one of us went to that department and took a number while the other picked up the bags, it would have accelerated things a bit as that was what some people did. Landing took about 5-10 mins.

We had booked a hotel nearby to stay for the first night and they sent us a pick up at the airport. We had found an apartment 2 months earlier on rentfaster.ca and a friend had helped view it and pay a deposit on our behalf and we were to sign the lease which was to start the day after our arrival. We had intended to rent a car the next day, go to meet with the landlord at our apartment, inspect and sign the lease then go get a few necessities since the apartment was unfurnished. However, come morning we realized that we couldn't rent a car because we required a credit card which we did not have. Let's just say things started getting a bit frustrating from that point on..........mostly because moving around is expensive by uber or cabs and although where we live has a good transit system, moving around with a toddler and a bump ism't exactly a glass of wine but oh well, so far so good. Lesson to be learnt - land with a functional credit card and plan to rent a car or buy one as soon as you can especially if you have a family. Then proceed to commence the process for obtaining a drivers license for the province in which you reside.

As regards documentation, we got everything done in the first week...health cards, social insurance numbers, etc. It isn't a complicated process at all.

My impression of Canada (through the eyes of Calgary) thus far........Its a diverse community and most people are pleasant. They make eye contact with you and converse easily. No one has a problem understanding you if you speak proper English with your Nigerian accent. Everyone we have met or spoken to on the phone always always ask you how to correctly pronounce your name and usually get it on the first or second try. Calgary seems lovely to me, the kind of place I would like to raise my kids in.

A few things I have learnt thus far......mobile data plans zap at the speed of light here. Getting a home internet is a huge help in that regard. The weather is actually good this time of year. Child care is expensive so for families with preschoolers, factor that in as a top priority.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by 40manlappy: 8:57pm On Jun 08, 2017

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by tollu: 9:27pm On Jun 08, 2017
40manlappy:
Interesting piece smiley

https://www.nairaland.com/3848281/adebola-olubamiji-first-black-get

cc: tollu, co debrew85

Yes ooo. I saw it on FB and got teary eyed. Such an amazing achievement. Osu alumni for that matter. Lol

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by salford1: 10:37pm On Jun 08, 2017
40manlappy:
Interesting piece smiley

https://www.nairaland.com/3848281/adebola-olubamiji-first-black-get

cc: tollu, codebrew85
2 Nigerian graduands from Usask. Phd Computer Science and Phd Biomedical Engineering with a Nigerian Prof of Mechanical Engineering at Usask.
Both Inspirational Women.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Nobody: 11:03pm On Jun 08, 2017
theafk:

If i may ask, do you have the two years work visa right now.
Sorry to burst your bubble but if you are applying from Nigeria and you are Nigerian, I don't think we qualify for the two years visa (please confirm very well so as not to hear stories that touch) But incase you have the visa, yes, you can work then apply for permanent residence or even use the express entry route which will serve as a plus for you cos you have Canadian work experience.
All the best

I was thinking same when I first read his posts days ago. Someone I know was duped years ago by an agent with this same two year Australian work visa crap. I warned him against it and told him Nigerians are not eligible for work visa. I even sent him a link of the countries eligible. He refused to listen and told me the agent "had told him" that the list I sent was an old one and there is an updated one. Oya show me the updated one naaa. Agent couldn't. Said the Australian Government hadn't published yet. So how did agent get the list? cheesy .He lost over 2 million naira.

Nigerians are so gullible. Simple research could have saved him millions of naira. Even when they see the proof, they still choose to ignore it.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by likeababygirl: 11:20pm On Jun 08, 2017
salford1:

2 Nigerian graduands from Usask. Phd Computer Science and Phd Biomedical Engineering with a Nigerian Prof of Mechanical Engineering at Usask.
Both Inspirational Women.
That's Prof. Odeshi, great man. Nigerians doing and accomplishing great things abroad. God bless everyone out there repping Nigeria and showing the world that good Nigerians still exists.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by likeababygirl: 11:42pm On Jun 08, 2017
WellEndowed:


I was thinking same when I first read his replies days ago. Someone I know was duped years ago by an agent with this same two year Australian work visa crap. I warned him against it and told him Nigerians are not eligible for work visa. I even sent him a link of the countries eligible. He refused to listen and told me the agent "had told him" that the list I sent was an old one and there is an updated one. Oya show me the updated one naaa. Agent couldn't. Said the Australian Government hadn't published yet. So how did agent get the list? cheesy .He lost over 2 million naira.

Nigerians are so gullible. Simple research could have saved him millions of naira. Even when they see the proof, they still choose to ignore it.
Most people do not learn until they have first hand experience. They believe you are trying to stop their shine and dissuade them from traveling abroad meanwhile you are just trying to help them.
Also, some people are so lazy to learn and research on what they are being offered. They just want to be spoon fed and thus end up in the hands of con men.
God help us all.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Nobody: 12:59am On Jun 09, 2017
likeababygirl:

Most people do not learn until they have first hand experience. They believe you are trying to stop their shine and dissuade them from traveling abroad meanwhile you are just trying to help them.
Also, some people are so lazy to learn and research on what they are being offered. They just want to be spoon fed and thus end up in the hands of con men.
God help us all.

Some of them still do not learn. The eediot got his mum to call my mother yelling at her because we didn't guide her son right. How else can you guide an adult male? Is he a kid?

Typical Nigerians. Blaming others for their mistakes. Such people never learn

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Nobody: 5:58am On Jun 09, 2017
40manlappy:
Interesting piece smiley

https://www.nairaland.com/3848281/adebola-olubamiji-first-black-get

cc: tollu, codebrew85
OOUITE repping. I swear, we are all going to Canada. cool

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by salford1: 6:37am On Jun 09, 2017
likeababygirl:

That's Prof. Odeshi, great man. Nigerians doing and accomplishing great things abroad. God bless everyone out there repping Nigeria and showing the world that good Nigerians still exists.
Yeah. Also a pastor(assct) at Rccg Jesus house in S'toon.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by tollu: 7:44am On Jun 09, 2017
salford1:

2 Nigerian graduands from Usask. Phd Computer Science and Phd Biomedical Engineering with a Nigerian Prof of Mechanical Engineering at Usask.
Both Inspirational Women.

It's amazing stuff. Seriously.

codebrew85:
OOUITE repping. I swear, we are all going to Canada. cool

Yes o. Canada ya!

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by czaratwork: 8:41am On Jun 09, 2017
Emya is recruiting in Canada currently interview will be in end of August: Draftman mechanical, draftman e&i, design engineer e&i, sr design engineer e&i, sr procurement engineer, sr proposal/estimation engineer, sr qa engineer, production manager. this is on emya linkedin page.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by czaratwork: 8:44am On Jun 09, 2017
na to start to hustle for job o. any link will be appreciated
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Gymme(m): 3:13pm On Jun 09, 2017
Hmmm....no wonder he looks familiar. Jesus house!

salford1:

Yeah. Also a pastor(assct) at Rccg Jesus house in S'toon.

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