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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by bobogii2008: 8:29am On May 09, 2018
salford1:


1) Absolutely no regrets. One of the best decisions I ever made. Though a bit of struggle for 2-3 years after landing as I and my wife were both in regulated professions (Engineering and Pharm). The moment we both qualified, level changed to 10/10. Glory be to God.

2) Parience and prayers are key to being succesful in Canada. The pof is also very important too. It could be a new immigrants make or break.

3) 250k is a low wage in Nigeria at the moment. Maybe it would have been okay 15 years ago. With the situation in naija at the moment, 2 million naira a month won't even hold me back. It's not even about the money but to live a decent life with your family.

Alright. This is reassuring. Thing I've seriously been considering this migration to Canada of a thing, in fact my brother and his family av just been given PR in SK and are scheduled to leave this week, and this has really spured me on to try as well.

I read Geology in the uni but I have no working experience in that field, you know the way naija is and how difficult it is to get employment in the oil sector. But I have about 3 years combined experience in Logistics, distribution and sales. What are my chances of getting in??
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by bobogii2008: 8:36am On May 09, 2018
dfanz:


1) No regrets
2) To each their own. This is practically starting life afresh, expect the best prepare for thr worst. No 2 stories are the same.
3) Each person has their motivation for moving. People that earn millions have moved while people that earn 250k are comfy in Naija, it's really up to you.

For me, I moved to have a better life. I was at a police station today and didn't want to leave cos the officers were so nice and the environment was welcoming. It's these little things that matter to me.

What matters to you?

Alright..thanks for d info. Does having a family member on PR in canada give u an advantage in the grading process when applying for one yourself?
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by fumzy(f): 8:48am On May 09, 2018
Hello Seniors,

This thread has been very helpful, many thanks to all the contributors.

I have received my ppr and sent my passport, awaiting COPR. Please I will appreciate answers to my questions below;

1. My child will be 4 in dec, I understand he is qualified for kindergarten. Please is there a fixed time he has to resume or can he just join anytime we arrive? We are thinking of leaving mid-september.

2. Are catholic schools totally free for kindergartners? We are not catholics though.

I'm sorry if these have been answered before now.


Thanks again.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Newbeecey: 9:50am On May 09, 2018
Mmhhnn yeah...but im also concerned about my earnings too frankly. No family (at least not the kind i can move in with kids) to stay with so i gotta get this together by Gods grace
wholesomegrace:



I got response below from Canadianfly. Its either I do more research on this or just go work in a creche. Basically looking into something that will fit comfortably into my children's schedule for the first few months is my priority, so I'm not too concerned about the quality of earnings. Also, I might be staying with family for a while until I am a bit stable, less pressure on my POF.

Canadianfly:
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The only thing that I think will work will be home based jobs. There are quite a number of them. And they're mainly Customer Service jobs. There are also some Social work that can be done at home, with one day in the office. My friend currently does this, and she makes a lot of money. Her husband lives in the U.S.
What I advise is whilst doig your job search, filter it to home based roles. Most of these jobs require you have a home office set up. So you'll need a working desktop (what Nigerians call 'system'), printer, scanner, work station desk and the right swivel chair. Sometimes they send a HR person to inspect your home office to make sure it ticks their standard. You're also expected to be logged on to their server at times when you're expected to be working. So fast internet connection is a must have.
Other home based jobs include project coordinating/managing roles.

Truth is, they're not hard to find. You just have to use the right search engine and select what roles you think will work for you, also considering the salary as well.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by wholesomegrace: 11:41am On May 09, 2018
Newbeecey:
Mmhhnn yeah...but im also concerned about my earnings too frankly. No family (at least not the kind i can move in with kids) to stay with so i gotta get this together by Gods grace

Yeah, you are right, your planning needs to be really tight since you will be paying rent and other utilities almost immediately you land. I am searching for answers too but I am very positive all will be well

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Elixir123: 11:57am On May 09, 2018
@Salford1 mentioned something about Pof and how it can make or break one and,when you think about it,it does make sense. In fact,the way the Canadian Migration system is structured Pof is a prerequisite to PR.Probably because they know that the first few weeks or months before one stabilizes may be tough and you need all the funds you can get whilst job hunting and what not.

Most folks 'play smart' by circumventing the system put in place for their own good .Some have 0% 'true ownership' of the POF sheet they submit and then they blame the system when finances become a bit tight.

I know all fingers are not equal but ,if we try to understand the spirit behind the requirement put in place by IRCC and the Canadian Government as it relates to Skilled Worker immigration and ,we try to abide with same as @Maternal is always quick to point out, it might also ease some tension from the transition while hoping on God to bless our efforts and grant us favour.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Newbeecey: 12:16pm On May 09, 2018
Thanks and Amen. Trying not to let all these "small distractions" dissuade me from providing a better future for my kids. At least as much as lies within my power. We then leave the rest to God
wholesomegrace:


Yeah, you are right, your planning needs to be really tight since you will be paying rent and other utilities almost immediately you land. I am searching for answers too but I am very positive all will be well

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by MissG(f): 12:21pm On May 09, 2018
AZeD1:

How does the PNP (Saskatchewan) thingy work? I'm asking for a friend.

Your friend's occupation has to be in demand in Saskatchewan and when the next intake opens he/she can apply.

You can get more info from this link
http://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/moving-to-saskatchewan/immigrating-to-saskatchewan/saskatchewan-immigrant-nominee-program/applicants-international-skilled-workers/international-skilled-worker-saskatchewan-express-entry

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by AZeD1(m): 1:18pm On May 09, 2018
MissG:


Your friend's occupation has to be in demand in Saskatchewan and when the next intake opens he/she can apply.

You can get more info from this link
http://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/moving-to-saskatchewan/immigrating-to-saskatchewan/saskatchewan-immigrant-nominee-program/applicants-international-skilled-workers/international-skilled-worker-saskatchewan-express-entry

Thanks so much.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by verygoodones1: 2:02pm On May 09, 2018
Hello All,

thanks for all the efforts
silent reader here, will be landing May 23
I wanted to confirm if the Driving Record Letter from FRSC is really useful

and any leads on how to get it

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by verygoodones1: 3:33pm On May 09, 2018
also I am nova scotia pnp nominee, but I will be landing in Toronto then spend a week before going to Halifax
hope there wont be any issues with this
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Blackbuddy: 3:49pm On May 09, 2018
verygoodones1:
also I am nova scotia pnp nominee, but I will be landing in Toronto then spend a week before going to Halifax
hope there wont be any issues with this

There will be no issue with this, wishing you a safe trip and a nice time in sunny Ontario.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by verygoodones1: 5:21pm On May 09, 2018
Thx bro
Any input on the driving record?
Blackbuddy:


There will be no issue with this, wishing you a safe trip and a nice time in sunny Ontario.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Fusion23: 5:38pm On May 09, 2018
Beeea:


1. No

2. To each their own. It depends on how you utilize the opportunities you have being in Canada. If your career isn't one you can do in Canada, go back to school

3. Your 250k is less than $1000. You'll make more in Canada doing minimum wage jobs.


You started well with to each there own..but comparing 250K and 1k dollars..did u consider the cost of living in Canada?..So if you make 250k monthly in Naija ..at least if u get 3k-4k after tax o o o and othe deductable its ok.

If you working as a professional in Nigeria, God forbid you come to Canada and do menial job, its forward ever.

Another issue , Nairaland helps a lot and adds extra , gives amazing information but if you want to make descions based on this alone..
then I dont know.

I know its easier to ask people but you will be better prepared with your own research...and the whole idea of being an adult is taking responsibilities for your decision..something the woman did not understand. ; cheesy

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 6:57pm On May 09, 2018
Hello All, i just received my FRSC letter, but the letter was addressed to me instead of to whom it may concern, but everything is on the FRSC letter head. Would there be an issue when i present it in Canada?
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by vascey(m): 7:09pm On May 09, 2018
Virt:
Hello All, i just received my FRSC letter, but the letter was addressed to me instead of to whom it may concern, but everything is on the FRSC letter head. Would there be an issue when i present it in Canada?

Please Virt how did you get the letter?
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Beeea: 7:49pm On May 09, 2018
Fusion23:


You started well with to each there own..but comparing 250K and 1k dollars..did u consider the cost of living in Canada?..So if you make 250k monthly in Naija ..at least if u get 3k-4k after tax o o o and othe deductable its ok.

If you working as a professional in Nigeria, God forbid you come to Canada and do menial job, its forward ever.

Another issue , Nairaland helps a lot and adds extra , gives amazing information but if you want to make descions based on this alone..
then I dont know.

I knos its easier to ask people but you will be better prepared with your own research...and the whole idea of being an adult is taking responsibilities for your decision..something the woman did not understand. ; cheesy

Comparing the amounts with regards to cost might not have been the best. On the other hand, some professionals have had to go the menial job route when they first arrive, before finding their footing- that is why it is called survival jobs. I know a medical doctor whose first job in Canada was as a cashier, now he's practising and earning in the six figures.

For the Op, do your research well, there are more opportunities in Canada than in Nigeria, and as others have said, have your POF as it might determine whether you will have to take up survival jobs or not. In all, think about the future of your family.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by mikkyangel(m): 7:57pm On May 09, 2018
verygoodones1:
Hello All,

thanks for all the efforts
silent reader here, will be landing May 23
I wanted to confirm if the Driving Record Letter from FRSC is really useful

and any leads on how to get it

Nobody.dey loook ya driving record../drivers license .just bring ecery every come
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 8:32pm On May 09, 2018
PM me for his contact. I dnt want to drop his number here



vascey:


Please Virt how did you get the letter?

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by salford1: 8:41pm On May 09, 2018
Beeea:


Comparing the amounts with regards to cost might not have been the best.

On the other hand, some professionals have had to go the menial job route when they first arrive, before finding their footing- that is why it is called survival jobs. I know a medical doctor whose first job in Canada was as a cashier, now he's practicing and earning in the six figures.

For the Op, do your research well, there are more opportunities in Canada than in Nigeria, and as others have said, have your POF as it might determine whether you will have to take up survival jobs or not. In all, think about the future of your family.
You are correct. Trying not to be a bearer of unpleasant news, but If one is in a field that requires passing regulatory requirement, then the chances of survival/menial job is high irrespective of pof or not.

I read somewhere that it is better to have an heart attack in a cab because the chances are high that the cab driver is a doctor. Maybe be that statement is a joke, but it might not be too far from the truth.

I dont know about accounts, lawyers or other regulated careers, but Engineering and Health related careers takes several months or years to become qualified. The POF would help for maybe 6 months to a year depending on how much an immigrants land with.

However, not all is gloomy because if the immigrant passes the regulatory exams, humbles himself, and persevere, the rewards are indeed awesome due to the high pay and benefits asscotiated with such professions.

Just as you mentioned. Those in unregulated professions can do well with enough pof to last them for atleast 6months till their desired job comes along.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Desdes: 9:32pm On May 09, 2018
Hi guys pls a quick one...my Manitoba sponsor is my cousin and she's presently not working though she is a make-up artist and she hasn't registered her business....in our application we put it that she's gonna accommodate us upon arrival pending when we get accommodation and settle fully...hope there won't be a problem if she's contacted and they find out she's not working or have her biz registered....
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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by salford1: 3:16am On May 10, 2018
In addition, what kind of job(s) would actually be considered as survival job. I think it's best to use "transition job".

What someone would call a survival or transition job could also be termed as another person's career job.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by TheCongo2: 3:19am On May 10, 2018
salford1:
In addition, what kind of job(s) would actually be considered as survival job. I think it's best to use "transition job".

What someone would call a survival job could also be termed as another persons career job.


T'es intelligent grin

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by salford1: 3:32am On May 10, 2018
TheCongo2:


T'es intelligent grin
True story my brother grin

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Fusion23: 3:37am On May 10, 2018
geebaby10:


Hello. Thankss. Done.

was reading your post and just thought of @mummyjaygirls
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by XX01(f): 6:05am On May 10, 2018
verygoodones1:
Hello All,

thanks for all the efforts
silent reader here, will be landing May 23
I wanted to confirm if the Driving Record Letter from FRSC is really useful

and any leads on how to get it

It's only useful in Ontario. It just makes you wait less before getting a full license.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by XX01(f): 6:06am On May 10, 2018
Virt:
Hello All, i just received my FRSC letter, but the letter was addressed to me instead of to whom it may concern, but everything is on the FRSC letter head. Would there be an issue when i present it in Canada?

No issue at all.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by XX01(f): 6:10am On May 10, 2018
fumzy:
Hello Seniors,

This thread has been very helpful, many thanks to all the contributors.

I have received my ppr and sent my passport, awaiting COPR. Please I will appreciate answers to my questions below;

1. My child will be 4 in dec, I understand he is qualified for kindergarten. Please is there a fixed time he has to resume or can he just join anytime we arrive? We are thinking of leaving mid-september.

2. Are catholic schools totally free for kindergartners? We are not catholics though.

I'm sorry if these have been answered before now.


Thanks again.


You didn't mention which province you will be landing. Let me use Ontario to respond.

1. He can resume anytime. Even towards the end of the school year.

2. Catholic public schools are free. Don't know if they will make it compulsory to show a baptismal card.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by verygoodones1: 7:06am On May 10, 2018
Ah ok. Thx
XX01:


It's only useful in Ontario. It just makes you wait less before getting a full license.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 8:57am On May 10, 2018
Thanks.

XX01:


No issue at all.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by rukayatd: 9:45am On May 10, 2018
Please , I have 3 questions.
1. Is there any telecom (field service engineer ) here and your experience and views


2. Is there any environmental scientist, biologist and there about available.

Do you think Edmonton is Better than calgary
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by maternal: 10:31am On May 10, 2018
rukayatd:
Please , I have 3 questions.
1. Is there any telecom (field service engineer ) here and your experience and views


2. Is there any environmental scientist, biologist and there about available.

Do you think Edmonton is Better than calgary


I can only answer # 3. I'd pick Edmonton over Calgary any day.

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