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Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by penitential(m): 9:24am On Mar 18, 2017
Sound like you don't know what you want to, you did not even mention admission let alone mentioning the course you want to go for. You just jump to wanting to apply for study visa in Canada. When you're fully awake, then you will know what is next to do before study visa. grin grin grin
abeolas:
Good day house,
Please i am new here and i[b] wish to apply for a study visa in canada.[/b] How do i go about it?
I have B. Tech in computer engineering 2011 and finished nysc 2013. I have no tangible work experience. Please i need guide on how to go about it..
Thank you all

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Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by gkgraphics(m): 9:33am On Mar 18, 2017
Good morning everyone
I am scheduled to arrive in Toronto in a couple of days ( school resumes may 08).
What are the documents I will be required to provide at the point of entry?
I am open to other suggestions/tips to ensure a hitch free entry into Canada.
@folaroyal and all other gurus in here
I await your kind responses
Thank. you

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Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by matic12: 9:43am On Mar 18, 2017
Pls, I finished from the college of health sciences and as such we don't use cgpa but rather percentage..
70 and above - distinction
60 - 69 - Pass with credit
50 - 59 - Pass
Pass mark is 50%
My question now is that I want to do my postgraduate studies in Canada, I really do not know how to convert our percentage to cgpa considering the fact that Canada schools accept 2.1....
Can a potential supervisor influence the admission decision? And are potential supervisor part of the admission reviewing committee when one's application is to be reviewed??
Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by Osemigho: 9:47am On Mar 18, 2017
penitential:
Sound like you don't know what you want to, you did not even mention admission let alone mentioning the course you want to go for. You just jump to wanting to apply for study visa in Canada. When you're fully awake, then you will know what is next to do before study visa. grin grin grin

He gats aim but no objectives.

Let's help him to design them.

I think we need a post that will adequately describe the admission process, from head to toe, that we can refer people to, and can always update it. Tired of repeating answers.

Yemdogg, MichV, Folaroyal, Trv Nurse, etc. How can we design such?

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Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by michaelbelgium(m): 9:54am On Mar 18, 2017
matic12:
Pls, I finished from the college of health sciences and as such we don't use cgpa but rather percentage..
70 and above - distinction
60 - 69 - Pass with credit
50 - 59 - Pass
Pass mark is 50%
My question now is that I want to do my postgraduate studies in Canada, I really do not know how to convert our percentage to cgpa considering the fact that Canada schools accept 2.1....
Can a potential supervisor influence the admission decision? And are potential supervisor part of the admission reviewing committee when one's application is to be reviewed??

2.1 is simply having a CGPA of 3.5 to 4.49 on a 5.00 scale. this corresponds to 70%-89.8%. so having a distinction from your school means you fall in the category of 2.1
Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by ebimarian: 10:36am On Mar 18, 2017
justwise:

[/b]
Please this is not allowed here
Justwise....I guess u choose pple u answer to...not fair though...just want to ask also if u have contacts in Benin too cos I need a police report too...pls reply
Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by Nobody: 10:38am On Mar 18, 2017
matic12:
Pls, I finished from the college of health sciences and as such we don't use cgpa but rather percentage..
70 and above - distinction
60 - 69 - Pass with credit
50 - 59 - Pass
Pass mark is 50%
My question now is that I want to do my postgraduate studies in Canada, I really do not know how to convert our percentage to cgpa considering the fact that Canada schools accept 2.1....
Can a potential supervisor influence the admission decision? And are potential supervisor part of the admission reviewing committee when one's application is to be reviewed??

College of Health? Which of them?
What your discipline?
What's your proposed course of study?
What's your graduating grade?
Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by justwise(m): 11:22am On Mar 18, 2017
ebimarian:

Justwise....I guess u choose pple u answer to...not fair though...just want to ask also if u have contacts in Benin too cos I need a police report too...pls reply

Yes that is what i do fairly.
Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by Osemigho: 11:28am On Mar 18, 2017
ebimarian:

Justwise....I guess u choose pple u answer to...not fair though...just want to ask also if u have contacts in Benin too cos I need a police report too...pls reply

Baba, there are people on this thread that can't answer your regular question(s). They are called elders of the elders. justwise is one of them.

He is managing multiple travel threads + his real life responsibilities. By the way, he doesn't promote sharing contacts such as the one you're asking for. Go to your nearest police station or its state HQ for that.

For quick response, ask we the children of this thread. For complicated case not well answered by us, you will see their comment.

Elders don't talk regularly but their single statement is full of wisdom and experience. It is not their fault that they don't talk regularly, it is life & experiences that warrant it. cool

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Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by losas(m): 11:31am On Mar 18, 2017
somebody please reply does physics with electronics relate with computer science
Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by yemdogg: 11:32am On Mar 18, 2017
Osemigho:


He gats aim but no objectives.

Let's help him to design them.

I think we need a post that will adequately describe the admission process, from head to toe, that we can refer people to, and can always update it. Tired of repeating answers.

Yemdogg, MichV, Folaroyal, Trv Nurse, etc. How can we design such?

I work on it.
Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by Osemigho: 11:36am On Mar 18, 2017
yemdogg:

I work on it.
Thanks.
Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by matic12: 11:47am On Mar 18, 2017
IHate9ja1:
College of Health? Which of them? What your discipline? What's your proposed course of study? What's your graduating grade?
faculty of basic medical science
Discipline - Physiotherapy
Proposed course - Masters of Science(Kinesiology)
Graduating grade - 59%

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Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by Folaroyal(m): 12:02pm On Mar 18, 2017
gkgraphics:
Good morning everyone
I am scheduled to arrive in Toronto in a couple of days ( school resumes may 08).
What are the documents I will be required to provide at the point of entry?
I am open to other suggestions/tips to ensure a hitch free entry into Canada.
@folaroyal and all other gurus in here
I await your kind responses
Thank. you
You may not need more than your correspondence letter, school offer letter and of course your travel passport.
In my case... It was just my passport that was requested and i stood with the IO until he printed the study/work permit and stapled on the passport.... About 2 minutes! Both the correspondence and offer letters were left untouched in my bag!
Other discussions you may expect are; if you have a connecting flight (if Toronto isn't your final destination) and if you paid tuition.. That's it!

Which airline are you going on?
Regards.

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Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by losas(m): 12:06pm On Mar 18, 2017
losas:
somebody please reply does physics with electronics relate with computer science
someone please reply
Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by TEECANN: 12:11pm On Mar 18, 2017
Good day house and many selfless & beautiful souls helping us out here. God bless u.

Help a brother out of a grey area which he has no info about.

I intend to apply for an open work permit for wify and TRV for all of us (us & kids) concurrently with my study permit application...Now, I intend them to join me by my 2nd year of the masters programme.

Assuming we were all granted TRV & SOWP for wify (at the time I processed my study permit), could there be an issue if they come join me the 2nd year in Canada, especially if it is noticed at the POE that they already have their documents validity running since the previous year?

Thanks in anticipation of an insightful and technical response.
Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by yemdogg: 12:16pm On Mar 18, 2017
HINTS ON SECURING ADMISSIONS IN CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES

This post is applicable to POST-GRADUATE STUDIES ONLY (PARTICULARLY MASTERS' DEGREE)

First and Foremost, before you start rushing to apply to programs in Canadian Universities, it is best to understand Canadian Grading Scale/System. It will be helpful for you to understand the fact that Nigerian grading scale and Canadian grading scale are radically different from each other. Hence, you may be disappointed to discover that a 3.0/5.0 GPA in Nigeria is not the same as a 3.0/4.0 in Canada so the earlier you know, the better your chances of securing admissions in Canadian Institutions. Typically, most Nigerian Institutions accept a 2:2 (Second Class Lower) for admission into their respective master's program, however, the same cannot be said about their Canadian counterparts.

First step by prospective applicant to Canadian Universities is to ascertain your GPA in Canadian Scale. You can do an unofficial and free evaluation of your GPA by using World Education Services (WES) free GPA Calculator to first determine the Canadian equivalence of your final GPA. Here is the link to calculate your GPA: http://www.wes.org/students/igpacalc.asp Ensure you have your transcript with you before starting the process.

Second thing to do is to Peruse through the program website of your prospective institution to know what the requirements are. Some programs require 3.0/4.0 in the last two years of studies (i.e last four semesters of your undergraduate studies) while some require you to have 2:1 as final GPA. Understanding this will go along way in helping you decide whether to apply to the school or not.

Third thing to consider is to first decide whether you want a course-based program or thesis based program. These two things are very different in nature and operation and it goes along way to determine your chances of admission. Generally, course-based program doesn't require you to submit a research/thesis paper at the end of your program, hence, there's usually no need to secure a graduate research supervisor before you apply. At best, the school will assign you a course advisor who will guild you when you are about registering your courses. Further to the above, course-based program because of its nature does not usually come with funding/fellowship, however, if your undergrad GPA is high enough, you may be able to secure TA (Teaching Assistancship) which may/can reduce your financial burden to an extent.

Thesis-based program on the other hand requires thesis/research paper at the end of your program which must invariably be defended before you can be awarded a masters degree. A prospective applicant for a thesis-based masters is expected to have an original idea/research emphasis, or demonstrate ability to advance or improve current/persistent discourse in his/her area of research interest. Hence, they expect him/her to demonstrate or show his/her ability and capacity to pursue a graduate research /thesis in his/her research proposal and this is why you must work very hard on your research proposal. Ensure to paint yourself as a visionary who is capable of making meaningful contribution to your research area/interest. Reference your research proposal; footnotes,. ( will later on discuss how to write a convincing and compelling research proposal)

Fourth thing to do is to contact potential referees, please and please, your recommendation letter is one of the most important item to accompany your application for admission if not the most important. Therefore, I'd suggest you work hand in hand with your referees, ensure they write you a compelling letter, they should talk about the courses they taught you, the research project they supervised, your performance in their courses, your capacity to pursue an independent research, your adaptability, your commitment to effect given tasks and some other vital information that separates you from other applicants.

If you're pursuing a thesis based program, please and please try to contact potential supervisors even if the school advise you not to. It is very important to understand that the success of an application for thesis based masters is always premised on the readiness of a faculty member to supervise the applicant in question. Hence, study the page of the faculty members and familiarise yourself with their area of research. Read their works, both current and previous work, think about how you can contribute to their current research, how will your background assist their research. When you address all these, then by all means, contact them and indicate interest to work with them.

In your correspondence with them, paint yourself as a confident and independent person who requires little or no supervision, tell them your achievements, your previous works, awards, your gpa (if possible, attach your transcript to show or demonstrate you proficiency in their area of research, if you have low grades in any course that is closely knitted to their area if research, please and please do not send your transcript to them. It might discourage them, unless they requested for your transcript). Do not sound needy, don't make your correspondence with them sound like you're begging them to supervise you. Look for their previous work, if you have the capacity to discuss it, pls do, tie their previous or current work to your area of research.

Tell them the contribution you intend to make. If you have your research proposal ready, pls forward it to them. Pls and pls, while doing these things, avoid obvious or avoidable grammatical mistakes. Read any correspondence with them over and over before finally sending same. Show interest in them by reading their research work from time to time and sending them your thoughts or perspectives on their research work. Demonstrate how their research work applies to your research.

Contact multiple faculty members to determine their readiness and availability to supervise you. While doing this, do not send a generic mail, personalize each email such that it would reflect the profile of each of the faculty member. Sending a generic mail can be counter-productive. My reason for this is not far-fetched. I once contacted a faculty member in the University of Ottawa (LLM), After reading my correspondence/email, he became so motivated to assist me in ensuring admission in their program. At the time, he had 2 graduate students under his mentorship, so he told me he's willing to assist me in contacting his colleagues who are deep-seated in his area of research. Voila, he forwarded my initial mail and my attachment to the other faculty member (A woman). Imagine my surprise, when he told me he forwarded my email to his colleague and further imagine how the other faculty member would have felt upon realizing that i sent a generic mail to both of them. The saving grace was that i sent emails to 3 faculty members, i personalized each mail (The woman was one of them). If i had sent them same generic mail, she probably would lost interest in me from that moment. (Sorry for the story, I needed to buttress my point)

To improve chances of admission, if you're going for a thesis-based masters program, ensure there are enough supervisors in your area of research to avoid story that touches. If the faculty has shortage of supervisors in your area, please try to avoid the school and apply to other schools so as not to limit your chances. The essence of ensuring that the school has enough supervisors in your area of research is to reduce the likelihood of "Your application is one of the best application we have received, however, we regrettably inform you that we are unable to secure a graduate research supervisor for you".

Further to the above, contact current graduate students in the school, and discuss your application with them, they probably have invaluable advise or suggestions for you.

Some programs require your CV,....Please tailor your CV to reflect your academic/professional progression in your area of research. If you're applying for masters in Engineering and your CV keeps screaming Banking/Finance.....Your CV is invariably telling the grad admissions committee that you're better positioned to probably advance your studies in banking/finance (This is applicable to study visa as well). So please and please review your CV, ensure it aligns with your proposed program. This is one of the subtle/background factors to be considered. A faculty member in the University of Manitoba once asked me why i decided to switch to International Business Law when my transcripts and CV demonstrates my academic progression in Intellectual Property Law. (In my mind, I was like, wetin be ur business now LOL.) Of course, it was his business, cos he's interested in where my passion and interest lies so as not to waste his precious time on me.

Your Statement of Interest/Intent also very important, it is usually centered on the following;

Reason for pursuing the program,

Factors that triggered your interest in the said program,

Steps taken so far to advance your position/knowledge in the field of your proposed program,

Career trajectory and Prospects upon conclusion of the program,

How the program would add academic/professional value to you.

Etc.

Please understand that there are no generic required documentations for applying to schools and programs in Canada; some programs/schools require some documents while other don't, e.g some programs only require your RESEARCH PROPOSAL, TRANSCRIPT, CV, RECOMMENDATION LETTERS, while some requires STATEMENT OF INTENT, TRANSCRIPTS, RECOMMENDATION LETTERS, etc. What I am saying in essence is that you'd have to study and digest the program requirements as contained in the program website to fully understand which documents to submit. So please take your time to study the program website before applying. Understand the program requirements such as residency, tuition, duration etc before submitting your application.


FINAL NOTE

Admission into Master's program in Canadian Institutions is not an easy task, you have to be ready to do serious research in order to submit an airtight application. It will benefit you to understand that these Canadian Universities receive thousands of applications from different people from different background. You'd be competing with applicants with almost perfect applications from countries with advance educational system which are by far better than what is obtainable in our country. So the least you could do is to try as much as possible to submit a near perfect application.

I believe this piece should address the concerns of the admission seekers.

God bless y'all !

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Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by Nobody: 12:44pm On Mar 18, 2017
Osemigho:


He gats aim but no objectives.

Let's help him to design them.

I think we need a post that will adequately describe the admission process, from head to toe, that we can refer people to, and can always update it. Tired of repeating answers.

Yemdogg, MichV, Folaroyal, etc. How can we design such?
Bro, whoever has ample time may want to do so. making of the post is not the issue because the vital ones made in the past have not been effectively referred to and utilized my most applicants thus every (page 0) on the beginning phase of this Canada thread has useful links that can at least help newbies.

The question people would have asked their universities who gave them admission is asked here as if we gave them admission. On the study visa requirement checklist, the duration of bank statement to be used is there, people have their forms but still such questions are asked repeatedly here. making of a detailed post covering every stages from admission to visa application wouldn't stop reoccurring questions though helpful, hence my opinion.Questions may be tolerated by whoever has the time.

If you go to AUSTRALIA study thread, people are strict and can't even answer any common question answered severally before or questions you can easily research-on except in some cases.

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Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by gkgraphics(m): 12:45pm On Mar 18, 2017
Folaroyal:

You may not need more than your correspondence letter, school offer letter and of course your travel passport.
In my case... It was just my passport that was requested and i stood with the IO until he printed the study/work permit and stapled on the passport.... About 2 minutes! Both the correspondence and offer letters were left untouched in my bag!
Other discussions you may expect are; if you have a connecting flight (if Toronto isn't your final destination) and if you paid tuition.. That's it!

Which airline are you going on?
Regards.

Thanks for the reply
I am going on egyptair ..could you pls pm me your number?
Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by yemdogg: 12:51pm On Mar 18, 2017
michV:
Bro, whoever has ample time may want to do so. making of the post is not the issue because the vital ones made in the past have not been effectively referred to and utilized my most applicants thus every (page 0) on the beginning phase of this Canada thread has useful links that can at least help newbies.

The question people would have asked their universities who gave them admission is asked here as if we gave them admission. On the study visa requirement checklist, the duration of bank statement to be used is there, people have their forms but still such questions are asked repeatedly here. making of a detailed post covering every stages from admission to visa application wouldn't stop reoccurring questions though helpful, hence my opinion.Questions may be tolerated by whoever has the time.

If you go to AUSTRALIA study thread, people are strict and can't even answer any common question answered severally before or questions you can easily research-on except in some cases.


Bro after reading this....i am discouraged to even continue my epistle. grin

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Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by Nobody: 12:59pm On Mar 18, 2017
yemdogg:


Bro after reading this....i am discouraged to even continue my epistle. grin
sorry sir, it was my opinion but never to discourage you or anyone..
Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by Folaroyal(m): 1:07pm On Mar 18, 2017
gkgraphics:


Thanks for the reply
I am going on egyptair ..could you pls pm me your number?
Sent.
Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by Uzee24: 1:09pm On Mar 18, 2017
yemdogg:


Bro after reading this....i am discouraged to even continue my epistle. grin

Dont be discouraged please, your explanation on finding a research supervisor and preparing a research proposal are valuable. Please continue.

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Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by yemdogg: 1:16pm On Mar 18, 2017
Uzee24:


Dont be discouraged please, your explanation on finding a research supervisor and preparing a research proposal are valuable. Please continue.

Will do !

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Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by ebimarian: 1:33pm On Mar 18, 2017
justwise:


Yes that is what i do fairly.
Thanks for your much expected ANSWER shocked
Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by ebimarian: 1:42pm On Mar 18, 2017
Osemigho:


Baba, there are people on this thread that can't answer your regular question(s). They are called elders of the elders. justwise is one of them.

He is managing multiple travel threads + his real life responsibilities. By the way, he doesn't promote sharing contacts such as the one you're asking for. Go to your nearest police station or its state HQ for that.

For quick response, ask we the children of this thread. For complicated case not well answered by us, you will see their comment.

Elders don't talk regularly but their single statement is full of wisdom and experience. It is not their fault that they don't talk regularly, it is life & experiences that warrant it. cool
Well-done o ....first born of justwise....well, the world is a global village.... Answers are easily gotten now unlike before.... I have already gotten answers .....u dnt have to worry grin

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Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by yemdogg: 1:50pm On Mar 18, 2017
yemdogg:
HINTS ON SECURING ADMISSIONS IN CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES

This post is applicable to POST-GRADUATE STUDIES ONLY (PARTICULARLY MASTERS' DEGREE)

First and Foremost, before you start rushing to apply to programs in Canadian Universities, it is best to understand Canadian Grading Scale/System. It will be helpful for you to understand the fact that Nigerian grading scale and Canadian grading scale are radically different from each other. Hence, you may be disappointed to discover that a 3.0/5.0 GPA in Nigeria is not the same as a 3.0/4.0 in Canada so the earlier you know, the better your chances of securing admissions in Canadian Institutions. Typically, most Nigerian Institutions accept a 2:2 (Second Class Lower) for admission into their respective master's program, however, the same cannot be said about their Canadian counterparts.

First step by prospective applicant to Canadian Universities is to ascertain your GPA in Canadian Scale. You can do an unofficial and free evaluation of your GPA by using World Education Services (WES) free GPA Calculator to first determine the Canadian equivalence of your final GPA. Here is the link to calculate your GPA: http://www.wes.org/students/igpacalc.asp Ensure you have your transcript with you before starting the process.

Second thing to do is to Peruse through the program website of your prospective institution to know what the requirements are. Some programs require 3.0/4.0 in the last two years of studies (i.e last four semesters of your undergraduate studies) while some require you to have 2:1 as final GPA. Understanding this will go along way in helping you decide whether to apply to the school or not.

Third thing to consider is to first decide whether you want a course-based program or thesis based program. These two things are very different in nature and operation and it goes along way to determine your chances of admission. Generally, course-based program doesn't require you to submit a research/thesis paper at the end of your program, hence, there's usually no need to secure a graduate research supervisor before you apply. At best, the school will assign you a course advisor who will guild you when you are about registering your courses. Further to the above, course-based program because of its nature does not usually come with funding/fellowship, however, if your undergrad GPA is high enough, you may be able to secure TA (Teaching Assistancship) which may/can reduce your financial burden to an extent.

Thesis-based program on the other hand requires thesis/research paper at the end of your program which must invariably be defended before you can be awarded a masters degree. A prospective applicant for a thesis-based masters is expected to have an original idea/research emphasis, or demonstrate ability to advance or improve current/persistent discourse in his/her area of research interest. Hence, they expect him/her to demonstrate or show his/her ability and capacity to pursue a graduate research /thesis in his/her research proposal and this is why you must work very hard on your research proposal. Ensure to paint yourself as a visionary who is capable of making meaningful contribution to your research area/interest. Reference your research proposal; footnotes,. ( will later on discuss how to write a convincing and compelling research proposal)

Fourth thing to do is to contact potential referees, please and please, your recommendation letter is one of the most important item to accompany your application for admission if not the most important. Therefore, I'd suggest you work hand in hand with your referees, ensure they write you a compelling letter, they should talk about the courses they taught you, the research project they supervised, your performance in their courses, your capacity to pursue an independent research, your adaptability, your commitment to effect given tasks and some other vital information that separates you from other applicants.

If you're pursuing a thesis based program, please and please try to contact potential supervisors even if the school advise you not to. It is very important to understand that the success of an application for thesis based masters is always premised on the readiness of a faculty member to supervise the applicant in question. Hence, study the page of the faculty members and familiarise yourself with their area of research. Read their works, both current and previous work, think about how you can contribute to their current research, how will your background assist their research. When you address all these, then by all means, contact them and indicate interest to work with them.

In your correspondence with them, paint yourself as a confident and independent person who requires little or no supervision, tell them your achievements, your previous works, awards, your gpa (if possible, attach your transcript to show or demonstrate you proficiency in their area of research, if you have low grades in any course that is closely knitted to their area if research, please and please do not send your transcript to them. It might discourage them, unless they requested for your transcript). Do not sound needy, don't make your correspondence with them sound like you're begging them to supervise you. Look for their previous work, if you have the capacity to discuss it, pls do, tie their previous or current work to your area of research.

Tell them the contribution you intend to make. If you have your research proposal ready, pls forward it to them. Pls and pls, while doing these things, avoid obvious or avoidable grammatical mistakes. Read any correspondence with them over and over before finally sending same. Show interest in them by reading their research work from time to time and sending them your thoughts or perspectives on their research work. Demonstrate how their research work applies to your research.

Contact multiple faculty members to determine their readiness and availability to supervise you. While doing this, do not send a generic mail, personalize each email such that it would reflect the profile of each of the faculty member. Sending a generic mail can be counter-productive. My reason for this is not far-fetched. I once contacted a faculty member in the University of Ottawa (LLM), After reading my correspondence/email, he became so motivated to assist me in ensuring admission in their program. At the time, he had 2 graduate students under his mentorship, so he told me he's willing to assist me in contacting his colleagues who are deep-seated in his area of research. Voila, he forwarded my initial mail and my attachment to the other faculty member (A woman). Imagine my surprise, when he told me he forwarded my email to his colleague and further imagine how the other faculty member would have felt upon realizing that i sent a generic mail to both of them. The saving grace was that i sent emails to 3 faculty members, i personalized each mail (The woman was one of them). If i had sent them same generic mail, she probably would lost interest in me from that moment. (Sorry for the story, I needed to buttress my point)

To improve chances of admission, if you're going for a thesis-based masters program, ensure there are enough supervisors in your area of research to avoid story that touches. If the faculty has shortage of supervisors in your area, please try to avoid the school and apply to other schools so as not to limit your chances. The essence of ensuring that the school has enough supervisors in your area of research is to reduce the likelihood of "Your application is one of the best application we have received, however, we regrettably inform you that we are unable to secure a graduate research supervisor for you".

Further to the above, contact current graduate students in the school, and discuss your application with them, they probably have invaluable advise or suggestions for you.

Some programs require your CV,....Please tailor your CV to reflect your academic/professional progression in your area of research. If you're applying for masters in Engineering and your CV keeps screaming Banking/Finance.....Your CV is invariably telling the grad admissions committee that you're better positioned to probably advance your studies in banking/finance (This is applicable to study visa as well). So please and please review your CV, ensure it aligns with your proposed program. This is one of the subtle/background factors to be considered. A faculty member in the University of Manitoba once asked me why i decided to switch to International Business Law when my transcripts and CV demonstrates my academic progression in Intellectual Property Law. (In my mind, I was like, wetin be ur business now LOL.) Of course, it was his business, cos he's interested in where my passion and interest lies so as not to waste his precious time on me.

Your Statement of Interest/Intent also very important, it is usually centered on the following;

Reason for pursuing the program,

Factors that triggered your interest in the said program,

Steps taken so far to advance your position/knowledge in the field of your proposed program,

Career trajectory and Prospects upon conclusion of the program,

How the program would add academic/professional value to you.

Etc.

Please understand that there are no generic required documentations for applying to schools and programs in Canada; some programs/schools require some documents while other don't, e.g some programs only require your RESEARCH PROPOSAL, TRANSCRIPT, CV, RECOMMENDATION LETTERS, while some requires STATEMENT OF INTENT, TRANSCRIPTS, RECOMMENDATION LETTERS, etc. What I am saying in essence is that you'd have to study and digest the program requirements as contained in the program website to fully understand which documents to submit. So please take your time to study the program website before applying. Understand the program requirements such as residency, tuition, duration etc before submitting your application.


FINAL NOTE

Admission into Master's program in Canadian Institutions is not an easy task, you have to be ready to do serious research in order to submit an airtight application. It will benefit you to understand that these Canadian Universities receive thousands of applications from different people from different background. You'd be competing with applicants with almost perfect applications from countries with advance educational system which are by far better than what is obtainable in our country. So the least you could do is to try as much as possible to submit a near perfect application.

I believe this piece should address the concerns of the admission seekers.

God bless y'all !

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Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by Mcowubaba: 1:59pm On Mar 18, 2017
michV:
sorry sir, it was my opinion but never to discourage you or anyone..
You're right...
But that's life for you...
Never get tired of assisting people as far as you have the capacity nd ability..
Sometimes it gets you angry, but always remember Tomorrow it maybe your turn to ask "common" questions.. Maybe not here, but somewhere wink

Mr yemdogg, keep it bro.. You're good!!
Respect cool

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Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by TEECANN: 2:00pm On Mar 18, 2017
Folaroyal:

Hnnmm... wife and 3 kids... well, it's not an impossible task as we have seen such approval (one to be precise) .... as i read from part 1...

But really, what will your family and economic ties be!?.. Jus wondering ooo.
Let's hope that meeting the financial criteria may override some other key determining factors .... Like the ties.

On medicals; pls expect that your kids will be asked to do one.... The only differences are some particular test exceptions (blood, xray nd co)... I hope this helps.
Regards.

@Folaroyal,

I like your optimism and "it's possible" mindset to which you approached the above scenario which plagues most of us who don't want to leave our families behind here (every loving partner wants his/her kids to be near with the spouse), not even when you re going away for 2 years.
This can never be the headache of a single going for UG or Masters.

On the issue of hometie, it depends on his circumstances:

*. If you got study leave from your office. Your job to return to is a very good hometie (get a back up letter from your office that you will be resuming work after the programme and in addition, add the study leave approval letter from office)

* Landed properties and house (if you have one)

On wanting to proceed with ones family as a group for the duration of the 2 year programme. Clearly state it in your SoP:

* You can plead the "Family Unification" Policy of Canada that basically desires family units to be together for the ultimate gain of social growth (instead of having having family members scattered thousand miles across the globe)

* You desire your family members to have a taste of the Canadian experience (èven if it's just going to be during the duration of your studies only) that such an experience will leave a lasting impression and shared sweet memories in the family.

Our problem is we reason too much like Nigerians whilst Whites don't reason like we do and what drives us and informs our decisions thereby is farrrr from theirs (The above reasons are valid enough for a white person whilst we will be saying "hey the VO will say are you going to study or be distracted with your kids and family around) It's none of his "visa approving" business. Pls let's be guided properly by not putting ourselves down AB initio.

You may want to add other creative ideas as they pop up...to those above

This scenario is a frequently reoccurring one which if the gurus in the house can decisively treat by writing comprehensively about it, It'll put to rest once and for all the matter and the house can henceforth direct new enquiries to the link that warehouses the comprehensive write up on the matter.

God bless you all.

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Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by Newman1010: 2:06pm On Mar 18, 2017
Hello House,

Please i need urgent response.

When filling the online app, what is the right answer to these question

- What is the cost of my studies? is it school fees for one year or the total? its a two year master program
- about 10k CAD has been paid, how do i capture this?
- If all the money is in my account but was transfer to me by my sis? who do i state as sponsor, myself or my sis?

Thank you all in advance
Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by yemdogg: 2:10pm On Mar 18, 2017
Mcowubaba:

You're right...
But that's life for you...
Never get tired of assisting people as far as you have the capacity nd ability..
Sometimes it gets you angry, but always remember Tomorrow it maybe your turn to ask "common" questions.. Maybe not here, but somewhere wink

Mr yemdogg, keep it bro.. You're good!!
Respect cool

Yes Boss cool

RESPECT !

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Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 12 by lanrayx: 2:52pm On Mar 18, 2017
is scanned copy/ photocopy birth certificate accepted if one cannot find original

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