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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Zutlin: 8:21pm On Jan 07, 2019|
You can PM me and I'll add you.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Kwado87: 8:24pm On Jan 07, 2019|
Cold and Great...... Amen and Thank you
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by MummyJaygirls: 8:55pm On Jan 07, 2019|
This thread has reached part 2. The ministry is moving.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Yooku: 9:09pm On Jan 07, 2019|
Hey bro, did you arrive in Waterloo yet?
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Yooku: 9:09pm On Jan 07, 2019|
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Engr2000: 10:01pm On Jan 07, 2019|
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by MissEmmy: 11:15pm On Jan 07, 2019|
Yeah I was equally surprise as I had previously been using TextNow for free in the UK, however when I recently tried to acquire a Canadian number, it requested I pay N3000. I tried to make the payment but it wouldn't recognize my GTBank Master card. Kinda frustrating as I need a valid Canada number on my CV before submiting it for a job position. Have you been able to obtain a Canada Number for free on your TextNow app?
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by MissEmmy: 11:23pm On Jan 07, 2019|
Thanks for the tip. I'll try the suggested apps. Cheers
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by einsteino(m): 1:05am On Jan 08, 2019|
Yes I obtained one for free last week. my phone plan is only canada wide, so I resorted to TextNow for my U.S calls.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Tojued: 1:22am On Jan 08, 2019|
Have you tried dingtone?
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by jangirova: 1:45am On Jan 08, 2019|
Please, kindly help with the materials. I sent u a PM. Thanks
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by MissEmmy: 2:07am On Jan 08, 2019|
Wow... I have tried severally, each time i do, the subscription and payment plan pops up.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by MissEmmy: 2:09am On Jan 08, 2019|
No, but I'll give it a try right away. Cheers.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by amdman: 2:28am On Jan 08, 2019|
Decided to end the day with a visit to the Royal Museum of Ontario. Their fascination with dinosaurs is pretty interesting
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by amdman: 3:50am On Jan 08, 2019|
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by psalmy007(m): 3:55am On Jan 08, 2019|
Good morning everyone,
Please I need someone to help me out. I have done my biometric at the Canada embassy since 24th of September 2018 till now I can't track my application the response I get when checking is NO RECORD FOUND.
PLEASE HELP ME THIS IS MY 1ST TIME.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Bracha: 4:55am On Jan 08, 2019|
Canada embassy in Nigeria or ? If it's in Nigeria, go to cic-dot-gc-dot-ca, scroll down to 'contact us' and fill a 'case specific enquiry' form. In the 'enquiry' box provided, write your problem. Direct the form to London, hopefully they'll reply you.
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by WoodcrestMayor(m): 6:37am On Jan 08, 2019|
I’ve been away for a very long long time. Landing gist is stale considering the fact that I touched down in May 2018…8months ago. I won’t bore you guys with details so I will just summarize as well as I can.
I departed naija at about 1pm and landed in Toronto at about 8am the following day…Addis Ababa through Dublin to Toronto it was. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said I stood for a combined 7hrs (approximately) in the plane stretching my leg and I also got tired of the food . Toronto was a long queue and POF check was smooth…officer only asked what I came in with. I was about to show him and he said I shouldn’t bother showing him. Ethiopian airline guys advised me to change my flight to one that had long connecting time for Toronto/Edmonton. I heeded their advice and I was just in time for my flight to Edmonton after immigration stress. In fact, I had to run as the flight was about leaving. I would have been put on another flight without any extra charge but my people in Edmonton had cleared their itinerary for my arrival so it wouldn’t have been fair.
I boarded Air Canada and I balance well well for plane…hostess make sense and all…I said to myself…”another 4hrs of flight”…sigh. Hostess moved round to serve drinks and snacks and I went in for one without questions. I thought it was covered by the air fare and then she brought out the POS . Thank God say I respect myself no carry wetin expensive. I had my dollar MasterCard on me and I still had some change on it. I paid and moved on to buy Wi-Fi access for the duration of my flight. I started messaging friends and family to give present location and all.
I touched down in Edmonton at about 4pm and was welcomed by my cousins…got a light hoodie as temperature was about 17 degrees on that beautiful day. We took a few pictures and headed home. We got home and I got a surprise cake (it was my birthday and I planned the landing for my birthday but I wasn’t expecting any cake) *please pass me the tissue roll*.
I landed on a Thursday and a new reality set in. I was a banker back home and even though I was tired of banking, I figured it was the easiest way to get something mainstream. I needed to get into the system and then plot my move from there. I am not a young guy in my 20’s so I knew I didn’t have much time on my hands. I knew about the Canadian experience thing but I said to myself…”you don’t time to experiment much with menial jobs for Canadian experience. The earlier you got into the mainstream, the better for you”. My cousin has a few banker friends and they told me something that could get me into the system quick enough. I went to church with him and he introduced me to a wealth manager who also started in the bank as a sales person. He further reiterated what other bankers I spoke to said-get a mutual fund certification. I got to Canada on a Thursday and started reading on Monday…I didn’t plan to start that early For two months, I read and did nothing else; not even job applications. After about 800pages and some practice, I took the exam in July and I’m still grateful I passed at first attempt.
I started applying for jobs and indeed.com became my homepage My cousin also told me to check out Bredin;thank God I did. Resume writing, cover letter and interview skills are non-negotiable here. I went through the classes and I immersed myself in the theory and practical. I began to practice for interviews like they were examinations. All these under my belt but the jobs were not forthcoming. The food industry had a lot of openings but I was adamant; I was not going to serve food .I even did safety certifications which cost me money but I just needed to start something. I made a different resume for menial jobs and I focused on warehouse worker category but I kept getting rejections. I kid you not when I tell you that I lost count of the number of applications I submitted. I even got a scam one but can you scam the scammer?
The final week of August brought an interview which I attended. It was advertised as a sales position for Telus but I turned out to be for one of the companies selling for Telus. I took the job nonetheless even though it was pure commission. It was a door-to-door sales job and did it for about a month. There was a day It snowed a little and I could not unzip my trouser because I was losing control of my fingers…I called an Uber and closed for the day. I thought I wasn’t going to return there but I thought about everything and the next morning I was in the office. I finally quit after 3 weeks and I was ready to look for a cashier position anywhere when RBC sent out invites for a networking event; a networking event which had the mutual funds certification as a pre-requisite for registration. I went to Hudson Bay, bought a suit and I already bought shoes from Aldo during summer sales so I was ready to go. The networking event was quickly followed by a proper interview a week later and in the second week of October, I got an offer for an Intern position. I resumed 3rd week of November and I will be in training till summer. It’s a very intensive one but I’m glad I got it.
Pay attention guys because I’m going to connect some dots here for people who need this. The value of time anywhere especially here can not be overemphasized. Even though I didn’t stay long at the sales job, it undoubtedly played its part in securing the RBC job. I was able to tick the Canadian experience box and I also made a couple of sales and the pay cheques came in handy during background checks. It was one of the items used to verify that I indeedworked for the company I stated in my resume. Also, the timing of the exam was impeccable because I registered for the RBC networking event in August and if I hadn't passed it at first attempt, the next available date would have been in August and I would have missed out on this opportunity. I’m not where I want yet but I’m super grateful to God and the people around me who gave me OT.
I took my class 7 test in September so I’ll be ready to cruise in my car come next winter (their deddies). I’ve been driving here though(my cousin’s wife’s car ) because I learnt that in naija but I never had my car so I’ll be ready for my road test come September.
Those fake CRA guys called me too but again, can you scam the scammer?
What did I miss out? Oh! I did a bit of summer shopping. I bought off-season items like a winter jacket(I only just realized it’s simply decent) and two winter boots. The winter boots I bought for $35 in summer now cost about $135 in winter . Bredin also gave me a lot of information on packages the government have in place to help new comers integrate into the system. For example, I get to use Edmonton city public sites (gym,library, zoo etc) for free and I also buy the bus pass for $35 as against the regular $97. The subsidized bus pass wasn’t in effect when I came in. It was only just included 3 months ago.
Winter has been good to me and I think it’s just a gift from God…a way of helping me settle in before the next one which I predict will be brutal.
I remember the “disgust” on my face when summer came and these guys couldn’t stay at home. Everyone found one excuse or the other to go outside and all. I was naïve then; i now know better. I will be one of the first person to run out on the first day of summer 2019
Summarily, research is key and there’s really no midway here. One has to be really deliberate about everything here and I tell you one thing-it is easier to chart ones course here. I wouldn’t deny the fact that it’s easier with age on your side though. People get depressed here too; especially the guys who earned big bucks in naija only to get here to crumbs. Mental strength is key and it is your strongest ally when trying to integrate into the system because everything will try to beat you down and you’ll almost question your competence.
I don’t think we have any under-18 on this thread so nightlife and fine buildings shouldn’t be a reason to choose a province. I met a Nigerian at the Millwoods gym and he told me he has been in Canada for 10yrs. He landed in Quebec because many of his friends chose there but he and many of them had find their levels after 3 years-he’s doing fine now. Another one I heard of in church came from Toronto and got a job in her 2nd week in Edmonton. I met a Somali girl who left Toronto for Edmonton because she wasn’t cut out for the petty jobs that were available to her there. She said some of her friends are still there doing call centre jobs because they like the big city feel.
Last last, na where opportunity dey for your profession pass suppose inform decision to move o!
Also, I will never advice anyone to land here in winter. Friends and family will easily volunteer to take you to places to get things done the first few weeks if you land in summer but you’re more likely to get excuses if you ask them for the same favour in winter.
May God's favour rest upon us as we continue the journey here.
To our brothers and sisters expecting Accra package, you all shall not be disappointed
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Claire40: 7:08am On Jan 08, 2019|
It's nice to see express entry seniors progressing. It's gives hope that there are opportunities in Canada.
Thanks for the landing gist
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by lobell: 7:13am On Jan 08, 2019|
Nicely done! All the very best as you settle in more.
Oga blackbuddy, Congo2, salford1, maternal in fact all the seniors. What are prospects you have seen/heard/encountered for a chemistry PhD (previously lecturing and tired of standing and talking) in:
1. Oil patch
Looking specifically at Alberta and Saskatchewan but anywhere is fine, really.
Science majors are not really discussed on here, except for that chairman that moved from factory hand to manager in a week.
Many thanks and kind regards.
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by vcole: 7:16am On Jan 08, 2019|
Nice post @woodcrestmayor
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by CanadianNaija: 7:52am On Jan 08, 2019|
Thank you for the update and insight.
I wish you the best.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by MummyJaygirls: 7:56am On Jan 08, 2019|
In other words Edmonton is the city flowing with milk and honey
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by joo2018: 8:09am On Jan 08, 2019|
That's a rich story and it is not late.
Thanks for sharing the experiences and the tips and thank God it is all working for you.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by joo2018: 8:10am On Jan 08, 2019|
Lol. Mama Edmonton!
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 9:07am On Jan 08, 2019|
Beautiful.Thanks for this.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 9:11am On Jan 08, 2019|
Hello people,please any similar part or known knowledge about this?kindly help give your input.it will be really appreciated
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by MissEmmy: 9:19am On Jan 08, 2019|
Very concise and on point. Thanks for sharing your story. May the land continue to favour you.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by akintunde63: 9:25am On Jan 08, 2019|
I need the contact, pls. It 3 months since I made my transcript request and they av refused to send it. Seem LAUTECH is the one devil wants to use.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by abakiki(f): 9:43am On Jan 08, 2019|
It is definitely not an isolated case, join the club!!! I am May AOR and nothing started, as at the last time I confirmed.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by diamondextra: 9:52am On Jan 08, 2019|
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i thoroughly enjoyed your post. Bless your kind heart
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by diamondextra: 10:02am On Jan 08, 2019|
lobell:honestly, people barely talk about science majors. I used to wonder if studying for a phd in canada would be financially rewarding.
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