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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by SirKastic(m): 3:29pm On Sep 10|
Ive been on this process since i wrote my 1st IELTS in January, 2018 (wrote 4 times before getting required score), and all other stressful processes of getting the required docs. You need to think about what your motivation is and if it's worth it to you.. in the long run. You should decide for yourself regardless of what your friend/colleague might be doing or not. Do what you think will be best for you and your kids. Hope this helps... cheers and all the best.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Influential101: 3:49pm On Sep 10|
Maple2020:I wonder what your definition of "comfortable job" is shaaa.. hope it's paying you in 7 figures?
I hope in the years to come, you won't regret not taking this opportunity..all the best in whatever you decide.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by daks02: 6:41pm On Sep 10|
Got mine from a trusted bDC in Lagos
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Dame91: 7:04pm On Sep 10|
Pls at what rate and can I get his details.I'm not liking the rates at the airport. Thanks
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by damzy88: 7:15pm On Sep 10|
daks02:Sent you a pm.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Folafikemi: 12:15am On Sep 11|
Thanks a lot bro. I really appreciate. Are you also in Saskatchewan?
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by ENG0701: 3:23am On Sep 11|
No, I am in Toronto, Ontario for now.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Orange1234: 8:29am On Sep 11|
Hello. Please I'm sending you a pm now. Please I'd like to get the name of the BDC and the rates. I want to change naira to CAD. thanks
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by coolhayor: 6:50pm On Sep 11|
I sent you a PM
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by coolhayor: 6:56pm On Sep 11|
I live in Winnipeg. There are many good areas here generally, Pembina highway, St Mary, St Vital, St Nobert, Transcona, Bridge water, Charleswood etc. I will say the rule is the farther you are from downtown, the better.
I have been living here close to 2 years and not 1 crime heard in my area.
Most areas have school and daycare close to them. You may also need to consider proximity to shopping as well.
I hope this helps
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by TITILOLA88: 9:13pm On Sep 11|
Thank you very much! This helps a whole lot.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Boss13: 10:05pm On Sep 11|
Guy trade the stuff. The power socket and outage here is quite different. When you come you can see some TV at reasonable price
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Boss13: 10:10pm On Sep 11|
Dont do this if you are not motivated. It's a marathon and not fast track. I hear people say, I'm immigrating to canada for my kids. How about you? If priorities and planning aren't clear cut, confusion sets in and wrong decisions made.
I wish you the best as you think deep. Dont do it because its trendy. Do it because you want it badly.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by NwanyiOkpa(f): 2:01am On Sep 12|
Hello everyone, sorry to bother you once again.
I am looking at going for MSc, Mechanical Engineering, 2020. Kindly suggest to me schools where i can get full funding.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by pejuhazel(f): 10:04am On Sep 12|
Good morning, kindly help those of us whose applications are stuck in Accra VO sign this petition:http://chng.it/wSX46NVVKZ
We too want to come to Canada and jollificate with you people.
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by whizqueen(f): 11:44am On Sep 12|
LANDING GIST BY WHIZQUEEN
Travel Date - 9th September 2019
Airline - EgyptAir
Routes - Lagos - Cairo - Toronto
Destination - Mississauga, GTA, Ontario
Left home around 9am heading to the airport with my mom, dad, sis & bro, Less than 30 minutes we got there no much traffic. I took pictures and videos of the last view of naija till a very long time. My Dad dropped us off at the entrance gate and went to park. My mom, sis and I carried one bag each and we passed. My brother dulled a little and the security at the gate refused him entry Cos he wasn’t traveling. I went to intervene and begged baba kept a straight face. He asked for 500 to let him in, I went to retrieve my purse from momsy, picked 200 and squeezed it into his hand and dragged my brother in. Immediately I called my popsy not to dull Incase they ask if he’s traveling he should say he’s going to Dubai with his family that his wife and kids took the luggage in with his passport Incase they ask. But they didn’t so he entered
During all these time my momsy found herself at quarantine stand with my food grin grin grin mommy howww?? I said stand at EgyptAir stand how did you get here?? She said they asked her if it foodstuff in the sack and she answered in affirmation. They asked 2k for Quarantine certificate,, I was furious. I insisted on not paying as it was illegal. The sillly woman asked me to read one banner, I did and it never mentioned paying 2k. I told her anyone can come up with receipts and getting receipts for payment doesn’t mean it’s a legal payment. I bluntly told her if she wanted tips she should ask and I’d give her but trying to defraud me wouldn’t work. Naso the woman vex ooo called her colleague said see this girl ooooo... who are you? what do I need your money for. I told her it was not right and never call me a girl cos you don’t know who da hell I am cool. I’m not gonna pay this money and we’d both sleep here today. She asked to search my bag I said “you have no rights too, put the bag in a scanner” if the scanner picks anything I’d gladly open” she moved on to the next person. I told her I was leaving and won’t wait any more second if she doesn’t scan the bag or let me go. My mom was already panicking by then I told her not to fear oo today na today I’m not paying a dime. I opened that Twitter post from NAQS about the denying collecting money illegally from people. The woman said she won’t read it that I should go to the website. One man came and started speaking English. He tried to talk in a low tone to pacify me, I told him I understand but won’t pay. He said no problem I should let them search the bag. I opened it and they did. I left my mom with the bag and carried my small bag to get my brother to assist with carrying the big bag. Before I returned my mom paid the 2k embarassed embarassed I said but “I told you not to pay you just let this people scammed me after all the mouth I don make” I was so furious ehn. She said “owo ayo la n san” in English it means it’s a cheerful gift that I should leave it sheybe it’s her money. God I was so pissed.
We got back to EgyptAir stand to weigh my luggage. My box was weighing 32kg gen gen my sack was 26kg, hand luggage 16kg my back pack 8kg grin grin heck I’m just entitled to two 23kg bags and one 8kg. How did I get here??
My box empty alone weighed 5.3kg. Time to reshuffle,,, the guy said I should bring them out into a different bag and suggested I take them home or pay for excess luggage. I asked how much it would be, he said he had no idea he would have to call someone to help me with the charges but I should first unpack and know the weight of the additional luggage. So I started removing stuffs. All my heavy jeans, Tiger nuts, natives, oats, milo and some foodstuff , I removed them and put in the new sack. My box came down 24kg so I wrapped my food bag 26kg. I unpacked my hand luggage removed 2 spags, my jean and some stuff. I hid my back pack with my sister and only showed them my small box. I mostly had sweaters and 3 bottles of palm oil inside the box. I put the palm oil inside maltina bottles, wrapped them in newspaper and put in ziplock bags. I tucked each bottles inside my thick socks and wrapped with my cardigan wink the oils in my food bag was buried inside my garri, elubo and seasoning ziplock bags. You can never find them. They all made it safely.
The new bag was about 16kg so I asked how much will I pay for the new bag? One very annoying man came and said it was 210$ from the airline website but I should pay $105 that’s half. I told him I didn’t have dollars he should let’s talk in naira he said they don’t accept any other currency only USD I begged and begged. I told him, I didn’t have naira to change at the airport and the exchange guys refused to accept transfer or pay with card. He said I should go and look for ATM. My brother went to withdraw 20k, I changed 35$ and went to beg the man he gave me one wicked look and said what’s this rubbish. I told him that’s all the cash I had and I was ready to pay the balance with transfer to his account. He said he wasn’t joking that he won’t take naira.
My brother went again to withdraw another 20k so now I decided to change another 35$ summing it up to 70usd. I told him I doubled it that he should just help me as the bag is just 16kg that the stuff inside doesn’t even worth up to that. At this point I was already tired with the begging and begging. He insisted that it was 105$ and he won’t collect anything less, I should stop following him around.
I went back to my people I wanted to recheck what and what was inside Cos I’m not gonna spend 36k to transport 16kg of bag when I can cargo 49kg for 75k. It’s not worth it. Wetin dey inside the bag sef no worth 36k.
That was how I cancelled paying for excess luggage and cargo instead. The guy that has been hustling for me with the man started begging me that I shouldn’t be angry that he would help me talk to the man, that I should wait. I waited for 10 minutes immediately I didn’t see him like this I went to check in the other bags and left the extra one. He came back and saw me on the line. He wasn’t happy. I was ready to give him 500 for his troubles but I didn’t see him by the time I was done.
So I checked in my two bags both weighed 50kg total and it went in. My hand luggage was 10kg, the lady wrote it on the tag and said I should not add anything to it as they would reweight it at the boarding gates again. Yiiiimu tongue me that still has one backpack that’s like 8kg cheesy she gave my my boarding pass, I had earlier checked in online and picked window sit on both leg of the trip, it was the same sits on the boarding pass printed.
Went back to meet my family, we sat, ate, took pictures, videos and we watched people saying good byes to their family. Different kinda teary faces Chai cry embarassed I asked my mom if she would cry, she said she won’t. Well, there’s only one way to find out right? We had about 1 hr left so I asked each of them what they would miss about me. It’s funny how my sister could say she would miss my craziness!!!!!! I’ve not even left she’s calling me crazy ah children of nowadays sha. My mom talked about me not getting under any pressure whatsoever to send money home o. I should take my time, settle well and build my own life first before worrying about anything that they are working and are fine. Incase things gets hard (which we don’t pray for) I shouldn’t hesitate to call and ask for help. My brother gave me a necklace with my name on it, and my sister gave me a painting she made for me.
The first call for my flight was made and we decided to pray and sing. We did Snapchat video selfies again lol we’re just too vain in my family. It’s not easy watching the first child leave just like that na.
I suddenly remembered I had to reshuffle my hand luggage and move things into the box. My mistake here was I should have moved the bulky clothes into the box and leave my laptop in my back pack. I thought it was the weight they would use and not look at the puffiness of the bag but I was wrong.
I headed for the gates and my sister followed me down till the point they asked her to go back and the tears came. I went back outside to hug them one more time, my mom was busy making videos, my brother was looking lost, hard guy hard guy my fathers eyes were dripping water already �� to think we were never on the same page and we disagreed on everything and he seems to be the most emotional one right now? My eye got teary too... I headed for the gates again with my sister we hugged for almost 5 minutes we were both crying this time. I couldn’t hold it back lol. I told her not to worry she’d join me soon and we would be making video calls. She went back and I proceeded. The lady that confirmed my passport and ticket asked why I was crying if I was missing my husband already I said no. She said who. I was mute. She asked if I wanted to go back home as it wasn’t too late. Auntyyyyyy shey na you them send nii? Abi o re yin ni ma? I laughed and she said I shouldn’t cry, it’s for the best reasons so I should be strong. I smiled and thanked her.
I got to the scanner, and it picked my small box. They asked me to open it they found my milk and the lady said she doubt if it was allowed in Canada but she was engrossed with asking me about how I did the visa thingy she closed the bag. And begged for my contact and ask if I could put her through. I said no problem. I write my number and email out for her. That was how I used scope to pass my milk even though she saw it. I got to the boarding gate, they refused me entry that my back pack is too big and won’t move. That I should offload them or they will offload my luggage and I’d miss the trip.
I dunno where I got the confidence from but I didn’t even freat. I just brought out my phone, made videos and asked one of their staff to even snap me grin grin she kuku did help. I sat down and put ELDee - I’m leaving song on repeat lol. I was honestly unbothered. Two other people came with same issue and I got even more relaxed. They can’t deny all three of us from traveling na Cos of one extra bag. The other lady ripped her bag open looking for what to trash. For me oo, I’m not trashing anything. I removed my perfume and jewelries and tucked it in my jacket pocket the jacket itself weighs 2.3kg alone. Removed my laptop and held it on my hand and they asked to weight the bags. The two bags was 16kg instead of 10kg shocked me sef I dey pack load oo Kilode!! That devilish man then showed up!!! The one that wanted to charge me 105$ he said “so this was your plan Abii? You will miss this flight today or you trash those things. I guess he was angry I wasted his time earlier and didn’t eventually pay. Lol I was still very much chilled. I sat back and was editing my pictures lol. I raised my face up after like 3 minutes the other lady had been allowed. The two captains entered the plane and the other guy was about to enter. Omo I hopped up and put a smile on my face with some Pittiful look and they let me lol. I’m pretty sure I was one of the last people that boarded Cos the plane was filled by the time I got in. I found my sit.
First Trip took about 5 hrs 20 minutes. We took off exactly 2.40pm from MM1. Inflight entertainment to Cairo was just there. The food was okay but we had shared screens as it was a small aircraft, no charging ports either. My battery was already 25% with all my snap-chatting and videos. I couldn’t watch Netflix as I planned. I used my laptop to charge at some point but I later slept off. 5 hrs trip to Cairo was tiring but we arrived past 9pm and had a 4 hr layover. Cairo airport only has 30 minutes of free WiFi, the charging ports at the airport has a funny kinda socket so I couldn’t charge again. I used my laptop to charge.
I bought pizza, water and fayouz during the lay over at Cairo airport for $10 total. In no time, 4 hrs was over. Tho it was very boring Cos I couldn’t use my phone much.
We boarded the second trip and my smaller box was retrieved and added to my check-in luggage. I was told I’d get it at Toronto that it was too heavy. I was happy ehn chai you have no idea. The aircraft this time was really big with charging port, more leg room, blanket, socks and pillow. They gave us a small gift pack with ear plugs, pen, wipes, toothpaste and brush inside. Then the longest 12 hrs journey began. I saw a movie and slept. The food came and passed me, by the time I opened my eyes they had served the first meal and people were packing their plates. Abi e ya werey niii? How did my food miss me?? They said I was sleeping. Oga bring my food I’m awake, I got the food. My Goodness it was jollof rice, chicken and salad. So i could have missed this ehn We were served again about 2 hrs to the end of the trip.
I arrived Toronto Pearson Airport around 7.50am 10th September 2019. It’s real now. I connected to the WiFi and used Snapchat location filter. Sent messages to my friends and family that I’ve arrived. Immigration checks took less than 30 minutes. I did my Social Insurance Number registration took less than 5 minutes. Went to claim my baggage.
Changed 50usd to 51.4CAD pls don’t change money at the airport oo issa scam. I only needed that for taxi. I picked a taxi from the airport straight to my Airbnb apartment for 49CAD the Indian driver didn’t offer me change. He help me offload at the house and my host welcomed me in. The other people staying in the Airbnb apartment I’m at are a couple we took EgyptAir from Nigeria together. We met at the airport in Cairo but we didn’t know we were headed for the same destination. So I have new friends here. It’s hard for them to believe I’m a lone wolf and I don’t have family or close friends in Canada Cos They have a friend here, he took us to KFC, we bought chips and chicken Tuesday special. He also dropped me at the bank.
So far I’ve opened a new bank account with RBC , I didn’t go for the iPad option cos the requirements wasn’t okay by me. I have 3 accounts with RBC - Canadian Checking Account, US Savings and a Canadian e- savings. I got one temporary debit card, the new debit card and credit card will be delivered in a week.
I got a SIM card and mobile phone from Virgin mobile. I got a Samsung S9 for 60CAD monthly with unlimited calls to US and Canada, SMS and 4gb monthly data. There’s an activation charge of 40CAD and it’s same across all networks. They request for your SIN and Foreign passport , I didn’t pay a dime. I got a charger for my iPhone X for 6.99
I missed my way going to the mall to get the SIM card. I asked for direction at the bank which was a walking distance from home,, I opened google maps and it said 5 minutes drive. In my head I was using naija walks thinking 5 minutes drive should be 15 minutes walk oo.... I didn’t know I was in for a 45 minutes walk embarassed I had no internet so I couldn’t use the map. I got to one bus stop and asked, the first person I saw after walking for 15 minutes she said I was walking in the opposite direction and to go back to where I came from embarassed embarassed cry cry cry my goodness. I opted to take the bus. The crossing light held me for some seconds but luckily someone delayed the bus so I got in. I got to the bustop (the exact same place I came from) I asked how much it was, the bus driver said 3.75 I put in 5CAD waiting for my change and she said it doesn’t give change angry sad to think I even had change but I refused to use it lol. I got off and walked to the next bustop, the next buss was just leaving. I couldn’t shout or chase it. I had to wait for another 30 minutes for the next bus. I sat and it came. I dropped at Erin Mills City Center. I walked around the mall.
It looks really nice here, Mississauga seems really laid back. No much stress or hard life. Canada is fine abeg, after all my waka waka my legs wasn’t even dusty ooo, it seemed like I was just leaving the house.
I can’t wait to have everyone here. We all deserve a good life but now atleast you can refer to me as “WhizQueen Awon Temi ni Canada” cheesy cheesy cheesy
I made lotta videos. It would be out before the tomorrow morning.
I forgot to mention EgyptAir doesn’t serve wine on board like Ethiopian air when I flew with them 2 weeks ago to Dubai. The food on EgyptAir was somewhat better,,, during the second trip my small box which was a hand luggage was checked in. So I picked all three bags at Toronto Pearson Airport.
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Hadampson(m): 1:48pm On Sep 12|
May the maple country favour you by His grace
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by mikel88: 1:55pm On Sep 12|
Please help!!! I received a biometric request letter after 7months of AOR and I am already in Canada on work permit since March, how will I complete the biometric ? Also my wife who is the primary applicant and has been in Canada for 4years also got a biometric request letter despite being an inland applicant we applied under CEC stream. I don’t understand these IRCC people anymore please help. I don’t want to go back to naija at all☹️
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by whizqueen(f): 5:17pm On Sep 12|
Amen. Thank you
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by whizqueen(f): 5:17pm On Sep 12|
You can do your biometrics in Canada
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by mmaryam(f): 6:06pm On Sep 12|
Who has a port Harcourt plug for winter shoes and jacket... we're landing in December
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Jbelieve: 8:41pm On Sep 12|
Hello, please what are the new comers program in brampton/toronto? I also heard that the govt offers grant to newcomers. My question is does the grant allow you get a degree in Canada?
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by shege45: 9:21pm On Sep 12|
Please for we single guys, how to we meet ladies there?
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Licious07(f): 9:52pm On Sep 12|
Really interesting read. May you find favor in the land
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by klexycole(m): 11:56pm On Sep 12|
This might be helpful to both new and landed immigrants.
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Go check it out.
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by tobore187: 12:16am On Sep 13|
The video was a nice touch, thank you...welcome to Canada.
[quote author=whizqueen post=82161155]LANDING GIST BY WHIZQUEEN
Travel Date - 9th September 2019
Airline - EgyptAir
Routes - Lagos - Cairo - Toronto
Destination - Mississauga, GTA, Ontario
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by mikel88: 12:31am On Sep 13|
whizqueen:how ma? I was told is not possible since I was in Nigeria when the application was submitted. I am already looking for flight to naija... please help if you know how.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by whizqueen(f): 12:47am On Sep 13|
tobore187:Thanks a bunch. I hope you subscribed? �
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by ENG0701: 2:30am On Sep 13|
I don't know how true this is, i once read that you can't do biometrics within canada, but you can do it at the border or in US.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by 40manlappy: 2:36am On Sep 13|
Welcome to Canada. Wish you a smooth sail to settlement
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by salford1: 7:09am On Sep 13|
whizqueen:Congrats and welcome to Canada. My first time of reading a landing gist c/w a YouTube video. *Applause*
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Mapleking: 3:31pm On Sep 13|
Welcome home whizzy whizzy.
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