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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Ifeoma77(f): 7:42pm On Jan 22|
olajide21:Awww this is so emosh!!! Safe journey, Godspeed and wish you favour in your new country
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by canadiandamsel: 8:06pm On Jan 22|
adaifx:am interested in this information too. Pls anyone who can give insight should please do.
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Harjeehbaday(m): 8:24pm On Jan 22|
Cant imagine the emotion rush....It is well with you as you start a new Journey...
Hopefully my OINP provisional nomination will be approved and I join you in canny land...
God bless you
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Lastruct: 9:14pm On Jan 22|
Hello landed seniors! I have decided to carry myself enter here officially while waiting for COPR. My PPR story has been shared on the sister thread. Una Weldone here oh.
Please I need help from our experienced seniors here. I am a construction project manager with civil engineering background and about ten years experience in the construction industry. Before now, I have been doing some research on the best province for me to land with my Nurse Spouse. Came up with Vancouver BC and Calgary, Alberta as preferred places. But decided to chose Calgary because I read from some sites that Vancouver and BC is generally expensive and tough to survive.
I was chatting with a friend who currently lives in Ottawa Ontario yesterday and he was kinda discouraging me from going to Calgary but rather come join him in Ottawa. He mentioned reasons like fluctuation in oil whic I turn affect the entire Alberta economy, scanty communities which prevents one from mixing up, inability to easily get support from people as most calgarians are ‘mind ur business kinda people’ and all that. The truth is that apart from the fact that I personally don’t like to live in a place that is too busy like Lagos, I also don’t seem to believe there are construction opportunities from what I have seen so far in Ottawa as compared to Calgary, I may be wrong oh. But then, experienced people should please help me.
So I have brought this here for my ogas to help me chuck mouth and advice me oh before I go jogodo for Cannyland.
All what my friend was telling me was that I can easily get casual jobs almost immediately as I land and start looking for better job once I get settled.
Your suggestions and advise would be very appreciated.
@salford, @maternal, @joo2018, @einsteino and all the Oga patapatas, Biko make una helep me oh
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by MightyFortress: 9:32pm On Jan 22|
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 10:13pm On Jan 22|
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by gaggle: 10:22pm On Jan 22|
Search "CIPHI" and read up. I hope u find it helpful. Working as a Public Health Inspector isn't bad at all but u need to be certified first. Also you may try NGOs like CAS and see if u fit in.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by kart042000(m): 11:08pm On Jan 22|
Hi all, I was an active member in the former group.
I tried reading through the 30 pages, but was forced to share my testimony the moment I came across this.
I started my application on 23rd Aug, 2014, by Dec 20, 2014 my application was sent to ACCRA for further processing.
To cut the long stories short, I just received my passport request this last December. Accra is very very slow.
I applied as a single bachelor, within the moment of waiting, I already got married and my child is almost 3.
For people who are waiting, it will surely come to pass, just a little patience and ensure to request for your GCMS notes to be certain about what is going on. It will end in praises.
Any electrical engineer in the group but specialising as a network engineer. Please I have a lot of questions so I can be fully prepared before landing. Thanks
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 12:42am On Jan 23|
Well, life goes on. It's only snow, just a lot of it and you can see the people in the picture digging out their cars. They still have to go to church, go to the grocery store, go to the clinic if ill, get to work or business and earn a living. The local school board may advise of school shutdowns if the snow storm is severe but if you own a business and need to get there to provide your services and keep your clients, snow is not a major concern. Some businesses may ask their staff to stay at home but it's not a given. The major roads are cleared by the provincial and municipal authorities while people living in apartment buildings have their environment cleared by their building management. People who live in townhomes, houses can sign a contract with landscapers to clear the snow for you or like some of us and the folks in the pictures, you buy shovels and snow blowers and do it yourselves. Good way to get some exercise and gist with your neighbors. It's part of being Canadian
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by salford1: 12:44am On Jan 23|
Your friend was right about the Alberta economy being affected by the low oil price. Calgary especially took a serious hit. I can't say how easy it is to get construction project management jobs in Calgary at the moment. If you insist on going to Alberta, you may be better off going to Edmonton. As per your madam's nursing profession, there is an oversupply of nurses in Calgary. Getting a stable nursing job in calgary after qualifying might be a challenge. Generally speaking, the demand for nurses are usually in small towns/cities. Still, one can't go wrong with a nursing degree in Canada if you do not restrict yourself to a location.
However, it is important to note that I am not writing off Calgary, since what works for mr A may not necessarily work for mr B and vice versa. While the oil sector is taking a hit and laying off people/people losing homes, the renewable energy industry is picking up steam. As bad as the Alberta economy is, two friends still bought ~ 2500 sq ft new homes in Calgary just last year. In summary, there are still other industries that do not depend on oil to thrive. In terms of jobs in Ottawa, I do not know anything about it's economy.
I really do not understand what you meant by "scanty community and mixing up". It is not true that people do not want to support others. You would find good and not so good people everywhere, irrespective of whether you stay in Ottawa or Calgary.
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by vcole: 3:20am On Jan 23|
Yes you can do that.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by joo2018: 6:47am On Jan 23|
Oh boy! Pre-EE! 4yrs!
Nothing to say but to hope that all your family members were added and that Accra is through with all backlogs.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by lobell: 6:53am On Jan 23|
Four freaking years?
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Lastruct: 8:05am On Jan 23|
Thanks so very much @salford. I really appreciate your response. God bless you. I will make my mind open and make a decision on this. I can as well function well on other areas like manufacturing and any other field also, at least to pay my bills and also build a career in Canada. If Construction seems to be tough to get, I will try explore other areas as available also.
God bless you my Oga
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by JonJon2017: 8:20am On Jan 23|
Hi all, please I need help.
My PR Visa expires in July, while my passport expires in October. My travel date is last week of May.
Will this be a problem as passport validity will be less than 6 months. If it is, does CIC need to be contacted after passport renewal or just travel with the new & old passport that has the visa.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by wholesomegrace: 8:50am On Jan 23|
'The calm down bro' got me .. I just read and waka pass that comment. Itchy fingers
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Gregeal: 9:36am On Jan 23|
wholesomegrace:I assumed wrong and I accept and take responsibility for that. In my mind I even apologize to the guy even with typing it here so that the matter can slide.
This platform is all about sharing and caring and I know I have benefitted from it. We should always help each other out and also make our questions clear.
I think it is safe to say "e don do". Lets all move on.
By the way I have a question.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Gregeal: 9:40am On Jan 23|
What bridging programs can one quickly do to change career paths from banking to IT (e.g Business Intelligence Developer)?
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Linsigne(m): 10:58am On Jan 23|
I no fit laugh � �
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Onyeenyeh: 12:30pm On Jan 23|
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by cochtrane: 12:52pm On Jan 23|
JonJon2017:It's not a problem. A number of people here have been in similar situation and had no troubles "landing".
In fact, someone some few pages back inquired about this.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by jhoci: 1:08pm On Jan 23|
It won't be a problem. But if I were in your shoes, I'd get a new passport before leaving instead of having to travel to Ottawa to get a new one. It depends on where you'll be living in Canada though.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Zeiya(f): 1:21pm On Jan 23|
I am Landing in Toronto in April with a family of four.
Please is there anyone here living in:
We are interested in settling in any of these areas.
Please what is the average/modest real cost of a 2 bedroom accommodation (apartment/basement) in any of these areas ( I can't get enough information on the cost of apartments online in any of these areas)?
I plan booking an Airbnb in Toronto or any of these places to stay while looking for accommodation. ( please how easy is it to get accommodation in these areas).
Please people living in these areas should help and answer my question. Any added information about the cities will be greatly appreciated.
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by primeson1(m): 2:18pm On Jan 23|
Please i would like to join the ontario/Toronto whatsapp group, please pm me if you can be of help.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by primeson1(m): 2:19pm On Jan 23|
I need this info as well... Thanks
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by emeify: 2:58pm On Jan 23|
Hi guys. I want to send my Canadian bank account to be used for visa application from Nigeria. Do I just use the monthly statements I have been receiving via email or request for one that spans across d months? Does it need to be signed like we do in Nigeria? How many months statement would be appropriate? Thank u.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by linuslynx: 3:54pm On Jan 23|
I've benefited quite a lot from this thread and even the Express Entry thread, 95% of the resources I used for this journey came from Nairaland and though I am silent most of the time I really want to encourage and thank especially those who constantly respond to questions here. We got PPR since march last year but had to sort out some things in naija hence our landing now.
Our journey started from Calabar, family of three, we had to send some baggage through Courier to my Sister in Abuja where we eventually took off.
Take off date was 19th January with Ethiopian airline, and we arrived the airport at about 9.25am for a flight of 1.30pm. It was too early to part with family members so we had to proceed with checking in to come out later for final goodbyes and the cry cry.
First check in point with immigration dem bounce our 75cl palm oil but lucky for us one escaped. I sharply collected it and gave the baggage guy to give my mum outside, if we no fit carry am travel Immigration no go flex on top our oil. They still probed further about our honey but I talked that one through.
Next we went to get boarding pass which was smooth except for when it came to baggage weight wahala. I used the old school scale at home so I knew one of my bags was like 28kg. I argued with the guy that online check in should give me 5kg free but he insisted that the information on the website is misleading and doesn’t suffice, I sha still argue small and finally he waived it. I tipped the guy at the baggage scale because he did small magic too.
Subsequent checks before boarding were smooth, once them see that Canada immigrant Visa remain make dem salute us to pass, chai naija passport don suffer person. I was now thinking to myself what would happened when person get that Canada passport finally. We left for Addis Ababa flight was smooth, inflight entertainment on point, food just manageable, lay over time about 2.30hrs, their wifi wasn’t functional at the time so couldn’t reach family. Flight to Dublin was cool too lay over of about an hour for re-fueling and crew change. We took off for Toronto afterwards and arrived at about 7.30am local time but the snow was something else so it took a while before we even disembarked. I just knew we’d miss our connecting flight to Calgary which was for 9.30am. We were later rescheduled however for another flight.
Now, getting to the immigration officer at the POE was traumatic for us because we had a terrible experience while trying to get dollars the day before our trip. The transfer we did to the BDC till now has not even impacted and neither has the funds been reversed back to our account so we only had cash of $2,000 on us for a family of three and with all the news of immigration officers being strict with showing POF we sha bolded up and met the guy, he asked how much we had and I said $2k the guy now looked at me and asked me again you said how much and I answered $2k, I was now trying to explain that I have the balance in my account blah blah but he wasn’t even interested and just stamped my declaration card and told us to proceed and that was it oh. We met another immigration officer and he expressed shock too at us just having $2k but he still let us in without much hassle. Just be confident in your response and hold God POF isn’t enough reason for them to turn you back at the POE.
We landed Calgary exhausted and three of our bags didn’t land with us and they had critical items in them. This stressed us further but they promised to deliver them which they didn’t as there was now some communication mix up and I had to still go pick them from the airport 24hrs later.
Accommodation for us was easy as we already had a place before landing, we got a referral to a naija landlord who gave us a very warm welcome, cooked for us and even stocked our fridge reasonably. We also had a family friend who helped signed off as guarantor, picked us from the airport and welcomed us warmly.
The cold no be here oh but I understand it’s been the mildest winter in a long while so we’d just enjoy it while it last. You can never be too prepared for this journey, just do your best and leave the rest to God.
Another thing, we deliberately mistakenly omitted declaring the fish we brought in but thank God dem no catch us else I understand it would have been a serious issue for us, so it’s always safer to declare to avoid being caught out as the trauma wasn’t here waiting to know if dem go catch us or not. By the time I spoke to someone who advised I declare correctly dem don cross off the “yes” option so I couldn’t adjust it again.
We've gotten SIN and registered for our Health Cards, opened accounts and credit cards are on the way. Going to the immigration service centres later this week to get a settlement councilor. There's still so much to do but na one step at a time. Everybody dey run different race just do you cos what works for person A may not work for person B. You suddenly realize 24hrs a day isn't enough any longer but I'm very positive that we would settle down effectively, get jobs and start our respectively school/certification programs soonest so we can level up.
Thanks guys for reading through and may we fight less please and if we must fight may it be very constructive and beneficial to all.
Every dream begins with a dreamer but dreams don't come true by magic, it takes hard work, determination and sweat. Let's keep being positive and pushing, our dreams will surely come true.
God bless us all.
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Lastruct: 4:17pm On Jan 23|
Nice one. May the land Favour you and yours
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Threemg: 4:41pm On Jan 23|
May you find GOD'S GRACE in all that you do as you begin your synchronization into the new home/country.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Licious07(f): 4:43pm On Jan 23|
linuslynx:Thank God for a safe landing. Wishing your family all the very best.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by cochtrane: 4:47pm On Jan 23|
linuslynx:Interesting gist. Wish you the best in Canada!
I don't think the above is correct. Insufficient POF is usually enough reason to turn anyone back at the border. It's clearly spelt in the instructions, but is left to the discretion of the border officer. I'm sure the officers certainly felt you have enough POF (in the bank), but have only chosen to travel with smaller cash.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by vascey(m): 5:42pm On Jan 23|
Word!!! All the best bro. Wishing you and your family and all our people over there the best. Be safe.
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