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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by Claire18: 12:10pm On Mar 12, 2019
Its PPPPPPPPPPRRRRRR!!!!!!!
All Glory to God on High!!!!!
LONG POST ALERT!!!!
For those that can’t read long texts…..
Timeline
IELTS by BC -8777. 7th July 2018
ECA by WES - 4th Sept 2018
ITA - 4th Sept 2018
MED/PPC—18th Sept 2018
AOR-5th Oct 2018
BIL -2nd Nov 2018
Biometrics-5th Nov 2018
Expected PPR--- 5th Dec 2018
PPR---- 12th March 2019, dated 11th
Visa Office—Still unknown
Family of 2!!!!
155 days!!!

So, I am wishing I had written this long before the mail…. 8:45am March 12th 2019
Post PPR
Seating at the back seat of a Hilux, strapped in, Enroute Benin, laptop on my laps, I am just beaming while typing this …….story, no… reality. So, my last night was like chaos for me. Got home 10:45pm from the office as I was preparing documents that will be needed for the trip till 9:15pm. Meanwhile, as I got home….entered the Kitchen immediately, my other job. Had to fix a soup for my Husband to eat in my 4 days absence. By the time I was done, it was past 12. My darling Husband looked at me, and said….He cannot imagine I still had all the strength to arrange all this…….bla bla….long story short, We slept late, like past 2, cos after dinner/bfast we watched TV to allow the food digest. While preparing and stuffs; We just discussed how we were going to call the Lawyer in charge of our house and pay up our rent. We had waited for a notice since January, as rent was due Feb 14th, but no word. So we decided to call. My Husband had called him yesterday, but for some reasons, it was moved till today. We had just concluded to pay a year’s rent just incase he doesn’t agree to 6 months and if the PPR comes later than expected. Meanwhile, our visa expires in September, So we are planning till July/August to leave. It has all been a ball of confusion while waiting for the golden mail. So now, obviously, whether the Lawyer likes it or not….We are paying him the 6 months !!!! That’s the first testimony!

PRE CANADA
My neighbour told me about express entry way back in 2016! He said, that I am lucky, that his own application wa paper based and has been more than a year. He sent me the link ….I studied all through the pages. Then, I wasn’t married, I had finished my masters and currently working. That was when I had the Canadian dream. If you caught me day dreaming, I was somewhere in Vancouver, or Toronto…In fact I created a note book which I called “my Canada book”. I took notes and dreamed big. I had calculated the cost of living as well as my salary as an Intern Architect. It was quite impressive, and kept my dream alive. Somewhere during my research, I had read, one has to be married for at least one year to claim married. That’s how I suspended it, as I was preparing to get married in September that year.
So, fast forward to 2017 February, I had started a 14 months course that distracted me. In between,after the 1 year , It came up again, My Husband has been sceptical about the whole migration thingy. I cant remember what happened that month, but he began to reconsider. I brought out my “Canada book” Did a fresh research, things had change, IELTS was no more 52k, Was now’ 68k. I tabled the whole cost of processing it and all. The sum was enormous…Till I mentioned the Proof of Funds…..Then it was officially suspended again. The conclusion was that we can apply to visit once in a while, Lets make it here; Nigeria has a big avenue for progress and growth.
April 2018, Course ended…What project was next? Canada Yay!!!!
So I assured my Husband, that it’s the best thing to do. He had a friend that had relocated since 2011, his friend also encouraged him to come. …That’s how We began our journey.
PRE ITA
ECA: Registered with WES, my friend that had left since 2016, was a darling. I told her that we have finally decided to begin. And I was having issues paying WES with my debit card. That was how she asked my for my sign in details, and made the payments for me…Just like that! I started wondering how someone can be so carefree, deep down, I was even scared to send her the money to do it for me, to avoid stories that touch But she suggested to do it anyways…I paid to her Naija account 65k.
Then I knew I needed just the master. Went to Unilag, I was told I could do it online, that was cool. Since I had just come already, I gave one lady at Eco bank the application to process. Cost was 19500. 1k for her data….That one pained me o. Then I went to EPS behind Ecobank to courier my photocopy of Certificate. I was given 2 prices..N1500 (5 weeks), N16000 (5 days). I thought it through; then went for the N1500. In like a moth, my Certificate was received, but transcript still pending. That how I started going to Unilag to push them to send my transcript. I was always busy, so couldn’t be a regular. Then it was received, then verification came ….as August drew near, I started panicking and pushing my cousin to disturb them to verify. Anyways, God came through as usual.. I got a notification that it will be redy by 4th of September. I started my profile ahead and waited for the ITA.
IELTS: In all honesty, I never really practiced. I had the notion that, it was just English, how difficult can it be? I had studied about the sections, what goes on where, how to talk, what to listen to….Most of the times, I read in the car, on my way to work, sample letters, examples of speaking topics, what to say etc. My Speaking Test was topic was “CONCENTRATION” . It wasn’t funny at all. I stammered, and was confused why I will have a topic like that. Common…Who asks anyone “What’s the effect of concentration on people in the City?” After the Test, I started hinting my Husband that it wasn’t as I had expected it o. First, I was shocked to see an elderly black man as my Test giver. The man looked li a Ghanaian, and I know Naija and Ghana beef. I just prayed it was going to be okay. A day to the other exam, the only day I had to practice; I quickly went to deliver an errand at my In-law’s place….that how I watched two movies (that I have watched before o) Got home around past 9, and went to bed. Woke up early, and glanced through my phone again for points and ideas. Centre was at Oregun, See crowd!! I was dumbfounded. As I only knew myself, I just faced my front, and was attentive throughout. Though the test was delayed for two hours, that part wasn’t funny. Results came out to the Glory of God, 8,7,7,7! I had not come across this thread yet, and also never knew the way IELTS can humble someone, I can only assume that If I had known that IELTS is a fail able test; I would have failed out of panic. It was much later that my friend told me that I was lucky, that she wrote it 5 times, the last she had to go to Abeokuta as Lagos wasn’t working for her. I thank God it went well. Immediately, I knew my score, as I had calculated with it. CRS 442.
I apologize for those offended with my exceeding thanks to God, but in all things I give thanks to God.
My Birthday is September 16th. I had calculated the forecast of ITAs to September 5. And was waiting for my ECA to drop since July 2018. With my Husband’s ECA, it was 452. So I registered his. By then, Unilag has increased the transcript to 25k, and the postal to N2500. I didn’t know about Hello fax by then. And up till now, Unilag cannot trace my Husband’s result. So, my chances was to hope ECA drops before 5th, if not the next ITA will be 19th (Husband’s birthday) and I would have lost 5 points down to 437. Then 440s was the real deal. I just turned to God and prayed. I have created a profile and submitted without the ECA , it made the profile ineligible. I had to create another, then waited. As God will have it, ECA dropped September 4, as promised….I dived into the pool @ 442!!!

POST ITA
This is where I found nairaland. My friend had sent me a link, I cant remember what for, But I found myself on a page with so much information, I saved it on my phone home screen. That as how I knew what to do when I get to Children’s Practice, gor ASP Moshood number, Knew places for passport photo, saw samples of reference letter. I started following up from when Mepconsultant got his PPR and people were arguing or so. Anyways, What annoys me while I read on to even this part is how basic questions that google can answer is being asked here. I got all the information form Page 1 of Part 5. Its appalling that one will claim to be a “graduate” who did “thesis” or “project” and also have above 3.5m, but cannot, I mean cannot research on a life changing journey; ;like as if One is being forced to go to Canada. …Lemme not deviate.
Reference Letters:
I claimed 3 jobs. 1. Nysc in the North. I wrote my reference letter myself, and in the letter stated how Bauchi is volatile, and getting the letter there will be life threatening. Apologies to folks in Bauchi reading this…I am in Lagos, so that’s the best I could come up with. I had a picture I took with one of the projects completed with other World Bank officials, I added it. Then went to GT( Allowie acc) and asked for statement of account from opening for the 1 year, then my discharge certificate.. 2. Worked here for 2 years, in Lagos. Unfortunately, they are no more in Nigeria, so I attached all the evidence I had that I worked there. I had the hard copies of pay slips, emails between clients and I, My offer letter, my wedding leave letter, my resignation letter, my acceptance of resignation letter etc. Then also stated that they can find my boss on Linked in if they want. 3. Current job as at then. No biggie, I typed this myself again in the CIC format but with some swag. Then gave to my boss, he printed it on the letter head paper and stamped on it. That was all. Just that reference letter. No payslips, No statement of account. Just that one letter.
PPC/Medical: I called immediately ITA landed to booked, I was sad when CP told me 27th September as the closest date. I tried the other one (not IOM) said 8th of October; that how I fell back to CP. Meanwhile, I wasn’t working full time, so I had most of the time. My Husband had taken leave for Sep 17th – 21st 2018. Had to wait till then. Called the weekend before, and ASP Moshood said we should come around 12 on Monday. So we were there around 1pm, met the man, did it in like 30mins, paid 10k…And that was crossed from the list. So we decided to go to CP as we were in the area, the Nurse gave us 28th Sept, and that I shouldn’t be on my period, I checked my Calendar, It was a clear day. Hmmm, so we said ok, and walked out. Then I rushed back in and explained to the Nurse/receptionist, that we just have this week together, if there is any sot we can take. She asked us to come early tomorrow by 7 and wait, just in case some folks don’t show up. So we arrived around 8:30am, and sha waited. Meanwhile, I had to see a Client by 11am in Lekki, I was just confused. I didn’t believe when I got up and begged the lady again, that \i have to come out briefly and return. She was really nice, got back around 1. And was able to do the tests. We knew the whole things needed, so it was a breeze. …..By 4, we were out of there. And Yes! I got the contract from that Client. (My Application fees settled).In between; you won’t believe that my period actually started on the 28th of Sep. I thank God for redirecting us to insist on another day.
Passport Photographs
I used one at Bode Thomas, My friend referred me, she already has her PPR, and I needed somewhere I could trust. So we took our passports, and paid for both soft and hard copies,N3,000. That’s not the normal price o..But we got lucky. Will be using the Hard copies during the submission.

POF
Didn’t know anything about gift deed prior to our submission. We had a gift cash transfer in July and August in my Husband’s account. The intention was to use his account, so I was added as a signatory to his account. Printed the bank statement up till September 30, and waited for ITA. By the time ITA came, we had spent out of it, and checked the difference between treasury bills and money market. We decided to invest in money market. A friend of mine works in Mansard, and without even visiting the branch, my account was set after sending the requirements. I did a test run with N50k, interest was good. Then transferred 4m from Husband account. We needed 4.5m, so had to wait till month end for salary. The money market account was opened Oct 2nd or so. So we attached the statement of funds + transfer teller showing the transfer from Husband’s account. That was all. So far, each month, the 4.5m yields 50k and liquidation is same day…so awesome. We always retain that 4.5m minimum to avoid stories.
I am a filing person, so organising the docs was not a problem. We scanned all with our phones using camscanner. The instructions are just easy, just read and follow. We attached an LOE to explain my reference letters, and new account with Mansard. Was ready since Oct 2nd, but submitted Oct 5th after a lot of trials trying to pay for the application. I bought the black market price, someone used her $CAD card to pay.
POST AOR
The wait was okay. Just had distractions, so I didn’t feel it. Shebi they said within 6 months, So I paryed for 2 months…Instead it was my friend that got it DEC 5, was a win to me, felt like I still got it.
Then I was on my own hustle, then a job came to me. So currently working since Jan 9. Less time for nairaland and stuffs.
In February, with my rent due, I decided to use my Ralph card and send an email asking where my visa office is and to know the stage. I got an automatic response after 5 days. Resent it again, got another automatic response after 3 days. Sad, I decided to wait till March 5. March 5, nothing…Haba.Decided to use the web form to inquire about my visa office. In the message, I also mentioned my rent issues, that I need to plan accordingly, that please I need a response. Then I had to log in last Saturday when a lady said she felt a ghost update, I just saw my profile read 27 days more. I was just considering to raise a CSE even though I know its not required; that I have a new job, maybe that will remove whatever dust that want to grow on my file. Ada mentioned something like that, so it can’t hurt trying.
All Glory to God, who has been faithful to us….
Every Case is Different. Do the right thing and avoid shortcuts.
See you in Canada before the Winter!!!!
Claire18:
.......Ifeoma o!!!!! Ifeoma oooo!!!! Bring the sheke!!!
.....PPR timeline loading soon!!!!

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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by bbpin(f): 12:17pm On Mar 12, 2019
Congratulations Dear.Na GOD Win

Claire18:
Its PPPPPPPPPPRRRRRR!!!!!!!
All Glory to God on High!!!!!
LONG POST ALERT!!!!
For those that can’t read long texts…..
Timeline
IELTS by BC -8777. 7th July 2018
ECA by WES - 4th Sept 2018
ITA - 4th Sept 2018
MED/PPC—18th Sept 2018
AOR-5th Oct 2018
BIL -2nd Nov 2018
Biometrics-5th Nov 2018
Expected PPR--- 5th Dec 2018
PPR---- 12th March 2019, dated 11th
Visa Office—Still unknown
Family of 2!!!!
155 days!!!

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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by bbpin(f): 12:20pm On Mar 12, 2019
congratulations to our very own Prof.May Cannyland prosper you

[b]THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!!!!!
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ISSA GOLDEN MAIL THINGS!!!

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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by boco2126: 12:28pm On Mar 12, 2019
My own is that God will bless all of you for this long PPR stories...trust me, we are learning a thing or two from it! Your labour of love will not be in vain.

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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by Zinggi(f): 12:34pm On Mar 12, 2019
[quote author=Claire18 post=76586232]Its PPPPPPPPPPRRRRRR!!!!!!!
All Glory to God on High!!!!!
LONG POST ALERT!!!!
For those that can’t read long texts…..
Timeline
IELTS by BC -8777. 7th July 2018
ECA by WES - 4th Sept 2018
ITA - 4th Sept 2018
MED/PPC—18th Sept 2018
AOR-5th Oct 2018
BIL -2nd Nov 2018
Biometrics-5th Nov 2018
Expected PPR--- 5th Dec 2018
PPR---- 12th March 2019, dated 11th
Visa Office—Still unknown
Family of 2!!!!
155 days!!!



Congratulations. May Canada favour you.

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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by Tjoy4eva: 12:38pm On Mar 12, 2019
Congrats Oga, I'll rate you 20/10, I enjoyed reading your story. May God grant you an enjoyable stay at Canada.


[quote author=raphrulz post=76575769][color=#000099]Guysssss!!!!


[b]THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!!!!!


ISSA GOLDEN MAIL THINGS!!!
Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by wellinjay891: 12:40pm On Mar 12, 2019
Thank God and Congratulations. One of them fine peoples around . Go prosper

[quote author=raphrulz post=76575769][color=#000099]Guysssss!!!!


[b]THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!!!!!


ISSA GOLDEN MAIL THINGS!!!
Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by OYASALOF(f): 12:43pm On Mar 12, 2019
PPR rain everywhere.
Congratulations to all who got their golden mail.
It seems Ottawa is releasing PPR today o smiley
I'm next in line for PPR grin
For everyone expecting one thing or the other (pof, ECA, IELTS, reference letter, PPR), I pray the Lord almighty will grant us all our heart desires speedily in Jesus name

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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by MayoDebz(f): 12:45pm On Mar 12, 2019
Your PPR story came like a cold water to a thirsty soul. Congratulations to you and your hubby. Go and prosper sis.
JesusBabyyy:
MY PPR STORY

First of all I am so grateful to the Almighty God! It was not an easy one.. I am not a woman of many words but I’l like to give back to the thread by sharing my journey.


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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by Canadahustle: 12:46pm On Mar 12, 2019
Congrats to everyone who got ppr,
Pls i have some concerns and i will greatly appreciate your clarification and guidance, i have been a silent reader following from part 6,
Am a single, , 32 years, done ECA (bsc), registered for my ielts but am looking for ways to boost my crs, present crs is 416 that's if i max my IELTS. So my question is if i get a diploma from NOUN, will it count as two or more certificate for ICES,
Does the diploma have to be related to be my bsc for it to count or just any diploma, i was at NOUN yesterday and the lady suggested diploma in peace studies and conflict resolution.
Any suggestion would be appreciated as admission is currently going on.
Secondly if i do get this diploma from NOUN, do i have to repeat my ECA to be able to get points for two or more certificate?
Lastly, from my eatimated present crs score, will pnp be a better chance for me compared to the diploma,.

I know these questions may have been addressed one way or another, i just need to be sure i am on d right part. Pls help a confused girl..
Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by Nobody: 12:55pm On Mar 12, 2019
Good day All,

After contacting CIC about my delayed application I received a mail today demanding the following. They are demanding that I send it by the 9th and today is the 12th . Please advise. Thank you.

Schedule A: Submit a separate and newly completed Schedule A Background
Declaration form (IMM 5669) bearing an original signature This must be received
at this office by: 2019/03/09

 Additional Family Info IMM5406: Submit a separate and newly completed
Additional Family Information form (IMM5406) bearing original signatures This
must be received at this office by: 2019/03/09

 Client Information: Provide Payslip and Bank statement showing salary deposits
from employer This must be received at this office by: 2019/03/09
Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by Cuteaidomo: 12:59pm On Mar 12, 2019
Congrats Jesusbaby,Ralphrulz and Claire
Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by oladamilola: 1:00pm On Mar 12, 2019
Congratulations to you, go and prosper in cannyland
raphrulz:
Guysssss!!!!


THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!!!!!


ISSA GOLDEN MAIL THINGS!!!

Here is my “brief story”… read at your own risk:


I have always believed that someday I would relocate fully out of Nigeria… whether it was for studies or something.. I just knew that my place was not this Naija. This was some years back.
Well, in 2011… when I was writing my ICAN, I had made friends with a couple of colleagues (also writing) the exam with me. One of them gave me some hints that he really wanted to leave Naija soon.. but never told me how. I also never bothered to ask.
I lost his contact, but got it back in 2014, only for me to see the kind of “abroad” pictures he was posting. I was like, “hope you are enjoying your vacation ooo” and he was like… “ Nooo.. this is not a vacation! I live here”
O boy!! That was how my ear/antennae just stood up ooo… I started interrogating him like an FBI agent… I asked him about the immigration process and how he went about it. He simply just sent me a link to read up on…. And that was the end. I was demotivated even before reading it properly. That was how I gave up on the idea.
In 2016, I stumbled on Australian immigration information and followed it gracefully. I gathered all the necessary information I needed and saved on my system. Good thing is that, I have never been that person to embark on a journey without thoroughly researching and asking myself very tough questions. I was so ready to embark on it… but did not have the funds. Well, the issue was not even the funds per se, but the fact that when I informed my parents about it, they totally kicked against it. Their argument was that, Aussie was too far and it would make me forget Naija. My relatives also added to this perspective, with examples of my distant cousins that had gone to Aussie many years ago but had not returned. I was completely discouraged and let this phase slide again.
After the above incidences, I had now decided to face my “Nigerian fate”… and so focused solely on my work and all.
In December 2017, while going home with one of the staff of my clients, she kept asking me about my career, what I intended to do in the medium to the long term etc. I kept downloading my plans passionately to her. I kept emphasizing on the professional exams I was set out to do, how I looked forward to growing through the career ladder in Nigeria and so on…. If only I had known that all those plans discouraged her from telling me about the Canada immigration EE process, I probably would have kept quiet. She told me later after I had commenced the process, that she wanted to tell me about the EE process, but seeing how passionate I was about the “Nigerian Plans” made her hold that key information back.
Well, fast forward to April 2018, while working at the office, I overheard one of my close friends/colleague telling another colleague about the EE immigration process and how he had gotten his Visa and bought his ticket ahead of his exit in August 2018. Immediately I heard that, I interjected, then asked him to brief me on the full information. Funny enough, the person he was telling was acting uninterested back then despite informing him about the process since far back 2017.
Well, as a sharp guy who had been looking for such an opportunity, I asked him what it would entail… and he gave me a brief highlight based on his knowledge about it. I was not satisfied with what he told me, so went ahead to research on it myself. That was when I stumbled on this thread and decided to feed on it like it was breakfast and Lunch. I dwelt there for days reading from the past information and PPR stories (days of Dupyshoo and Zandora etc). Then I knew I had to commence immediately.
However, I remember clearly that when my friend told me about the associated financial commitment for a single applicant, my heart sank… as I wondered how I would have been able to finalize my POF. But God came through for me.
I registered immediately for my IELTS in April to be written in May… and immediately sent my B.Sc and ACCA transcript (membership certificate) to Wes for evaluation.

IELTS
First IELTS was written in May: Lost out in Listening as I had 7.5 (BC)
Second IETLS was written on 7 July: LSRW – 8.5, 8.5, 7, 7 (BC)
Prior to the first IELTS, I had practiced a bit, but was slightly over confident because I felt that it was just a simple test of English which shouldn’t have been a problem at all for me. I however practiced the maps for a whole day using YouTube, and became a master in it as I was not failing any questions on maps anymore. Unfortunately, maps did not come out in the first exam.
When the result came out that morning, I was not happy with myself, but I told myself that I would channel all that efforts to scheduling for another exam. I was reading negative comments all over the place, on groups and so on… especially people that did not pass the exams like me… but I shut out those thoughts to avoid being discouraged.
Immediately the next day came, I quickly scheduled for another, raised the draft of N75,000 and paid to BC. I thought that this would motivate me to read ooo… but boy!! My work wouldn’t allow me. There was absolutely no time at all. The night before the exam, I just skimmed through some lines and slept off… went for the exam the next day… and the rest, they say, is history!

Educational Credential Assessment
I used the conventional WES for my ECA… and it was a smooth ride. Luckily for me, they were not requesting for WAEC then.
So I reached out to my school to send my transcript (which took just between 14 – 21 working days) and to ACCA which took 14 working days. Also, note that I commenced the ECA transcript transmission alongside my preparation for IELTS. I also sent my B.Sc. and ACCA membership certificates to WES via Hellofax.
My WES report came out on 19 June 2018 with a summary of “2 or more degrees”. This was a complete breeze. In fact, I didn’t have to reach out to them for any information or complaints.

ITA
As at 20th July, 2018… I had my IELTS result and ECA ready… but did not dive into the pool because of my funds were not completely in the state I wanted it. I had to wait for some more funds before diving. I had a score of 468, so I was certain that I would get ITA once I dived. So I made up my mind to patiently wait till I was ready.
I had timed September 5 as my chosen ITA date… so I entered the pool on September 1. I got ITA and was so excited. It felt so surreal. Immediately, I swung to action and started to follow up with all necessary documentation.

Post ITA
i. PCC
This was a breeze. In fact, I had gotten a contact from my friend that told me about the EE process, I called the person a day before I went there. I took a one-hour break during my lunch time at work, went to their office asking of the Police officer I spoke to a day earlier. That was when I realized the guy had retired. However, the person he told me to ask of, happened to be his successor. The finger prints were taken, all the necessary things were done, price was negotiated to my desired 5k, then I picked up my completed PCC and headed back to work. I was happy!
I scanned the pink copy along with the finger printed copy and merged both together using my Adobe Acrobat. I attached the document to the PCC place holder

ii. Passport photograph
This was snapped a day before I did the PCC at LUTH. I also got the contact from my friend. I ensured to take both soft and hard copy of the pictures before leaving the place. I ensured that the pictures were well measured in my presence in line with CIC requirements. The guy was experienced on CIC requirements, so it was hassle free exercise. The price was also very reasonable.
I attached the soft copy version to the placeholder in my EE profile.

iii. Educational Certificates
As usual, I merged my University B.Sc Certificate with my ACCA membership certificate, ECA report and IELTS report using Adobe Acrobat. I attached the merged documents to the relevant placeholder in my App. I used Nigeria as the ACCA location, as this was where I wrote the exam.

iv. International Passport and travel documents
This was also scanned and attached to the relevant placeholder.

V. Medical Assessment
This was where I faced my second challenge through the EE process. I attempted to go through the normal route like everyone. Called IOM, Children’s Practice and Q-life to book… Lo and behold, the prices of IOM and Children’s practices were ridiculously high, so I took them completely off my list. Unfortunately, Qlife that was fairly priced, was booked till about October 20 something. I knew that I couldn’t wait till then, so I had to device a quick alternative. Then the idea of gate crashing came to my mind.
The next day, I left my house very early, arrived there before 7 am and wrote my name down. I thought it was that automatic. Well, after such a long wait till about 8:30, the tests commenced. However, before they commenced, they separated those that had booked from those that had not, just like me… I was disheartened. They told us to go to the reception to book our test dates. Upon arriving there, the receptionist recognized my name and tried to confirm why I had come earlier than the supposedly booked date of 20 something. I immediately pleaded with her, and told her that I had received ITA, and need to do it urgently as it was time bound. She empathized with me and decided to reschedule me for the next day.
I was so excited and did not worry about the lost time for the day. I came to the hospital the next day (19 September 2018) for the test. All was completed and results were fine.
I just scanned the up-front medical slip and attached to the relevant placeholder in my application.

vi. Proof of Funds (POF)
This was gathered overtime but ready long before my ITA. My complete POF was ready by August as I had to sell my car to make up the outstanding balance. It was so saddening as I began to trek and my mobility reduced drastically. Infact when I was to sell the car, I had my fair share of challenges.
The car dealer I gave to sell the car on my behalf suddenly claimed that one of the most important vehicle documents was missing, the Customs document. I was so shattered. How on earth could this get missing? Did I forget it when I went to make photocopies? Or was the dealer trying to play a smart one on me?? Those were few of the numerous thoughts I had. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a single copy of the document and potential buyers were not in any way willing to risk purchasing the car without these document, despite its clean physical outlook. At the end of the day I had to part with some substantial sum of money to get another one from Customs.
Well, I sold it, added it to the funds I previously had and placed all in a Fixed Deposit (FD) investment split into 70% (due in 6 months) and 30% due in 1 year. I ensured that the bank clearly stated that “the funds could be retrieved at will”… and the fact that only a percentage of the interest would be affected and not the principal sum that was booked.
I scanned the FD certificate, merged it with a screenshot of foreign exchange for CAD to Naira on October 4, a certificate of non-indebtedness and my 25% pension (for the purpose of fluctuations in exchange). I merged these documents and attached in the relevant placeholder.

vii. Reference Letter
This was another slightly shaky area. I actually thought that it would be a walk in the park, but how wrong I was. I obtained a reference letter from one of my past places of employment where I had spent 3 years, but felt the need to go the extra mile to obtain same from my current place of employment. This was because I felt they might have still asked. Getting the 3 year reference letter in CIC format from my past place of employment was not difficult at all. However, getting reference letter from my current place of employment where I had spent almost 2 years was now challenging.
Now, considering that I had not really stayed long in this place, I was skeptical about letting them know about my immigration plans, so I sent a mail to our HR to prepare the letter in CIC format. But they refused and insisted I obtained the necessary approval from my unit head, which would mean me letting the cat out of the bag so soon. My unit head was out of the country, so I had to wait till my unit head arrived before obtaining the approval. We had a deep concerted discussion where I explained that I had considered immigrating because of my long term plans. Approval was eventually granted and the required reference letter n CIC format was provided. However, this made me delay my submission to October 4.
I merged my 2 reference letters only and attached to the relevant placeholders. I did not attach pay slips because the reference letters alone were completely aligned to CIC format.

AOR & Post AOR
I eventually submitted my application on October 4 at 11:55 pm. I paid for the application fee but not the RPRF as I did not have the funds as at then. 28 days after, I got the Medicals Passed (MEP) notification and biometrics request. I went immediately the next day to do my biometrics.
The wait then started.
On December 3, I then decided to pay my RPRF unsolicited. No RPRF mail was sent to me, I just went to CIC website, paid and attached the downloaded receipt to a CSE (alongside my now rolled over FD certificate) and sent to them.
I was determined to wait it out, all the way, at least till 4 months before knowing my visa office, but the pressure around me wouldn’t let me be. So, I sent a follow-up CSE reminder to confirm if the RPRF receipts and FD roll over certificates had been transmitted to my visa office. I also included my request to know my Visa office in the same mail. The response came a day after, where I was informed that it was Ottawa. I was so excited.
The wait continued….
On 6th January I ordered my GCMS notes as I had not seen a single ghost update (Casper) unlike others. It arrived on 1st week of February, and I realized when I read through it, that only criminality was passed. Eligibility and Security had not started. I was so downcast by this recent development, but friends around cheered me up.
I kept the hopes alive but kept getting even more emotionally drained as the days faded by and as my CIC time bar crawled closer to the deadline day. What even added to this mental stress was seeing new applications in November and December getting PPRs before me. Wow! Lots of thoughts started to flood through my head. Did I do something wrong?? Did I offend anybody?? What was the problem actually??
Every time I opened my CIC account, there was no single update in my account whatsoever. Casper (the ghost) was indeed not friendly to me. I became a ghost hunter and praying every day for ghosts in my account. All to no avail. I was distraught and discouraged from even opening my account as I just felt it would be the same thing, however, I would say a silent prayer, for God to bring my turn closer.
Days went by, and it became less than 30 days to go. I felt it was due time for me to order my second GCMS notes. I mentioned it in the WhatsApp group I was on, and people encouraged me to go ahead. Some people also encouraged me to follow it through with a call, which I sluggishly accepted. I ordered the notes on 6th March… then attempted calling CIC on 7th March, but it did not go through. I temporarily gave up. On 8th March, I just felt the motivation to call again, with very little expectation. My waiting time was about 5 mins. When the voice at the other end rang, it made me shudder slightly. Well I downloaded all my details to her in response to her questions and followed it through with a question about the status of my profile.
Lo and behold!, She told me that my file was just approved on the 7th (the day before). I thought I didn’t hear her clearly… Lol. I had to ask her if she was sure about what she said and she reiterated her statement, with more audacity. My hand immediately started shaking, then I thanked her and went off the line. I still took the information I got from the call with a pinch of salt, because I was yet to see any ghost update like other people would usually get before PPR.
Well, I just decided to check my profile after the call… Lo and behold! My first ghost update since I submitted my application. I was so excited.
And today, PPR!
Glory be to God!!!!

In a nutshell, my timelines are below:
7 July, 2018 - IELTS – LSRW (8.5, 8.5, 7,7)
19 June, 2018 – ECA report arrived (2 or more degrees)
5 September, 2018 – ITA
4 October 2018 – AOR
8 March 2019 – Ghost Update (Casper, the friendly ghost)
12 March 2019 – PPR

Single Applicant


… and it has finally ended in praise!!! It will end in praise for you too in Jesus Name!

My little advice: Remain patient, and positive. Ensure to have positive minded people around you, as they will be the ones to encourage you when it’s looking like you are losing faith in the whole process.
Above all, acknowledge God as the divine helper… “Nothing good comes except it’s from above”

God bless you and thank you for reading my long post!
PS: Please, rate your Prof well oooooooo!!!
Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by Jennypharb1: 1:12pm On Mar 12, 2019
Claire18:
Its PPPPPPPPPPRRRRRR!!!!!!!
All Glory to God on High!!!!!
LONG POST ALERT!!!!

See you in Canada before the Winter!!!!

Congratulations oh, my timeline people, Raphrulz and Claire18. Ifeoma77, I hope your story is typed and ready to post grin

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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by FirstTImeUser: 1:19pm On Mar 12, 2019
raphrulz:
Guysssss!!!!


THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!!!!!


ISSA GOLDEN MAIL THINGS!!!

Here is my “brief story”… read at your own risk:


I
God bless you and thank you for reading my long post!
PS: Please, rate your Prof well oooooooo!!!


Prof ....congratulations....only God can mark this one ohhh grin
Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by dynamitee: 1:34pm On Mar 12, 2019
Congratulations!!! Hopefully 6 months from now it is my turn
raphrulz:
Guysssss!!!!


THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!!!!!


ISSA GOLDEN MAIL THINGS!!!

Here is my “brief story”… read at your own risk:


I have always believed that someday I would relocate fully out of Nigeria… whether it was for studies or something.. I just knew that my place was not this Naija. This was some years back.
Well, in 2011… when I was writing my ICAN, I had made friends with a couple of colleagues (also writing) the exam with me. One of them gave me some hints that he really wanted to leave Naija soon.. but never told me how. I also never bothered to ask.
I lost his contact, but got it back in 2014, only for me to see the kind of “abroad” pictures he was posting. I was like, “hope you are enjoying your vacation ooo” and he was like… “ Nooo.. this is not a vacation! I live here”
O boy!! That was how my ear/antennae just stood up ooo… I started interrogating him like an FBI agent… I asked him about the immigration process and how he went about it. He simply just sent me a link to read up on…. And that was the end. I was demotivated even before reading it properly. That was how I gave up on the idea.
In 2016, I stumbled on Australian immigration information and followed it gracefully. I gathered all the necessary information I needed and saved on my system. Good thing is that, I have never been that person to embark on a journey without thoroughly researching and asking myself very tough questions. I was so ready to embark on it… but did not have the funds. Well, the issue was not even the funds per se, but the fact that when I informed my parents about it, they totally kicked against it. Their argument was that, Aussie was too far and it would make me forget Naija. My relatives also added to this perspective, with examples of my distant cousins that had gone to Aussie many years ago but had not returned. I was completely discouraged and let this phase slide again.
After the above incidences, I had now decided to face my “Nigerian fate”… and so focused solely on my work and all.
In December 2017, while going home with one of the staff of my clients, she kept asking me about my career, what I intended to do in the medium to the long term etc. I kept downloading my plans passionately to her. I kept emphasizing on the professional exams I was set out to do, how I looked forward to growing through the career ladder in Nigeria and so on…. If only I had known that all those plans discouraged her from telling me about the Canada immigration EE process, I probably would have kept quiet. She told me later after I had commenced the process, that she wanted to tell me about the EE process, but seeing how passionate I was about the “Nigerian Plans” made her hold that key information back.
Well, fast forward to April 2018, while working at the office, I overheard one of my close friends/colleague telling another colleague about the EE immigration process and how he had gotten his Visa and bought his ticket ahead of his exit in August 2018. Immediately I heard that, I interjected, then asked him to brief me on the full information. Funny enough, the person he was telling was acting uninterested back then despite informing him about the process since far back 2017.
Well, as a sharp guy who had been looking for such an opportunity, I asked him what it would entail… and he gave me a brief highlight based on his knowledge about it. I was not satisfied with what he told me, so went ahead to research on it myself. That was when I stumbled on this thread and decided to feed on it like it was breakfast and Lunch. I dwelt there for days reading from the past information and PPR stories (days of Dupyshoo and Zandora etc). Then I knew I had to commence immediately.
However, I remember clearly that when my friend told me about the associated financial commitment for a single applicant, my heart sank… as I wondered how I would have been able to finalize my POF. But God came through for me.
I registered immediately for my IELTS in April to be written in May… and immediately sent my B.Sc and ACCA transcript (membership certificate) to Wes for evaluation.

IELTS
First IELTS was written in May: Lost out in Listening as I had 7.5 (BC)
Second IETLS was written on 7 July: LSRW – 8.5, 8.5, 7, 7 (BC)
Prior to the first IELTS, I had practiced a bit, but was slightly over confident because I felt that it was just a simple test of English which shouldn’t have been a problem at all for me. I however practiced the maps for a whole day using YouTube, and became a master in it as I was not failing any questions on maps anymore. Unfortunately, maps did not come out in the first exam.
When the result came out that morning, I was not happy with myself, but I told myself that I would channel all that efforts to scheduling for another exam. I was reading negative comments all over the place, on groups and so on… especially people that did not pass the exams like me… but I shut out those thoughts to avoid being discouraged.
Immediately the next day came, I quickly scheduled for another, raised the draft of N75,000 and paid to BC. I thought that this would motivate me to read ooo… but boy!! My work wouldn’t allow me. There was absolutely no time at all. The night before the exam, I just skimmed through some lines and slept off… went for the exam the next day… and the rest, they say, is history!

Educational Credential Assessment
I used the conventional WES for my ECA… and it was a smooth ride. Luckily for me, they were not requesting for WAEC then.
So I reached out to my school to send my transcript (which took just between 14 – 21 working days) and to ACCA which took 14 working days. Also, note that I commenced the ECA transcript transmission alongside my preparation for IELTS. I also sent my B.Sc. and ACCA membership certificates to WES via Hellofax.
My WES report came out on 19 June 2018 with a summary of “2 or more degrees”. This was a complete breeze. In fact, I didn’t have to reach out to them for any information or complaints.

ITA
As at 20th July, 2018… I had my IELTS result and ECA ready… but did not dive into the pool because of my funds were not completely in the state I wanted it. I had to wait for some more funds before diving. I had a score of 468, so I was certain that I would get ITA once I dived. So I made up my mind to patiently wait till I was ready.
I had timed September 5 as my chosen ITA date… so I entered the pool on September 1. I got ITA and was so excited. It felt so surreal. Immediately, I swung to action and started to follow up with all necessary documentation.

Post ITA
i. PCC
This was a breeze. In fact, I had gotten a contact from my friend that told me about the EE process, I called the person a day before I went there. I took a one-hour break during my lunch time at work, went to their office asking of the Police officer I spoke to a day earlier. That was when I realized the guy had retired. However, the person he told me to ask of, happened to be his successor. The finger prints were taken, all the necessary things were done, price was negotiated to my desired 5k, then I picked up my completed PCC and headed back to work. I was happy!
I scanned the pink copy along with the finger printed copy and merged both together using my Adobe Acrobat. I attached the document to the PCC place holder

ii. Passport photograph
This was snapped a day before I did the PCC at LUTH. I also got the contact from my friend. I ensured to take both soft and hard copy of the pictures before leaving the place. I ensured that the pictures were well measured in my presence in line with CIC requirements. The guy was experienced on CIC requirements, so it was hassle free exercise. The price was also very reasonable.
I attached the soft copy version to the placeholder in my EE profile.

iii. Educational Certificates
As usual, I merged my University B.Sc Certificate with my ACCA membership certificate, ECA report and IELTS report using Adobe Acrobat. I attached the merged documents to the relevant placeholder in my App. I used Nigeria as the ACCA location, as this was where I wrote the exam.

iv. International Passport and travel documents
This was also scanned and attached to the relevant placeholder.

V. Medical Assessment
This was where I faced my second challenge through the EE process. I attempted to go through the normal route like everyone. Called IOM, Children’s Practice and Q-life to book… Lo and behold, the prices of IOM and Children’s practices were ridiculously high, so I took them completely off my list. Unfortunately, Qlife that was fairly priced, was booked till about October 20 something. I knew that I couldn’t wait till then, so I had to device a quick alternative. Then the idea of gate crashing came to my mind.
The next day, I left my house very early, arrived there before 7 am and wrote my name down. I thought it was that automatic. Well, after such a long wait till about 8:30, the tests commenced. However, before they commenced, they separated those that had booked from those that had not, just like me… I was disheartened. They told us to go to the reception to book our test dates. Upon arriving there, the receptionist recognized my name and tried to confirm why I had come earlier than the supposedly booked date of 20 something. I immediately pleaded with her, and told her that I had received ITA, and need to do it urgently as it was time bound. She empathized with me and decided to reschedule me for the next day.
I was so excited and did not worry about the lost time for the day. I came to the hospital the next day (19 September 2018) for the test. All was completed and results were fine.
I just scanned the up-front medical slip and attached to the relevant placeholder in my application.

vi. Proof of Funds (POF)
This was gathered overtime but ready long before my ITA. My complete POF was ready by August as I had to sell my car to make up the outstanding balance. It was so saddening as I began to trek and my mobility reduced drastically. Infact when I was to sell the car, I had my fair share of challenges.
The car dealer I gave to sell the car on my behalf suddenly claimed that one of the most important vehicle documents was missing, the Customs document. I was so shattered. How on earth could this get missing? Did I forget it when I went to make photocopies? Or was the dealer trying to play a smart one on me?? Those were few of the numerous thoughts I had. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a single copy of the document and potential buyers were not in any way willing to risk purchasing the car without these document, despite its clean physical outlook. At the end of the day I had to part with some substantial sum of money to get another one from Customs.
Well, I sold it, added it to the funds I previously had and placed all in a Fixed Deposit (FD) investment split into 70% (due in 6 months) and 30% due in 1 year. I ensured that the bank clearly stated that “the funds could be retrieved at will”… and the fact that only a percentage of the interest would be affected and not the principal sum that was booked.
I scanned the FD certificate, merged it with a screenshot of foreign exchange for CAD to Naira on October 4, a certificate of non-indebtedness and my 25% pension (for the purpose of fluctuations in exchange). I merged these documents and attached in the relevant placeholder.

vii. Reference Letter
This was another slightly shaky area. I actually thought that it would be a walk in the park, but how wrong I was. I obtained a reference letter from one of my past places of employment where I had spent 3 years, but felt the need to go the extra mile to obtain same from my current place of employment. This was because I felt they might have still asked. Getting the 3 year reference letter in CIC format from my past place of employment was not difficult at all. However, getting reference letter from my current place of employment where I had spent almost 2 years was now challenging.
Now, considering that I had not really stayed long in this place, I was skeptical about letting them know about my immigration plans, so I sent a mail to our HR to prepare the letter in CIC format. But they refused and insisted I obtained the necessary approval from my unit head, which would mean me letting the cat out of the bag so soon. My unit head was out of the country, so I had to wait till my unit head arrived before obtaining the approval. We had a deep concerted discussion where I explained that I had considered immigrating because of my long term plans. Approval was eventually granted and the required reference letter n CIC format was provided. However, this made me delay my submission to October 4.
I merged my 2 reference letters only and attached to the relevant placeholders. I did not attach pay slips because the reference letters alone were completely aligned to CIC format.

AOR & Post AOR
I eventually submitted my application on October 4 at 11:55 pm. I paid for the application fee but not the RPRF as I did not have the funds as at then. 28 days after, I got the Medicals Passed (MEP) notification and biometrics request. I went immediately the next day to do my biometrics.
The wait then started.
On December 3, I then decided to pay my RPRF unsolicited. No RPRF mail was sent to me, I just went to CIC website, paid and attached the downloaded receipt to a CSE (alongside my now rolled over FD certificate) and sent to them.
I was determined to wait it out, all the way, at least till 4 months before knowing my visa office, but the pressure around me wouldn’t let me be. So, I sent a follow-up CSE reminder to confirm if the RPRF receipts and FD roll over certificates had been transmitted to my visa office. I also included my request to know my Visa office in the same mail. The response came a day after, where I was informed that it was Ottawa. I was so excited.
The wait continued….
On 6th January I ordered my GCMS notes as I had not seen a single ghost update (Casper) unlike others. It arrived on 1st week of February, and I realized when I read through it, that only criminality was passed. Eligibility and Security had not started. I was so downcast by this recent development, but friends around cheered me up.
I kept the hopes alive but kept getting even more emotionally drained as the days faded by and as my CIC time bar crawled closer to the deadline day. What even added to this mental stress was seeing new applications in November and December getting PPRs before me. Wow! Lots of thoughts started to flood through my head. Did I do something wrong?? Did I offend anybody?? What was the problem actually??
Every time I opened my CIC account, there was no single update in my account whatsoever. Casper (the ghost) was indeed not friendly to me. I became a ghost hunter and praying every day for ghosts in my account. All to no avail. I was distraught and discouraged from even opening my account as I just felt it would be the same thing, however, I would say a silent prayer, for God to bring my turn closer.
Days went by, and it became less than 30 days to go. I felt it was due time for me to order my second GCMS notes. I mentioned it in the WhatsApp group I was on, and people encouraged me to go ahead. Some people also encouraged me to follow it through with a call, which I sluggishly accepted. I ordered the notes on 6th March… then attempted calling CIC on 7th March, but it did not go through. I temporarily gave up. On 8th March, I just felt the motivation to call again, with very little expectation. My waiting time was about 5 mins. When the voice at the other end rang, it made me shudder slightly. Well I downloaded all my details to her in response to her questions and followed it through with a question about the status of my profile.
Lo and behold!, She told me that my file was just approved on the 7th (the day before). I thought I didn’t hear her clearly… Lol. I had to ask her if she was sure about what she said and she reiterated her statement, with more audacity. My hand immediately started shaking, then I thanked her and went off the line. I still took the information I got from the call with a pinch of salt, because I was yet to see any ghost update like other people would usually get before PPR.
Well, I just decided to check my profile after the call… Lo and behold! My first ghost update since I submitted my application. I was so excited.
And today, PPR!
Glory be to God!!!!

In a nutshell, my timelines are below:
7 July, 2018 - IELTS – LSRW (8.5, 8.5, 7,7)
19 June, 2018 – ECA report arrived (2 or more degrees)
5 September, 2018 – ITA
4 October 2018 – AOR
8 March 2019 – Ghost Update (Casper, the friendly ghost)
12 March 2019 – PPR

Single Applicant


… and it has finally ended in praise!!! It will end in praise for you too in Jesus Name!

My little advice: Remain patient, and positive. Ensure to have positive minded people around you, as they will be the ones to encourage you when it’s looking like you are losing faith in the whole process.
Above all, acknowledge God as the divine helper… “Nothing good comes except it’s from above”

God bless you and thank you for reading my long post!
PS: Please, rate your Prof well oooooooo!!!

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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by dynamitee: 1:39pm On Mar 12, 2019
Hi everyone...

Pls I have a question. I submitted my application yesterday (i paid the fees for biometrics). I have tried to gather every knowledge possible about the whole process, but i do not know anything about the biometrics part and how it works.

Can someone please put me through on what biometrics entails and what i'm expected to do now? How many days after submission would i have to do my biometrics?

Thank you.

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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by wasseynewest: 1:44pm On Mar 12, 2019
Congratulations claire! So happy for you! [quote author=Claire18 post=76586232]Its PPPPPPPPPPRRRRRR!!!!!!!
All Glory to God on High!!!!!
LONG POST ALERT!!!!
For those that can’t read long texts…..
Timeline
IELTS by BC -8777. 7th July 2018
ECA by WES - 4th Sept 2018
ITA - 4th Sept 2018
MED/PPC—18th Sept 2018
AOR-5th Oct 2018
BIL -2nd Nov 2018
Biometrics-5th Nov 2018
Expected PPR--- 5th Dec 2018
PPR---- 12th March 2019, dated 11th
Visa Office—Still unknown
Family of 2!!!!
155 days!!!

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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by wisdom77: 1:46pm On Mar 12, 2019
If you have all the documents ready still go ahead and submit it. Then follow it with a mail to your VO.


melochic:
Good day All,

After contacting CIC about my delayed application I received a mail today demanding the following. They are demanding that I send it by the 9th and today is the 12th . Please advise. Thank you.

Schedule A: Submit a separate and newly completed Schedule A Background
Declaration form (IMM 5669) bearing an original signature This must be received
at this office by: 2019/03/09

 Additional Family Info IMM5406: Submit a separate and newly completed
Additional Family Information form (IMM5406) bearing original signatures This
must be received at this office by: 2019/03/09

 Client Information: Provide Payslip and Bank statement showing salary deposits
from employer This must be received at this office by: 2019/03/09
Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by wisdom77: 1:47pm On Mar 12, 2019
You will get an instruction on this in your CIC account when it's time, for now be patient.


dynamitee:
Hi everyone...

Pls I have a question. I submitted my application yesterday (i paid the fees for biometrics). I have tried to gather every knowledge possible about the whole process, but i do not know anything about the biometrics part and how it works.

Can someone please put me through on what biometrics entails and what i'm expected to do now? How many days after submission would i have to do my biometrics?

Thank you.
Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by Topsmamen: 1:49pm On Mar 12, 2019
dynamitee:
Hi everyone...

Pls I have a question. I submitted my application yesterday (i paid the fees for biometrics). I have tried to gather every knowledge possible about the whole process, but i do not know anything about the biometrics part and how it works.

Can someone please put me through on what biometrics entails and what i'm expected to do now? How many days after submission would i have to do my biometrics?

Thank you.

It'll take a few weeks before you're notified to go for biometrics. Read up this page and scroll down to the BIOMETRICS section.

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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by Misi16: 1:57pm On Mar 12, 2019
raphrulz:
Guysssss!!!!


THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!!!!!


ISSA GOLDEN MAIL THINGS!!!

Here is my “brief story”… read at your own risk:


I have always believed that someday I would relocate fully out of Nigeria… whether it was for studies or something.. I just knew that my place was not this Naija. This was some years back.
Well, in 2011… when I was writing my ICAN, I had made friends with a couple of colleagues (also writing) the exam with me. One of them gave me some hints that he really wanted to leave Naija soon.. but never told me how. I also never bothered to ask.
I lost his contact, but got it back in 2014, only for me to see the kind of “abroad” pictures he was posting. I was like, “hope you are enjoying your vacation ooo” and he was like… “ Nooo.. this is not a vacation! I live here”
O boy!! That was how my ear/antennae just stood up ooo… I started interrogating him like an FBI agent… I asked him about the immigration process and how he went about it. He simply just sent me a link to read up on…. And that was the end. I was demotivated even before reading it properly. That was how I gave up on the idea.
Prof, Prof, a big congrats. Now to the script since you requested we mark it. For using 3 headings instead of 1, already that's -3, length of script has greatly exceeded the word count giving us more work -2, inconsistency in paragraphing and arrangement of sub headings -2, for using that blue ink which is equivalent to using green Biro to write waec -4, but for attempting the Ppr script and to appreciate your effort 1. You can sum up the total yourself tongue.
PS. Feels so good rating your script. grin You can attempt this ppr exam again so you can get a better score. tongue

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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by Zutlin: 1:59pm On Mar 12, 2019
melochic:
Good day All,

After contacting CIC about my delayed application I received a mail today demanding the following. They are demanding that I send it by the 9th and today is the 12th . Please advise. Thank you.

Schedule A: Submit a separate and newly completed Schedule A Background
Declaration form (IMM 5669) bearing an original signature This must be received
at this office by: 2019/03/09

 Additional Family Info IMM5406: Submit a separate and newly completed
Additional Family Information form (IMM5406) bearing original signatures This
must be received at this office by: 2019/03/09

 Client Information: Provide Payslip and Bank statement showing salary deposits
from employer This must be received at this office by: 2019/03/09

I believe they made a mistake with the date. Is your visa office Accra?
Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by Zutlin: 2:00pm On Mar 12, 2019
Canadahustle:
Congrats to everyone who got ppr,
Pls i have some concerns and i will greatly appreciate your clarification and guidance, i have been a silent reader following from part 6,
Am a single, , 32 years, done ECA (bsc), registered for my ielts but am looking for ways to boost my crs, present crs is 416 that's if i max my IELTS. So my question is if i get a diploma from NOUN, will it count as two or more certificate for ICES,
Does the diploma have to be related to be my bsc for it to count or just any diploma, i was at NOUN yesterday and the lady suggested diploma in peace studies and conflict resolution.
Any suggestion would be appreciated as admission is currently going on.
Secondly if i do get this diploma from NOUN, do i have to repeat my ECA to be able to get points for two or more certificate?
Lastly, from my eatimated present crs score, will pnp be a better chance for me compared to the diploma,.

I know these questions may have been addressed one way or another, i just need to be sure i am on d right part. Pls help a confused girl..

1. Why diploma? Since you already have BSc, why not go for NOUN Masters instead? It's one year and you get higher points.

2. Yes, you have to redo ECA.

3. Getting another degree is a better chance. PNP is highly competitive and uncertain.

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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by EddieMurphie: 2:12pm On Mar 12, 2019
Guys which one of these ECA bodies doesn’t include date of birth on its evaluation report. WES, ICES, IQAS?

Thanks
Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by sharon2015: 2:25pm On Mar 12, 2019
Please who has use this guy service am about to contact him and make use of his service.. Who can vouch for him.. Please help cause I am far from Lagos.

adeboye11:
Why the stress
I can actually help you in processing your waec result to Wes while you continue your daily work or @ your comfort zone.
The requirements needed for the process could be sent via WhatsApp or email. Which are;
- Scanned waec result or you can snap and send
- Soft copy of your passport photograph
- Your email address, contact.
- Your Wes Reference Number ( If you haven't gotten that I can also help you in creating an account)

The total cost is #28,000 only
*confirmation by waec- #10,000
* courier service - #10,000
*affidavits- #2000
* scratch card- #2000
*Print out of the soft copies of result and passport- #1000
* service charge- #3000

Total cost May/June result processing - #28000
Total cost of Nov/Dec result processing- #30000.

08101047979, adeboye@edgeplus.com.ng

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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by Debsify: 2:30pm On Mar 12, 2019
Claire18:
Its PPPPPPPPPPRRRRRR!!!!!!!
All Glory to God on High!!!!!

See you in Canada before the Winter!!!!
Congratulations to you and your husband, go and prosper in your new country

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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by Nobody: 3:04pm On Mar 12, 2019
[quote author=Claire18 post=76586232]Its PPPPPPPPPPRRRRRR!!!!!!!
All Glory to God on High!!!!!
LONG POST ALERT!!!!
For those that can’t read long texts…..
Timeline
IELTS by BC -8777. 7th July 2018
ECA by WES - 4th Sept 2018
ITA - 4th Sept 2018
MED/PPC—18th Sept 2018
AOR-5th Oct 2018
BIL -2nd Nov 2018
Biometrics-5th Nov 2018
Expected PPR--- 5th Dec 2018
PPR---- 12th March 2019, dated 11th
Visa Office—Still unknown
Family of 2!!!!
155 days!!!

So, I am wishing I had written this long before the mail…. 8:45am March 12th 2019
Post PPR
Seating at the back seat of a Hilux, strapped in, Enroute Benin, laptop on my laps, I am just beaming while typing this …….story, no… reality. So, my last night was like chaos for me. Got home 10:45pm from the office as I was preparing documents that will be needed for the trip till 9:15pm. Meanwhile, as I got home….entered the Kitchen immediately, my other job. Had to fix a soup for my Husband to eat in my 4 days absence. By the time I was done, it was past 12. My darling Husband looked at me, and said….He cannot imagine I still had all the strength to arrange all this…….bla bla….long story short, We slept late, like past 2, cos after dinner/bfast we watched TV to allow the food digest. While preparing and stuffs; We just discussed how we were going to call the Lawyer in charge of our house and pay up our rent. We had waited for a notice since January, as rent was due Feb 14th, but no word. So we decided to call. My Husband had called him yesterday, but for some reasons, it was moved till today. We had just concluded to pay a year’s rent just incase he doesn’t agree to 6 months and if the PPR comes later than expected. Meanwhile, our visa expires in September, So we are planning till July/August to leave. It has all been a ball of confusion while waiting for the golden mail. So now, obviously, whether the Lawyer likes it or not….We are paying him the 6 months !!!! That’s the first testimony!

PRE CANADA
My neighbour told me about express entry way back in 2016! He said, that I am lucky, that his own application wa paper based and has been more than a year. He sent me the link ….I studied all through the pages. Then, I wasn’t married, I had finished my masters and currently working. That was when I had the Canadian dream. If you caught me day dreaming, I was somewhere in Vancouver, or Toronto…In fact I created a note book which I called “my Canada book”. I took notes and dreamed big. I had calculated the cost of living as well as my salary as an Intern Architect. It was quite impressive, and kept my dream alive. Somewhere during my research, I had read, one has to be married for at least one year to claim married. That’s how I suspended it, as I was preparing to get married in September that year.
So, fast forward to 2017 February, I had started a 14 months course that distracted me. In between,after the 1 year , It came up again, My Husband has been sceptical about the whole migration thingy. I cant remember what happened that month, but he began to reconsider. I brought out my “Canada book” Did a fresh research, things had change, IELTS was no more 52k, Was now’ 68k. I tabled the whole cost of processing it and all. The sum was enormous…Till I mentioned the Proof of Funds…..Then it was officially suspended again. The conclusion was that we can apply to visit once in a while, Lets make it here; Nigeria has a big avenue for progress and growth.
April 2018, Course ended…What project was next? Canada Yay!!!!
So I assured my Husband, that it’s the best thing to do. He had a friend that had relocated since 2011, his friend also encouraged him to come. …That’s how We began our journey.
PRE ITA
ECA: Registered with WES, my friend that had left since 2016, was a darling. I told her that we have finally decided to begin. And I was having issues paying WES with my debit card. That was how she asked my for my sign in details, and made the payments for me…Just like that! I started wondering how someone can be so carefree, deep down, I was even scared to send her the money to do it for me, to avoid stories that touch But she suggested to do it anyways…I paid to her Naija account 65k.
Then I knew I needed just the master. Went to Unilag, I was told I could do it online, that was cool. Since I had just come already, I gave one lady at Eco bank the application to process. Cost was 19500. 1k for her data….That one pained me o. Then I went to EPS behind Ecobank to courier my photocopy of Certificate. I was given 2 prices..N1500 (5 weeks), N16000 (5 days). I thought it through; then went for the N1500. In like a moth, my Certificate was received, but transcript still pending. That how I started going to Unilag to push them to send my transcript. I was always busy, so couldn’t be a regular. Then it was received, then verification came ….as August drew near, I started panicking and pushing my cousin to disturb them to verify. Anyways, God came through as usual.. I got a notification that it will be redy by 4th of September. I started my profile ahead and waited for the ITA.
IELTS: In all honesty, I never really practiced. I had the notion that, it was just English, how difficult can it be? I had studied about the sections, what goes on where, how to talk, what to listen to….Most of the times, I read in the car, on my way to work, sample letters, examples of speaking topics, what to say etc. My Speaking Test was topic was “CONCENTRATION” . It wasn’t funny at all. I stammered, and was confused why I will have a topic like that. Common…Who asks anyone “What’s the effect of concentration on people in the City?” After the Test, I started hinting my Husband that it wasn’t as I had expected it o. First, I was shocked to see an elderly black man as my Test giver. The man looked li a Ghanaian, and I know Naija and Ghana beef. I just prayed it was going to be okay. A day to the other exam, the only day I had to practice; I quickly went to deliver an errand at my In-law’s place….that how I watched two movies (that I have watched before o) Got home around past 9, and went to bed. Woke up early, and glanced through my phone again for points and ideas. Centre was at Oregun, See crowd!! I was dumbfounded. As I only knew myself, I just faced my front, and was attentive throughout. Though the test was delayed for two hours, that part wasn’t funny. Results came out to the Glory of God, 8,7,7,7! I had not come across this thread yet, and also never knew the way IELTS can humble someone, I can only assume that If I had known that IELTS is a fail able test; I would have failed out of panic. It was much later that my friend told me that I was lucky, that she wrote it 5 times, the last she had to go to Abeokuta as Lagos wasn’t working for her. I thank God it went well. Immediately, I knew my score, as I had calculated with it. CRS 442.
I apologize for those offended with my exceeding thanks to God, but in all things I give thanks to God.
My Birthday is September 16th. I had calculated the forecast of ITAs to September 5. And was waiting for my ECA to drop since July 2018. With my Husband’s ECA, it was 452. So I registered his. By then, Unilag has increased the transcript to 25k, and the postal to N2500. I didn’t know about Hello fax by then. And up till now, Unilag cannot trace my Husband’s result. So, my chances was to hope ECA drops before 5th, if not the next ITA will be 19th (Husband’s birthday) and I would have lost 5 points down to 437. Then 440s was the real deal. I just turned to God and prayed. I have created a profile and submitted without the ECA , it made the profile ineligible. I had to create another, then waited. As God will have it, ECA dropped September 4, as promised….I dived into the pool @ 442!!!

POST ITA
This is where I found nairaland. My friend had sent me a link, I cant remember what for, But I found myself on a page with so much information, I saved it on my phone home screen. That as how I knew what to do when I get to Children’s Practice, gor ASP Moshood number, Knew places for passport photo, saw samples of reference letter. I started following up from when Mepconsultant got his PPR and people were arguing or so. Anyways, What annoys me while I read on to even this part is how basic questions that google can answer is being asked here. I got all the information form Page 1 of Part 5. Its appalling that one will claim to be a “graduate” who did “thesis” or “project” and also have above 3.5m, but cannot, I mean cannot research on a life changing journey; ;like as if One is being forced to go to Canada. …Lemme not deviate.
Reference Letters:
I claimed 3 jobs. 1. Nysc in the North. I wrote my reference letter myself, and in the letter stated how Bauchi is volatile, and getting the letter there will be life threatening. Apologies to folks in Bauchi reading this…I am in Lagos, so that’s the best I could come up with. I had a picture I took with one of the projects completed with other World Bank officials, I added it. Then went to GT( Allowie acc) and asked for statement of account from opening for the 1 year, then my discharge certificate.. 2. Worked here for 2 years, in Lagos. Unfortunately, they are no more in Nigeria, so I attached all the evidence I had that I worked there. I had the hard copies of pay slips, emails between clients and I, My offer letter, my wedding leave letter, my resignation letter, my acceptance of resignation letter etc. Then also stated that they can find my boss on Linked in if they want. 3. Current job as at then. No biggie, I typed this myself again in the CIC format but with some swag. Then gave to my boss, he printed it on the letter head paper and stamped on it. That was all. Just that reference letter. No payslips, No statement of account. Just that one letter.
PPC/Medical: I called immediately ITA landed to booked, I was sad when CP told me 27th September as the closest date. I tried the other one (not IOM) said 8th of October; that how I fell back to CP. Meanwhile, I wasn’t working full time, so I had most of the time. My Husband had taken leave for Sep 17th – 21st 2018. Had to wait till then. Called the weekend before, and ASP Moshood said we should come around 12 on Monday. So we were there around 1pm, met the man, did it in like 30mins, paid 10k…And that was crossed from the list. So we decided to go to CP as we were in the area, the Nurse gave us 28th Sept, and that I shouldn’t be on my period, I checked my Calendar, It was a clear day. Hmmm, so we said ok, and walked out. Then I rushed back in and explained to the Nurse/receptionist, that we just have this week together, if there is any sot we can take. She asked us to come early tomorrow by 7 and wait, just in case some folks don’t show up. So we arrived around 8:30am, and sha waited. Meanwhile, I had to see a Client by 11am in Lekki, I was just confused. I didn’t believe when I got up and begged the lady again, that \i have to come out briefly and return. She was really nice, got back around 1. And was able to do the tests. We knew the whole things needed, so it was a breeze. …..By 4, we were out of there. And Yes! I got the contract from that Client. (My Application fees settled).In between; you won’t believe that my period actually started on the 28th of Sep. I thank God for redirecting us to insist on another day.
Passport Photographs
I used one at Bode Thomas, My friend referred me, she already has her PPR, and I needed somewhere I could trust. So we took our passports, and paid for both soft and hard copies,N3,000. That’s not the normal price o..But we got lucky. Will be using the Hard copies during the submission.
POF
Didn’t know anything about gift deed prior to our submission. We had a gift cash transfer in July and August in my Husband’s account. The intention was to use his account, so I was added as a signatory to his account. Printed the bank statement up till September 30, and waited for ITA. By the time ITA came, we had spent out of it, and checked the difference between treasury bills and money market. We decided to invest in money market. A friend of mine works in Mansard, and without even visiting the branch, my account was set after sending the requirements. I did a test run with N50k, interest was good. Then transferred 4m from Husband account. We needed 4.5m, so had to wait till month end for salary. The money market account was opened Oct 2nd or so. So we attached the statement of funds + transfer teller showing the transfer from Husband’s account. That was all. So far, each month, the 4.5m yields 50k and liquidation is same day…so awesome. We always retain that 4.5m minimum to avoid stories.
I am a filing person, so organising the docs was not a problem. We scanned all with our phones using camscanner. The instructions are just easy, just read and follow. We attached an LOE to explain my reference letters, and new account with Mansard. Was ready since Oct 2nd, but submitted Oct 5th after a lot of trials trying to pay for the application. I bought the black market price, someone used her $CAD card to pay.
POST AOR
The wait was okay. Just had distractions, so I didn’t feel it. Shebi they said within 6 months, So I paryed for 2 months…Instead it was my friend that got it DEC 5, was a win to me, felt like I still got it.
Then I was on my own hustle, then a job came to me. So currently working since Jan 9. Less time for nairaland and stuffs.
In February, with my rent due, I decided to use my Ralph card and send an email asking where my visa office is and to know the stage. I got an automatic response after 5 days. Resent it again, got another automatic response after 3 days. Sad, I decided to wait till March 5. March 5, nothing…Haba.Decided to use the web form to inquire about my visa office. In the message, I also mentioned my rent issues, that I need to plan accordingly, that please I need a response. Then I had to log in last Saturday when a lady said she felt a ghost update, I just saw my profile read 27 days more. I was just considering to raise a CSE even though I know its not required; that I have a new job, maybe that will remove whatever dust that want to grow on my file. Ada mentioned something like that, so it can’t hurt trying.
All Glory to God, who has been faithful to us….
Every Case is Different. Do the right thing and avoid shortcuts.
See you in Canada before the Winter!!!!



Congratulations � dear. We will join you soon.

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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by Ifeoma77(f): 3:18pm On Mar 12, 2019
bouqounmie:
Congratulations Prof. I am so happy for you.

Good and nice write-up. However, on behalf of the silent readers like me, your score is -127/10. Go and buffer up from the 1, 2, 0.5 marks you've been deducting from other people. tongue tongue tongue

*runs back to hiding mode, waiting for AVO to send that PPR *

Misi16:

Prof, Prof, a big congrats. Now to the script since you requested we mark it. For using 3 headings instead of 1, already that's -3, length of script has greatly exceeded the word count giving us more work -2, inconsistency in paragraphing and arrangement of sub headings -2, for using that blue ink which is equivalent to using green Biro to write waec -4, but for attempting the Ppr script and to appreciate your effort 1. You can sum up the total yourself tongue.
PS. Feels so good rating your script. grin You can attempt this ppr exam again so you can get a better score. tongue
grin grin

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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by Ifeoma77(f): 3:20pm On Mar 12, 2019
Claire18:
Its PPPPPPPPPPRRRRRR!!!!!!!
All Glory to God on High!!!!!
LONG POST ALERT!!!!
For those that can’t read long texts…..
Timeline
IELTS by BC -8777. 7th July 2018
ECA by WES - 4th Sept 2018
ITA - 4th Sept 2018
MED/PPC—18th Sept 2018
AOR-5th Oct 2018
BIL -2nd Nov 2018
Biometrics-5th Nov 2018
Expected PPR--- 5th Dec 2018
PPR---- 12th March 2019, dated 11th
Visa Office—Still unknown
Family of 2!!!!
155 days!!!

See you in Canada before the Winter!!!!
Wow!!!! Is God not good?!! Congrats again Sis!!!
Take another shekere

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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by Ifeoma77(f): 3:26pm On Mar 12, 2019
Canadahustle:
Congrats to everyone who got ppr,
Pls i have some concerns and i will greatly appreciate your clarification and guidance, i have been a silent reader following from part 6,
Am a single, , 32 years, done ECA (bsc), registered for my ielts but am looking for ways to boost my crs, present crs is 416 that's if i max my IELTS. So my question is if i get a diploma from NOUN, will it count as two or more certificate for ICES,
Does the diploma have to be related to be my bsc for it to count or just any diploma, i was at NOUN yesterday and the lady suggested diploma in peace studies and conflict resolution.
Any suggestion would be appreciated as admission is currently going on.
Secondly if i do get this diploma from NOUN, do i have to repeat my ECA to be able to get points for two or more certificate?
Lastly, from my eatimated present crs score, will pnp be a better chance for me compared to the diploma,.

I know these questions may have been addressed one way or another, i just need to be sure i am on d right part. Pls help a confused girl..
Yes diploma from NOUN counts as two or more certificates. No it diehard to be related to your initial course of study. Yes you'll need to upgrade your ECA report but it's easier as you're not starting from scratch. No, PNP is not a better option. The diploma is better.
Wish you the best

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Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by Ifeoma77(f): 3:28pm On Mar 12, 2019
dynamitee:
Hi everyone...

Pls I have a question. I submitted my application yesterday (i paid the fees for biometrics). I have tried to gather every knowledge possible about the whole process, but i do not know anything about the biometrics part and how it works.

Can someone please put me through on what biometrics entails and what i'm expected to do now? How many days after submission would i have to do my biometrics?

Thank you.
28 to 35 days

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