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Travel / Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by donstyle: 9:12pm On Jan 25
Congrats! Is this a College SOWP?

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Thanks to everyone here that had contributed one way to all the information; we read and apply with here.

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Travel / Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by donstyle: 1:23pm On Jan 24
I think application is still being accepted for SWOP, they said "in few weeks' time", so I would advise you submit as soon as possible. And if you have the funds, you can also apply for visit visa concurrently, there is no harm in having the two.

The announcement won't affect your kids if they are still in primary/secondary school, so you can still go ahead with study permit for them.

These are my thoughts, other experts can contribute.

Hello house, please I need some clarity on my situation

I got my study visa approved in dec 2023 for May intake, however I was looking at deferring to September cos we want to have more than enough to settle in Canada and also pay more school fees from here . We both have good jobs/ business and Didnt plan to stop till July.
So here are the issues

1. I was about to apply for my spouse and kids, but with this new policy I would like to know if I submit a SOWP for my spouse and he is approved, and I resume in September, will his visa still be affected?

2. Is it better to submit a visit visa for him than SOWP cos of the fear of getting denied looking at the new policy

3. If my fam application is approved, Should we just go in May? If we doing this, means our jobs/business would need to stop in April and that also mean loosing a lot of money

Please I would appreciate some clarity from anyone🙏


Travel / Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by donstyle: 9:07am On Nov 11, 2023
What was your request in the webform?

Applied August 31st, biometric 13th of September, got my decision 24th of October. Also had to send web forms.
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 23 by donstyle: 8:16pm On Nov 10, 2023
I've seen people that received their email with that clause that still picked it up in person.

Guys can someone go to vfs abuja to pickup my stamped passport? I got an automated email from vfs saying my passport is ready for collection but collection in-person is longer permitted till further notice. Please how true is this?
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 23 by donstyle: 10:42am On Nov 08, 2023
Congrats to your step brother. What were his submission and Biometrics dates?


So we got an approval today, 2 days after responding to the PFL. I am the sponsor and I am sponsoring my step-brother.

The PFL was to proof when relationship with sponsor was established, pictures of applicant and sponsor together, chats, etc.

So we wrote a letter on when relationship was established. I have only one picture with applicant, so we added pics of applicant and parents and pics of sponsor with same parents. We added chat between sponsor and applicant, and family group chat. I dowloaded some of the mobile app bank transfer receipts of the money I sent to applicant.

It would have been an outright refusal in my opinion if I had shown only my bank statement in the application. I think they gave us a chance to prove relationship because I paid my brothers first year tuition of $14500 in full. I also deposited 13 million naira in his naira account for his living expenses and the money was there for more than 6 months. I also stated that my basement is available for him to live in given the housing crisis in Canada.

My advise, sponsors should show more commitment by depositing money into applicant’s account and/or paying some tuition fee. And lastly, the big lesson for me is to provide more proof of relationship between sponsor and applicant when submitting your application in the first place. And the last big lesson, start snapping and keeping pictures of you and your relations, you never can tell when it will be a life saver. I do not have pics of my siblings and I. So I will start snapping going forward.
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 23 by donstyle: 7:47pm On Nov 04, 2023
So sorry about this. It would be better to wait for the GCMS note before you re-apply, GCMS note normally take about 1 month.

What date did you submit you application and when did you do your Biometrics?

Great family I got refusal letter yesterday it's really diverstating, my timeline is this I apply for 2years MBA program with the tuition fees of $39,640 for the two years why the first year is $23,900. And a composry deposit of $7900 has been paid
N18m is in my fidelity Bank I did deed of gift and deed of conveyance on it, and N1.1m in my salary account first bank, i present a bank statement of six month and pay slip, all this where for my first year school fees and living expenses, my brother as my co sponsor present his statement of account and pay slip from his place of work in London he promised to pay the second year tuition and the living expenses, he promised to be paying $2,287 monthly which will amount to $27,444. But the VO said insufficient fund to travel to and from Canada is the reason of my refusal though I have other for my GCMS Note today.
Please house i want to reapply I am thinking of applying for study grant from my company will it fly?
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 23 by donstyle: 2:36pm On Nov 04, 2023
Did you request for GCMS note before you re-applied that last time?

Can you share your timeline for the last application, submission date, etc


I just got rejected again.

1st reject was fund related and I fixed it and resubmitted.
Yesterday I got rejected with reason "I am not satisfied that you have answered all questions asked of you
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 23 by donstyle: 2:33pm On Nov 04, 2023
So sorry for the experience. Can you please share your timelines for submission, medicals and when you got response?


Hello everyone, My application was refused based on my personal assets and financial status. check the screenshot attached.
My uncle is the sponsoring the whole thing(different surname)

Name of school: Centennial College

- I Initially paid tuition for 1 semester
- Now I paid Tuition for 1 academic session (2 semesters).
- Total Semester is 3 and the total duration of study is 2 years(optional co-op work)
-I didn't submit my personal bank statement since I didn't have any money there then and now
- I have a company, we have started operations but we haven't really done any transactions and we recently opened company, we are currently testing the product
- A friend suggested I can use the company as Home ties by submitting company documents such as particulars of directors, cac, etc

- My sponsor, have about 20M in his personal account and he provided a statement of account and other necessary document.
- Now he provided additional documents to back the company which he mentioned that he own such as landed property documents, particularly of directors, etc.

- I have also done mentorship in tech communities in Nigeria, should I also get letters of Recommendation from the communities as additional documents

Please what advice would you give, is there anything else you would also recommend I do before applying? before applying for the study visa again late this month
Travel / Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by donstyle: 8:00pm On Nov 02, 2023
You could be denied for any flimsy excuse, including not following their instruction. When in doubt, always ask questions. What you wrote on the table of content shows you are in doubt, and you just made the officer's job easy.

There are different free website out there to compress your file:



The table of content done.

Am I wrong for splitting it

I need to add that the refusal was done under ‘Eligibility’
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 23 by donstyle: 1:42pm On Nov 01, 2023
Yes, but you will need to pay in Abuja since you did not do your Biometrics with them.


I did my biometrics in Lagos, can I go to Abuja and Submit?

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 23 by donstyle: 12:54pm On Nov 01, 2023
In Abuja, you would get it same day or latest by second day if you submit it physically and can pick it up physically.

Good morning All,

Please, can I go to Abuja and submit my passport even though I did my Biometrics in Lagos. I am considering this option because I want to have my passport back latest Next week. Thank you...

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