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Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/Federal Skilled Worker Program - Connect Here Part 11 by Fenix: 7:41am On Mar 24, 2023
Prettiepearlz:

Did you remember to transmit? If yes, give it time, it would regularize itself. Sometimes their website can be very frustrating.

Yes thank you. I transmitted. The annoying thing about the website (or maybe I don't know how it works) is that you cannot view your entry after you submitted.
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/Federal Skilled Worker Program - Connect Here Part 11 by Fenix: 8:11pm On Mar 23, 2023
Fenix:
Hello house,

Please I have a question. I took the IELTS again...LRSW- 8.5, 7, 7.5, 7. The first time I took the IELTS I got a 6.5 in Listening and 7.5 in the others. My understanding was an improved listening score should improve my CRS points but no change at all when I updated my scores on the application portal there was no change in my CRS score.

Please any advice?

I should note that my overall band did not change when I took both tests. Band was still 7.5.
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/Federal Skilled Worker Program - Connect Here Part 11 by Fenix: 7:48pm On Mar 23, 2023
Hello house,

Please I have a question. I took the IELTS again...LRSW- 8.5, 7, 7.5, 7. The first time I took the IELTS I got a 6.5 in Listening and 7.5 in the others. My understanding was an improved listening score should improve my CRS points but no change at all when I updated my scores on the application portal there was no change in my CRS score.

Please any advice?
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/Federal Skilled Worker Program - Connect Here Part 11 by Fenix: 1:27pm On Jan 22, 2023
Good day everyone.

Please I need advice on the education portion of the express entry application form. Should I enter all my degrees but only evaluate my highest degree? I have two masters. Will this help me get more points?
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 9 by Fenix: 5:58am On Jan 24, 2020
Sigh.

Just calculated my CRS score. 445

Single
35 years.
masters degree.
7 years plus of work experience
Ielts L 8.5 RAW 7.5 each.

Not sure what else to do to increase my score
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 9 by Fenix: 6:24am On Oct 31, 2019
Dare002:



You will need a document-by-document evaluation for EE.

Have WES US transfer your documents to WES Canada for document-by-document evaluation.

Thank you very much for your reply. I will call WES as soon as they open their contact center and talk to someone. I've sent an email in advance too.
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 9 by Fenix: 11:55pm On Oct 30, 2019
Hello everyone. I hope this is not a newbie question.

I did my masters in the US and had to submit a WES application for that. Can I still use the same evaluation report? It was a course by course evaluation.

I have tried to see if there is a separate application to get my credentials accredited for Canadian immigration purposes but I don't see the option.
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 8 by Fenix: 8:54pm On Sep 11, 2019
Hello everyone. Another question that I have not found answers to.

I have noticed that some people are shortening their work experience to avoid getting a reference letter. For those of us with many years of experience, what are our options if we want to avoid the reference letter?
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 8 by Fenix: 7:07pm On Sep 05, 2019
Mobilipia:
if your masters is from Nigeria you must submit your WAEC too, if it's a foreign certificate no need of WAEC.

Fantastic. Thank you so much for your answer
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 8 by Fenix: 12:16am On Sep 04, 2019
Good evening everyone!

Apologies if this has been answered already but so I really need to get my WAEC evaluated? I already have a Masters degree.

I have searched for the answer to this question but I am getting conflicting answers. Thank you
Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 13 by Fenix: 10:18am On Jul 19, 2018
Congratulations! Going to a school like Virginia Tech is also a big plus. Fantastic school .

Tohlou:
I have been a silent reader here since January that I started putting in my applications and also wrote the GRE and well didn’t do well that much but regardless I still got admitted into all the schools I applied to.
Thanks to the people I have reached out to here and they attended to me, most in particular Aanexplus’s God bless you brother for all the advice and corrections which all ended in success, you’re much appreciated boss.

Interview was on Friday 13th July 2018, prior to that day I remember the fear and emotional roller coaster the preparation was but few days to the interview proper the confidence came after several coaching from My PFL Ideas people amazing guys really and also fasting and prayer without ceasing.

Got to the embassy for 6am waited till 20mins to 7 for my 7am interview, I was bold,courageous and optimistic that I got my visa approved already and I acted accordingly, no single element of fear that day.
I was interviewed by the nice young white guy at windows 5 no hassle no stress absolute gentleman, even though people that went ahead got blue paper and it was flying left right and center I wasn’t even bothered I just said in my mind today we die here I’m getting my visa from here and grace and faith spoke on my behalf.
Here goes my Transcript

VO: Good morning, how are you doing
Me: Good morning, I’m very well. You?
VO: Answered And goes please pass Me your passport and i20
Me: I did
VO: Thanks he looks at my i20 and asked why study construction management?
Me: I chose construction management because building failure is one of the most challenging problems we have in Nigeria construction industry and me going for this degree will actually give me more knowledge and skill to be a good project manager upon my return to Nigeria to promote safety in the construction industry here in Nigeria. VO was nodding
VO: So why Did you pick this school?
Me: I picked Virginia Tech because they have a mission of becoming nation leader in my area of specialization which is intelligent infrastructure and also they have invested $75m into the research of work of intelligent infrastructure VO just kept nodding.
VO: So how many other schools did you apply to apart from Vtech?
Me: Two others and I named them Florida International University And George mason university
VO: how many admitted you ?
Me: all three, just kept nodding
I was staring at him and kept on praying and saying in my mind Guy you must give Me this visa in Jesus name while he was typing.
VO: what did you study for your first degree?
Me: Quantity surveying
VO: where?
Me: Joseph Ayo BabaLola university
VO: when did you finish your first degree?
Me: 2014
VO: and what have you been doing since then?
Me: during my NYSC I got an opportunity to with an indigenous construction firm and currently I work at XYZ construction firm VO kept typing and nodding
VO: can you mention some of the coursework you will be taking in this program?
Me: I mentioned all the eight courses I will be taking without leaving one out.
VO: did you take any standardized tests?
Me: yes I did, I took the GRE
VO: what’s your score?
Me: I told him, thinking he was going to ask why I scored low he just keep typing and nodding while I was talking.
VO: Are you married?
Me: oh no not yet married
VO: do you have children or a child?
Me: Small smile no no children or child yet
VO: So who is your sponsor?
Me: my biological father
VO: what does he do?
Me; oh he’s into outdoor advertising and commercials for brands
VO: do you have his statement of account with you?
Me: yes I do handed it over to him didn’t look at it just folded it with my i20 and stuck it in between my passport I remained claim and was just observing
VO: So I’d be placing you on administrative processing brought out white paper wrote my name and ticked Administrative processing and handed it over to me
Me: I also have a sponsor letter from my sponsor
In my mind I was like Ha but young man you look impressed since na why AP again
VO: nah I won’t be needing that, and he continued you will be hearing from us after a decision has been reached,have a nice day.

I sha carried all my remaining properties from his front and said thank you, enjoy the rest of your day.

Another set of prayers started and fasting too Lord let my case change before Tuesday o and as the Lord will have it Early Monday morning my case changed from AP to issued I almost ran mad lol. Truly it pays to serve the Lord he is still in the business of men.

My advice to people yet to go for interview is be bold and courageous and prepare very well, have some one listen to your answers and get corrected and take corrections too and above all Let go and Let God put him ahead and behind you and you will be surprised at the success and miracle that will come with it.
Lastly you must not be caught lying to the VO, if you want to lie be smart about it.

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Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 13 by Fenix: 4:59pm On Jul 13, 2018
This is probably one of the best pieces of arvice anyone should pay attention to before coming to the US. Yet if you tell people, it will be as if you are just doing bad bele.

Yhe US is NOT an easy place to be. Plan very well before coming. Ideally get the FULL amount of your fees plus housing and feeding. Of course not everyone has the means to do this. Search deeply for scholarshios. Google is your friend In this regard. Study hard for the GRE to get great scores and hopefully a scholarship.

Yhe days of coming to the US, finding a job, settling down and getting citizenship are long over. It takes tremendous effort now .

Robert6708:
Good day everyone, just felt like posting few things on here. Coming to the USA is a first step in a right direction, dont let anyone tell you otherwise, however pls and pls have a plan. i am a newbie here, today marks my 43rd day, school is underway and i am trying to settle in, but trust me there are days frustration walks side by side with me.
I know for most (like myself) its all about greener pastures, but then HAVE A PLAN. be prepared, dont just get visa and come with barely 1000$ to your name. people do that all the time and say they will hustle it tru, you may (or not), but its an avoidable disastrous situation in the making. have plans that will cater for your needs for a minimum of 6 months. Coz to be honest, dem no dey share work for street, and as an F1 holder, you cant work (legally) and the school youre in may or may not have employment opportunities for you.
Again, dont think youre coming with the hope of relying on anyone, the friends family members (except its direct and immediate) you have would turn out more useless than useful (at lest 80% of the time). Be ready to be innovative and be ready to admit all youve got is yourself. Be independent (ask questions regardless), but plam for yourself such that you can stand on your two feet for as long as you become better submerged in the system. if youre coming with the hopes of the friend you have here without your own plans, sorrry you will most likely be disappointed. I have an elder brother here, who is more like my GEE, but i am charting my own path, i only ask for advice and directions from hom, i am not staying on his neck, we are not even in the same state (thats not to say we wont be linking up now and again).
Again, have a plan, go to school, if you wanna stay back, have a plan... have a plan.. even if you forget all i just typed, pls have a plan.. i mean a workable plan. the system wasnt exactly built to favor migrants or foreigners so youve to know youre swimming against the tide, as such u need extra push. its not easy, but its doable. its exciting after getting visa and many people get carried away with the harsh realities theyre coming tp face. have your money, for personal expenses, if youre rich enough get a car. Get a license, make sure you come with ur naija license as this will fast track your license (i aready have mine).
Good luck to the ones still on the hustle to get visa, and for those that have gotten theirs and will soon be here, pls have a plan. i am also a newbie, still finding my way around, no much friends (yet), very lonely sometimes... and to make matters worse i dont even know when next i am going to get laid (Tinder dey dull me grin) but i serve a living God, i know he will come tru for me.
have a great day everyone.
Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 12 by Fenix: 12:16pm On Nov 17, 2017
Xabibarbie63:
Hello everyone ,please I would like to know if bowie university and the university of Maryland are red flags

The University of Maryland school system is actually pretty good. College Park especially. Bowie State University is just there....

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Romance / Re: Tired Of Being Alone by Fenix: 12:31am On Oct 23, 2017
I've started to notice that people are getting married later and later for some odd reason. Many people in their late 20s and early 30s are now single...not even in a relationship but totally single. I can't figure it out.

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Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 12 by Fenix: 4:08am On Sep 13, 2017
LagosismyHome:


it very simple....it showing you the breakdown cost of what you applied to but it shouldnt be news to you ....didnt you check how much the fees and all is before you applied ? ?

once you gain admission then you have to show evidence that you can pay and your i20 will be released.

I hate to be a Debby Downer but these are the kinds of situations that make you shake your head and wonder if some people truly think through their actions...

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Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 12 by Fenix: 2:43pm On Sep 06, 2017
LagosismyHome:


Great people go to Bison ...... wink

Yes o!

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Travel / Re: General Australian Student Visa Enquiries Part 3 by Fenix: 1:12am On Sep 04, 2017
Hello everyone,

Please i'm asking this on behalf of a friend. How long does the Australian student visa process take? My friend applied and this is week 5 now and she hasn't heard anything back. Does it usually take this long to hear back?

Thank you!
Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 12 by Fenix: 5:41am On Sep 03, 2017
Abigalbee98:
abegi,who dey Howard university here

My alma mater! Glad to see someone going there.
Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 12 by Fenix: 12:03pm On Aug 26, 2017
AfonjaBoston:


Small boy u dey Boston grin hook up with big father let me spoil you silly this weekend grin

Make I confirm if u get liver grin

Ha! I'm also in Boston o
Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 12 by Fenix: 2:43am On Aug 24, 2017
AfonjaBoston:



Iie joor tell them 10 schools Oyinbos are not babalawos or dibias.


Do not do this...
Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 12 by Fenix: 6:35pm On Aug 23, 2017
herrlicher:
Got a mail today but not really happy. It read thus:


Your case is still under review; this type of processing can sometimes involve several different sections and can take several months or longer. The unit completing the administrative processing does not always have full control of the timing involved.

We understand your concerns and will contact you when we are able to proceed. We appreciate your patience as we undergo this process.

Sincerely,

What exactly did you do? This looks quite serious. Several agencies ke? Did they return your passport to you?

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Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 12 by Fenix: 10:04am On Aug 23, 2017
God bless this forum!

Travel Transcript

Arrived in New York and currently chilling at my sister's place.

I tool Qatar airways, which I will never do again of I can avoid it. It was about 11 hours to Doha, then a 2 hour layover before another 11 hour flight to New York.

I got to New York around 10am. Customs clearance was easy. The officer just asked me where I was going. I told him then he did the whole scan fingerprint palaver and waved me through.

I got outside, ordered for a Super Shuttle. It arrived 30 minutes later. I got in and landed at my sister's place.

Heading to Cambridge tomorrow. I'm dead tired....

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Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 12 by Fenix: 9:59am On Aug 23, 2017
Iwillcross:
Hi everyone typing from a broken heart.. I applied for f1 visa us n was denied this August using a community college pls I need advice it's my first time the school will resume 5th of September should I apply for a new school a university or m just confused pls help
cos as much as I will love to study cos I don't ve a good job yet studying n returning will definitely get me a good job in Nigeria since m going for IT

Hello. I am so sorry to hear about this. I can only imagine your disappointment.

From everything I have read online, getting a visa to attend a community College is not easy at all. Very few people appear to be granted a visa for a community college. I would advise you relax and try and get into a proper university.

Frankly I struggle to understand why anyone would even want to consider a community College. You can save the money you would spend on a CV towards a proper university degree.

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Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 12 by Fenix: 8:48pm On Aug 20, 2017
Moshood0090:
Hello House, please i need your advice no matter how small your contribution is it would be appreciated..... is it advisable to write GRE and TOEFL before applying to Gradute schools?

Yes. Your GRE score will help you narrow down the schools you can realistically apply to and stand of shot of getting in.
Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 12 by Fenix: 10:19am On Aug 20, 2017
Ohjaybee:
Fenix, Lagosismyhome, Iekene...thanks a lot for all your suggestions and corrections... I don't know if I could send you all an email... I promise I won't be too much of a bother.

Sure, go ahead and send the email. No bother at all. Send me a private message. I don't want to put my email out in public.
Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 12 by Fenix: 6:46am On Aug 20, 2017
imperiouxx:
@ Fenix and Devuchka,
Cheers guys!

God bless you! Thanks smiley

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Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 12 by Fenix: 6:51pm On Aug 19, 2017
Ohjaybee:



yeah it's my first degree


I'll post my second transcript soon

Honestly it is breaking my heart that you have already spent 128k on visa applications. if you apply again, that will make it 192k! I don't know....is it worth it?

If I were in your shoes, I frankly would not apply for another visa. I don't think community college is worth your time and money. Instead, I would say think through what you want to study carefully. If it is psychology, then apply to university to study psychology. Also, focus on your SATs. Spend the money on visa application on SAT lessons so you can get a killer score and stand a shot at a scholarship and a good school.

I understand the need to leave Nigeria and study in a saner environment, I really do. But gone are the days when you could go to America anyhow and get a good job. Going to community college means you have to spend money on two years of schooling to get an associate's degree with NO guarantee of a job since you are an international student and getting a company to sponsor a work visa will be very hard...

THEN you have spend more money to go to a 4-year college to stand a shot at getting a job that will sponsor you after graduation.

Think about it carefully. America is not beans. If you were going to Canada, I would say full steam ahead. But America? Nah!

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Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 12 by Fenix: 6:42pm On Aug 19, 2017
LagosismyHome:


I still stand by my inital comments on this thread that community college is hard to get a visa...yes there are 1 or 2 sucesses but how many in relations to the no .

I agree. I frankly would not waste my money on a community college. I just wouldn't.

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Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 12 by Fenix: 5:58pm On Aug 19, 2017
Ohjaybee:
1st interview slated for August 3rd, 6.30am

The visa officer was a lady..
V.O : good morning
Me: good morning ma'am
V.O: what are you going to do in the US
Me: I'm going to study at Madison college
V.O: what will you be studying
Me: It's a liberal arts and science program after which I'd major in Psychology
V.O: so tell me about the program
Me: it's general education is aimed at preparing students for whatever they'd like to major in after transferring credits to get their bachelor's degree in a 4year university.
V.O: so what would you do after getting this associate degree
Me: I intend on transferring the credits to University of Wisconsin, Madison since it's in affiliation with Madison college.
V.O: what subjects are you going to take
Me: maths, English, humanities, social and behavioural sciences, natural sciences (then she cut me off)
V.O: how many schools did you apply to
Me: 3...
V.o: name the other 2
Me: central Wyoming college and kutztown university of Pennsylvania
V.o: how many admitted you
Me: just Madison, I've not gotten any decision from cwc and KU wait listed me(which is the truth, although the next day, I got an email saying I've been admitted to cwc)
V.o: why this school
Me: it's tuition is very affordable, has a very friendly environment towards student of colour, it's class ratio is small hence creating a student-lecturer relationship
V.o: why would you want to spend thousands of dollars schooling in the US amidst the numerous school in Nigeria
Mesadsurprised though but had to answer) well, psychology is something I'm very passionate about and I'd want to really study it in depth both theoretically and practically, schools here in Nigeria do not really touch the practical aspect (cuts me short)
VO: and what makes you think the schools there do a lot of practical
Me: (taken aback but didn't show it) I've been in close contact with my international education program specialist from the school and she let me in on all I need to know
VO: who's sponsoring you
Me: my uncle
Vo: what does he do
Me: he's a medical doctor and a business man
Vo: (emphasizing) what does he do for a living, I know he's a medical doctor, what does he do for a living
Me: (went blank and said) he's into wholesale business of.... (she cut me short and started typing and then handed me the blue paper and said those words nobody would wanna hear

Hmmm. From what I have seen, there are two points that stood against you, in my opinion. First, your choice of college and major. You're going to spend thousands of dollars on what is apparently an undefined major. It doesn't, to me, speak of focus and the VO may have been wary of that.

Second, your sponsor. Omce the VO asked what your uncle did versus what he was, that answer was not very satisfactory to the VO.

In summary, it may have appeared to the VO like another Nigerian who wants to game the system by getting into a school with easy requirements and no real focus. I'm not implying that this is what you want to do, just that it may have appeared that way to the VO.

May I ask what you are currently doing? Do you already have a degree or is this your first degree after leaving secondary school?
Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 12 by Fenix: 1:52pm On Aug 19, 2017
Ohjaybee:
Hi,
I'm a newbie here.. I was actually searching on google for tips on getting f1 visa and I came across this forum. I could really use lots of help now �. My visa has been delayed twice, so I had to defer my admission (undergraduate) to spring 2018.
Please, I don't mind going through the previous pages, I'd share the transcripts of how both interviews went if necessary too.

Hello. I'm so sorry to hear about the delays. Could you share your transcripts so people can help you further. It is well

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Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 12 by Fenix: 7:25am On Aug 19, 2017
PrinceDekunle:
America America America... please if you don't have funding or big money to cover you for at least the first one year. Save yourself the suffer and work some more to rake up money cuz the struggle is real out here!!!

Absolutely!

I've told many of my friends this. I know what I suffered in undergrad. My parents at the time could barely afford it and they really struggled. If you do not have the money, do NOT try to go to America. The visa officer that denied you because you could not show adequate proof of funds is doing you a huge favor. It sounds harsh but true. A key reason I decided to get a masters there again is because I am now in a position to pay comfortably. If not, I would have sat my butt down in Nigeria and worked some more.

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Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 12 by Fenix: 6:48am On Aug 19, 2017
Wndy842003:
Hello guys,

I just checked the status of my passport aince its been under administrative processing for almost 2 weeks and rhis is what i got. Can anyone help with the meaning?

Hi!

From all the other forums I read, it appears this is good news. I was also in administrative processing and many of the cases I read that were similar to yours got their visa issued.

Let's be positive! All the best!

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