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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by fratermathy(m): 3:37am On Jun 08
ManLikeB:
I recently got admitted into a school in Montreal, to my surprise I found out they are in the French speaking region. I would appreciate if there’s anyone here who knows the region thanks. Will advise me how to carry on

You'd get by just fine with English in Montreal as most of the residents are bilingual. As long as you're not too far away from the Downtown axis, you'll be alright. It may help to pick up French if you want to be fully integrated into the social life here but you can do just fine without it. There are lots of Anglophone students like yourself in the city.
Education / Re: How National Open University Of Nigeria Plagiarized My Essay by fratermathy(m): 2:46pm On Apr 28
zealousayo:
The way people plagiarize these days ehn...

It's quite unfortunate that an institution can condone and get away with it.
Education / Re: How National Open University Of Nigeria Plagiarized My Essay by fratermathy(m): 1:31pm On Apr 27
fratermathy:
Cc: Lalasticlala, Seun, Mynd44, Dominique
Education / Re: How National Open University Of Nigeria Plagiarized My Essay by fratermathy(m): 1:26pm On Apr 27
HRSweetness:
Please, this should not be handled like a stroll under cool evening breeze.

We take too many things for granted in Nigeria.

This questions the quality of education Noun offers.

Fratermathy, could you also try to reach the founder of human rights radio and television through Berekete radio program.

In fact if you can do this and the ordinary president handles your case, you'll get more than a public apology immediately.

Thank you for your suggestion. I do not intend to take this issue lightly. If not for anything but for NOUN to wake up to their duty as an institution of higher education. There is a type of standard we expect of a university and it's unfortunate that they are not even bothered about that. No forward-looking university will ignore something as serious as plagiarism.

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Education / Re: How National Open University Of Nigeria Plagiarized My Essay by fratermathy(m): 9:32pm On Apr 26
Cc: Lalasticlala, Seun, Mynd44, Dominique

Education / How National Open University Of Nigeria Plagiarized My Essay by fratermathy(m): 9:32pm On Apr 26
Hello Everyone,

I have been forced to bring this issue to the public because of its implications. Before making this post, I gave the National Open University of Nigeria two whole months to remedy their wrong but they completely ignored my emails. I was very patient with them and even gave ample extra time after the deadline I gave to them elapsed. I am bringing this post here for two reasons: the first is to set the record straight and document it in public and the second is to get advice and possible volunteers who can help me take up the issue beyond this point.

In March, someone drew my attention to one of NOUN's courseware with the course title Studies in Written African Poetry (ENG 871). I noticed that significant segments of my essay (which was published in 2017) were plagiarised without any citation, reference, permission, or acknowledgement. Note that NOUN's courseware was uploaded in February 2021. I was very angry because as an academic, anyone could, in the future, assume that I plagiarized NOUN's work and not the other way around. I decided to write them about it (see screenshots 1-6 for my initial mail). I identified all the segments that were plagiarized in their essay. I even helped them do a plagiarism test on Turnitin and the score was over 60%. I wonder how a university that focuses on distance education would allow something as controversial as this to happen. Note that this is a postgraduate course!!! They are using plagiarized materials to teach Masters and Ph.D. students and cannot even accept that they have done wrong. What exactly do they expect their students to do if their courseware is riddled with plagiarized materials? I should also point that apart from my work, the said courseware also plagiarized Romanus Egudu's seminal book, Modern African Poetry and the African Predicament. I am sure that if a comprehensive plagiarism test is done on their course materials, at least 60% of them will show high percentages of plagiarism. In 2019, Prof. Peter Okebukola, the Chairman of the Governing Council of NOUN, lamented the rise of plagiarism in Nigerian universities and even went further to say 60% of undergraduate projects were plagiarized (https://guardian.ng/features/nigerian-universities-and-the-plague-of-plagiarism/). To think that a university under his chairmanship would be caught in this web at an institutional level is simply too sad.

The unfortunate thing is that the university never had the courtesy of replying to my friendly email. They deleted the course from their website (which shows that the email was received), but they did not delete the PDF file from their server. It is still accessible on https://www.nou.edu.ng/sites/default/files/2021-02/ENG871.pdf . My essay is self-archived on ResearchGate and accessible on https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321776494_Trends_in_Modern_African_Poetic_Composition_Identifying_the_Canons.

Note that I archived the original page of their website where the course was listed (http://web.archive.org/web/20210318211118/https://nou.edu.ng/index.php/courses?field_faculty_name_value=All&field_level__value=All&field_semester_value=All&page=6). Compare with the current page https://nou.edu.ng/index.php/courses?field_faculty_name_value=Arts&field_level__value=800&field_semester_value=All.


See the attached screenshots for the instances of plagiarism in both essays. Rather than reply to me like a normal institution that takes matters of plagiarism and intellectual copyright seriously, they deleted the course from their page and simply pretended it never happened. I sent a follow-up email and gave a deadline for their response but it was not acknowledged (see screenshots for follow-up email). I also waited for almost a month after the deadline and no one even bothered to send a simple apology email from the institution.

I am using this medium to call out the National Open University of Nigeria for plagiarizing my work and FAILING to DELETE the plagiarized courseware from their server. The file is still accessible on Google's search system, and the university has proven irresponsible in handling this matter. I did not want to escalate this because I am an academic and this should be an easy issue, but the inefficiency of the university in handling this has necessitated my decision to go public. I have spoken with some lawyers already and still talking with others. I am only making this post public for record purposes. Plagiarism is a serious offence in academia and dishonesty is not to be taken lightly. I am disappointed at NOUN for pushing me to this point.

Please help me share this post as far as you can.

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Crime / Re: Gunmen Kidnap Family Of Five In Ondo, Demand N10 Million Ransom by fratermathy(m): 12:24pm On Apr 06
We have left the season of banditry and now in the era of "unknown gunmen". The monsters that our government is creating will soon bite them too undecided

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Celebrities / Re: Don Jazzy: Why I Didn’t Sign Falz, Simi, And Teni To Mavin Records (Video) by fratermathy(m): 1:03pm On Apr 05
Fucktardgirl:

Aboki and isoko is a french speaking tribe abi. I have gone to a trad wed in that part of delta and those are even more Igbo than I thought. they speak igbo, eat igbo food, they have same trad attire, have four market days. they answer Ajereh, Enebeli, Okoro, Oliseh, Emeke, etc. In Enugu, you have Ejereh, Okoro, Olisa and Emeka. No need telling you all this. Jusw make out to visit that place and see for yourself.

I won't argue with you, but as someone from Delta State, I will simply say that you are 100% wrong. Isokos do not identify as Igbos. Isoko people speak the Isoko language, a member of the Edoid cluster of languages. If at all, they're more like Edo people than Igbo people.

I won't respond to further mentions from you.

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Celebrities / Re: Don Jazzy: Why I Didn’t Sign Falz, Simi, And Teni To Mavin Records (Video) by fratermathy(m): 12:51pm On Apr 05
JidennaJason:
Oniovo, I thought he was from the Igbo speaking part of Delta State...

He has said it in interviews that he's Isoko. However, he was born in Umuahia and his mother is Igbo. It would appear that even his father's family has some Ukwuani connections because his father's middle name is Enebeli. At the end of the day, if he says he's Isoko, then that's what he is.
Celebrities / Re: Don Jazzy: Why I Didn’t Sign Falz, Simi, And Teni To Mavin Records (Video) by fratermathy(m): 12:44pm On Apr 05
Fucktardgirl:

Are you sure you are okay?
Don jazzy not Igbo? Na kenya he come from?
Sunsets:
What is Don Jazzy? Enlighten us, please.
Dikaveli:
don jazzy is where sir
I don't want to enter into the ethnic debate but just to set the records straight, Don Jazzy is Isoko, a minority group in Delta State.

If there's anything Nigeria teaches you, it's the fact that we shouldn't assume someone's ethnicity just because they appear like those from another group or speak the language of another group. Many people thought Burna Boy is Yoruba but he's not. People think Jazzy is Igbo but he's not.

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Crime / Re: EFCC Arrests 34 Yahoo Boys In Ibadan, Lagos by fratermathy(m): 5:46pm On Apr 01
There is no week that at least 50 "yahoo boys" aren't arrested, and yet the numbers aren't reducing. Something is wrong somewhere.

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Education / Re: ASUP Declares Nationwide Strike From April 6 by fratermathy(m): 1:21pm On Mar 19
Reposting:


We have a government that is no longer threatened by strikes and other industrial actions. Wage workers need to be creative in the way they make their demands. Strikes don't seem to be effective. In many cases, they can even be counterproductive. Maybe they should learn from the youths and start protesting and occupying government offices. Instead of this union to strike and stay at home, they could organise a football tournament or a one-month carnival in front of the National Assembly building. That would be more impactful and controversial. Controversy sells! If they organise a carnival and do it successfully for a week with good publicity, the government cannot ignore them. The interesting part is that since they'd be having fun in their sport or carnival protest, no sane government can afford to let that idea be replicated. Collective bargaining would be enhanced through the threats of protest carnivals, road shows, pageantry etc. With the people such shows would attract, the striking workers can even monetize them and further embarass the government by making money in front of their offices, and that would be a clear statement. At worst, they can cook food and sell in front of Aso Rock. The signposts would contain their demands, and they would certainly attract lots of people to buy their cheap food. It will all be part of the protest.

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Politics / Re: National Assembly Workers Issue Strike Notice Over Minimum Wage by fratermathy(m): 5:17am On Mar 19
We have a government that is no longer threatened by strikes and other industrial actions. Wage workers need to be creative in the way they make their demands. Strikes don't seem to be effective. In many cases, they can even be counterproductive. Maybe they should learn from the youths and start protesting and occupying government offices. Instead of this union to strike and stay at home, they could organise a football tournament or a one-month carnival in front of the National Assembly building. That would be more impactful and controversial. Controversy sells! If they organise a carnival and do it successfully for a week with good publicity, the government cannot ignore them. The interesting part is that since they'd be having fun in their sport or carnival protest, no sane government can afford to let that idea be replicated. Collective bargaining would be enhanced through the threats of protest carnivals, road shows, pageantry etc. With the people such shows would attract, the striking workers can even monetize them and further embarass the government by making money in front of their offices, and that would be a clear statement. At worst, they can cook food and sell in front of Aso Rock. The signposts would contain their demands, and they would certainly attract lots of people to buy their cheap food. It will all be part of the protest.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by fratermathy(m): 3:42pm On Feb 16
Ara2004:
A police character certificate is not necessary for Nigerians? Can you please elucidate on this please. Secondly, what if i don't have up to a million naira in my bank account ? Could that automatically be a reason for denial ? Thirdly, as regards the medicals, is it important to go for the medicals even before applying for the visa.

Hi,

There's really nothing to elucidate there. The police character certificate is simply not a requirement for study permit applications from Nigerians who apply from Nigeria. People do it because they fear the unknown or just because they want to. I'm not saying you should or should not do it. My point is that it is not a requirement. They don't even make any reference to it or acknowledge it in the GCMS.

If you don't have up to a million naira, don't sweat it. People get approved with a lesser amount. I only suggested that amount as a guide. Just make sure you attach your bank statement and the amount inside should be relatively enough to fund travel expenses. They may deny your application (as they have done in many cases) if you don't attach a personal bank statement.

You may or may not do the medical before the application. It's totally up to you. Doing it before won't affect or influence decision in any way. It's a personal choice. If I'm to advise you, I'll say you should do it before, especially if you're in Lagos or Abuja. If not, you can wait until you get the request.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by fratermathy(m): 9:47pm On Feb 15
Ara2004:
Hello House. I was just notified that my application for Ph.D at the University of Toronto was accepted for fall 2021. They selected two international students and i was fortunate to be one. Its a fully funded Ph.D with teaching assistantship position. I await my acceptance letter. However, i have some concerns please. 1. I heard paper application for study permit is not active now, that i can only apply online. how true is this? 2. With a fully funded Ph.D, i think i should be exempted from submitting any bank statement for proof of funds?. Lastly, the police clearance certificate how can i please apply for this ? Thanks.

Congratulations on your admission to such a prestigious university. Feel free to ask any question you have concerning the study permit application process.

In addition to what others have already said concerning your questions, I just want to emphasize the fact that a police clearance certificate is not needed for a study permit application. If you want to go ahead and get one, that's a personal choice but Canada doesn't need one from Nigerians.

As for proof of funds, please attach a statement of account with at least N1,000,000 or get someone to gift you that amount or more and then explain in your SOP that the money will take care of travel costs and other miscellaneous expenses. Do well to establish strong home ties and show personal assets or job prospects. Canadian VOs do not make exceptions for anyone, even if you have all the funding in the world. Do your best to submit a tight application and rest assured that it'll be approved with ease.
Politics / Re: Osun Yahoo Boys Protest Against EFCC Harassment. Block Osogbo-Ilesha Expressway by fratermathy(m): 2:28pm On Feb 09
If the story is true, then these ones are just wasting their time. It's so sad that we have normalized fraud in our society. We don't see fraud as a crime and we even celebrate fraudsters. The monsters we are creating will one day come back for us. It's only a matter of time.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by fratermathy(m): 9:58pm On Feb 02
Mzflexydeeva:

Wow! I am so grateful for this. Please I don't mind suggestions for other schools as my only focus has been University of Manitoba

Do some research on the PhD programs at University of Alberta, Concordia University, University of Victoria, and Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by fratermathy(m): 7:24pm On Feb 01
Mzflexydeeva:

Indeed you are right. So let me say I am more concerned about what it really takes. From all my research getting accepted by a professor is based on how well the professor thinks I may be of impact in his work.
So I am looking at a PhD in biochemistry, university of Manitoba.
It is clearly stated I have to be accepted by a processor before proceeding to fill the application form.
I want to know if I am able to get a supervisor is that a sure guarantee of getting admission and if yes does that mean the visa application is just a straight forward process. All the schools I am looking at do not require IELTS, would I be able to process visa even if I don't write IELTS
These are only. Few of my concerns.

Getting accepted by a professor is usually the norm in the sciences due to certain limitations like lab space and the necessity of continuity between the student and the supervisor's research. Your aim is to make yourself the most useful student in a lab that is involved in a particular kind of research even as you pursue your own interests.

If you're able to secure a supervisor, your admission is only 50% guaranteed. The other 50% depends on the admission committee and their default requirements. However, if a supervisor actually supports your application, the chances that you will be rejected are pretty small. You'll likely be admitted as long as you meet the academic requirements of the program. However, it is generally considered unwise to apply to just one school for a research program. You should apply to at least two schools, and there are many good reasons for this.

Getting the admission doesn't always mean you'll get funding. This is also a serious factor. Although most research programs are funded, what you get depends on many factors: funding can come primarily from supervisors with grants and if so, the amount can range from outrageously insignificant to stupendously high; it can come from the department/faculty/university and if so, the amount is usually fixed (minimum guaranteed); it can come from internal or external awards, fellowships, grants etc, and these are usually competitive in general; funding may be potentially available but not immediately (this basically means no funding); and it can also come through TAships or RAships, and the amount can vary from little to good enough. Funding may or may not cover your tuition and/or living expenses. If there are shortfalls, you will make them up yourself. The best funding covers everything and isn't tied to any form of work (and you can even work to increase it further).

The visa application process is never straightforward. Whether you're applying as a kindergarten or a PhD student, the application process is complex and made to test your patience. Even with all the funding in the world, IRCC can play fast tricks on any one. However, generally speaking, PhD applicants with full funding don't have so much issues like applicants to other programmes. By virtue of being a PhD applicant, you remove the most important eligibility issue from your application: purpose of study. Since that is taken care of, your major focus should be on home ties and personal assets. Always submit your personal bank statement even if you're fully funded. Make sure you write a convincing S.O.P that clearly comes off like what a PhD student would write. Finally, show that you're well grounded in Nigeria and that you won't vanish into thin air when in Canada grin.

IELTS is not required for the study permit application, except you want to take the NSE route.

Wishing you all the best, and if you have further questions, feel free to mention me and ask them.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by fratermathy(m): 9:11pm On Jan 30
Upforsex:
Good evening all. Please with a budget of 3.5m -4m, can I study in Canada? Masters in Canada. Specifically humanities. The money quoted above is the overall budget for everything till I land there. Please respond. Thank you

Except you get a scholarship or a sponsor, what you have is insufficient. Studying in Canada is expensive, and it is almost impossible to get work that will pay for both your tuition and living expenses as a student in Canada.
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by fratermathy(m): 9:08pm On Jan 30
Anamekele:

I will be arriving 6th . I want know if they will charge me for extra luggage if my load is 25kg instead of 23kg

It depends on the agent that'll check you in. Ideally, many would ignore, but some may ask for "roger".
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by fratermathy(m): 4:28pm On Jan 30
OtunbaTee:


Ok..cos I'm resuming May 2021...so chilling till April, or what do you think?

You can actually travel mid-late March or in April. The goal is to travel as soon as feasible so that you won't get trapped should the situation worsen.
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by fratermathy(m): 4:26pm On Jan 30
awys:

Boss I applied since October 2020 oo but going for May 2021 but yet to hear from them ooo which is more than 5months ahead!!! Or I applied too early

Others factors are there too, but applying early generally gives an edge. Sometimes, your application may be stuck in document/secondary verifications (aka, recommend interview). Other times, it may just be out of sight (they'll just forget about it). You have to continue putting more pressure on them.
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by fratermathy(m): 3:48pm On Jan 30
Rani001:
What's the best time in a year to submit an application?

There are usually three main intakes in a year:
Fall
Winter
Summer

I want to believe that study permit quotas would be evenly spread across the three intakes. If we assume that Canada intends to issue 50,000 study permits in 2021, this number would be divided by the three terms (and with recourse to all the factors I had enumerated).

Based on this logic, the best time to apply should be 5-6 months before the start date of the term (or even earlier). This isn't always feasible as some schools offer admission very late, but if you do get the admission letter early, apply around 5 months before the start of term. This is not to say those who will apply late will get rejected. I'm only saying that you will have less players on the board when you apply early and that can be a good thing.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by fratermathy(m): 3:40pm On Jan 30
Cuddles7:
Thanks for this indepth analysis.



My spouse applied to Saskatchewan....is that place a common destination too?


Well, it's not as popular as Ontario, but it gets a lot of attention. Saskatchewan and Alberta easily trail Ontario in terms of number of applicants.

However, you shouldn't worry. Even in the same Ontario that is in high demand, people get approved on a daily basis. My analysis is not meant to discourage anyone from applying to any province. It's just to state the facts that should be considered when dealing with the rejection of relatively strong applications, and to also encourage future applicants to think outside the box.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by fratermathy(m): 1:55pm On Jan 30
OtunbaTee:


But one can't enter till one before resumption max Abi?

Yes. My post was basically for those in the Winter term.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by fratermathy(m): 1:53pm On Jan 30
awys:
The MYSTERY behind this CANADIAN STUDY PERMIT is yet to be unravelled and it's rather baffling when people said they have more than the 30k CAD in the statement well explained and even a financial table was drawn out but yet they still got DELAYED based on FINANCIAL STATUS I find it disturbing when people come to explain what they did and we'll explained yet it was delayed I was so surprised and still thinking from that yesterday that it's only the VO'S that understands what they want .It's like the more you present a well detailed Application the more they frown at it cuz am yet to unravel what they really really want like OTUNBA TEE said there is no perfect Application and also as FRATERMATHY said it's still the same way the VO'S make mistakes refusing QUALIFIED APPLICANT'S
It's really really disturbing seriously
So sorry for the delays please get the GCMS NOTES let's really see their concern on this Financial status and personal Assets gan gan. Maybe the more they see the money outregeously high they believe it's too good to be true cuz seeing people with 70k CAD and above is outregeously high for them and starts to suspect the source that's what I feel though!!! Forgetting that people have companies which has been in existence for years and also people have a very high paying jobs in which they could save up.


Concerning the refusal of qualified applicants, there are other factors that one should consider apart from sheer mistakes on the part of the VO. I've started to realize that Canada allocates a limited number of study permits every year. It's a technique they use in controlling immigration to Canada. Just as there are PR limitations (i.e. They may issue a specific number of PR visas each year and every country gets a certain quota of that), so too do they restrict the number of study permit approvals. Apart from this, they also give higher quotas to more populated countries and they favour those from certain countries too.

Beyond the politics of quota, they also aim to evenly distribute international students across the nation. The implication of this is that those applying to study in Ontario are bound to have more issues than those applying to study in Manitoba. If they allow every student to study in just one province, that won't be good for the economy of the other provinces.

Furthermore, they assign specific quotas for students applying to study in colleges, and at various levels in Universities. This is why PhD students may likely get better approval rates than those applying for a Masters (because there are fewer PhD applicants). The higher you go in the academic ladder, the easier it becomes to get the permit (especially if there is a logical progression in your career).

Another factor is that in some countries, like Nigeria, applicants submit fake documents. This adds to an overall suspicion of everyone's application. In a bid to verify documents, the VOs can misjudge the real facts of the matter. Sometimes, because of the high number of applications, they won't have the patience to do in-depth verifications and will simply reject the applicant so that his/her next application would clear those doubts.

Note that what I've said are based on my personal observation of the process. The lessons to learn from these are:

1. Submit your application for a study permit as early as possible. Don't wait till the last minute before you do so. It may backfire.

2. Apply to study in other provinces like Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, North West Territories, etc. It shouldn't always be in Ontario. I have a strong hunch that Quebec bound applicants get higher approval rates than those headed to Ontario.

3. As much as possible, apply to programmes that are logically cognate with your previous educational or work experience.

4. Save the VOs the stress of verification and submit authentic documents. Some VOs can know if a document has been tampered with via Photoshop or other apps. Others see certain documents frequently and can easily detect if something is awkward about a specific document. They are trained to find faults, especially in applications from certain countries.

5. If you're rejected, the best advice is to defer your admission to the next intake and apply at the point when many people would not have submitted their applications.


My people usually say "misiagware o" when we have exhausted our thoughts.!

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by fratermathy(m): 5:57am On Jan 30
lentomac:

Hi Fratermathy,

Do you suggest a Sept. 2021 intake who has gotten PPR travel to Canada aswell?

There is no urgent reason for anyone in that category to travel now. Many of these restrictions are reactionary and may gradually fizzle out before September, as long as the vaccines continue to be distributed and a new vaccine-resistant strain doesn't become a problem. Those for September intake should consider travelling by mid-late July/early August.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by fratermathy(m): 3:53am On Jan 30
Mzflexydeeva:
Good afternoon everyone, please I am relatively new here and don't even know where to start reading. I would like someone to help out.
I am a master holder, it's my first time trying any travel process. Want to do my PhD in Canada. Would appreciate someone just pointing me in the right direction. I already know what school j want to apply to

The right direction could be any direction. It's better to do some research (as you claim to have done) and ask specific questions. PhD is not the same across Canada and across all disciplines. What works for Anatomy won't work for History. What obtains at UAlberta won't necessarily apply to UCalgary, despite being in the same province. No one can give a wild card overview of PhD programs and their admission processes in one post smiley.

So I'll return the question to you: what direction do you want to be pointed to? If you can help us, I'm certain we'd help you very well.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by fratermathy(m): 3:48am On Jan 30
iampaulsmith:
Hi Fratermathy. I sent you a mail yesterday on our previous conversation, please do check it out. Thanks

I've replied.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by fratermathy(m): 2:47am On Jan 30
If you've received the PPR, I strongly advise that you travel to Canada ASAP. Further travel restrictions may be underway. No one knows for sure if they would affect students but currently, all flights to and fro Mexico and the Caribbean would be stopped until April 2021. This would definitely affect students in those countries who need to travel. The list of countries can increase at any time too.

Apart from country-specific bans, they are trying to force all travellers to start their quarantine in a government designated hotel (which would be very expensive). This is only a hint of greater restrictions to come. The Quebec government is putting pressure on the Canadian government to even extend these restrictions and make them tougher. Again, I don't know the extent to which students will be affected or even if they would be affected at all, but if you have your PPR and for some reason you're delaying your travel, you should reconsider.


If you're Montreal bound, I'm happy to help you settle down to the best of my ability and as far as time allows. I won't be able to give you money, but I can provide you information, accommodation options, minor assistance (I can even drive), and a friendly walk/drive around the city to show you around if you want. I enjoyed these things from others when I arrived, and I'm glad to return the favour.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by fratermathy(m): 2:32am On Jan 30
Sugarbunny94:
IT HAS ENDED IN PRAISES!!!!

Applied November 8 with my 4 months old baby.

BVL January 29th
PPR January 29th

Fully Funded scholarship at McGill University.

I looked for scholarship for 4 Years!!!

Faculty of Engineering.

Ph.D.1 (No masters)

I switched from my undergraduate major to a new one.

IT IS INDEED A MIRACLE!!!

Thank you Nairaland Family for your assistance from the beginning of my application to the end.

Special thanks to @ JustMellow and Frankrobbn.

God bless you guys.




Congratulations!

If you ever need assistance in Montreal or with McGill related issues, feel free to reach out. Bienvenue au Montreal!
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by fratermathy(m): 11:21pm On Jan 23
I congratulate those who got their PPRs before the medical requests, but that is an exception to the norm and not how IRCC actually operates. There are lots of reasons why that could have happened, and one of them is that the VO in charge of those applications made a mistake. Whether we ascribe that mistake to supernatural causes is a personal thing, but just as VOs make mistakes in rejecting qualified applicants, so too do they make mistakes in matters of procedure.

Everyone wishes for such exceptions, but let's treat them as exceptions so that we don't set a new rule of expectation. Typically, VOs assess eligibility, and once an applicant is determined eligible, they move on to admissibility. Even though many applications fail at the point of eligibility, admissibility is a serious issue too. Applicants with criminal records, falsified documents, incorrect or misrepresented facts about self and application in general, bad immigration records, serious health complications, or who pose threats to public health are deemed inadmissible, even when they have successfully passed eligibility. A PPR that comes before the MER can become useless if the recipient is deemed inadmissible at any point. (I'm sorry if this sounds negative but the good thing is that Nigerians seldom fail admissibility)

Personally, I wouldn't want to get a PPR before MER because that can be quite a tricky position to be in. It's better than nothing, but it's very open-ended. I was among the AIP people, and I can't totally explain how it felt to wait for admissibility conditions to be passed when you already passed eligibility.

If you're religious, your prayer should be for your application to be finalized as quickly as possible and with recourse to all due processes. If you're not religious, just hope that VOs don't use your application to experiment with "new procedures". Those who sailed through the AIP trauma can easily be found in the previous thread. You really don't want to be in that zone.

Good luck to all TRV hopefuls.

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