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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 21 by iampaulsmith(m): 1:26am On Jul 14, 2022
Greetings to everyone, it feels good seeing the testimonies here. A big shoutout to all the gurus who have helped keep this thread alive. I wish all those expecting their PPR a swift & positive response, please don’t give up.

If there is anyone coming to the University of Calgary or any school here in Calgary, I’m more than happy to help if you need any help so feel free to reach out. God bless! smiley

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by iampaulsmith(m): 4:46am On Jun 30, 2021
You will be asked to give a Canadian address at the immigration point in Nigeria. If you will be staying with a family/friend, you can use their address but some people just rent Airbnb. Hence, the need to use the Airbnb address instead.
Blazca:
Sorry to ask but what is airbnb address? I've seen a lot of people state that

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by iampaulsmith(m): 4:33am On Jun 30, 2021
You even tipped them in $, you are nice cheesy grin. Congratulations, you are highly favoured in the land.
Lianna2020:
Soft landing gist
I booked Ethiopian airline for 1:40pm.
I said my final goodbyes and moved to the airport. I got there by 9:30 thinking I’m late because of the story I read here as per queue but there wasn’t any.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by iampaulsmith(m): 2:44am On Jun 27, 2021
Thanks Chief!
buzzme:

Congratulations once again Boss. It surely ended in praise.

I’ve responded, check your mail.
Kobayashi01:
Hello bro. I sent you an email, kindly reach out. Thanks.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by iampaulsmith(m): 11:58pm On Jun 23, 2021
Don't be confused. I didn't get a work permit because I don't need it since I'm not here for a co-op program. Note that study permit comes with 20 working hours and that is all I need.
Blazca:
So you didn't get work permit?

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by iampaulsmith(m): 3:19am On Jun 22, 2021
Congrats Chief. Long overdue but thank God it has finally happened! Kon scatter maple land with this English grin grin
Uzomachukwuu:
Long Post Alert:

Talk about being happy, today is one of the happiest days of my past one year.
A year and six days after my first visa application (AOR June 16, 2020), I finally got PPR on my second application (AOR: Feb 26).

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by iampaulsmith(m): 4:33pm On Jun 20, 2021
Well maybe if there was a mistake…probably if the issued date didn’t cover my entire program she could have extended it.
But like Olasubomy said, it felt like she was trying to know the real intent of my purpose in Canada. Answering yes to working part-time when my program does not allow me might have landed me in trouble. Some of these questions are tricky and one has to be careful in answering. But I was 100% confident that even if I said no, she can’t take away the 20hrs per week. But if you are going for a co-op program, the answer to the question might be yes and then clarify that it’s part of your study program.

wildchild1:
Congrats once again, what do you mean by the bold statement? Do you mean the border officer can issue a study permit longer than the one stated on the approved letter people always get when their application was approved? Would the officer have also issued a work permit if you had said yes to working part time?

Oreoluwamipo:
May the land of Canada favor you .. Are you truly not going to work part time or 'No' is just the right answer for everyone to say?
Asking on behalf of those of us that will be working part time.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by iampaulsmith(m): 4:01pm On Jun 20, 2021
Amen. Thank you. You don’t have to book a return ticket, one way is enough.
CrownTdan:
Oh thank you very much! May the land favor you!
Also, did you book one way or a return ticket?!

CHIKACIC:

Please, was your ticket one way or return
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by iampaulsmith(m): 11:05pm On Jun 19, 2021
Amen! Thank you very much guys smiley smiley
Mobi22:
I smiled during the last paragraph
Congratulations once again
lawfree638:
This is so glorious.
I was reading this and was goosebumps.
I pray Canada will favour you. As you begin your normal activities this new week, it will become more glorious and graceful.
Enjoy this new era! Blessed up.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by iampaulsmith(m): 11:03pm On Jun 19, 2021
Yes, you can book a ticket that has a connecting flight through any of those European countries. I recently travelled with BA and I know someone who also travelled through Lufthansa. However, you can only transit through the US if you have a valid US visa or an ESTA (which we are not eligible to apply for as Nigerians). So the US might not be an option for you at this point.
CrownTdan:
Good day gurus in the house.
Please can you help confirm whether Nigerians flying to Canada can take connecting flights through Europe or USA (KLM, Lufthansa, BA and the likes), as there are talks around that not being acceptable due to COVID
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by iampaulsmith(m): 9:48pm On Jun 19, 2021
LANDING GIST…Long post alert

British Airways- Lagos to Heathrow
My flight was for 10:55pm so I got to the airport around 5:40pm. There was a very long queue at the entrance of the departure hall (omooo a lot of people are travelling oo) and it took about 30 mins to get inside. The custom guys at the entrance scanned my bags and still asked me to open them. Las las they wanted to ask for money…#500 for them sha. Then, there are these guys called Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service Plant Health. So, they will ask if you have any agricultural products in your bags and ask you to declare them in a form. You will be asked to pay #2000 for each bag that contain agricultural products. In my case I had food in three bags, but I told them two and I paid 4k cause I couldn’t imagine paying 6k. If possible, ensure you pack your food together in a bag (if a bag can contain your food items). Let me add that it is best to use ghana must go for your food stuffs and not box. In my case I bought the thick ones, and you can wrap it at the airport. To my surprise, nobody asked for the certificate issued at all so the 4k felt like a waste of money.

For B.A you must fill a locator’s form as you can’t enter the U.K. without it. When they noticed that I was going to Canada as a student, I was taken to a lady. She asked for my enrolment letter, admission letter and study visa. She snapped and sent it someone on WhatsApp and after about 5minutes she said I was cleared and I was checked in. Immigration was easy, they asked for my Canadian address and phone number. I just gave them my Airbnb address (who dem epp) and Nigerian number. Of course, they asked for cash also but I jokingly said there is no money on ground ooo. I got to Heathrow by 5:30 am and the check was way easier than Nigeria but the downside was that my flight to Toronto was for 5:00pm. So I had to wait for almost 12 hours but then the flight from London to Toronto is just 7hrs which is better than the 16hrs from addis ababa. Netflix and other things came to my rescue. I didn’t really feel it cause there was free Wi-Fi & a place to charge. Hunger wire me ehn, I had to eat twice. GTbank card came to the rescue.

The flight to Toronto was fine. We were barely 50 in a plane meant for about 300 people. Enough space to sleep. At the airport, our flight was the only one arriving at that time so there was no queue everywhere. After filling a form on the machine, I got a slip and proceeded to a place where they asked for covid test result & hotel reservation. Then I proceeded to a border officer who asked for my school, course, and where I did my first degree. She asked for my enrolment letter & admission letter. She asked if I had started classed online. I told her I started back in January and quickly chipped in the 7hrs difference between Calgary and Nigeria and staying up all night to study. She felt sorry for me and immediately issued my study permit. She asked if the issued timeframe is enough for me, I simply said yes. She also asked if I plan to work part time, I just said no! And that was it!!!

Then Covid test at the airport. I swear it is way better than the way they conduct covid test in Nigeria. I cannot forget how that man at the govt hospital chuk my nose the other day. I didn’t want to change USD to CAD at the ridiculous rate at the airport, so I tried using ACCESS BANK, UBA, GTBANK STANBIC. Only Stanbic allowed me to withdraw with their Nigerian card. I called my hotel, and they sent a taxi to pick me. My covid result came on the second day but I had already booked my flight to Calgary and I just couldn’t let the hotel enjoyment go to waste since my school covered my hotel quarantine (a bursary thing I was eligible for). After the three days, I moved to Calgary…four-hour flight from Toronto, damn! This country is so big it should be a continent on its own. I’m almost done with my 11days. Staying indoor for a long time can be really boring but whenever I look through the window and see that the environment is different, I just smile and feel good again.

Congratulations to everyone that got their PPR recently. To everyone still awaiting a response, nothing will hinder your testimony in Jesus name. The joy at the end is enough to overshadow the stress and pain. Right now, I don’t care anymore that my application took almost 8 months. Looking forward to seeing more good news on this thread. Prospective University of Calgary or Alberta folks can hit me up, I’m willing to help in any little way I can. God bless us all!

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Travel / Re: Uk Student Visa/tier 4 Pbs - Your Questions Answered Part 5 by iampaulsmith(m): 11:00am On Jun 10, 2021
Thank you
giselle237:
u do not need yellow card to travel to UK. U certainly do not
Travel / Re: Uk Student Visa/tier 4 Pbs - Your Questions Answered Part 5 by iampaulsmith(m): 10:50am On Jun 10, 2021
https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk
Onyxfidel1:
Good morning my fellow Nigerians, am travelling with kids do I need to fill locator for each of us or one locator form is enough.

Secondly please I need a locator form link.

Then finally, clinix sent my covid test result via my mail to print it out, hope it won't be an issue to fly with, coz I thought it should come as a certificate.

Justwise,
Hosey and others please clarify me, thanks

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Travel / Re: Uk Student Visa/tier 4 Pbs - Your Questions Answered Part 5 by iampaulsmith(m): 10:49am On Jun 10, 2021
Anybody please?
iampaulsmith:
Good day house, please to those that recently travelled, did they ask for yellow card at the airport?
Travel / Re: Uk Student Visa/tier 4 Pbs - Your Questions Answered Part 5 by iampaulsmith(m): 2:48pm On Jun 09, 2021
Good day house, please to those that recently travelled, did they ask for yellow card at the airport?
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by iampaulsmith(m): 11:27am On Jun 03, 2021
Congratulations Tolu. Our God never fails! May the land favour you.

ToluDstar:

Thanks to everyone for the congratulatory messages, I truly appreciate y’all!! The wait wasn’t easy but we thank God for his faithfulness! I got the two emails during prayers this morning! Please never doubt God cause at some point, I began to have some doubts. Only this morning when I woke up did I regain some faith again, just before I got my PPR.
This is such a wonderful birthday gift as my birthday is later this month and God just perfected everything!

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by iampaulsmith(m): 8:41am On Jun 03, 2021
Thank you everyone for your contribution. I’ll just bring what can last me for the two weeks quarantine then. Gracias

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by iampaulsmith(m): 10:09pm On Jun 02, 2021
Thank you very much. I’ve already gone through the post but those two (especially vegetable oil) were not explicitly stated and that was why I asked.

BFWestAfrican:

Perhaps you can go through authorities website to find sure answers.

https://travel.gc.ca/returning/customs/what-you-can-bring-home-to-canada
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by iampaulsmith(m): 8:52pm On Jun 02, 2021
Biko Ejooor Abeg
iampaulsmith:
Please I want to confirm if canned fish (e.g geisha) and vegetable oil is allowed into Canada.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by iampaulsmith(m): 4:12pm On May 31, 2021
Please I want to confirm if canned fish (e.g geisha) and vegetable oil is allowed into Canada.
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by iampaulsmith(m): 8:58am On May 28, 2021
Done Chief
Officialksolo:

Congratulations bro...
Please have sent a mail to you and kindly respond to it bro

Regards
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by iampaulsmith(m): 10:17pm On May 27, 2021
As an international student with a student visa, you can’t enrol in a part-time course at any university. You must be enrolled as a full-time student so I’ll advice you look for another course at the UofC or another university offering the same course full-time.
Chinnychappy:

UofCalgary said for the course which i intend to pursue, the confirmed enrollment type at the monent is for part time . What is the implication? Should i go ahead and apply?

Congratulations
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by iampaulsmith(m): 6:27pm On May 27, 2021
Thanks Chief. Going to Alberta (university of Calgary)
skull4eva:

congratulations brother, i remember you since last year. Canada will favor you. which province are u heading to?

I owe you a lot @Joyousgem for all the love & support. Less I forget, @Fratermathy one plate of pepper soup for you also.
Joyousgem:

My joy today knows no bound dear. It has been quite a very long journey. It has surely ended in praise.
Praise God

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by iampaulsmith(m): 6:22pm On May 27, 2021
Sorry guys I just want to do this once and for all.

First degree- B.Eng Civil Engineering
Applied to the University of Calgary for an M.Eng program (Geotechnical Engineering)
23yrs old at the point of applying and I applied few months after NYSC, so no study gap.
Sponsor — Sister (sibling) and husband

Documents Submitted
All required documents +Tuition schedule, admission deposit, and tuition receipt for a year (paid by sponsor).

Sponsor’s Document
Letter of Support
Intl Passport for her and the husband
6 months payslip
6 months bank statement for salary account
6 month bank statement for savings account (this account had the POF)
Tax return (a year)
Proof of house ownership
Proof of previous financial support (even transactions as far back as 6years ago, ticket receipt paid by sponsor during last travel, payment for UCalgary application fee, admission deposit, visa application fee & tuition payment)

Additional Documents
Statement of Purpose
Waec Certificate
First degree certificate (I didn’t add my transcript & CV. When I joined NL and I realised this, I became scared)
NYSC certificate
All exco related certificate (CDS, Church, Undergraduate)
Cert of origin, Birth cert, National ID
Proof of previous travel to the U.K.
Certificate for professional courses & professional bodies
Police certificate
Admission Letter to two schools in the U.K. (I wrote in my sop how I had two admissions in the U.K. for the same program but stated how my course is better taught in UCalgary than these other schools)

Family ties
Letter of support from father explaining my importance to the family as the only son
6months pay slip and salary account for father
6 months savings bank account for father
Last letter of promotion for father, mother & sister (just to show that family is established)
Work ID card for family members
Documents showing houses, land and cars
Picture showing the whole family.
My picture with sponsors and kids.

Note that I didn’t notarise any document or use any affidavit of support. I also didn’t submit birth certificate for any family member.

I know many people didn’t have to submit as much documents like I did and still got approved. Just know that every application varies.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by iampaulsmith(m): 6:11pm On May 27, 2021
iampaulsmith:
Guyssss BVL & PPR has dropped!!!
Surely what God cannot do does not exist. He never fails!
After waiting for almost 8 months. October applicant. I will drop full timeline later.

Hi guys. A big thank you to everyone that has congratulated me, I pray your day of celebration will come soon.

So I started lectures back in January online at the University of Calgary. I completed the first semester in April and school is on break till fall. Here is my timeline.

Applied: 19th October 2020
Biometric Request: 20th October 2020
Biometric Completed: 3rd November 2020
Upfront Medical Completed: 25th November, 2020
NSE Request Letter: 26th November 2020 (ignored the NSE request and the long wait started)
Eligibility review started: 30th November, 2020
Upfront Medical passed: 2nd December 2020
Additional Document Requested: 29th March 2021
They requested for the following documents. Confirmation of Payment of Tuition Fees
Current Student Record of Courses in Session (because I kept sending mails that I had started classes online)
Proof of Enrolment for Next Semester

Document Submitted: 30th March 2021
BVL & PPR: 26th May, 2021

Something happened that I will like to add just in case it happens to anybody. So back in February, my eligibility review that had started in November went back to "we will let you know when we start reviewing your eligibility". I was shocked and clueless (kon see tension). Before then my gcms note was on recommend interview so I ordered for another gcms instantly and kept sending mail/webform. About two weeks after that incident, it changed again to "We are now reviewing..." When I received the note, the eligibility section was blank. Later in April, I applied for another note and I got it in May, it came as recommend interview again...toooor

Omooo IRCC legit taught me patience and how to pray better. I don’t pray anyone experiences this type of delay. My application took 32 weeks but I thank God it has ended in praises. I can’t wait to celebrate with you all soon enough.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by iampaulsmith(m): 1:17pm On May 26, 2021
Guyssss BVL & PPR has dropped!!!
Surely what God cannot do does not exist. He never fails!
After waiting for almost 8 months. October applicant. I will drop full timeline later.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by iampaulsmith(m): 12:59pm On Apr 29, 2021
Hi Adesunloye

I want to believe all is well. This happened to me back in February when my eligibility review that started in November went back to "we will let you know when we start reviewing your eligibility". I ordered for a gcms note instantly and after sending several mail/webform it changed to "We are now reviewing..." but I think that was two weeks after or so. I received the note after it had been reversed in my GCKey but I noticed the eligibility section in my note was blank (my first note had previously shown recommend interview).

Just keep sending mail/webform to them but don't be too worried. In this race, what the eligibility shows on your portal should be the least of your problem, instead pray & hope for a positive outcome.

adesunloye11:
good day, please i noticed my eligibility change from we are ''reviewing whether you meet the eligibility requirements'' on the 19th of April back to '' you application is in progress. hope all is well with my application? thanks
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by iampaulsmith(m): 10:23am On Apr 23, 2021
Please when did you get the LOA request?
scaezar:
Thanks a lot. Yes, they requested for a new LOA. Just that.
I wish you all the best!
Investment / Re: Crypto Currency Investors Thread by iampaulsmith(m): 10:33am On Apr 14, 2021
Hon Jedisco, Aunty Ada has broken the 1.5 ooo and is currently retesting, is it safe to jump in now or wait till the close of the current 4h candle? if not what range should we be looking at
iampaulsmith:
Took a break from this street, it's been a while guys. A lot has happened oo, doge and Xrp are just doing thingssss.
Investment / Re: Crypto Currency Investors Thread by iampaulsmith(m): 10:29am On Apr 14, 2021
Took a break from this street, it's been a while guys. A lot has happened oo, doge and Xrp are just doing thingssss.
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 18 by iampaulsmith(m): 11:02am On Apr 13, 2021
Wow congrats Hon Teeee, its been a longgggg time! Thank God the long wait finally paid off. I guess it's time for October gang cool cheesy. Congrats Chief!

Teeeee89:

Just got my ppr Applied October 18, 2020
I will post the full details later. I just want to say a big thank you to everyone that post their experience here and also people that answer questions. You guys are doing great and helping a lot of people without even knowing. Thanks so much guys

Congrats Chief Mrs...yours has ended in praises

oyibo4real:
Guys rejoice with me. GOD has done it and I give HIM ALL THE GLORY!!!

My PPR is here finally and I wish the same to all the hopefuls in JESUS NAME, AMEN!!!

Investment / Re: Crypto Currency Investors Thread by iampaulsmith(m): 8:26pm On Apr 02, 2021
It’s one of my favourite coin thanks to you. It has held above 0.2. Based on the chart what range would be a good entry
jedisco:


I'm really bullish on this coin.. I believe it's got the right structure to go parabolic... I'd share reasons later

I had some i got on the last dip and sold my stash at 0.197 (I usually sell strong resistance, can always re-enter on a flip)...
I'm now looking to reenter... An hourly close above 0.2 should do it... Moreso, this breakout occured on high volume

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