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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 8:59pm On Jan 01, 2022
Landing gist

I travelled to Montreal from Mexico via Air Canada. They have the best plane that I have entered. The screen was large and modern. The food was not free though, you would have to pay with your card. Only the drink was free.
I arrived in Montreal and the officer asked why I didn't travel directly from 9ja. They then asked for my enrollment letter and after then, I was issued my study permit. Everyone on the flight was selected for covid arrival testing and I (fully vaccinated) was required to quarantine until the result was out. The result came out on the third day of my arrival.
At the moment, it is not very cold here. The minimum temperature so far is -4 degrees.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 4:58pm On Dec 12, 2021
1. Yes, you can go with your phones.
2. The airports have FREE WiFi. You can connect to the airport wifi and use WhatsApp call to call your family. But if your family is in a place without internet for whatsapp call, try to set up a Smile account before you leave 9ja. You can use the smile app to do a direct call, voice-over-internet (VOIP) call, to them.
3. You may not have access to the wifi on the plane unless you fly first class, or in some airlines, buy internet data.
PatrickOkunima:
Happy Sunday, Guys.

I hope we're all doing well today?

Please, I have some questions.

To those who have travelled,

1. Do you go with your phones?

2. How do you communicate with your friends and family when you just arrive Canada?

3. The Wi-Fi on the airplane, with which device (phone) do you access it?

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 11:23pm On Dec 09, 2021
I used the course registration platform of my school. I sent an email to my department and received direction
Romoke1995:


Please how did you get it ? What process did you go through please I also need it .
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 4:36pm On Dec 08, 2021
Even though there's no new info, perhaps it's useful for few.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 11:28am On Dec 08, 2021
It is super extremely important. Without that, you may not be allowed into the country. You must also book your flight to Canada.
You can always book hotels that'll allow you to pay on arrival. That way, you don't need to spend.
johnfem321:
Do you know if it important to book air bnb or hotel l before been allowed to fly to Mexico?



Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 7:17pm On Dec 07, 2021
Thanks. Gotten it
Jxool:
You can have enrollment letter only when you have started your class online. But if you haven’t when you get to the point of entry you will show your letter of admission.

Other people can guide also

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 5:24pm On Dec 07, 2021
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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 4:25pm On Dec 06, 2021
Turkish, Lufthansa are the cheapest. Emirates and Qatar are on the high side. If you have a US visa, then so many more cheaper options.
Use google flights and skyscanner to search
NewMercy:
Which aiine is going to Mexico
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 2:25pm On Dec 06, 2021
Mexican embassy has replied me. We are double sure that we don't need visas.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 11:17am On Dec 06, 2021
Yeah! Please send me a message
Seun541:
Hi Ikechi.

When are you travelling?

I am also considering this Mexico route.

Can we link up pls.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 10:28am On Dec 06, 2021
Also, this is the ziploc bag that I talked about for packing food. Lighter than plastic and transparent for immigration check

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 10:19am On Dec 06, 2021
Mexico transit update

I'm transiting through Mexico city. Flights to Cancun is cheaper than Mexico city from Nigeria, but Cancun is a tourist destination and so is expensive to get a modest accommodation and also food. Moreover, Cancun is farther away from Canada than Mexico city, so the flight to Canada is more expensive via Cancun.
Hence, my choice of Mexico city.

My Mexican friend advised that I go with euros instead of dollars because after conversion to Mexico pesos, euro is more profitable. She also said that there are a lot of kiosks to change money after the luggage pickup area in the airport. She said that that's where you will find best rates.

My supervisor has linked me up with a Mexican student also. I will update on any new info.

Also, this is the link to the Mexican embassy website where they said that those with used/unused Canadian visa can enter Mexico for max 30days. It will be wise to print the page.
https://embamex.sre.gob.mx/nigeria/index.php/en/mexican-visas/mexican-visa-for-non-remunerated-activities

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 10:14am On Dec 06, 2021
Hello. Please click on my name and you will see a link to send message. I didn't close my dm.
bigsolo:
Please can we link up?
Your dm is not open

Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 5:27pm On Dec 05, 2021
Hi! I am going to Mexico city via Lufthansa too.
viviangogos:
We appreciate the updates. Kindly revert when she lands as we need more information on this route. I for one booked Lufthansa as well so this re routing to Mexico may be a good shot for me as well.

What time is her flight today? Boarded yet?
Thanks for the infos

Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 9:46am On Dec 04, 2021
Anyone planning to go to Cancun on 15th?
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 9:04am On Dec 04, 2021
https://embamex.sre.gob.mx/nigeria/index.php/en/mexican-visas/mexican-visa-for-non-remunerated-activities

Romoke1995:
So with my valid Canada visa I can enter Mexico and wait for 2weeks before boarding another flight to Canada really?

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 1:40am On Dec 04, 2021
Thanks. I have not booked though
phaeedat95:
Sorry about the mails, I only got notifications I didn't get the content of the mails. She's going via Lufthansa airlines. She originally wanted to fly to Canada but because of the ban she went to their office today to change the destination of the flight to Mexico. She added about 100k (p.s it's a return ticket and the prices might differ).

For the guy/girl with the Turkish issue, you can go to their office or call their customer care and ask if they can change your flight's destination.
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 11:15pm On Dec 03, 2021
Any update from those that went to Cotonou? Did they stamp your passport at the border?
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 11:13pm On Dec 03, 2021
Hello, I was trying this route too but my problem is that the layover in Turkish air is 23hours and the free hotel service provided by Turkish air is stopped due to covid. Other flights that I saw will transit through the US, and this is ruled out due to the visa requirements. Please which airline did she book?
phaeedat95:
My sister is trying to enter Canada via Mexico her flight is on Sunday. She'll stay 2 weeks and enter Canada afterwards by God's grace. I mentioned this so Y'all can try other countries aside from cotonu and Ghana. May God help us all.
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 12:36am On Dec 03, 2021
Thanks Dr. I wish you success in your reapplication
DrAFOguns:
Congratulations, Ikechi12

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 4:54pm On Dec 01, 2021
No! Unless you have a German/Shenghen visa. Your Canadian visa only gives you the privilege to transit. Therefore, without the German/Shenghen visa, you can't leave the airport.
millie0:


I'm asking if I can fly to Germany and stay there for 14 days, before moving to Canada.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 1:02pm On Dec 01, 2021
Ikechi12:
PPR has landed! Let me send the passport first. I will give the timeline at night

Okay this is my timeline! 2nd time applicant

1st application was in the UK on 14th May 2021.
My review started in July when I had already returned to Nigeria. They told me that my UK permit had expired and that I should update them with a new permit. I then replied that I had returned to Nigeria bla bla. Then they issued me a rejection. In the GCMS note, this was the reason:



Nigerian male applicant, has been studying Masters through an Erasmus programme in Italy and in the UK. Status is now expired and he has returned to Port Harcourt.
The applicant has not yet completed his Masters degree through Erasmus programme (states completion will be in September) and as such I am not satisfied that he currently meets the criteria to engage in a PhD programme at McGill University. Further, there are similar programmes available closer to Nigeria, studies in Canada would further remove the applicant from his country of citizenship, after studies in Europe and the UK.

On the whole, I am not satisfied the applicant meets the requirements under R216 for the following reasons:
- Academic credentials have not been presented
- Limited travel history
- Limited assets
- Purpose of travel


I felt that they just rejected me because of my expired status in the UK because:
1. I don't have a limited travel history. You can see from the visa officer's comment that they are aware that I have travelled to UK and Italy.
2. I have multiple scholarships for my PhD plus 15kcad personal saving
3. Even though I completed my MSc in September, my resumption would be in January. So it should not be an issue.
Overall, I think my residence status was the reason for the rejection.

2nd application timeline
Submitted: 6th October
Request for medical: 16th November
Medical passed: 26th November
PPR: 1st December

Submitted documents:
All IMM documents
Proof of funds (scholarships + personal savings of 15k)
Admission Letter
Letter of Explanation
Recommendation letter from my PhD supervisor.
Recommendation letter from my research assistant supervisor in the UK.
Erasmus Letter (scholarship page).
USA scholarship letter.
UK scholarship letter.
Italy and UK study permit documents (Proof of travel history).
UK exceptional assurance (stay extension in the UK).
Master’s degree completion certificate.
Master’s degree transcripts.
Birth certificate.
ID documents of family members.
Father’s death certificate.
Brother’s Business certificates.
Translated Italian police certificate.
United Kingdom police certificate.
Nigerian police certificate.
Land property document.
Property valuation document.
My mother’s property document.
CV.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 11:50am On Dec 01, 2021
PPR has landed! Let me send the passport first. I will give the timeline at night

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 7:53am On Dec 01, 2021
1. Under letter of acceptance, upload only letter of acceptance.
2. In optional documents, upload your letter of explanation and merge it with your supporting documents into a single pdf.
Merge all your bank statements into a single pdf and upload it in your proof of funds.
You can merge pdfs online (in these websites -smallpdf,adobe website, etc) or offline (using these computer softwares - pdf24, advanced pdf utility)

Chiziteremary:
Good morning my people,

Pls im in the process of uploading forms on the IRCC site. Pls under letter of acceptance is it only the letter of acceptance that should be uploaded there pls reply. I have so many documents. Im wondering where to upload them.

Secondly under the optional documents. There is an option called client information, which document should be uploaded there pls. Also i have two bank statements from my sponsor and three bank statements from myself. How do i upload all these documents bikonu.

I also have land documents and other things. Pls can someone be kind enough to respond. I am almost confused

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 9:35pm On Nov 30, 2021
Omo!! angry
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 9:31pm On Nov 30, 2021
Milk is not allowed! What the poster did was illegal. If they were to be caught, it won't auger well for them. It is advisable that for future's sake, abide by all the laws. You don't want to have a dent of disobedience in your history because of milk, ordinary milk!
Kema22:
Are you very sure about milk, because on the CBSA site milk is not allowed

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 9:29pm On Nov 30, 2021
Update on vaccination
I just recently finished a meeting with the International Student Service of my school and I asked about the new vaccination update: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2021/11/government-of-canada-announces-adjustments-to-canadas-border-measures.html

They informed me that the November 30 requirement for full vaccination is actually for those already in Canada, and not those about to enter. The date for which unvaccinated foreign nationals won't be allowed to enter Canada is January 15th 2022.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 9:16pm On Nov 30, 2021
You can package them in ziplock bags as they are transparent (for check by the officers) and light (to save some kg)
Tinakem:


Pls sis, all those cray fish iru etc, did u wrap them with news paper. Did u put them in a separate bag too. Someone told me I should put them inside my cloth or else the will remove. Pls how did u pack them

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 11:41am On Nov 29, 2021
Hello bro, your GCMS notes will make things clearer. I also had a similar issue like you. Same with someone else here. I applied from the UK few months to my study permit expiration and was rejected.
This is the reason why I am feeling that it may be the chief reason.
Some countries boldly tell you to have at least 6 months residency in the country you're applying from, but Canada seems not to be straightforward in that regard. Hence, my suspicion.
But let's wait for the GCMS notes sha.

em3kae88:
Qatar residence permit is usually valid for one year and renewable by your employer. Mine will expire in Feb 2022.

Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 11:30am On Nov 29, 2021
Yes it is
Jxool:


Is status for your medical updated to pass now?

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 8:18am On Nov 29, 2021
Hello, I made a very concise post on page 592 on how I was able to do my exam the same day at IOM Abuja.
Sending emails won't work. I sent several emails and they told me that they were fully booked. Qlife gave me an appointment for the 13th of December.
But when I went in person, I did it the same day.
Since time is not on your side, I strongly recommend that you go in person.
Carebeyondcure:
Medical request

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Ikechi12(m): 7:26am On Nov 29, 2021
Hello. Sorry for the rejection.
How long is your residence permit in Qatar? Usually, if you have a short residency, it's a problem.
So while you wait for your GCMS notes, try to extend your residency in Qatar.
em3kae88:
Hi guys, I just got a decision and unfortunately it was rejected due to

1 - Family ties in Canada and country of residence (I reside in Qatar).
I don't have any direct family member in Canada nor in Qatar. I used Nigeria in my application as my family ties and tried to prove it using my properties and siblings and mother.

2 - Based on purpose of visit.

How can I address this? I feel very gutted with this decision. I'm consodering abandoning the whole thing as I know I put forward a very tight application covering all aspects.



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