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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 9:35pm On Apr 10
einsteino:



I am sorry if I painted such a pessimistic view of Canada, but TBH it may not be a walk in the park, esp in your first year, it can be a bittersweet experience. Maybe I should tell a story.

2wks ago I had a chat with my boss at lunch, and as an icebreaker he asked me what I do when I get home. I just chuckled "I sleep, that's all there is to do when you get home mid night and have to worry

So to answer your question, you already answered them and the way you analysed it is so beautiful, I really can't do a better job. I would just echo what you have answered in a different way. I was admitted to Memorial University of Newfoundland(Canada) years ago and deferred the admission to enable me save the tuition and apply for my Study Visa, that was my initial planned way of coming to Canada. when it was time to apply for the Visa, I just couldnt despite having saved what was supposed to be the tuition in naira, Buhari had been elected and you know what happened. So If you think of your kids, the uncertainties in 9ja, and you havn't a lastname that guarantees their future, Canada would be worth the gamble. If you think of yourself and your career you could be in doubt about coming here, esp if you have a top level career and are doing great(esp if you were able to raise POF without osusu, bambiala and family support like me). The whole thing is a dilemma, I know of people who were successful at their careers in 9ja, retired and had to use their pension to financially support their grown ass kids because no good paying job for most young people, yet over here kids start working in high school.

For me, I know I can't bear to live permanently in Naija again, I simply dont have the means to provide good roads, 24/7 electricity without the noise of a gen for myself, clean air(I nagged all through the time I was working in Lagos about how much I hated the polluted air and the chaos we call a city, we don't even know it is a problem). What is there for me to go back to? is it relatives? half of them are either already out or trying to get out of a country where walking down the street at 2 am with a good phone or car greatly increases the chances of being robbed or kidnapped(I return home 2am atimes here and walk with an air of safety that surpasses the one I would have at Oshodi in broad daylight). and above all, knowing that Nigeria's core issues wouldn't be solved in our days.


So it really boils down to coming to terms with the choices before you and realistically seeing it as a possible lose some to win some. Like I have said before, no land is a utopia but there comes a time in one's life when you feel home should be a country whose aspirations are worthy of your efforts and not merely a place where your ancestry lies. If I were a Jim Ovia or married to an Alakija, I would live my whole life in 9ja. but knowing who I am, PR is the best thing that has happened to me in recent times. I hope this helps you in making a decision that reflects on your background.


Words on Marble.

I definitely can't read this alone,I had to share with hubby.

Thank You!!Thank You!! Thank you!!

Lol,we too oo are definitely not Jim Ovia,Alakija et al ooo,too far apart grin
We are just thankful for grace.

well assimilated and picked more point to add to our analysis of Opportunities and threat towards our move.
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@einsteino,You are the best.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 9:03am On Apr 05
Hmmmm,
Thanks for this.
Just part of the reasons we are still staring at that COPR till date.We really need to come prepared,psychologically,emotionally wise.It might be a huge financial drop for us (considering we really are doing okay here )till we balance back but we are trying to look beyond the financial gains and focus on other benefit.Hopefully we summon the courage to soon.It is well.

One key thing that keeps crossing my mind is,if we decide to send kids abroad to school when they are of age(to say my kids are just 5yrs and 6yrs now).How are we sure we will still be financially fit then to pay the huge fee as international student? especially going with the way naijas economy is going and who knows what tommorw really holds.Then case of security challenge these days(heartbreaking)
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Sorry to bother you all with my thoughts,,just alot running through my mind.

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May God direct us all aright.

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einsteino:
PART 2 of My RAMBLINGS
When we land we all want to get into our career as quickly as possible, but t

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Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 7 by Obtay: 12:41pm On Mar 15
Congrats darling Ify...
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Ifeoma77:
Woke up to THE mail today
It's PPR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 6:45pm On Mar 04
Congrats on the safe landing.florish on.......

Please can you share the winter wear merchants contact.Thank you

[quqote author=titiclassy post=76296752]LANDING GIST (LANDED 2 WEEKS AGO)

ALL THE THANKS TO GOD

We booked LUFTHANSA flight for 14th February (yes oo..that was the VAL gift for the
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 11:56pm On Feb 13
LOL........
OMG..had to laugh out so loud..

different strokes for different folks mehn....#laughson

quote author=shinaboy post=75705614]Been wanting to ask about this. How easy is it for single guys to find partners in Canada? Where are potential places where Nigerians socialize say in Toronto or Alberta? [/quote]
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 9:56pm On Jan 29
Congratulations
dumprep:
My Landing Gist

Sorry this is coming late guys.

So I woke up
@Topsmamen, @dumsydsassy1, @raphrulz, @joo2018, @Ifeoma77, @ramj, @Tojued, @Tippex, @zeiya, @fatiah: I am waiting for your landing gists o.
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program- Connect Here Part 6 by Obtay: 9:03pm On Jan 28
Awww.congratulations.youur mum's part though��


jhoci:
When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
I am currently filling visa applications for them

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Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program- Connect Here Part 6 by Obtay: 11:07pm On Jan 25
Great.Congratulations.True their service is terrible.

Received the text to come pick up today.I will be tthere next week by God's grace.
Cheers.


titiclassy:


Eventually got the passsports back today..8 days after being dispatched ( very poor of vfs nigeria). but me, ayaf sent them a mail and copied ircc...accra
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program- Connect Here Part 6 by Obtay: 5:26pm On Jan 25
Congratulations to you
flyboi1:
Long Post Alert!!!
TIMELINE
FSW outland
ECA - IQAS July 2016 (They were the fastest as at this time period – 3weeks)
IELTS;
20-08-2016 BC LRWS 8,6.5,7.5,6.5
25-05-2017 BC LRWS 8.5,6.5,7.0,8.0
29-07-2017 BC LRWS 8.5,6.5,7.0,8.0
28-10-2017 BC LRWS 8.5,7.0,7.0,7.0
30-06-2018 MOD LRWS 9,8,7,7.5
SPOUSE
28-07-2018 BC LRWS 9,8.5,7,8
ITA 22ND August 2018
AOR 27th september 2018
MEP & BIL 25TH october 2018
Ghost Update1 21st November 2018
Ghost Update2 22nd January 2019
Ghost Update3 23rd January 2019
PPR 25th January (Dated 24th )
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It has been a really long road. And I just want to give thanks to God, because I know He makes ALL things beautiful in His time.
This journey started from the study route. Got admission to Fanshawe and Vancouver island Uni. Couldn’t raise funds at the time so I took a breather and tried out EE.
I’m going to give back to the thread the way I benefitted from it in days past.

IELTS
IELTS really humbled me mehn. I just couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. Reading was a pain. I wrote this dreaded exam 5times. I remember my first exam, didnt even bother reading for it. The mindset was “is it not ordinary english exam”. 5 exams later and look at God. All four remaining exams, I only practiced for reading as that was the part giving me nightmares. I knew the section giving me issues was the last section. It was too long and boring and there was barely any time to finish. For the 5th and final test, I started my reading exam with the last section which was the hardest and solved backwards. Voilaa!
ECA
This was the smoothest part of the journey self. 3 weeks between paying, applying for transcript and IQAS sending me my ECA. I wonder what happened to them post 2016.
WEDDING REGISTRY
The plan was to get married and add my wife post AOR or when I get COPR, but the delay in passing ielts scuffed all that. Score was 439 after the 5th ielts and the average to get ITA was 441. So one morning, I left work and took a stroll down to the registry just to confirm their process. One thing lead to the other and I called my wife (then girlfriend not even fiancé) and gave her our wedding date. She was thunderstruck. I kept saying “hello hello! Can you hear me? Lol
Yes we had plans to marry and we already knew we were going to spend the rest of our lives together, this just brought it closer.
Luckily I had begged her to do ECA and IELTS because after my fourth IELTS, I was tired and I told her to be principal applicant. She reluctantly agreed, because she didn’t think her work experience would qualify. I also registered to do the IELTS exam with her for moral support and reduce the pressure I was placing on her. Lo and behold we both passed. Recalculated our scores…and here we are!
POF
I started this process not knowing where the POF was going to come from but I had faith in God. Few weeks after AOR, God came through for us. We got 100% POF gift from two sources (85/80). This was really bugging me because all through the thread most gift was from just one source. After digesting the gift deed section, I decided to go through with it and be clean with IRCC as expected. Two deed of gift was drafted and signed by all parties. One of the gift deed was to me and the other deed was to my wife. We deposited both in our joint account. My wife also wrote a letter authorising me to use the deed to her as part of our settlement funds. We didn’t notarise the deed as the gift were from family members. We wanted to make it look as natural and logical as possible.

Post AOR
I had promised myself before I submitted our application that I would not be checking the portal every minute. Who was I kidding? It became a routine, every morning before I even assign task to my team members, I would always check to see if there was anything new. I followed ImmiTracker to know when my AOR mates were getting MEP/BIL. After MEP/BIL, the wait became worse because there was nothing to look forward too. Total silence. Not even an ADR. I even emailed Ralph so I could know my situation. Ms Robyn replied a few hours later that criminality was passed, but eligibility and security checks have not being initiated. Then PPR started raining for AOR mates and even people who submitted much later. I knew it
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 2:36pm On Jan 25
Thank you for the insight
salford1:

Yes. Pmp is more accepted in Canada/N.America. Very few organization will list prince2 as a substitute to Pmp. We accept both in my place of work, but a candidate with a prince2 will get bumped for one with pmp when it comes down to one person getting the pm job.
Most core project management positions will not ask for a particular degree. Note "core PM positions" e.g like a PM team for an IT project or PM team for lean improvement projects; however, some construction or engineering jobs or IT jobs will still require the prerequisite engineering or computer science degree, and Pmp ceetification will just be an added bonus. These kind of roles will often encounter projects on their jobs, but their engineering skills and regulatory requirements is of more importance than PM skills.

So whether your degree matters or not will depend on the kind of job you are looking for. There are project management consultancies that send contractors to work term projects in companies all over Canada, for this types of jobs, your degree title would hardly matter.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 11:40am On Jan 25
Please any one?Kindly help.I just need to compiment what I have been reading online with what really obtains there from people already in the system or knows much about the system

Obtay:
Please any project manager in the house.Kindly help a soul
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Please I need pointers to how having PMP certificate will help in canada(though first degree not at all related to project management) and how best to gather experience in it in canada.
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I found out PPM is more required in canada than PRINCE 2

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Please I need as much assistance as I can get from all

Cc @blackbuddy@Salford1@maternal@Vcole
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 3:20pm On Jan 24
Please any project manager in the house.Kindly help a soul
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Please I need pointers to how having PMP certificate will help in canada(though first degree not at all related to project management) and how best to gather experience in it in canada.
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I found out PPM is more required in canada than PRINCE 2

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Please I need as much assistance as I can get from all

Cc @blackbuddy @Salford1 @maternal @Vcole
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program- Connect Here Part 6 by Obtay: 2:21pm On Jan 24
You ain't the only one.Ours also was dispatched same day 17th but yet to be received at vfs Lagos according to them

Omzyj:
I hope I am not the only one yet to receive a pick up mail from VFS. My tracker shows “your processed passport has been dispatched from Canada visa office on 17/1/2019 to Canada visa application centre”. I’m worried!

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Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program- Connect Here Part 6 by Obtay: 2:14pm On Jan 24
I am.no senior though..
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Yet to pick up. will go there next week.When we
Called two days ago,they said it hasn't arrived and will take 5 to 7 working days.


quote author=Olsbby post=75064164]
Hello seniors, please how soon were you able to pick up your passports from vfs lagos after the tracking was updated as dispatched?


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Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program- Connect Here Part 6 by Obtay: 2:11pm On Jan 24
Obtay:
Yes it has
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 10:13pm On Jan 22
Waoo,scary oo
Blackbuddy:
It was an interesting Sunday across parts of Canada with the winter storm system that came through. But we're still here smiley

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4986250

Operation dig your car out below
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program- Connect Here Part 6 by Obtay: 2:31pm On Jan 19
Congrats
Gracenmercy01:
*singing* Ohhh magnify the Lord with me, won't you help me bless his name, he is the awesome God, wondrous is his name. He is greatly to be praised

Glory be to God who makes all things beautiful in its time. He has done what no man can do!

It's

All the best my people. God bless us all
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program- Connect Here Part 6 by Obtay: 1:37pm On Jan 17
Yes it has
liferunsoncode:
Hey Obtay,

Has your CIC account status changed from Submitted to Approved?

Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program- Connect Here Part 6 by Obtay: 12:58pm On Jan 17
Okay.cool,thank you much

titiclassy:



@Obtay we have the same status and submitted on dec 20 too.

I have decided to wait till Monday afternoon before going to their office
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program- Connect Here Part 6 by Obtay: 12:57pm On Jan 17
Thank you .You are grately appreciated.

Ifeoma77:

It means it's on its way back to Lagos. Give them a couple of days and then go and check at the VFS Office

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Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program- Connect Here Part 6 by Obtay: 12:28pm On Jan 17
Hello House,

Please if your visa tracking is showing

Your processed passport has been dispatched from the Canada Visa Office ACCRA , on 17/01/2019 to the Canada Visa Application Centre..
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Please does it mean on way back to Lagos or something else.
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And are we to wait to receive an email to go get our passports back before we go to their office?

Submitted at VFS Lagos on 20th dec

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Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program- Connect Here Part 6 by Obtay: 9:15pm On Jan 10
Congratulation to all that received ITA today.I wish you all God's speed

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 7:57pm On Jan 09
Thanks much.

Yes ,I read somewhere about that that 2yrs and 10yrs clause.That's kind of against me as my degree is about 12yrs old .In had delved to banking for about 10yrs but wouldn't want to go that route again in canada.Thanks,i do apprecaite your input.I will research for more schools requirement,hopefully I'll get one that will suit me.
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Cheers


Glowingx:

Choose your choice province, then check if their university offer the after degree BScN and if they do , check the school requirements. Most schools consider last 2years CPGA also your pre- requisite courses have to be less than 10years from year the courses were offered. Also some schools like university of Lethbridge for example offer preparatory courses for the after degree.
The after degree nursing program is very competitive so different schools have different requirements for admission.
All jobs have prospects, be in health, finance, skilled trades

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 9:04pm On Jan 08
Thank you.I really do appreciate

quote author=Engr2000 post=74565674]

Go for after Degree Nursing ... It's two years (6 semester) but it full time and intensive (Check out university of Alberta)

Some university call it___ Post Degree Nursing, check university of Saskatchewan.

Google will give you additional info, some school offer part time.


All in all, Nursing is a lucrative field in Canny. There are prerequisites but with your educational background most likely it would be waived.[/quote]
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 9:11am On Jan 08
Hello people,please any similar part or known knowledge about this?kindly help give your input.it will be really appreciated

Obtay:
Hello people,good day.
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Please is there anyone that went to the nursing line after a basic medical science degree from nigeria(currently have bsc #human anatomy)
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Please how did you go about it? Did you get a diploma in nursing or bsc nursing?
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Is Bsc nursing prefered in terms of jobs..
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I will really appreciate responses to this please.
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Thanks
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 9:07am On Jan 08
Beautiful.Thanks for this.

WoodcrestMayor:
Hey guys!!!
I’ve been away for a very long long time. Landing gist is stale considering the fact that I touched down in May 2018…8months ago. I not be disappointed smiley

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 10:29pm On Jan 06
Hello people,good day.
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Please is there anyone that went to the nursing line after a basic medical science degree from nigeria(currently have bsc #human anatomy)
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Please how did you go about it? Did you get a diploma in nursing or bsc nursing?
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Is Bsc nursing prefered in terms of jobs..
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I will really appreciate responses to this please.
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Thanks

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 9:56pm On Jan 05
Blackbuddy:
Night time pictures from Niagara, Ontario just before Christmas Day smiley

Nice pictures.please I sent you emails
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 9:18pm On Jan 05
Thanks much.
TheCongo2:



This is a number for a Nigerian Canadian WhatsApp group with an area code in Alberta including Calgary (403) 926-0556. You can join the group to ask if there is a specific WhatsApp group for Edmonton or Calgary.

If there is none, maybe you can create one.

Cc: Gracias
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 9:06pm On Jan 05
Interested too.Pleaded for calgary link too but no response yet till date.#sad face.




Kolabyk:
can someone please share the link to join the Edmonton Whatsapp group. ?

Gracias!
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Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program- Connect Here Part 6 by Obtay: 11:55am On Jan 04
[Big congrats
quote author=smslive2 post=74437988]Brethren, gather together.... The Lord of host has done it!. He did it at His appointed time.
IT ISSA PPR... Please click here for the abridged version of the journey so far

[/quote]

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obtay: 11:18pm On Jan 03
Please i will really appreciate any help with this request.
Plan to hopefully land in calgary by mid year(family of 4)but still have a lot of grey areas..
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Please help.

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stiquote author=Obtay post=74425877]Hello to all,glad to be part of this thread now.
.weldone to all

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kindly Avail me a link to join calgary whatsapp group.
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Thank you so.much[/quote]

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