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|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by oohunt: 4:49am On Aug 27, 2020|
@Ligxy @NaijainCanada @Aig842 @Mamaroon @SlowlybtSurely @einsteino @sollie123 @40manlappy @yokus @Silversurfer1
Thank you all for your good wishes. Amen! I believe God will see us through.
@Ethelia, thank you. Has been kinda slow but we will get there. It has been only 3 weeks, with 2 weeks of it spent indoors. I have registered my kids in school which is good, so they will be starting in the first week of September with the others.
Calgary is beautiful!
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by oohunt: 3:43am On Aug 27, 2020|
Hello. Which carrier is bringing you to Canada? Hope it is a reliable one to avoid my kind of experience.
You can book a connecting flight from Toronto to your destination. When we arrived 3 weeks ago, we took Air Canada from Toronto to Calgary. We had to wear our masks. All travelers do. Do a google search on arriving Canada, there is an online form you have to fill. Or you can download the ArriveCAN app and fill out your travel information and quarantine plan there. You have to do this 48 hours before your trip. We were given the same form on the plane when we landed. They will ask for it before you leave the airport.
You needed to be able to provide the details: address/accommodation, phone number, how to get groceries, etc. It is one of the conditions as you are not encouraged to have physical contact with ANYONE while you are on quarantine. We had our friends help us rent an apartment before we arrived. They helped us find a place, then we signed the lease electronically and made advance payment. Our friends would also shop for us and leave it by the door, we have not even seen them till now, even though our quarantine is over, lol. You are going to receive calls everyday from Alberta Health (I think) to ensure you are abiding by the rules. They will ask you questions like: if you live with someone who did not travel with you, do you have visitors, do you have a balcony where you can get fresh air, how you get your groceries etc.
The whole aim is to minimize the spread of the virus. You also have to monitor the news. After we arrived, there was news about flights that landed in Canada that had covid-19 cases. Thankfully ours was not one of them. (Link: https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/another-group-of-international-flights-land-in-canada-with-covid-19-patients-1.5067157)
Boost your immunity by taking Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc. I did this for the whole family. Then use your hand sanitizer often, use disinfecting wipes where you need to and always, always wear your mask. I brought more than one set of mask for the family, thankfully we needed it because out 24 hour journey turned to almost 48 hours.
Safe journey. You can ask me more questions here if you need to.
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|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by oohunt: 10:46pm On Aug 18, 2020|
Just found these articles online. This is what would have happened to us if we went for a refund. They have a whole lot of reconciliation to do. Wamos Air abandoned the passengers they were supposed to take to Lagos from Newark, so 7 Star is in a mess.
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by oohunt: 12:37am On Aug 18, 2020|
You are right. We have 2 years + left.
Travelling back and forth, no.
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by oohunt: 5:56pm On Aug 13, 2020|
Funny. I get that a lot. People always think I am a man, guess it’s in the way I write.
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|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by oohunt: 5:54pm On Aug 13, 2020|
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by oohunt: 5:52pm On Aug 13, 2020|
We checked ET, it was very expensive and the journey would have taken 52 hours.
KLM/Air France we even went to their office in VI. They had a list and was reluctant to add anyone to the list because they had not received approval to fly in August. It was at this time that the announcement that the Nigerian airspace would open in October. Lol. I was not going to wait till October.
I was also part of a WhatsApp group, people from the group actually left in June and early July. The group was dissolved after the early July flight. Then we booked Egypt Air. Most airline websites would not allow the payment to go through if they are not operating. Their website did and we thought they would fly. They eventually cancelled.
Also heard about the Cotonou -> Calgary route. Didn’t think the road trip was going to be good for children. Alone, I would have done it. But not with children.
I would advice anyone who wants to travel to go for Air France. They have a flight leaving every week, Thursdays. They did not respond to my emails. Not sure why. But they will be more structured. And yes, they demand for covid-19 test. 7 Star/Wamos did not.
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by oohunt: 7:39am On Aug 13, 2020|
The story of my return to Canada.
Hello all, you may know (or not know me). I started this thread 3 years ago when I wanted to understand what it was going to take to live in Canada. We had our soft landing in 2017 which I shared.
So, our decision was to finally migrate in the summer of 2020. By then, my daughter will have completed her primary education. And then covid-19 struck! In the mist of the chaos, the fears and global uncertainties, we maintained that it is still a good decision to move. We have spent close to 3 years in Naija. It was going to be now or we lose out completely.
Canadians and PR holders were exempt from the Canadian travel ban. We started looking for flights in June, even though the Nigerian airspace was closed. We learnt about the evacuation flights and searched for ways to get on one. We contacted the Canadian embassy in Nigeria. They told us that they no longer organize flights because (1) of the shelter-in-place enforced in Canada (2) they heard the Nigerian airspace was going to open “soon”. They told us about a flight organized by a third party company known as 7 Star Global Hangers. We reached them and booked to leave on the 31st of July at 12pm. And so our journey begins...
7 Star is a Nigerian company who partnered with a Microfinance bank and Wamos Airline (Madrid) to evacuate stranded Nigerians to USA and Canada. We got to the airport on the 31st and joined the queue outside the airport. Only to be informed after about 45 minutes later that the flight (Wamos Air) had not even touched down in Lagos and that the flight has been postponed. The most annoying thing was that we contacted 7 Star the night before to confirm this flight, and they said that everything was okay. We also learnt that there was a WhatsApp group and that most people knew that the flight would not make it. We did not have reliable information about why this flight was postponed. Other people at the airport told us they said 4pm and another said 10pm. We had to make several phone calls to our contacts at 7 Star, 2 ladies, who did not know what was going on and could not give us any definitive response. Later in the evening, I called another number I found on their flyer, the MD of the microfinance bank. He told me that there was an issue with the payment between 7 Star and Wamos Air. Wamos refused to leave Madrid until they receive their full payment. This issue was due to scarcity of forex. Our flight has now been postponed by 4 days. Imagine! So, we went back home.
It took my persistence (and that of my husband) to get added to that WhatsApp group. The only 7 Star staff that could add us had issues with her phone. This plus the fact that she could not read or respond to frustrated passengers did not help matters at all. At this time, I did not have any faith in them or in the new date. But my husband was more patient than I was. He maintained that we should wait! Left for me, I would have demanded a refund. But a refund from a Nigerian company also has no guarantees. They can decide to refund you 1-2 week later….by that time, we would have lost out completely if the flight eventually leaves Nigeria.
So, came Tuesday the 4th, the flight was postponed yet again, to Wednesday. Reason: Wamos, USA/Canada need the full manifest of the passengers. So, 7 Star received ticket payments and did not have detailed information on its passengers. We were asked to send our information to 3 different email addresses over 2 days. We did. It was obvious that the first 7 Star email address given to us, was not working or not being monitored. Several passengers had to step in to help this process. I heard someone say that he actually went to the 7 Star office to help them organize this list. There was even a suggestion to have the manifest stored in excel sheet with data captured using google forms. We did that, but 7 Star rejected it, reasons best known to them. The energy in the WhatsApp group was so discouraging & demoralizing because people were frustrated, impatient and did not trust 7 Star, some even said it was scam. Thankfully it was not, they did not have their act together at all!!
On Wednesday, got to the airport early among the first 20 (I think). We were supposed to be over 300 passengers. Route: Lagos > Toronto > Newark and then Newark > Toronto > Lagos. (Their flyer when this was advertised is the reverse, the flight was supposed to originate from Newark).
We got our luggage screened. And queued up. After about 30 minutes, the queue stopped moving. Then the queue kept getting longer and longer because they had only one staff checking the passengers information: passport, visa/PR, payment confirmation. We learnt that they were using an old manifest and not the updated one, they could not find some people’s names. Trust us naa, people who were at the back crowded around the guy and there was no queue again, it was now how smart, or how loud can you shout. We are forced to queue else, they wont attend to us. This time, we are in close contact, social distancing gone out-of-the-window. There was this lady, her voice was the loudest, yet she came from the back. Anyway…
It got to our turn, they checked our passports, PR cards and payment receipt and were are allowed to check in our bags. When we got to the gate, we were happy to see the WAMOS AIRPLANE! We are finally going to fly today. Little did I know that the journey has not even started. I knew that we were not going to leave at 4am because of the long queue outside and also because the check-in process was not organized. I already prepared my mind to be patient. It wasn’t long and they asked us to board. Families with children first thankfully. We went in, sat, sent messages to our loved ones…and waited……………….from 3am till 10:50am when our flight eventually left. Why?
Wamos refused to fly. 7 Star boarded some passengers whose names were not on the manifest they sent to US & Canada. US and Canada needed to okay everyone first before they leave. There was a lot of back and forth. Wamos also tried to get the passengers off the plane, the pilot told us their bags have to be removed. Wamos called some names, the people did not bulge. At a point we were told (through WhatsApp group) that there were some passengers who had paid, whose bags have been check-in and were not allowed in. The rest of us who had been waiting for more than 5 hours had to agitate for them to take us out of there. Eventually, those people who were left out were allowed on and we left.
We got to Madrid 4-5 hours later. The Madrid stop was supposed to be 1 hour, to refuel. But instead, we were told that we have to alight, identify our luggage and then go into the terminal. We did this in batches of 10s, then entered a bus that drove us to the terminal. Here we waited and Wamos issued another boarding pass to all of us MAD -> YYL. The wait here was 10 hours.
We boarded the flight and slept off for 7 out of 8.5 hours. Everything was smooth once we landed in Toronto and made our way to Calgary. We had to cancel our previously scheduled flight from Toronto to Calgary. We were lucky to get on the next available flight without waiting.
I tried as much as I can to sanitize. But I can tell you it was not 100%. We had our masks on the whole time. The longest we have ever worn a mask.
We are currently observing our 14 day isolation. I am grateful to God that we are healthy, and may it continue this way, in Jesus name!!
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|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by oohunt: 6:39pm On Jul 27, 2020|
Someone is landing in Toronto on a chartered flight. Final destination is Calgary. Will it be problem if they enter a local flight from Toronto to Calgary?
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by oohunt: 7:38pm On Mar 13, 2019|
YOU ARE TOO MUCH!!!
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by oohunt: 9:41pm On Jan 26, 2019|
It has been ages!!! Glad to see part 2!!!!!
I have not logged into Nairaland in a long time. I have been busy building my business. (Story for another day)
I saw some questions about whether I am in Canada and I wanted to answer that I am not. We visited ... according to my last comment but it has been a big debate between myself and all my family members on whether or not it is a great choice and the right time. The good thing is that I still have a year+ to pack my bags.
I wish I can promise to read all that has been going on but the truth is that I may not have the time to do it.
I hope this thread has helped people, and I wish everyone who has embarked on this courageous journey the best of luck.
May God bless you all!
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 12:16pm On Jan 31, 2018|
I am back again reading up but had to skip some pages cause of time.
So, we are back in Naija after the short landing. It was alright. I did not see all of Calgary to make an overall judgement. All I saw was white everywhere. The layering up helped a lot and I was not as cold as I thought I will be. We spent minimal time outdoors though.
We were able to get the basics done: SIN registration, health card registration, opened bank accounts with TD. Hubby tried the knowledge test for driver's license, failed the first time (because of one point-painful) but passed the second time. For me, I was not ready to fail o. I took vcole's advice - doing all knowledge and driving test when we return in the beautiful summer time .
Em, I decided to take my kids for a walk one day, being bundled inside the house for days. So, we layered up 4 layers! As we stepped outside, it was windy. It was -12 that day. I decided, let's go right, up the hill with the wind on our backs. We got to the top of the road, kids were sniffing, with emergency catarrh and I said, okay, let's turn back. that was when I understood the wind! It was biting!! My 7 year old enjoyed it!! It was exciting to her. But the younger one, hmmm, I had to carry her, put her on my shoulder so the wind won't blow on her face. This walk took a total of 6 minutes. I felt better when I got indoors. Will I do it again, sure!
What amazed me the most was days later, when the temperature increase to 6 degrees, we celebrated the warmth. Amazing how the body adjusts!
Hmm, I do not want to cause a big debate but, the cost of living when converted to naira is not a small money. I already knew that from all the knowledge I gathered from this thread, I was just not ready to calculate it. It all boils down to, is it worth it in the end? Yes, yes and yes!
Next step for me now is to find a good elementary school.
Please can you guys advice me on which areas to avoid in Calgary. Someone has mentioned NE. Does this mean the whole NE??
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|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 11:37am On Jan 31, 2018|
Ah, Ajibola!?? Wow!
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 11:35am On Jan 31, 2018|
Love your sense of adventure!
I want to be like you when I grow up!
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 11:18am On Jan 31, 2018|
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|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 11:08am On Jan 31, 2018|
Thank you for the positive words!
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 11:01am On Jan 31, 2018|
My! THAT is what I did not like about Calgary...well, the much of it that I saw during my short landing.
I love that city view, with modern buildings, high rises! Give me modern!!!!
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 1:12pm On Jan 17, 2018|
Hey guys. I have a question.
Can someone adopt a child after receiving their PR cards?
|Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/Federal Skilled Workers Program-Connect Here Part 3 by oohunt: 1:08pm On Jan 17, 2018|
Any one? Please?
|Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/Federal Skilled Workers Program-Connect Here Part 3 by oohunt: 10:33pm On Jan 16, 2018|
I have a question.
Can someone adopt a child after receiving their PR cards?
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 6:27pm On Jan 04, 2018|
Are you still going ahead with this?
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 11:28am On Jan 04, 2018|
Well, I will say that I need some guidance as to which area of IT to focus on in Canada.
I currently run a consultancy that designs websites and provide digital marketing services in Lagos.
Certifications: ITIL, MCSA, OCA (Oracle).
Qualifications: BSc Computer Science, MSc Web Technologies and Security. Haven’t used my ITSec though.
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 11:00am On Jan 04, 2018|
I am also a she.
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 1:51am On Jan 04, 2018|
Lol I am not o. What gave you the impression? I only just landed.
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 1:47am On Jan 04, 2018|
All the details you need are here. You have to read up from the first page.
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 6:07am On Jan 03, 2018|
Can someone help with this question please?
In my opinion, you have to do your research, find out which jobs are being advertised and where you can fit in. But it will also help to get some guidance from current IT professionals in Canada. I was going to ask the same question. It has been discussed in the beginning but that was in the first 30 pages or so and there were no specifics.
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 11:14pm On Jan 01, 2018|
Thank you @Nogen and Happy New Year to you too.
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 9:50am On Jan 01, 2018|
Thank you @vcole, @salford & @drhopeful.
I got some good winter boots and jackets from Burlington. Very helpful info thank you. Also went to Costco and Walmart but Burlington had the best. For thick sweaters, I got good ones for the kids in Costco. Then in Walmart for myself.
We have now landed! Flight took 4:30 hours from Houston. The landing experience is just like what have been discussed here: after the first customs queue, we picked up our bags and was directed to secondary inspection area. After about 25 mins they attended to us. And they said welcome to Canada! We are now Landed!!!
We had our first contact with the -32 degrees when we headed for the car. Our host was there to pick us up. Ha ha ha, rude shock!! @vcole, we had only 3 layers. Now I know. I must get thermal wear for myself. Everyone had one except me. And I thought UK was cold! No one will find me outside in this type of cold. Lol.
Let me deal with the cold and dryness first. I will be back to update you guys on other stuff. I am still jet lagged. It is almost 2am and sleep has vanished from my eyes.
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|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 1:54pm On Dec 30, 2017|
The day has finally come. Decided to make a soft landing on the 1st of Jan and then plan for the migration next year.
I have not been to the thread for a long time so I have a lot to read up. So forgive me if I am repeating this.
So weather.com says Calgary is currently -25. Hmm. I am bracing myself mentally. But men, it is not funny o. I am currently in Houston (it IS cold at 8 degrees) and will like to at least get some warm clothing for my girls (7 & 2). I know some people have suggested getting warm clothing in Canada but with this kind of extreme weather, we cannot enter Canada anyhow.
Your suggestions on what and how many layers to buy and where to buy them will be much appreciated!
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 6:03pm On Oct 21, 2017|
Thanks for sharing this here. I remember reading this story somewhere and was terrified. That was one of the reasons I started this thread. There is nothing as good as researching and planning ahead. Even better, here on nairaland, we have the luxury of contacting people (fellow country members) who's had first hand experience. At least, when you are making the move, you know what to prepare for, plan ahead, not get into trouble and have short cuts.
On this note, I will like to appreciate every single one of you, who have opened your heart to share your personal experiences. You will never know the number of people (families) you have encouraged, improved their lives, guided to make the correct decision.
May God shower his abundant blessings on you and open up doors of favour for you in Canada!
May Canada be green for us as we gain wisdom!!
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|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 8:07am On Oct 10, 2017|
|Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by oohunt: 2:18pm On Oct 07, 2017|
I understand this and to be honest, we are all doing the same this just the way they are doing it is different. This is where the concern comes in. But then another Youtube video I watched stated how the men had bundles of cash, more than one mobile phones, gadgets, and were well dressed. Which also tells a lot about them.
Most of all, my heart goes out to the children. Canada is in for a huge change!!! Population growth, diversity, more businesses ..more!
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