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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 20 by Queenmama03(f): 1:25am On Sep 01, 2021
I strongly advise anyone coming to Canada to get fully vaccinated if you have the opportunity to. Unfortunately I was only able to get one shot before leaving Naija. My experience has been terrible so far. I'll share when I put myself together.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Queenmama03(f): 10:24am On Aug 29, 2021
Anyone In Fredericton NB who has a room to rent? My quarantine is almost over and I'm still searching. Airbnb in this town is freaking expensive.
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 2:12pm On Aug 20, 2021
Thanks Leki grin I still remember when you gave me tips to email professors. God bless you real good!

Lekiboboe:

Sweet Landing GIST!!

Welcome to ORILE EDE CANADA cool

Stay blessed ma'am

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 9:35am On Aug 20, 2021
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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 9:34am On Aug 20, 2021
LANDING GIST!!!
I left Naija on Tuesday night, Abuja airport via Turkish Airlines. The check-in process was smooth, no searching or harassments. Of course there were tips here and there. The standard bags allowed is 2bags 23kg each. An overweight bag (up to 32kg cost $80, while an extra bag to US/Canada cost $290) exchange rate used is $1/413naira). I had 3bags each weighing 23kg. Most of my luggage was food, a few clothes and some important books. Thankfully none of my food items were seized.

Arrived Istanbul in the morning, transit was 8 long hours but the airport is big and beautiful with lots of shops so I didn’t feel it that much, I even slept at some point. Later I bought coffee and sandwich. When it was time to board I was first asked for ArriveCAN and COVID test result, proceeded to the next guy and he asked for “school documents” so I gave him my letter of acceptance and enrollment letter. The guy looked and asked if it was the only document I had from school, I affirmed and explained that my school doesn’t give support letter. After consulting their supervisor they let me go. The food onboard was okay.

I arrived Montreal on 18th, the queue was mad!! To make it faster two separate separate queues were created for fully vaccinated and not vaccinated travelers (so if you have taken only one shot just consider yourself unvaccinated), nevertheless I still spent hours on that queue. We were led to declare our food and cash, then the next queue was to get study permit. I collected number (my number was 288 and they were still on 167) so I waited for another 2 hours or so. When it got to my turn the officer just asked for my passport and declaration form then issued my study permit. No questions asked. After that I went to pick my bags and then proceeded to take my Covid test and was given a kit to use on the 8th day.

The total time it took to sort these things out from when we landed to picking my bags was about 5hrs plus. We arrived 5:30pm and by the time I was done it was getting to 11pm. I was extremely worn out, thankfully my connecting flight was scheduled for the next day, so I spent the night at the hotel inside the airport and continued my journey to Fredericton the next day. I’m currently in quarantine. Na so my journey take go. To those still waiting for PPR, I wish you the best. The journey isn’t easy but it’s worth it in the end.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Queenmama03(f): 10:40pm On Aug 09, 2021
Yes it's very possible. Try as much as possible to renew your passport before or after you arrive to avoid disappointment.

akube34:
So I could get turned down even if my passport is still valid for 2 months?even with a valid PR card?
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Queenmama03(f): 4:08pm On Aug 09, 2021
If I get your question right, Nigerian immigration that I know won't let you travel from Nigeria if your passport validity is less than 6months. Please make proper enquiries. I've seen too many people turned back at the airport because of this.

akube34:
Please i need your opinion. My passport would expire in February 2022, but i intend to travel to Nigeria from Canada in December. I know going to Nigeria won’t be a problem but I don’t know about coming back in to canada. I wanted to renew in Ottawa but seems the calendar is booked up, and i don’t know if it would be possible to get my passport on time if I choose to renew back home. Can i enter canada with less than six months? I am a permanent resident
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 10:02am On Aug 07, 2021
This your LG sweet o. grin thanks for the update

Backcheck:
Well

Well well well! As promised here is my landing gist. grin grin


I thank God for journey mercies!! Make I no lie, Canada na better place! Nice people everywhere, from security to driver to passerby, to hotel boys ands staffs.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 8:46pm On Aug 03, 2021
University of New Brunswick
Feelmystarshine:













Please what's the name of the school you applied to
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 8:37pm On Aug 03, 2021
You can take it on Monday morning

mastmony:
Good evening NL
My flight is 10:55PM on Tuesday, please when is the appropriate time to take the Covid test?

Thanks

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 8:31pm On Aug 03, 2021
It was around 10M which covered my tuition and LE for one year.

JosephYemsol:

Pls Queen mama, id like to ask how much was your closing balance as a self sponsored student

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 8:29pm On Aug 03, 2021
It should not be more than 72hrs by the time you arrive Canada

meemeeibrahim22:
Hello
Please how many hours does your COVID need to be before entering/ getting into Canada

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Queenmama03(f): 9:40pm On Aug 02, 2021
Oh that's great! Please keep us posted with landing gist.

maralina:


He was allowed to board today though. Seems he got lucky lol
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Queenmama03(f): 2:49pm On Aug 02, 2021
Yes you're right, couple of people on Canada student thread have experienced same. Anything more than 4weeks won't be allowed to board.

skull4eva:

Bros it is too early cos he must come in exactly one month to start of classes or less. That date is 5days more than a month airlines wont allow him board. Am a living proof to this. I was not allowed to board and i had to pay 409k to reschedule my date thanks to wakanow for the exorbitant date change price
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Queenmama03(f): 11:32pm On Aug 01, 2021
Thanks a lot.

maziude:


This is for national bank.

https://www.nbc.ca/personal/accounts/newcomers.html
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Queenmama03(f): 4:52pm On Aug 01, 2021
Please how possible is it to open a Canadian bank account while still here in Nigeria?
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 10:01am On Jul 30, 2021
I think you should contact your school's international students office to let them know of your plans. I remember someone asked a similar question on my school's forum and the response was that you'll have to explain to the border officer the reason why you're coming late. Since your classes are still online you should be able to explain yourself. Just contact your school they'll be in the best position to advice you on this.

Spectro:
Guys, I have a question to ask.

If I decide to travel in November, instead of September, will it be a problem? I intend to take classes online before finally moving so as to minimize expenses.

Fall semester this year is online for us... I don't wanna spend on accommodation when I can simply take my classes from here.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 9:51am On Jul 30, 2021
Yayyy!!! I'm super happy for you. I remember your denial really touched me cos I was really rooting for you. Oya go buy ticket sharply because the prices are shooting up like crazy. Congrats!!

Spectro:


Yeah, I'm great. Just got PPR.

It's a nice feeling.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 12:37pm On Jul 29, 2021
After August 9th you're no longer required to do the 3day stop. You should be allowed to continue your journey regardless of your vaccination status the only exception would be if you have covid19 symptoms then you wouldn't be allowed to proceed.

Depending on the airline you may be able to change your flight to the next one available on arrival. Alternatively you can plan doing your 14days quarantine in Montréal if that appeals to you. At this point nothing is certain but just make sure you have an acceptable quarantine plan.

Meanwhile please don't forget to give us landing gist when you arrive.

badmanjo:
My people please, for someone who lands in Toronto on August 10 but final destination is New Brunswick, how would the person go about the quarantine. Note, this person has his flight to New Brunswick booked 3 days after he lands Toronto due to the 3day hotel stopover....... Which would have been cancelled on August 9th
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 6:54pm On Jul 28, 2021
Very apt indeed. Imagine just to get PTA you're required to get RETURN ticket, what has that got to do with buying forex, why is a one way ticket not enough. Good policy, premature implementation. Las Las na we go suffer am. With elections around the corner dollar go still reach 1k naira.

ooa1st:
Thank you very much for this insightful submission.

However, I have few questions.

We know there's usually a quarterly ceiling to what each entity and individual can access, what happens if one reaches its limit and genuinely requires Forex for essential need like health or goods at the port about to enter demurrage

Also accessing Forex at banks requires huge documentation and we all know the bureaucratic nature of this country, what happens if 1 has a deal to settle but can't furnish the bank all necessary documents

Lastly, we know allocation of Forex at times as to do with them them and long queue. Those who require might not get it within required timeframe whilst the big guns cut corners, how does CBN & DMBs in the country intends to address this.

I feel the idea is good but has the apex bank worked on ease of accessibility, documentation, fast allocation and other bottleneck to get this going without adversely affecting geninue users who have been transacting via BDC channel for years?

I think we have a long way to go and this policy will affect us negatively ( just like border closing). This won't stop round tripping and racketeering, bankers have been empowered and the cartels will start operations. After all who's going to monitor their dealing and how often does CBN conduct on site supervision?

In all a good policy with bad implementation tools and strategy.


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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 6:25pm On Jul 28, 2021
Please when did you get the vaccine? Because I'm hearing there are no vaccines at the moment

Freebands01:


I took mine at Ile epo general hospital after abule egba and it was done with no delay, just walk in there and tel them you want to take the vaccine
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 10:09am On Jul 26, 2021
Has anyone taken the vaccine recently?
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Queenmama03(f): 8:44am On Jul 26, 2021
Thanks a lot for the insights. I've sent you an email.

olasubomy:


I live in Fredericton. Have you seen a place you like? Is the landlord number posted there? I can help you put a call to the landlord. Due to high demand for houses this period, they always prefer some assurances you will be renting their place for them to wait for you but we can try.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Queenmama03(f): 4:45pm On Jul 25, 2021
Me too I've been thinking about this. So it's established that milk of any sort isn't allowed.
Please how about groundnuts & cashewnuts?
Let's be managing the rat poison till we get used to oyibo food.

RELAN2446:
Quick one please, can I carry powdered milk with me to canada? What I'd the best way to carry it? Is it advisable to carry it with the can?
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 10:22am On Jul 24, 2021
I'm interested ooo. This accommodation thing has been giving me headache and I'll be leaving next month. Sent you an email.

Team11:
Anyone going to NBCC/UNB/STU this fall interested in renting a shared apartment from September 1 2021. Please, reach out and let's plan something together.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Queenmama03(f): 7:57pm On Jul 18, 2021
If you put your mind to it, you can do it. With the way you sound you've already convinced yourself that you can't complete your studies. The path you want to thread is risky, I'll advise you hang in there, complete your studies and try to get a job. Remember that nothing good comes easy.


itwillendinprai:
Please family, I honestly need your clarification on this matter as am on a very tight corner now.

I arrived Canada in May with a student Visa, I paid my first semester fee before coming and recently paid for 2nd Semester fee with the intention that I'll complete my program. However, as a mature student with unique situation and a child here, It's been too much struggle for me and it's already affecting my grades.

Lately, am beginning to consider other easier or better options of getting PR without violating the terms and conditions of my study permit, one of which is the Pilot program for Child Care giver/Personal Support Worker.

1.) Please does a study permit holder qualify for it?

2.) If yes, are there any implication? Like, misrepresentation issue?

3.) Is there any other better option for me as I realized am not ready for studies now considering the stress I went through before coming here to face study stress again.

4.) If it's possible, which province is more favorable as am willing to relocate anywhere to achieve the PR/Citizenship dream?

5.) Is it necessary to withdraw my husband's SOWP application to avoid misrepresentation issue?

6.) I still have plans to go back to school, but that will be after settling down, this time as part-time

Please I'd really appreciate your contribution on this matter so as to make the right decision on time before losing my 2nd Semester fee as there's deadline for withdrawal.

Thank you all in advance.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Queenmama03(f): 10:01am On Jul 18, 2021
I'm trying to find accommodation in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Don't know why I'm not getting response in kijiji, I'm probably not doing something right. Anyone with useful information regarding this please help a sister.
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 11:32pm On Jul 14, 2021
Wow!! I'm so happy for you. Congrats

RxOtunba:
PPR baby!!! Dropped around 9am today #EChoke!!! First Time Applicant.

Application submitted: Thursday, 11th March, 2021.

Biometrics: Monday, 15th March, 2021.

NSE request: Thursday, 25th March, 2021.

Upfront Medicals: 13th April, 2021 and passed 18th April, 2021.

Eligibility review updated yesterday, 13th July, 2021.



Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 10:46pm On Jul 14, 2021
Thanks so much for the response

TheShaman:
I kept my earlier GAA Reservation I had made at the hotel a month prior because Toronto wasn't my final destination and I needed a place to stay for a while to get my bearings (I entered on Thursday and my flight to Winnipeg was the next week Thursday due to cheaper ticket prices) When I got to the hotel, I informed them about my vaccination exemption which they acknowledged and they requested I fill a form so that they can confirm from Public Health Canada and then issue a refund of the GAA Rate (about 930+ CAD).

Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 10:45pm On Jul 14, 2021
Okay thanks

olasubomy:


Yes, New Brunswick has a WhatsApp group for Nigerians living in the province, but you can only join when you arrive in Canada.

I will try to ask the admin if someone still in Nigerian can also join, but I doubt it.

Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 6:50pm On Jul 13, 2021
Please is there any WhatsApp group for students going to New Brunswick?
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 19 by Queenmama03(f): 6:28pm On Jul 13, 2021
I'm wondering same because I only paid first term school fees. I guess that should work with SOA for the balance.

makano:
I don't know about now, but as at early 2020.. I know of some ma peeps who didn't pay a dime for school fees prior to getting to Canada and they were allowed entry into Canada... So far you have enough money in your SOA to pay your full school fees and take care of yourself all though your stay in Canada, that shouldn't pose a problem for you.... Anyone that has been in this condition of recent can also share their experience.. Peace

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