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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 2:11pm On May 22, 2018
Coming with hubs.

rainazoe:
I feel you Virt. Are you coming alone or with hubs?


Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 7:36pm On May 21, 2018
No, I'm not short landing. Hoping to start job search soon but I'm also afraid that if i land a job now, they may want me to start sooner than I'm ready to start. I need time to get a house, settle my kids in school and my toddler in an affordable daycare b4 the work hustle.

rainazoe:
Thanks Virt. I am.in London Ontario. Are you short landing too?


Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 3:11pm On May 21, 2018
Congrats my CPA sister,

Where are you residing? wont mind connecting once I land.


rainazoe:
My Short Landing Story


Eyin Temi bawoni o. Se wa?

So we left Lagos via Ethiopian and because I didn't want to be in a rush. We were at the airport before 9am for a 2pm flight. All bags were within limits and we only bubble wrapped the one with the most important consignment - food. No one said open your bag and we didnt have to get a receipt for food items though my mom who travelled weeks before us had too.

Get ready for the 'dash us something' from immigration point to boarding gate. I left Oga to deal with them. The flight to Addis Ababa was ok with ample leg roomy but our connecting flight to toronto was quite snug.

Checks in Toronto was ok. The border officers we met were really cheerful and helpful. Have the full address where you want your PR to be sent handy. I had to start calling to know the postal code. I also wasn't asked my list of goods to follow. Na me come they ask where I go sign and stamp am. My luggage was not checked in any way though I didnt have much contraband.

The jet lag no be here o and I think sleeping through the time zones on the plane helped. We were up early on our first day like before 4.30am

Right now I am cooking ogbono soup. Come chop.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 8:57am On May 10, 2018
Thanks.

XX01:


No issue at all.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 8:32pm On May 09, 2018
PM me for his contact. I dnt want to drop his number here



vascey:


Please Virt how did you get the letter?

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 6:57pm On May 09, 2018
Hello All, i just received my FRSC letter, but the letter was addressed to me instead of to whom it may concern, but everything is on the FRSC letter head. Would there be an issue when i present it in Canada?
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/Federal Skilled Workers Program- Connect Here Part 4 by Virt: 9:55am On May 04, 2018
Thanks everyone for all your wishes. It will end in praise for everyone in Jesus name. Amen.



mcstan18:


Congratulations Virt. Been long expected
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/Federal Skilled Workers Program- Connect Here Part 4 by Virt: 4:58pm On May 03, 2018
I started in Part 2 of this thread, today it has ended in praise in Part 4. LVO kept me for close to 7 months but I'm glad I finally got my PPR today.

It’s PPR guys……My God is ever faithful!
AOR Oct 12 (FSWP)
Med passed Oct 26
NA2 Oct 30
FTD Nov 23
IP2 – Feb 27
Ghost update: 30th April, 2018
ADR: 2nd May, 2018 Bio-data Pages, and Renewed Passport for dependent. Submitted within one hour
PPR: 3rd May, 2018
Come and join me sing Hallelujah, Jehovah Nessi has done me well (2x)
My T-Bills and FD certificates had long expired and they did not ask for renewed ones.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 9:04am On Apr 27, 2018
Hello,

It's unfortunate that you work 12 hours a day, but if you are interested in Canada you will have to create time to read up some pages on Canada immigration.

You do not have to go back to Nigeria to be able to process your immigration to Canada, you can still do it while in UAE.

Researching on the immigration subject is a must except you want to pay an agent to do it for you, which is not also a guarantee that he/she will do it right. You may even be swindled in the process. In this thread we encourage DIY, and most of us are landed immigrants in Canada.

How about your weekends? this venture requires time with or without an agent, because you will need to study for your English Test (IELTS), the agent cant do that for you. You will have to follow up on your credential assessment especially if your degrees are from our wonderful country, Nigeria.

Wish you all the best!



ewuoso:
hello guys, I'm Charles bt name and im new in this forum.
Presently I'm in UAE but i want to leave UAE for Canada.
I know a lot would have been said previously but its not possible for me to start reading from page one due to the nature of work that i do.
I work 12 hours and i hardly have enough sleep.
Please i will love to have your opinion on how i can migrate from UAE to canada.
Someone told me that i can not migrate from UAE directly that i will have to go to Nigeria first but as at that too what are the things that i need to know or do, so that once i get back to Nigeria it wont take me long even if possible i will love toi have everything ready here before going home.
Which type of visa will u recommend and how do i go about getting it

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 5:05pm On Apr 26, 2018
Yes, you will be paying both ACCA and CPA membership if you want to continue maintaining their status.

Don't forget that failure to be in good standing with ACCA will cost you your CPA membership. So all fees and CPD reporting for ACCA must be a CONTINUUM grin

DonroxyII:
My brother, In Accounting, there is always need to conduct Cost-Benefit analysis in order to Justify an endeavour , so if the benefit outweigh the cost, why not ? cheesy ....

Will I also be paying CPA membership/subscription fee too ?

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 1:12pm On Apr 25, 2018
Hello House,

Please how long is the FRSC letter valid for? I mean is there a validity period for it to be submitted in Canny? I am considering applying for it now to avoid delays when PPR lands.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 1:02pm On Apr 25, 2018
Hahahahhahaha......this good laugh is good for health.

Best response for the importer exporter! hehehehe grin grin grin grin



mclarry:
True and real business men and women don't waste their time responding to threads about immigration. You are not a business man looking a thing. You are just confused about what to do in life to get rich quick. Being on this thread... you are on a long thing.

Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 10:19am On Apr 24, 2018
Well, one has to make a decision. So far, there is no indication that the MRA with ACCA will be cancelled. I think CPA is enjoying the flow of funds coming in otherwise, why would CPA Ontario join CPA BC in accepting members outside Canada. They don't mind the yearly subscriptions and the fact that CPA membership is growing, that is what every accounting body wants even ACCA.

ACCA now has 4 exam diets in a year, and many people are completing more exam papers due to this flexibility. If you set your mind to do it, you will can complete it within a year plus.

I made mention of a friend who is taking this path, she has few papers to go, she is currently in Canny for soft landing.

Let everyone do what they are convinced to do and what works for them.

I haven't written CPA exams before, but I heard it is hard to pass and also a more expensive venture than ACCA (Please verify this, it's just hear say).



Talkingboy:


Be careful with ur decision to write ACCA.

What if CPA cancels d MRA B4 u complete ur ACCA ?

All d best .

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 9:22am On Apr 23, 2018
Hi,

Just like somebody has already suggested. Going through ACCA is your best bet at the moment, because with ICAN you will need to write CPA exams (I don't know how many, but it feels like a lot still).

A friend of mine is doing short landing, but has started the ACCA program haven gotten exemptions for being ICAN certified. She only had to write some ACCA papers, after which she will apply for CPA through the MRA route.

I am ACCA not ICAN, so I just did direct conversion to CPA.

I hope this helps.

hayor2014:
@Virt

Good day, Please i would appreciate if i could reach you for the CPA wahala, I have ICAN and i am seeking the best means to get the CPA in the shortest possible time, and do you have an idea for the best locations for accounting jobs in Canada, i still am confused on where to live( wanna avoid Ontario, if possible), i am awaiting PPR also, e mail is ayoboy06@yahoo.com

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 3:49pm On Apr 20, 2018
I wrote to CPA BC, they said the zero rated tax for non Canada residents is effective this year and that there is no retrospective application.

With the online payment, once you declare you are non-resident and put in your foreign country address, the taxes are automatically removed. They seem to use a software to confirm the address and one's location to confirm (this was stated on the site).

I eventually paid 515cad as against 573.25cad. Good deal.


By the way, if I relocate to Canada later in the year, would I be asked to pay up the tax element since I would then be resident in Canada and the CPA dues covers some period that I would be in Canny?

Still waiting for PPR though.

Virt:
Many thanks dear. I will request for the form.

Maybe I will also mention the past taxes I paid since 2015 to see if there is a way to claim it back.


Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 1:19pm On Apr 19, 2018
@Rainazoe, is your membership with CPA BC or Ontario, cos mine is with BC.

rainazoe:
On my application to membership I filled a GST non resident form to avoid being taxed. My bill to membership still came to over $1000. Contact them for the form.



Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 12:58pm On Apr 19, 2018
Many thanks dear. I will request for the form.

Maybe I will also mention the past taxes I paid since 2015 to see if there is a way to claim it back.


rainazoe:
On my application to membership I filled a GST non resident form to avoid being taxed. My bill to membership still came to over $1000. Contact them for the form.



Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 2:18pm On Apr 18, 2018
Obtaining CPA designation through the MRA is with ACCA not ICAN.

On another note, CPA (BC) annual dues for 2018 for non Canadian resident members is 573.25cad. GST/HST taxes of 58cad included in the fees

Please landed seniors, should non Canadian residents be taxed? if not, how can one claim them back?

misscanada123:


Hi,
Please I read somewhere, you mentioned your hubby getting CPA through MRA. Please which accounting designation did he have before? ACCA?
I searched on cpamanitoba website for info but got somewhat confused? Hubby currently has ICAN and looking to do ACCA. We are yet to land nut will do in few months..

Thanks
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/Federal Skilled Workers Program-Connect Here Part 3 by Virt: 1:26pm On Apr 18, 2018
Ok, thanks Amakyzuu

Amakyzuu:


I'm currently evaluating Msc transcript for UNIUYO... It's handled at the PG school... Undergraduate transcripts are handled by the student affairs + registra's office, I don't have any contact there...
Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/Federal Skilled Workers Program-Connect Here Part 3 by Virt: 3:03pm On Apr 13, 2018
Hello House,

Who has contact for Uniuyo transcript. Your response will be much appreciated.

Thanks.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 2:37pm On Feb 02, 2018
grin

vascey:


Have you written? Write first biko
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 1:30pm On Feb 02, 2018
Yeah, I have seen people transfer from BC to Ontario. I plan to reside in Ontario, and I can still use my BC membership in Ontario until when I'm ready to transfer. Once you are CPA, there is no barrier to which province your membership is, one may need to transfer because of proximity to CPA provincial meetings/seminars or conferences.

My application is with London VO, so I'm waiting for them b4 I can decide when to move, but hopefully this year.

rainazoe:
Hey Virt. I am thinking of transferring my file from BC to Ontario because of their lackadaisical attitude. Are you thi kibg of relocating soon? Your CPA can't waste o. Thanks for replying me.

Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 1:22pm On Feb 02, 2018
My membership is with CPA British Columbia. I hurriedly applied for membership in 2015 because there was a rumour that they (CPA) will not renew the MRA with ACCA and the rigors of writing all those exams to gain the same membership was not what I wanted to ever face.

Paying that annual membership every year and not using it is not funny, but I had to cos I have plans to move to Canny soon.

I don't think there is an avenue for paying partial fees except one is out of job for a prolonged time or sth sth... I don't remember those factors.


TEECANN:


Which of the provincial CPAs if I may ask? and are you a full CPA or you are just registered to complete the exams to become a full CPA?

Paying 600 CAD every year for the last 3 years is quite some commitment on your part!!

To even think that you re not yet in Canada- earning dollars- to fuel the membership? shocked shocked That's some "wawawuuuu" here! grin grin

Why don't you consider writing them explaining your current situation and request for an exception- whether partial or full- pending the time you'll land as a permanent resident. My people say "At all, at all, na im bad pass" grin grin


It will end in praise IJN!

Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 11:14am On Feb 02, 2018
Hello Rainazoe, my membership is with CPA British Columbia, that was the only province then that accepted members outside Canada, it's only recently that I learnt Ontario does the same.

rainazoe:

Hey Virt. Nice to meet ya. I'm stuck in the ACCA/CPA conversion via British Columbia. What city did you use to gain membership? and are you planning to relocate soon?

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 11:04am On Feb 02, 2018
Wowwww, congrats @Behati. I pray I land a good job before landing. I have been a CPA for close to 3 years now and still in naija paying their heavy subscription fees. lols.

Highly encouraged!!!


behati:
Hello house, been silently following the thread. So I got PPR last year and did soft landing because I sort of wanted to get a job or at least be in the process of getting one before I move. I got the freetone app, included the number on my CV and applied for jobs. More recently, I started to contact talent attraction managers of the companies I was interested in on LinkedIn, it was hard for me to do but I decided to anyway since the worst I'll get is a "NO". Some didn't respond and I would send reminders after a week or two and I started getting positive replies, emails, phone interviews and video interviews. Summary is i just got a job in Canada right here in Nigeria. Although the job required someone with a CPA designation, i managed to convince them that i had ICAN which would make it easy when i want to obtain a CPA designation.

Just thought to encourage someone to TRY!
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 2:58pm On Jan 31, 2018
Hi Rainazoe, I'm an ACCA/CPA.


rainazoe:
Hi Teecann, do you have the ACCA qualification? I'm looking for a ACCA/CPA buddy

Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 2:33pm On Jan 09, 2018
Me, I nor come understand @maternal's issue with others praising their God. Abeg face your work of contributing to the thread and not criticizing others' freedom of expression and religion. Abi you be Anti-God? Mstcheeeeeeeeeew tongue



freeradical:

Senior if you understand where I am coming from and have worn my shoes you won't only be preaching but will be shouting out on rooftops.

See me wey them reject for Nigeria, roaming about without job for the past 20months, only to enter Canada and made management in the biggest brewing company in the world in less than 3months, and you say it's not God.

Forget that Alberta effect thing for once and see the peculiarity of my case. Am I the only immigrant that landed Alberta in the past 6months? I'm I the only one who attended job seminars? What are the odds of something like this happening? Heck, even the people where I work keep telling me they haven't witnessed such a thing. That I just broke a record! Who I sabi for Canada. I've never even been to Cotonou before I took the leap of faith to come here.

I'm not saying that I'm special in any way to others but when I attribute my success to God I know what I'm saying. If I don't speak the truth and take God's glory for myself then I'm not worthy of any of his favours. That's why I'm encouraging others to believe.

Work as though it all depends on your work, and pray as though it all depends on God. We will all have and share our testimonies

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 5:24pm On Jan 04, 2018
@JiggyMike i have responded to your PM, pls acknowledge receipt of the mail, if not received, i can re-forward it to you.





JiggyMike:
hello VIRT, please could you share the contact details of the guy that helped you with your madonna transcripts... and how long did it take to get ECA from WES? i sent you a pm too.

Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 7:33pm On Dec 19, 2017
@maternal, giving God the deserved thanks and honor in seeing us through good and difficult times is not a naija thing but a personal thing. I just hope people don't get to Canada where things seem to work and feel no need to reverence God again. Without Him, we are nothing both in Naija or Canada or anywhere else in the world. This is just my thought. Cheers!!


maternal:


lol naija people and God. But congrats I'm happy to hear stories like this. Not to take anything away from you, because you literally planned your arrival perfectly and put the effort in, but it has more to do with where you decided to land more than anything. You've proven what I've been telling people all this time. Stay away from expensive/ over-saturated Toronto if you can. Come to Alberta. Far less competition, cheaper cost of living/housing, lower taxes, and a better economy. In over a month you have your own place (853 for 2 bedrooms with heat,internet, etc is dirt cheap in Canada), a job, etc. I love how you didn't have a big head and used the resources provided by the government for new arrivals. Such as resume building and so forth. Most importantly, you now have Canadian experience on your resume. More doors will surely be opening, it'll only get better. Your method should be used as a template for new arrivals. Again Congrats.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/Federal Skilled Workers Program-Connect Here Part 3 by Virt: 10:50am On Dec 06, 2017
Wow congrats. I have been waiting to hear this your testimony. Chai Patience is a virtue true true.


JustinTrudeau:
Hello fellow Canadian compatriots, It's with great pleasure that i announce the completion of my IQAS evaluation,see timeline below:

I'm not done yet, British council have released me, yes you read right,i'm off British council revenue list,though the result is not perfect but all glory to God.
 
I learnt a valuable lesson, this journey is all about patience and perseverance. Never ever give up on your dreams. You want to plunge you're scared you might fall,my dear what if you fly?


Your PM grin grin

Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Virt: 2:55pm On Dec 04, 2017
Hmmmmm, I hope we have not come again with what or what not to discuss on this thread? I think living in Canada entails a lot and it may be hard to streamline topics that perfectly fit the purpose of this thread. I personally do not see anything wrong with all the discussions so far on the thread....

@aklas87, I think your preferences is what may make you think FRSC discussions are unrelated to the thread.

Please lets continue to rub minds, I'm learning a lot here.


aklas87:
I think this thread is about life as a canadian immigrant?But now it has been derailed to how to get FRSC letter,, WES evaluation and other unrelated discussions.
No Building pix, no winter situation pix and rest of things that can make prospective immigrants eager to migrate

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