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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Ymin: 3:30pm On Aug 09, 2020
For Engineering professionals in Canada, you may wish to join the Nigerian Engineers in Canada group. It is a place where Nigerian Engineering professionals rub minds about their existing career or plans to restart their profession in Canada.

If interested, kindly indicate. Thanks

Hello,I am interested in this.
Thank you.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Ymin: 3:30am On Dec 16, 2019
Thank you.
I have sent a PM now.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Ymin: 12:28am On Dec 13, 2019
Hello ,
Please any one here that wants to rent out or sublet a one bedroom apartment or two rooms in Winnipeg,Manitoba could reach out to me.
Moving in date is Jan 2020.

Thank you.


Travel / Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Ymin: 11:23am On Nov 16, 2019
If you filled study visa form for your kids the you must have uploaded an acceptance form from their proposed school in Canada. Please how did you get school acceptance letter you used for the application or is there an alternative?

Exactly, that was what I suppose but I couldn't secure acceptance in any school for the kid. So I used both my own institution DLI, address and name in place of the child.Then other details of the child can fit in. With this the forms can be fill successfully..

All the best.
Travel / Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Ymin: 11:19am On Nov 16, 2019
Please how long can a child under 5years stay with visiting visa since the child is going with the parents that is with study and open work visa.

quote author=soloso post=83877225]

The visiting or open work both depends on the PA's study visa for a continued stay. As long as the PA is still having valid study visa,then maybe PGWP after study any dependants ( be it open work or study or visit) don't have issues before ultimately applying for PR.

I guess I fairly answer the question based on little I know. Others can equally add.

All the best

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Travel / Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Ymin: 11:13pm On Nov 14, 2019

Please can you explain the part where you said you applied for visiting visa for you child that is not up to 5years

Any child above 5years can start a school and would require a study visa to come while below five is pre school or creche and requires a visiting or travel visa. I actually filled study visa forms for the two of them but at VFS in Lagos we were so advised (Infact they didnt collect the study visa form for the age below five) so we had to fill another form for travel visa (TRV) for the child as against study permit.

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Travel / Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Ymin: 3:32am On Nov 07, 2019
Thank you everyone.

Documents Submitted:

All Ircc required forms
Passport and Visa copy for me.
SOP Stating why she needs to be with me in Canada for moral support towards my studies. I stated the purpose which is to go along with me,highlighted financial part ,home ties using our parents and properties.
I actually applied for them 2 weeks after I got my study visa while still in Nigeria,so I wrote the letter in anticipation of approval so we could go together cos I have seen it happening here before,so we had to make it so persuasive kind of.
My admission letter,scholarship offer from my university in Canada.
My employment letters,certificates etc
The SOA used for mine which covers their living expenses for a year like 4k for wifey and 3k each for kids since the scholarship already covers my own expenses. These comprises of fixed deposit funds and current account balances in my account.

We did not submit police report even during my own study visa as well. We did not also submit any family pics of us together cos I heard vfs dont take pics sometimes ago but don't know how true that is. I would have love to add some to prove relationship had it been we use Online application but we did paper.
I could not also secure admission for my son for school in Canada (Above 5 years) while in Nigeria cos they are asking for lease/rental agreement and I am yet to even travel then. For the child that is less than 5 years,we applied for visiting visa while wife is SOWP

Spouse documents:
Employment letter,work ID and training certifications and School certificates
Statement of account,just to show she is earning salary not necessarily with any significant closing balance
Marriage cert,birth cert for her and children
Change of name affidavit and newspaper publication

I think its just the basic documents. Then we trust God for grace and the application was progressing well from eligibility review,medical request(They did not do upfront medical),medical passed,bvl and approval exactly 2 days plus the 14 weeks processing time when we applied in July 26th 2019.

Thanking God for the journey so far and trusting Him for more approvals for these wonderful winning team.

All the best!

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Travel / Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Ymin: 3:09pm On Nov 05, 2019
A p p r o v a l A l e r t s for my W I f e and Kids.

God did it and I am here to share the goodness.
Approval alerts drop today after 14 weeks of application.

Wishing all hopefuls testimony soon.


Travel / Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Ymin: 11:19pm On Oct 10, 2019
Thanks bro!
Yours is almost with us and am sure u concur.

Yes oo. This is indeed the winning team.
Travel / Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Ymin: 10:38pm On Oct 10, 2019
Applied July 23rd
Paper route
Upfront medicals
4th sept med passed
27/09/19 medical request for my 5 kids
Medicals for kids done 30/9/19
And Almighty QLIFE did not update to CIC till I called and called nuffin and I mailed MD who uploaded it yesterday 9th Oct
Today 10th Oct BVL and APPROVAL mail.
As long as you are a member of this wining team! Ya win is by the side. God bless us all.

Travel / Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Ymin: 4:59pm On Sep 05, 2019
I think they are beginning to look at SOWP applications now that medicals are being passed.

If you get your medicals passed along with you Biometrics validation letter same time and day, please indicate. Last month, study permit applicants who received same got approved within a week.

@Ibbond, @Eimolove92 and @YMin ……. have you checked recently?

Hello Thebusyboy,
I have been following, no updates on my application.

Thank you.
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 16 by Ymin: 1:12pm On Aug 22, 2019
Hello everyone,

Words of encouragement for all hopefuls..
Don't give up yet please. I never did, though very very though.

I was in such situation before, denied first time,second time and got approved third attempt. No one would imaging what I went through in these periods of my life! Interestingly, in those two denials I never knew what God has in plan for me fully.

It was at the third attempt that the funding and scholarship opportunities came,which I never explored before or rather gave up quickly.

I landed in Ontario on Sunday,got my study permit at the POE before leaving for Winnipeg and its been all good and interesting. Even met my supervisor yestaday in U of M and the new journey has just begun with lots of joy and excitement. This is someone that has never traveled before, you know!

My encouragement is this,don't give up,send those mails,follow up with calls if necessary to prospective supervisors, be diligent in using Google to know useful information relevant to your course, for those that needed to defer admission and order GCMS note, do so,read previous threads to observe and master relevant pattern from CIC that may be useful in terms of timing,above all be prayerful and tell God,yes He knows it all. God knows every details about our lives and circumstances!

This forum largely helped my pursuit and so I felt I should say this in my own little way, giving the recent rate of denials.

All the best!


Travel / Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Ymin: 10:20am On Aug 04, 2019

Please you open a separate GCKEY account for them or you linked it with yours? Please help me out, because I applied for study permit, paper and I SOWP for my wife, I was able to link mine online, but I don't how to link that of my wife. Please reply ASAP. Kind Regards

I didn't open new account but linked them to my account on GCKEY. Ensure you select "International Canadian Experience" under the sub category of Temporary Residence for your spouse.
Then every other details exactly on the IMM form submitted.

All the best.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 16 by Ymin: 8:20am On Jul 30, 2019
Submitted paper application on the 24th of April 2019
Medical request: 13th June 2019
Eligibility review: 17th June 2019
Medicals done at QLife: 4th July 2019
Medicals passed: 15th July 2019
BVL: 26th July 2019
Approval: 29th July 2019

I'm equally starting in fall in University of Manitoba.

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Travel / Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Ymin: 1:23pm On Jul 29, 2019
I applied 26/7 and was able to link for Spouse and Children on 28/7.Background check running.
Travel / Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Ymin: 8:55pm On Jul 27, 2019
[quote author=Schonebaby post=80007972]

I was able to link my account immediately.
To link Open work permit;
A) Select Temporary Residence
b) Select International experience Canada not Work permit please!
Enter your details exactly as you filled in form.
You should find your application

Lemme know if you were able to

Hello Schonebaby,
I was able to link my spouse's application (SOWP) to mine.
Do I also link the children's application to mine as I couldn't do that now or how do I monitor the progress of their application too?

Thank you.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Ymin: 12:30pm On Jul 23, 2019

I have accommodation you can sublet. Please pm me for more info.

PM sent.

Thank you.
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 16 by Ymin: 2:33pm On Jul 13, 2019
A P P R O V A L A L E R T !!!
Program: MSc Biosystem Engineering, University Of Manitoba(Fall,2019)

This is my 3rd Application after 2 previous refusals and I have been a silent reader on this forum:

Application timeline
Route – Paper, processed in Nairobi Kenya
Applied 15th May 2019
Biometrics not required as the previous one is valid. I was able to link it online on the 26th May and then Background check already running.
Eligibility review 12th June
Medical Request 14th June
Medical Done 17th June at IOM Ikeja
Medical Passed 20th June
BVL-July 9th
Approval- July 10th
Then I got a text message late evening on Thursday 11th July from VFS Lagos that Passport is ready for pick up.
Passport pick up 12th July 2019(Within 2mins at VFS counter in Lekki, which was the fastest of all the waiting process from the beginning of the application)

Documents submitted:

Academic Qualification

B.Eng Degree in Agricultural Engineering
Msc Admission letter
Transcript from the University
O Level Cert

Proof of Financial Support

Personal statement of account comprising current account balance of N3M and Fixed deposit of N3M
Reference Letter from the Bank to support SOA
Letter of Sponsorship as Postgraduate research assistant with funding of CAD18,000 for each year of my study.
Tuition is CAD12, 400 but also got an IGSES Scholarship of CAD5, 400 which is usually applied on the Tuition to effectively reduce it to CAD7, 000

Other documents

IMM Forms
Passport photo
Police Clearance Certificate was submitted during the first application so didn’t bother doing it again.
NYSC certificate
A work ID, Promotion letters and introduction letter from work
Landed property with Survey and Deed Of Assignment
Marriage cert and kids birth cert
Wife's passport biodata page
SOP and LOE address previous refusals in details

A few of my success stories and testimonies:

I first applied for a study visa to Canada in April 2018 and was refused June same year with Purpose of Visit.
Second Application was in Feb 2019 and was refused the same month with Purpose of visit and travel history.

In both cases, I used the services of an agent and I applied with the M.eng (One year course based) admission letter
Shortly before my second application, I contacted Frankrobbn to assist proofread my SOP. Despite his kind assistance then with every effort put in place, I was still delayed. Then after my second refusal, I contacted Bracha who encouraged me not to give up and assisted with part of my SOP correction.

Sometimes in Jan this year, I had thought of switching from the Meng to Msc but getting supervisor was the issue. After a series of emails with usual "no funding, no space" responses, God finally came through for me and that marks the turning point in my Canada journey. I got a Prof willing to supervise me and provided the Stipend that fully covers my study around April and then I decided to reapply for the 3rd time in May 2019.

This time around,Qudkom came to my rescue. We talk extensively, exchange emails and I had to even travel to a neighboring city to meet this wonderful and kind guy that I didn't know from anywhere just to ensure I get it right this time. Anyway, no more agent as I am prepared to take all the advice of the gurus to do it by myself.

Few days to my submission date, I had to literally go through all of Franks past post to ensure all my T's have been crossed and I's dotted.

My special appreciation thus goes to Frankrobbn, Bracha and Qudkom who positively influenced my application in a way or the other
Every other guru: Makano, Justmellow and so many Monikers I may not mention. God bless your selfless efforts on this thread.

I need to also mention that I am advanced in age and I have never traveled outside Nigeria before and I also graduated university in 2006 with about 11 years working experience. Married with 2 kids but I decided to apply alone first.
This is to encourage someone not to really give up.


More Success stories to every applicant awaiting feedback from Schools or the Embassy!!!

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 16 by Ymin: 3:50pm On Jun 20, 2019
Hello guys. Please does anyone want to swap medical dates? Mine is July 4th and I would like an earlier date. I'm in Lagos

Pls try IOM in Ikeja,I did that on Mon without bookings ahead and it worked for me.
Get their early enough, say before 7am and explain to the security guys.
With Gods favour, it is very possible.

All the best.
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 16 by Ymin: 3:25pm On Jun 14, 2019
Q-life booked me for 1st of July, while IOM ikeja booked me for 27th. In other to pick up d pace, i contacted IOM abuja and they have space 4next week (as from 19th June) so i decided to make use of IOM Abuja to save time, i think u shud do same too.

OK. Thank you

Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 16 by Ymin: 2:18pm On Jun 14, 2019
Good afternoon house.

Please, I just got a medical request for my application.
However, the date available from Qlife is currently 2nd July after I sent them the request letter now. IOM is yet to get back to me.

I don't know if anyone has an earlier date that was booked prior to the date that we can swap.

Thank you.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 15 by Ymin: 8:12pm On Apr 13, 2019
Mr. Ymin, what's up with your SP application, have you finally applied?
Hello Bracha,I haven't reapplied. The note is not out yet,though expecting it in few more days.

Thank you.
Education / Re: 2019/2020 PTDF Local & Overseas Scholarship- Check If You Have Been Shortlisted by Ymin: 3:45pm On Feb 27, 2019
2019/2020 PTDF Local & Overseas Scholarship- Check If You Have Been Shortlisted

To check:

a. Go to the website; http://ptdf.flexisaf.com/#landing-page

b. Insert your PIN and Password

c. If successful, You will be able to log in and choose your preferred interview venue.

d. If unsuccessful, you will not be able to log in.

From DMainMan
PTDF Scholar
CEO DMainMan Consult/Foundation

Good afternoon.
Please is there any new development on the successful applicants list for the scholarship since we couldn't access the website since last week.

Politics / Re: 2019 Presidential Election Results Announcement By Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman by Ymin: 10:23pm On Feb 25, 2019
Messed up country full of even more terribly messed up beings. Say hello to military dictatorship for the next four years.
Only God knows how many people will survive what "The Next Level" of suffering would bring. Doomed country eternally doomed to fail.
They would Rather choose darkness over light.

Kai.....Sifia Pain.
Next level of progress, prosperity and a united Nigeria is all I see though.

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Politics / Re: Buhari Wins All 44 LG In Kano by Ymin: 10:17pm On Feb 25, 2019
No longer Atikulated but AtiQuiet .... smiley wink cheesy.

Sai Baba jare...


Travel / Re: Canada Spouse Open Work Permit (sowp)timeline by Ymin: 12:33pm On Feb 19, 2019
Hello, I've been a silent reader on this thread but i decided to share my testimony with the house to encourage someone.

I applied and got my study permit approved in September 2018 after I had deferred my school admission to September 2019.

On 19 October 2018, my husband submitted his SOWP application (online route) contrary to many people's opinion that SOWP can't be granted when the spouse has not been enrolled or has not resumed school in Canada.

Unfortunately for us, he got refused on 19 November 2018 for failure to submit evidence of LMIA or LMIA exemption. We then responded to the VO by referencing a CIC link where it was clearly stated that LMIA is not required for SOWP.

A new application (paper route) was submitted on 23 November 2018 and his permit was approved on 14 February 2019, best val gift ever!

We will both be going to Canada in August 2019. It has ended in praise las las!!!

Pls I am planning applying for SOWP for wife and children after securing my own TRV and have few questions.
1.Do I just submit SOP for spouse alone or still write additional one to support her own application.
2.Can I just transfer all the funds to her account for SOA or I still need to provide my account statement?
3.Kids are ages 4 and 6. What type of Visa do I apply for them.

Thank you.
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 15 by Ymin: 1:25pm On Feb 11, 2019
@rolextoni @westlife08 and @Helenaira

I followed you guys just now, follow back, then re-send your PMs.

Hello bro,I have equally sent you a PM. Pls reply.
Thank you.
Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 15 by Ymin: 8:10pm On Feb 09, 2019

No other docs apart from the ones highlighted in my posts.

The trick was us applying at once and me proving that there is fund for all of us.


Thanks bro.
One final question pls, Whats the duration of your MBA program?
Politics / Re: Dangote, Otedola & Ovia At A Meeting With Buhari Today (Pictures) by Ymin: 7:38pm On Feb 09, 2019
The first meeting with corporate Nigeria in four years. No to the failure. Atiku is an idea whose time has come.

He has not even spent 4years to start with, as you wrongly stated. So I can equally states that he's had meetings with the Corporate guys before now only if you know.

Anyway, meeting or no meeting, Baba is winning come FeBuhari16.No to thieves of our collective wealth again.

Thank you.

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Travel / Re: Canadian Student Visa Thread Part 15 by Ymin: 7:09pm On Feb 09, 2019

Just to complete the story.

Family application on Dec 28, biometrics on Dec 31, upfront medical for us on Jan 2, then we updated our application with copies of the medical sheets.

Approvals for myself on Jan 22, my madam, Feb 5 and my boy Feb 9.

Programme - MBA (I think number one business school in Canada, am not too sure sha)

Documents submitted include birth certificates, educational certificates, my employment letters, proof of funds documents, no sponsor, letter of explanation for myself as the main applicant (2 pages), another for my wife (just 1 page), ties to home country (land documents, my rented apartment in Lagos, car docs, etc.), admission docs, CIC forms, etc.

God is great, He will complete the work He has just started.

As for those expecting goodies from CIC, just hang in there, yours is very much close.

On to the next one!

Please since your wife's application is SOWP,what other additional documents did you submitted for her to qualifies for that type of Visa.
I'm equally submitting a family application soon.

Thank you.

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European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) / Re: Barcelona Vs Real Madrid: Copa Del Rey Semi Final (1 - 1) On 6th February 2019 by Ymin: 9:38pm On Feb 06, 2019
Pls which Super sports channel is showing the match live?

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