First things first - My family and I landed as PRs today. Yes it was successful.
Now, the story - nothing big.
1. One person in this forum helped me with an address in Alberta. I must thank him profusely for it. The address alongwith very useful thoughts from AlbertaOrburst, Manny, AlbertaATJ and Avalap helped me tons.
2. I went to the counter at 11 AM. There was nobody waiting in line. I went straight to the immigration line. A lady officer called me. I went to her and did not let her talk. I said I went there a day ago and that the officer was not convinced with a Manitoba address. Told her I have an Alberta address and am back to complete my landing formalities. She said -- "Thats great". Give me the COPRs. I did. She asked me "Oh provincial nominee". I said Yes. She asked me "When do you intend to move to Canada". I said "In a couple of months when I wrap up job n such." . She asked me to take a seat, called me in 10 minutes and asked me to sign the COPRs.
... Do you notice I used some of your advice here ? lol - even the words in a few places.
Lessons to be learnt:
1. Talk convincingly. It is NOT automatic that your PR is granted at the landing post. Note: I can talk superb. If I cudnt play this game well - that means this task needs preparation. Do you homework - Plan to talk convincingly about how soon you plan to move to Alberta.
2. Have an address in Alberta. The fact that an address in Alberta is not necessary is not completely correct. I did take this part light and it bit me. and Oh - Know what .. I had to stay 2 days nights in the US - all hotels in Niagara Falls and Buffalo were $199 minimum - and thats for very ordinary - no-iron-box-Knights Inn (not an Hampton Inn or Embassy Suites)
and about Canada - I wouldnt relate this to Canada being unwelcoming as a few people tend to think. I think the officer who declined to let me land was doing his work - Check abuse - Check to see if PNPs intend to serve the actual purpose of PNP immigration.
about Service Canada - went at lunch time -so had a good 1 hour wait.
and to the forum - I have seriously not found such a nice bunch before. Kudos guys.
and to myself - A big lesson in life - about ill planning.
Thank you so much .. Srini_72
, AlbertaOrbust, Xprime, Josephdadreamer, Avalap, Manny and AlbertaATJ.
Am so Happy to see your message and learn the good news of your PR Landing. Congrats once again.
Thanks to all the forum members whose enthusiastically helped you with needed information and thanks to you for sharing your experiences.
GOOD LUCK !!
Folks - Just a thought. Though this thread and forum serves as a treasure of information for the PR process, yet I am wondering if we can we have a online community (say orkut community) for AINP folks so that we create a network with a directory(Address, Contact info, occupation) and be of help to each other before and after landing in Canada.
This thought occured me to based on the help rendered by Srini_72 to ARajesh
(with an Alberta Address.) Frankly speaking, I know no one in Alberta and I would have to depend on you folks (landed PR's) for help at a later stage. Am sure there are many like Srini_75 Who wish to volunteer.
It's just a thought. Please share your thoughts.