Nice sharing Ricoluna.
I think French is the only challenging part of your interview. I did two courses in French, however I forgot almost everything as I am not practicing French. I do not know, how to practice. I need a place like Quebec to practice French. Nobody around me uses a single word of French. I think I have revise it before my interview. I filed my documents in Aug 2010. My application was completed in Jan 2011 as they asked for few documents. I hope I will be called for an interview in next six month....lets see.
I raised a question in my previous email regarding interview call. How did you receive an interview call ? by mail or email or phone?
My dears...i am back...and YESSSS i got my CSQ.I will write here my experience, hope it will help u guys and u'll all be back with ur CSQ.
First and most important : French is obligatory, study as much as u can!
My interview was 8.30 in Hilton Parksa Istanbul.The hotel is located in the Asian side of Istanbul on a hill, there is no commune transport to reach there, u can reach by taxi only.If ur interview is in the morning before 9.30 u need 10 min from Sultan ahmet area to reach the hotel.If u have ur interview after 9.30 u go early as there is much traffic and u'll need more than 1 hour to reach there.Do not stay in Hilton Parksa just to be close...the hotel is expensive and it does not look like a 5 star hotel.u have nothing around to vist.I really recommand u to stay in Sultan Ahmet area...it's v nice and all the historic places are here as well as lot of restaurants.But i'll tell u about Istanbul later, let's start with interview....
There are 2 black officers , a lady and a men. They came from outside the hotel at 8.15 am caring their laptops and small suitcases. The lady went to first floor and the guy went to - 1. After 15 min , at 8.30 sharp the guy came in the lobby and called my name...i answerd him in English YES SIR !!! Just after i realized that i had to answer in french !!
We went down with him and entered in a small simple room with a desk where he was sitting and our 2 chairs. He had his laptop on the table and our file, all the documents that i have sent before.
He started by presenting himself, my name is ... and i represent canadian goverment...we are here to clarify some things about ur demande d'immigration...and there are 3 possible answers u'll get: u'll be accepted, rejected or u'll get an intention of refuse and i will nedd 60 days in order to decide about ur file.
I will ask u questions and i hope ur answers will be direct and clear.
our interview will be in french, i will also check ur english skills and the efforts u have done in order to integrate in Quebec.
I will start with u Madame he told me
I want to see ur passport, kids passports and ur marriage certificate. I show them to him, he tooked each paper and was looking at it, typing and computer and asking me questions.
Have u ever applied before for immigration to Canada, when and what was the answer? I've told him that i applied for federal part in 2000 and i was refused for not having university diploma, no professorial experience and no relatives there.
He asked about my education...
What are u doing now, u are working
He did not ask to see the letters from employment, he only asked to see the taxes we are paying for social security
He asked me why i want to immigrate and here he changed in ENGLISH
He asked me to answer in english
After he moved to french again:
What i want to work in quebec and what i know about my profession in quebec
If i know the system of education in quebec and where my kids will go to schools
Are they french or english schools...gbut he knew exactly what schools are
After last question and that i found it most difficult was: Madam why do u think that Quebec will accept u?? there are millions of immigrants from all over the worls aplying each year, and now we have change rules, it's more difficult to apply....why do u think i should accept u ??
I told him that we are a young family, we have 3 kids we are educated, have work experience, we really wish to make from Quebec our home, so i believe that we have all the qualities they are looking for.
He told me thank u MAdame ur interview is finished here, i will start with ur husband:
He ask for his passport and study diploma
He told him to answer long answers not short ones, couse he wants to check his french. My husband doues not speak well french
Do u speak french Sir? my husband said yes
are u sure sir? and my husband said yes again
What are u working
what u wanna work in quebec
is ur job reglementatd there?
what are the steps u must do in order to obtain a licence to work
why have u been refused when u applied for federal part in 2000
Aftr he suddenly stoped and told us, ur interview was finished , FELICITATIONS Madame et MR , vous etez acceptes < BIENVENU AU QUEBEC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I will print now ur CSQ , 2 for each membr of ur family, u'll send one for the federal part and u'll keep one with u, keep it safe couse at the airport when u enter u'll need it .
After i finish u check them well and u can ask any questions u want
Guysss i just lived th interview the second time with u now.....hehehee...what a feeling
He explained after to send asap second file and that we will wait around 12-15 month to get ur visa
And that's it !!!
Now in my opinion: they are very professional and know very well all the rules from ur country
They know everything about ur file...before, long berfore
he did not ask about my sister in low....
he did not ask for any other papers
even he did not checked attentive the documents
i think the decision is made before the interview , not by the officer but by the highest authorities in Canada....u know obtaining the immigration means that u are future canadian citizen and i don't belive that they leave this decision in the hand of one person.
I wish u all GOOD LUCK and i'll be here for any further questions u need
Now about Istanbul:
It's a very nice city...u should ge ur time and vist Istanbul as i did.
I recomend u to stay in Sultan Ahmet area, chose Sapphire Hotel ( 120 $/night), Evsen hotel (85 $) are front of each other on a pedestrian street full of restaurants, very quite and v close to center.I sow also Sultania hotel on sae street looked nice.
U must visit Topaki palace, Dolmabahce Palace, blue MOSQUE, Aya Sophia, Istiklel street in Takseem between 7-12 night, Princess Island u go by a big ship around 1.30 h, it's a v nice island where are no care, only vilas and u can visit by bike or horse....it's amaizing.., Camlica hill which is th highest point in Istanbul and it's amaizing.For all this points exist common transport, u can easily reach by yourself no need for organized tours.
I also rtecomand u CEMBERLITAS turkish bath, a v old bath, u ca have here full program : bath, oil massage, jaccuzi for 70 $ per person
It was a great experience, and i loved Istanbul
I am in hurry now to prepare my second file, anything u wanna ask, just do it