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    AFTER CSQ AMMAN VISA OFFICE LET GET CONNECTED

    Irta7 ya basha, khalleehon yi7lamoo. :-* al-haya bidoon 7ilm mana haya. [ quote author=lemans207 link=topic=115371.msg4253928#msg4253928 date=1430226042] ya haram ma 3erfin wayn jeyin, I know Syrians and Iraqis and Libyans preferred to leave back to war than to stay in canada ??? el ma...
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    Toronto vs Calgary vs Vancouver vs Ottawa - Where to land

    There are no embassies in Calgary. These are called consulate generals. Only the capital, Ottawa, has embassies. The so called international airport mostly flies to US - this is not overly international.
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    Toronto vs Calgary vs Vancouver vs Ottawa - Where to land

    I work in public administration. What made me unhappy in Calgary is expensive rental, limited public transit, limited cultural activities, and lower education level than in the East Coast.
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    Toronto vs Calgary vs Vancouver vs Ottawa - Where to land

    You will not be able to assess how good is a city until you actually land there. I was deeply unhappy in Calgary but I know many people who are very excited about living in Calgary. It all depends on your background and personal preferences. Just look for jobs and be prepared to go wherever you...
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    Toronto vs Calgary vs Vancouver vs Ottawa - Where to land

    I moved from Calgary to Ottawa too and everyday thank God for terminating my stay there. Ottawa has a more punctual and frequent public transit system, longer summers, cheaper rental, more ethnic diversity, more leisure activities, more green spaces, it is easier to fly home (the Greyhound bus...
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    Toronto vs Calgary vs Vancouver vs Ottawa - Where to land

    Calgary - more expensive than Vancouver in terms of rental market. Average rent in Calgary already exceeded Vancouver rents. Also, you will require a car because public transportation is very limited = extra cost.
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    Brutal Winter and a jobless immigrant family

    Canada's economy is based on resource extraction and services. Hence it has labour shortages in skilled trades and low-paying service jobs. Therefore if a skilled immigrant does not qualify in trades, he is likely to end up in low paying service jobs. The rule is simple: As immigrants we can...
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    anyboby found job through internet?

    typing "opportunity cost" and "transactional cost" on wikipedia will answer your question
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    anyboby found job through internet?

    even for skilled immigrants who already have PR the probability of finding meaningful employment in canada is low. You can imagine how difficult it is for those with no work permit. However you are not losing anything by trying hard and continuing to contact employers directly to pursue your...
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    What is 'networking' ?

    From my personal experience, networking works for lower level temporary jobs. For example, my egyptian friend went to a mosque and met a bangladeshi man who was looking for private arabic tutor for his children. Or my burkinabe friend found a job as convinience store cashier because his...
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    HOW FIND A JOB IN CANADA

    Depends on the type of job she wants. If she wants to work in accounting, the most she can hope for is accounting clerk or technician but some sort of local education (some college coursework) is needed as taxation system is different in Canada. To be a full scale accountant, accounting analyst...
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    QUEBEC APPLICANTS LETS SHARE EXPERIENCE

    Yes the waiting time is up to three months. Moreover, until you give them proof of residence like utility bill or rent contract, they will not give you medical card. I waited almost three months to get my card. I did not take any insurance because it wad deadly expensive. Luckily nothing hapenned.
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    QUEBEC APPLICANTS LETS SHARE EXPERIENCE

    I applied before December 2011 and I did not sit a single test. Everything boils down to the interviewer. My interviewer was a reasonable person. She observed that I am fluent in both languages and gave me max points for them, but other interviewers asked applicants to sit tests to have official...
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    LANDING IN MONTREAL

    Finding job in your field as immigrant is almost as "easy" as finding water in Sahara desert.
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    QUEBEC APPLICANTS LETS SHARE EXPERIENCE

    And the prize will be...?
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    QUEBEC APPLICANTS LETS SHARE EXPERIENCE

    BIQ cannot be visa office at the same time. BIQ is a provincial authority giving CSQ, visa office is federal authority giving visa.
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    QUEBEC APPLICANTS LETS SHARE EXPERIENCE

    1 year for PR visa is quite optimistic - it depends on your visa office. Recently many people (including myself) got stuck in background checks.
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    QUEBEC APPLICANTS LETS SHARE EXPERIENCE

    I spent a semester in US and lost 10 kilos because the only grocery store in the city was 5 km away and I do not drive. Moreover, there was no pedestrian way leading to the store, the only way was a highway. The situation in provinces like Alberta and Manitoba is quite similar. This is why I am...
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    QUEBEC APPLICANTS LETS SHARE EXPERIENCE

    :-* :-* :-* Not as delicious as the one cooked by lemans207
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    QUEBEC APPLICANTS LETS SHARE EXPERIENCE

    I do not eat Italian food. The only fast food I eat in Montreal are lebanese kebab shops - Amir and Basha. All other outlets are a direct way to XXXL clothing size (except chinese/thai/vietnamese food which I never eat). I guess you know it better after having lived in US :D