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    Old Aged Security

    My parents were born in 1950. They landed in 2006. They turn 65 this year and know that they need to stay one more year to fulfil the residency requirement. My sister is having a baby back home in November. They want to go home and help take care of the baby from November to April but might be...
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    Singaporean applicants under FSW

    Glad to see that you have landed safely, Tran. The last time I was in Vancouver was in 1982 and I was 6 years old then. My cousin is studying at UBC and she loves it there, but I also think that it has to do with being independent and being in a college environment. Keep me updated on the...
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    Student loan for PR in Ontario

    I am just doing a Bachelor's program, I already have a Ph.D. but I've decided to move to a different and more employable field. At the same time get to meet some people and make some new friends. I've already gotten admittance to a college and I applied for OSAP. If they say no due to residency...
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    Starting Sole-Proprietor Business, Need Tax Advice

    I am planning on registering a consulting business in Ontario. For now, I am employed with a company and the business is more of a side venture. For now, I probably going to take on the odd consulting job here and there while I build up my business and contacts. It may likely be dormant for the...
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    US work experience useful?

    You can't expect to find a job that was equal to what you had back in the US. You were a manager there, but you might have to start off as a system administrator or even tech support. Because of your experience and contacts you can expect to rise quickly, but everyone has to start somewhere...
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    US work experience useful?

    It took me a while to realize that I wasn't ambitious. No point in working so hard when you have no time to enjoy life. Actually my 10-year goal now is to own a Tim Horton's, let a manager run it so that I won't have to do any work and spend the time traveling instead.
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    Singaporean applicants under FSW

    When I landed in Toronto last November I was in and out in less than 10 minutes. No queues, nothing. Didn't even ask me for a list of goods accompanying or goods to follow. The queues are long because it is summer and most people are choosing to immigrate now to make it in time for kids to start...
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    Singaporean applicants under FSW

    Hey! He never gave credit to the person that told him all that information! :D
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    US work experience useful?

    When I was working as a professor my position was cut due to budget cuts. Since I was the least senior professor on the staff, my full-time position was reduced to part-time which would not allow me to sustain my H1 visa requirements. It didn't help that all my research sponsors decided to cut...
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    Passport & PR expired

    If you are not planning on leaving Canada anytime soon you should not have anything to worry. The only time when you are required to present your PR card to an immigration official is when you are entering Canada. Immigration does not exactly have their officers patrolling the streets to catch...
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    Gas station business

    My dad is very happy playing shares to sustain his retirement income and is just waiting to hit the 10-year mark so that he can collect his Old Age Pension. In no way he would cough up half his retirement savings to invest in a Tim Horton's. Well most banks will not give a loan of $300k to a...
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    Singaporean applicants under FSW

    Do you have anything with the Canadian High Commission letterhead saying that they require the PCC? If so make a copy of that and send it in with your PCC application. If you do not have that contact the CHC and ask them to send you one letting them know that you require a letter to your PCC...
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    Singaporean applicants under FSW

    Cold weather doesn't bother me. I lived in Michigan for 10 years where the weather would get to -40C. I've never turned on the heat when indoors. In fact anything above 15 degrees is too hot for me and I still wear shorts when it's 0 degrees out. I'm an avid skiier and the colder and snowier the...
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    Gas station business

    Tim Horton's Franchise information: http://www.timhortons.com/ca/en/join/franchise_ca_program.html Basically about $200k cash up front, the remaining 250-300k can be financed through loans. Tim Hortons does take a franchise fee of 15% of your profits though, which is quite a lot. Most...
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    Scholarships

    First you have to pick an institution that you wish to attend and apply for it. Once you gain entry you are able to qualify for scholarships and bursaries. Scholarship and bursary information can usually be found on the financial aid page of any institution's website. Most scholarships are...
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    I need a job in Canada & any advice on police jobs please.

    Police usually work for the provincial or city governments. They are very unlikely to give work permits to non-residents and they are unlikely to recognize foreign criminal justice degrees because being a cop requires you to be familiar with canadian law. Many departments require their police to...
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    US work experience useful?

    Short answer: US experience is useful, better than other countries, but not as valuable as Canadian experience. Long answer: It really depends on whether the company recognizes the US experience. Canadian companies have a lot of national pride, they would rather take people in who were educated...
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    Learning French in Toronto...

    Because Toronto isn't Quebec, nor is it near the Quebec border like Ottawa is, there is little demand for French classes. Ask around some immigrant centers, that's what I did. This is one place that I found that offers French lessons: http://costi.org/programs/program_details.php?program_id=190...
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    Singaporean applicants under FSW

    2-3 years, after I finish school. It may not be Calgary, because I do not think that property prices in Calgary are exactly that low. Also considering Edmonton. If I can get a good job here in Ontario I may not move at all. Alberta may have lower sales tax compared to Ontario, but Alberta has...
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    Singaporean applicants under FSW

    Hey Tran and everyone else, Sorry been away for a while. Just started working at a new temp job at a call center. The assignment is only for a month, but they offered extra money and overtime to work weekends so I decided to take up that offer. The job is not easy because everyone calls up to...