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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    I moved to Quebec last June. So I've already experienced the winter here.
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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    I am now on parental leave for a second time (although it's about the same baby). A good moment for some reflections. It was a great decision to move to Montreal from Toronto. Quality of life is much better here. I recently purchased a three-bedroom house for 336,000 dollars, on a...
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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    I am now focusing on paying off my mortgage in the Netherlands at 4.7%. It is partly because I feel an economic/financial winter is coming. If it does come, I will have cash/income to buy whatever at a more attractive price. If it does not, it's also okay. Recently I read Antifragile. It has...
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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    The secret of two-hour working days is to have your boss in a different city (e.g. Toronto). Commute is not bad at all. I used to take the train to Montreal and the train itself took 30 minutes. Now I drive (25 minutes) to Costco, where I can park for free, and then walk to the office in...
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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    I haven't bought any other property since then. The move to Quebec has made it less easy to look actively for properties in the Windsor region. I tried, but could not find anything as interesting in the Montreal area. The market here is less crazy than in Toronto. But it is still hard to...
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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    Indeed it has been a while since my last update. Here's a brief summary of what happened since then. I became less and less happy with my then employer and I left in April 2018. I started with another company in Montreal as a Lead Data Scientist in July. Now I live in Saint Bruno, a small town...
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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    Just for fun, I did some research on the legality of putting one's extra rooms on Airbnb in Ontario. The findings are very interesting. First of all, as long as a tenant still occupies the unit, it does not constitute a sublet, and consequently any no-sublet clause in the lease agreement does...
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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    This return is not really extraordinary for multi-family properties in Downtown Windsor. The one is Pasadena NL is close to Gros Morne National Park. A good way to estimate your future Airbnb returns is to post the property in which you are interested on Airbnb, without actually owning it or...
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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    Then I'd rather have the guests in the basement :) I heard it really varies from baby to baby. Some babies keep crying, while others sleep and sleep. It can be sometimes counter-intuitive. I looked around on Airbnb, it seems that the average price in Halifax is much lower than in some more...
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    How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

    I haven't updated this thread for a while. There have been some changes to my life. The most important one is that my partner is pregnant and I am expected to become a parent in October. We first tried IUI and then IVF. On 30 January at 6:45, I learned that the egg retrieval was scheduled on 2...
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    Re-entering Canada without PR Card, only CoPR and passport - by plane

    If this is the case, then I had two ETAs when they issued me the COPR: one from my previous application in July 2017 (for which I paid 7 CAD), another automatically generated with the COPR in Oct 2017. The one they cancelled later was the one from July 2017. This would explain everything. But...
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    Re-entering Canada without PR Card, only CoPR and passport - by plane

    They asked "Do you have an ETA? Have you printed it out?" I showed them the ETA email on my phone. I guess they were idiots. But idiots are everywhere. WOW Air has never swiped my passport. I used a machine at the airport to print the boarding passes. At the gate, WOW only scanned my boarding pass.
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    Re-entering Canada without PR Card, only CoPR and passport - by plane

    They asked "Do you have an ETA? Have you printed it out?" I showed them the ETA email on my phone. I guess they were idiots. But idiots are everywhere.
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    Re-entering Canada without PR Card, only CoPR and passport - by plane

    Again, my ETA was cancelled on 25/10/2017. Japan Airlines DID ask for an ETA.
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    Re-entering Canada without PR Card, only CoPR and passport - by plane

    I cannot argue against this! I'm not sure whether it has something to do with the airlines. My partner flew to Toronto from Amsterdam last year to activate her PR status. She flew with KLM, which did not ask for her ETA or COPR either. (She never applied for an ETA.) She had a lot of luggage...
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    Track your PR card timeline and processing times here

    I was able to check in online. I had my boarding passes printed on a machine at the airport, by manually typing in my passport number, expiration date, etc. I did not have to talk to any human. No. No.
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    Re-entering Canada without PR Card, only CoPR and passport - by plane

    I just checked my ETA status here and got the following. Indeed my ETA was cancelled.
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    Re-entering Canada without PR Card, only CoPR and passport - by plane

    The airline never scanned my passport. I got the boarding passes printed on a machine by typing in manually my passport number, expiration date, etc. (I did not have any check-in luggage.) When boarding, they only scanned my boarding pass.
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    Re-entering Canada without PR Card, only CoPR and passport - by plane

    Not true. See the message that I received from the IRCC on 25/10/2017. (I got the ETA in July 2017 and became a PR on 15/10/2017.)