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  1. theguv

    Adding New Passport To My Application

    Thought I'd just add a little update. Recently had the Invitation to Pre-Arrival Services which apparently you get if you meet Eligibility so I'm not reading too much into that but it's still good news... I also managed to lose my passport! You know, cos I'm clever... (I've lost a lot of weight...
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    Which to choose...

    Owner Operator LMIA Temporary Work Visa ($1000 non-refundable) or LMIA Exempt Temporary Work Visa (under the IMP section 205 with a C11 Exemption) that might not work... Thoughts chaps and chapattes?
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    Owner Operator LMIA Work Permit.

    I get the general idea of this path to a Work Permit: start or buy a business and then employ yourself on a TWP. What I can't find anywhere is the Step by Step process for doing it. Does anyone have any links to the full process? Is it an LMIA for a high wage worker or low wage worker etc...
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    Goodbye Savings...

    As a Freelancer I've seen all my work dry up this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic (I assume that's the case for many people on here...) and I just wanted to publicly lament the passing of my savings as I use them to keep me alive... They were adding up nicely ahead of a hopefully positive...
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    Quick question for freelancers...

    Hi all, I'm applying under the SE visa route and have been a Freelance Sound Engineer/AV Technician in the UK for 2.5 years now. I've been trying to find information on the Industry average Day Rate for my work but all I can find is information on Salary and Wages. Does anyone here have a link...
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    Merry Xmas & A Happy New Year!

    To all who celebrate it (and Happy Holidays/Festivus to the rest of us). May 2020 bring you emails full of joy and progress. Jack.
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    Self Employed Visa Requirements

    *** Disclaimer: I am not legally qualified to offer advice, this is the opinion of an applicant and someone who has spent years looking at this stuff *** I've seen a lot of posts recently from people saying "I do x freelance, do I qualify?". Well, in a superficial way, maybe you do. It's more...
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    Personal Debt (Tax Liability really...)

    Just a quick one, on the schedule 6A form under the personal debt question, should I put my 18/19 tax liability? It's not really a debt (credit/loan etc), more of an obligation... If I don't have to list it then my settlement funds are much higher! :)
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    Has anyone...

    has anyone secured the FSE Visa without IELTS? that sort of assumes that even without it you're well over the passmark...
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    Does anyone have any info or resources...

    Hi all, I'm trying to research freelance day rates in my industry but can't find anything but info on salaried roles. I'm an Audio Visual Technician/Sound Engineer (NOC 5225) and currently freelance in the UK. Any thoughts or leads you might have would be gratefully received. Thanks, Jack.
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    Success Stories...

    How about a thread of people who have been successful in business immigration? Post your Timeline, Stream and how long you've been in Canada. It could be good to keep people who are trying motivated to continue hearing that it can be done...
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    Employment Reference Letter

    Just a quick one chaps, I found this today: https://www.justforcanada.com/employment-reference-letter-sample-canada.html Might be useful if anyone's struggling to explain to previous employers/clients what they need to put into the letter. Downloadable template in .docx format.
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    Documenting My Process/Progress

    So, I'm going to attempt to document my progress and the process as I go through it. I am applying as a Self Employed Sound Engineer/Audio Visual Technician (NOC 5225). I've been collecting the supporting documents I need and filling in the requisite forms. I've got an IELTS test booked...
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    Schedule 6A question

    So, question 12D, Business Value. I'm self employed and as such I'm not a Business that has a Net Value beyond what's in my bank account at any given moment... I don't have assets in the sense of Stock, Products etc so I have no idea how to fill this out or even if I need to! I feel from the...
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    Perhaps a silly question...

    Just wondering, on IMM forms that don't apply or have sections that don't apply, the advice is to write N/A or Not Applicable. Do you write that just once in the 1st available space on that section/form and assume that the processing officer is smart enough to extrapolate across all the other...
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    IELTS Writing Part 2...

    So, I am a native English speaker and have my IELTS booked for the 17th of August. I am fairly confident on the Listening, Reading and Speaking sections but my Achilles heel has always been essay writing. I am someone who has a mental blindspot when it comes to writing about things that are of...
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    About to apply FSE Visa

    Howdy chaps and chappettes. I'm about to start the application process for Fed Self Employed Visa (don't worry, I know the processing time is loooooooooooong and there are other ways in but having explored all the options I can I'm either too old for most of them or will never get a job offer...
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    Any idea why?

    Hi, long term lurker, first time poster. I've been trying to find the best way to immigrate to Canada since 2004! Over the years I've missed deadlines on programs as the goalposts moved with federal regulation changes but the Self Employed route seems pretty stable. Has anyone heard any...