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  1. Smearingo

    exam invitation while temporarily out of Canada

    Hello I am currently out of Canada to take up a temporary job. Initially I planned to come back to Canada by December 30. But somehow that job was kind of extended to one more term until April/May. In mid-October I received the invitation to citizenship exam. I responded by saying I could not...
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    PGWP Refused/ Flagpoling Immediately/ Few days left until visa! - Please Advice!

    Oh I just realized your questions today.... I am not an expert on flagpoling. Based on what I learned from online resources, I believe (1) you don't need a US visa to flagpole. you could just tell the US customs officers that your purpose is to flagpole (that is, you don't intend to enter the...
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    Can i apply with Quebec Skilled Worker in this situation?

    I agree with Unlimited2access. For now, the best is to apply for the regular point-based CSQ application if you have got enough points (which may take about 12 months to process). It's true that PEQ will be a fast-track (it will be processed in 3 weeks), but the required B2 French competence...
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    Is CSQ document needed for landing?

    I am not sure if it is really needed. I landed in Lacolle land border -- the officer did ask me for the CSQ: "Do you have your CSQ?" He took a brief look at it and then returned it to me.
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    Quebec Skilled Worker Federal Stage (After CSQ)

    I got it Monday. Yours should be on the way soon (I would rather land earlier and get my card later though---as I don't need it now). I will feel flattered (though also find it unfair to others) if because I am Hong Kong citizen ;) that I get it earlier. But I doubt... I am quite surprised it...
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    Quebec Skilled Worker Federal Stage (After CSQ)

    Decision Made? are you referring the status on ECAS concerning the PR application? Indeed, after Decision Made, you should expect to get PPR (Passport Request), then you send requested materials to CIC. They will then finalize your application and send you the important document Confirmation of...
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    Quebec Skilled Worker Federal Stage (After CSQ)

    just a small update: my maple card just arrived in my mailbox today (February 27, Monday) I landed on January 24 (Tuesday), it take less than 5 weeks! (supposedly it should take 4-6weeks from the date of landing) [edit]: to justify my use of exclamation mark: I intended, indeed, to say that...
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    Any new PRs flown to Canada with ETA but no PR card?

    I wonder if the pre-PR eTA should be invalidated at the moment of landing? I had it with my previous permit, but I of course surrendered my permit during landing. The border agent actually confused me by saying that as I am from visa-exempt country, my passport alone should be sufficient for me...
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    Quebec Skilled Worker Federal Stage (After CSQ)

    Congrats @alemom! I am always excited to read stories like the one your shared, esp from yours as you have been one of my important companions on the forum. Like life itself, your day for landing, getting SINs and RAMQ insurance was full of ups and downs. But I am so happy to learn that you...
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    Quebec Skilled Worker Federal Stage (After CSQ)

    Good for you! congratulations! yes, in this case, it's either tomorrow or Monday. But for sure it's coming!
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    Quebec Skilled Worker Federal Stage (After CSQ)

    indeed my experience was that: I called around 2 weeks after I sent PP copy. The operator @call centre could not give me any information (she said she could not see that they received my package). But then I got GC-key/MyCIC updates almost 10 hours after the call, and the envelope was activated...
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    Quebec Skilled Worker Federal Stage (After CSQ)

    Have you jotted down the return envelope's tracking number? The lady @ CanadaPost counter suggested I take a photo of the envelope, so that I could track it when it's activated.
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    Quebec Skilled Worker Federal Stage (After CSQ)

    i am glad that my comment kind of released you from anxiety (even just a bit) :) from other threads of this forum, I learnt that the time between PPR and CoPR can be as short as several days to as long as a bit more than a month or so. (if it's across salutatory holidays--esp Christmas-New Year...
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    Quebec Skilled Worker Federal Stage (After CSQ)

    @kevindi888, I totally understand your anxiety and frustration. I personally find the waiting period between PPR and CoPR the most difficult. I got some news about 2 weeks after I sent PP copy, but there were others who endured a bit longer time for any update. 16 days are long (esp. when it's...
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    SIN

    I just got my new SIN at Service Canada (i landed last Tuesday). As soon as I took my first look at the number, I had this question in my mind: how was this number generated? I know that first digit of the SIN tells whether you are Canadian (PR/citizen) or not, and which province you come from...
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    Quebec Skilled Worker Federal Stage (After CSQ)

    yes they keep it (of coz!). You could not retain the WP as once you became PR, all your earlier statuses as temporary resident, including all Study/Work Permit, and even the eTA, will be invalidated. (That's why with the passport alone, even if you are from visa-exempt country, under the new...
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    Quebec Skilled Worker Federal Stage (After CSQ)

    congratulations, @marcocarnerio! oh, yes! that is it: it is exactly "the limit [we] have to do the landing" The validity of the PR visa refers to the time limit before which you have to validate this document --- that is, it is the deadline for landing. You cannot land after that date. And, it...
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    Quebec Skilled Worker Federal Stage (After CSQ)

    thank you @Alemom, that's very great compliment :-* I had this line initially but then I deleted (bcoz I wanted to post that line on my Facebook): I just want to say that many of us here who landed or are planning to land around the same time: we are reborn as Canadians under the sign of...
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    Quebec Skilled Worker Federal Stage (After CSQ)

    Thank you :) In the final request from CIC, they asked us to send passport/copy of passport (depending on which country you are from) and 2 recent photos. After that no more photos will be needed. These are those for PR card (one of them will appear on one of the CoPR copies. The border agent...
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    Quebec Skilled Worker Federal Stage (After CSQ)

    I just landed as PR today!! As we know, today's weather was not good for driving but also not very suitable for skiing. The driving took much longer time, my roommate kept complaining how dangerous it was. We managed to visit Waterbury and Burlington in VT (yes Ben & Jerry's factory tour was...