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How I got three job offers while being outside Canada

Discussion in 'Express Entry / Expression of Interest' started by axolotl, May 11, 2017.

  1. @axolotl thanks a lot for creating this thread and sharing your experiences! I really enjoyed reading through this thread and started reading some of the content on your website. It contains very good guidance for those of us who are in the immigration process. I am also hoping to move to Toronto, although via OINP due to my low CRS and unsuccessful job search from overseas. Please do write a post on improving one's French. I am learning French and would find your tips very helpful.
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  2. As promised, here's my post on how to improve one's French. I have copy-and-pasted the content below. Please feel free to either comment here or contact me via the web form on my website.

  3. Nice post. I am learning French though with slow pace. I am using Duolingo and "Learn French with Vincent" youtube channel. So far I have realized that it is important to be disciplined. If I take breaks, I end up re-learning bunch of things.
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  5. At first I thought you were the one on the right with purple hair :)
    Just kidding, nice read! This article is now trending along with other H1B related news (atleast on my feed).

    On the personal front, I got my IELTS results today. Though I managed to get CLB10, overconfidence almost got me in writing and speaking.
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  6. Most people, at least on the development/engineering side, of the company are weirdos, myself included.

    There are two My Little Pony fans who have spent thousands of dollars on hand-made ponies.

    Congrats for your IELTS results. You may want to start the FBI clearance process as soon as possible if you haven't done it yet. It took me two months.
  7. Haha, I don't have much but I carry around a stuffed toy parrot that my team members gave me as a farewell gift several years back. They thought I talked quite a bit. :)

    Thanks. I have sent in my fingerprints to FBI. At the moment, their backlog is 14-16 weeks. I also need to get a PCC from Singapore, but as far as I know I need to wait for an ITA before I can make an appeal.
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  9. Hi Petra @axolotl. Thanks for sharing your experience. Glad to see similar minded people converging to Canada. I too am a Data scientist/Software engineer with an interest in early retirement. A lot of engineering minded people are similarly inclined as MMM points out in his poll. I was steadily squirreling away the $$$ in the US and was ready to retire in a handful of years. Unfortunately the big blocking factor was immigration and the continued erosion of public healthcare in the US. So, I took the tradeoff and added a couple of years to my retirement plan but solved immigration and healthcare. Got myself and my wife a PR in the beginning of 2017 (not too hard with a PhD) and convinced my employer (a top 5 tech company) to transfer me to Quebec. :)
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  10. #102 axolotl, Dec 16, 2017 at 9:34 PM
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    Interesting! I didn't know this blog before. Thank you for sharing it.

    I quickly browsed through it. Indeed it is more or less the same idea as mine regarding personal finance.

    One major difference is however that I am not against having debt, as long as it is productive and its interest rate is lower than the ROI of your assets. I would gladly borrow at 2.5% to finance an investment that gives me 10% ROI.

    Also it is easier for me to save on food. There is such abundance of food at my employer that I can hardly find any opportunity to spend on food at all.

    A huge advantage of living in a country like Canada is that you save SO much on health insurance and your children's education. I made more money in San Francisco but I save more in Toronto.

    The only way for me to convince myself not to retire yet is that I believe the technology of immortality (or amortality if you will) or at least significant life (and youth) extension will become available but will be very expensive for a while. I may need more money - more than what I will have by growing my current wealth at 8% per year - to be able to get such treatment.
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  11. There are lot of nuances to financial independence planning and there's a huge online community of folks who actively discuss such strategies in great detail. You will find that most folks are not opposed to carrying debt such as a mortgage during the accumulation phase of their retirement nest because their job acts as a hedge against the risk of defaulting. However, post-FI nearly everyone chooses to be debt free since the cognitive burden of carrying debt is not worth the loss of quality of life. Some even choose to sell their house and rent instead, since it's less headache and offers more freedom of movement.

    Super interesting point about lifespan enhancement. I've never heard it being mentioned in the context of financial independence. From what I know about the state of research in that area (work by Calico and talks by Aubrey De Gray), it still seems a ways off; though probably not impossible in a 30 year time frame. I guess my strategy would be to come out of retirement and head to one of the finance companies/hedge funds if the research seemed promising enough to earn money for it. My view on retirement is that once you're freed from the yokel of working for someone, you actually have time and the energy to work on individual projects that add a lot of value to society. In my case, I plan to do that in the domain of artificial intelligence and open-source my work. I am sure that such a skillset will be valuable monetarily in the financial sector should such a situation arise.
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  12. Hey @deadbird and @axolotl! I am also a data analyst/software engineer in the early retirement camp. In fact, I will be retiring in January. For me, "retirement" does not mean never working for pay at all, but only working when and because I want to and at jobs that won't detract from my working on my long term goals. In other words, not being dependent on having a job to provide for my living expenses. I do hope to work full time at least in my first year or two in Canada, and then just do some part time or contract jobs as I get opportunities. One of the many reasons I am immigrating to Canada is because I want to do some activism for the US and propose feasible solutions for reform. I am a US citizen who thinks that the US could learn a lot from the Canadian system. I would like to get some experience living like a regular Canadian with a regular employee job and really get to know the system first hand. It also would be nice not to have to convert too many US dollars in the beginning. But I do not need a regular job for survival, and if I don't find a tolerable job, that would be ok as well.
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  13. Hi @trumprefugee! So cool to hear from you. I thought early-retirement was rare and even rarer was geographical arbitraging. But hearing from two other data scientists/SWEs with an identical mindset makes me think there's some signal to this trend. :)
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