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dreamteam

Star Member
Nov 26, 2008
190
6
Applied for the Express Entry program and I have met the score for the current ITA, but I have been experiencingdifficulty with spouse and my children's names on the list as my profile keeps acknowledging the size of my family but I can't access them on my application. It was updated by CIC but it has since reverted back to the usual problem and time is running out before they switch the next intake marks so i don't lose out on this opportunity.
I would like any form of help or advice at this time
 
 

dreamteam

Star Member
Nov 26, 2008
190
6
Applied for the Express Entry program and I have met the score for the current ITA, but I have been experiencingdifficulty with spouse and my children's names on the list as my profile keeps acknowledging the size of my family but I can't access them on my application. It was updated by CIC but it has since reverted back to the usual problem and time is running out before they switch the next intake marks so i don't lose out on this opportunity.
I would like any form of help or advice at this time
 

Femie

Newbie
Apr 29, 2017
5
1
Happy new year all, my apologies for disappearing for all this while...

It has actually been for the better as God has really been good to me in all dimensions.

I am still in Regina - Saskatchewan, so anyone that needs general advice on anything Saskatchewan, don't hesitate to PM me (I'll try to respond within 24 hours).

Have a great week all and Remain blessed.
Hi guys... been away for almost a year now.

I don’t mean to sound like a broken record just in case someone has touched on this topic before; but I doubt if the knowledge would harm anyone.

A good friend of mine planning on landing in Canada asked for my honest opinion of how it has been for us since we landed just over a year ago. I can honestly understand where this question is coming from. Plucking your family and life style from the relative secure known of living in Lagos and shipping off to the great unknown of Canada can be quite daunting. What makes it worse is that no one seems to give an honest account of what really goes on. You tend to get responses like "it's ok" or "God has been faithful". Personally, such responses frighten the hell out of me. Thank God for threads and forums like this.

I have a friend of mine who just moved with his family from 9ja to Calgary here, back in September 2015. My guy came to Canada with no illusions; he landed alone (his family came 2 weeks after him). He stayed at my place for 2-3 days, rented a decent budget home close to downtown (I will talk about budget later), moved in and got a job at Walmart a week later (his reasoning - it doesn't make sense to spend his savings in Naira on dollarized items, he needed to earn dollars). Just before his family landed, he got certified as a security personnel (Security guys earn fair amount with relative little input as compared to a Walmart job... lol and if you are lucky to be on night shift, you have enough time to read for your exams). All these while he searches for a job in line with his previous work experience. Did I forget to tell you that my guy is an IT professional with almost 15 years of experience in the Nigeria's financial sector. The man has worked for the biggest banking brands in Nigeria.

Yesterday, he joked about a conversation he had with a Canadian woman who he happened to have had dealings in Nigeria. The Canadian lady is conversant with Nigeria having trained IT professionals in Lagos on numerous occasions. The lady told him to be open minded in his search for a job; take any job; anywhere in Canada; that he should leave his family and go if necessary. But he should bear in mind that he would most likely be sacked before 3 months. He shouldn't take it personal; that most Nigerians struggle because of the difference in work cultures (I'd talk about the Canadian work culture, also later). We all laughed because he got sacked from Walmart exactly 3 months into the job. He currently works with his security licence and is studying for his professional exams. The beauty of this story is that my guy now has Canadian work experience - which so invaluable over here.

Most immigrants here, whether they tell you or not, worked in "transition" jobs for about 6 months to 1 year before getting that job similar to what they were doing back home. On the average, it takes between 2-3 years to get back to the job status at which you were before you landed in Canada. Once you get there, there's no turning back. It's really bliss from there on. Personally, I think the 2-3 years is worth it anytime, any day. There are very few societies that give you the opportunities, peace of mind and security.. I am yet to meet a Permanent Resident who regrets being in Canada.

If you are thinking of coming to Canada, please come with a similar mindset to that of my good friend; else you will be quite disappointed. Those dream jobs are not lined on the street on Canada. Yes, I know a couple of guys that got great jobs within weeks of landing - I tell conveniently tell you that those are the exception.

Plan. I can't overemphasize this enough. Plan, plan, plan.

Plan for employment upgrading programmes, certifications et al;

Plan for your drivers license; plan to buy a car. This is a must; don't even think you can do without it. Luckily, there are auctions around where you can get a good vehicle for between $1,000 - $3,000 CAD. I'm talking about 2002 to 2006 models. Please just buy it even if the intention is to use it till you settle down. My advise is to go for Japanese, Toyota or Honda; so you send home to 9ja after you have finished with it (or bought that range rover as a replacement) and make your money back :p :p :p. Another friend of mind was lucky to buy a 2008 Toyota Sienna - full options - for less than $5,000. Again, these are the exceptions. You can also shop for cars on Kijiji.com

Talking about kijiji; you can practically get your furniture free on kijiji. You just have to look hard. My advise again based on experience; don't start acquiring too much junk before you move to your own house (yeah, owning your house is possible with only 6 months into your job). Moving can be stressful.

Plan your budget.
Thanks a lot Bro..This is really helpful.
 

russellx

Star Member
Oct 18, 2016
120
16
Visa Office......
AVO
App. Filed.......
11-09-2014
Med's Done....
03-10-2016 (re-meds)
Interview........
None
Passport Req..
21-04-2017
LANDED..........
11-09-2017
Hi guys... been away for almost a year now.

I don’t mean to sound like a broken record just in case someone has touched on this topic before; but I doubt if the knowledge would harm anyone.

A good friend of mine planning on landing in Canada asked for my honest opinion of how it has been for us since we landed just over a year ago. I can honestly understand where this question is coming from. Plucking your family and life style from the relative secure known of living in Lagos and shipping off to the great unknown of Canada can be quite daunting. What makes it worse is that no one seems to give an honest account of what really goes on. You tend to get responses like "it's ok" or "God has been faithful". Personally, such responses frighten the hell out of me. Thank God for threads and forums like this.

I have a friend of mine who just moved with his family from 9ja to Calgary here, back in September 2015. My guy came to Canada with no illusions; he landed alone (his family came 2 weeks after him). He stayed at my place for 2-3 days, rented a decent budget home close to downtown (I will talk about budget later), moved in and got a job at Walmart a week later (his reasoning - it doesn't make sense to spend his savings in Naira on dollarized items, he needed to earn dollars). Just before his family landed, he got certified as a security personnel (Security guys earn fair amount with relative little input as compared to a Walmart job... lol and if you are lucky to be on night shift, you have enough time to read for your exams). All these while he searches for a job in line with his previous work experience. Did I forget to tell you that my guy is an IT professional with almost 15 years of experience in the Nigeria's financial sector. The man has worked for the biggest banking brands in Nigeria.

Yesterday, he joked about a conversation he had with a Canadian woman who he happened to have had dealings in Nigeria. The Canadian lady is conversant with Nigeria having trained IT professionals in Lagos on numerous occasions. The lady told him to be open minded in his search for a job; take any job; anywhere in Canada; that he should leave his family and go if necessary. But he should bear in mind that he would most likely be sacked before 3 months. He shouldn't take it personal; that most Nigerians struggle because of the difference in work cultures (I'd talk about the Canadian work culture, also later). We all laughed because he got sacked from Walmart exactly 3 months into the job. He currently works with his security licence and is studying for his professional exams. The beauty of this story is that my guy now has Canadian work experience - which so invaluable over here.

Most immigrants here, whether they tell you or not, worked in "transition" jobs for about 6 months to 1 year before getting that job similar to what they were doing back home. On the average, it takes between 2-3 years to get back to the job status at which you were before you landed in Canada. Once you get there, there's no turning back. It's really bliss from there on. Personally, I think the 2-3 years is worth it anytime, any day. There are very few societies that give you the opportunities, peace of mind and security.. I am yet to meet a Permanent Resident who regrets being in Canada.

If you are thinking of coming to Canada, please come with a similar mindset to that of my good friend; else you will be quite disappointed. Those dream jobs are not lined on the street on Canada. Yes, I know a couple of guys that got great jobs within weeks of landing - I tell conveniently tell you that those are the exception.

Plan. I can't overemphasize this enough. Plan, plan, plan.

Plan for employment upgrading programmes, certifications et al;

Plan for your drivers license; plan to buy a car. This is a must; don't even think you can do without it. Luckily, there are auctions around where you can get a good vehicle for between $1,000 - $3,000 CAD. I'm talking about 2002 to 2006 models. Please just buy it even if the intention is to use it till you settle down. My advise is to go for Japanese, Toyota or Honda; so you send home to 9ja after you have finished with it (or bought that range rover as a replacement) and make your money back :p :p :p. Another friend of mind was lucky to buy a 2008 Toyota Sienna - full options - for less than $5,000. Again, these are the exceptions. You can also shop for cars on Kijiji.com

Talking about kijiji; you can practically get your furniture free on kijiji. You just have to look hard. My advise again based on experience; don't start acquiring too much junk before you move to your own house (yeah, owning your house is possible with only 6 months into your job). Moving can be stressful.

Plan your budget.
Thanks for sharing this!

Very helpful.

Russ
 

Femie

Newbie
Apr 29, 2017
5
1
Happy new year all, my apologies for disappearing for all this while...

It has actually been for the better as God has really been good to me in all dimensions.

I am still in Regina - Saskatchewan, so anyone that needs general advice on anything Saskatchewan, don't hesitate to PM me (I'll try to respond within 24 hours).

Have a great week all and Remain blessed.
Boss..Pls,I would appreciate if you could send me ur contact for personal enquiries via my email Ima.omoruyi@yahoo.com.Thanks
 
 

Jibaba

Star Member
May 11, 2011
52
12
Category........
Visa Office......
Accra
NOC Code......
0213
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
20-04-2008
Doc's Request.
30-3-2010
IELTS Request
05-05-2011 - Scored 8.0
Med's Request
20-02-2012
Med's Done....
02-03-2012
Passport Req..
11-04-2012
Any recently landed pips ..in Calgary here :

if you are looking at starting in Business Analysis area and Business Intelligence/Big Data specifically , there is a company organising a 2 weekend training at U of C . Sept 9/10 2017 . it involves resume , interview preparation and job support. This is a good valued opportunity to break into the tough job market here. Please PM asap for details.
 

canadamyplace

Hero Member
Aug 23, 2013
236
7
Category........
NOC Code......
1212
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
23-12-2014
Doc's Request.
sent with application
IELTS Request
sent with application
Registering with that agency is one of your best decisions and they have one of the most excellent bridging programs for finance professionals like your self. After the program, you will be well suited to take advantage of opportunities that exist. Let me know as soon as you arrive the GTA, we'll meet and move ahead.
please what is the name of the agency? i am about to land this september and i want to register too.

thank you
 

Realme

Star Member
Feb 22, 2017
132
100
nigeria
Category........
FSW
App. Filed.......
16-05-2017
AOR Received.
16-05-2017
IELTS Request
upfront
File Transfer...
IP1-29-06-2017


Hello friends,
I am a registered nurse and midwife from Nigeria (3 years diploma in nursing and 18 months midwifery program).
Received visas and COPR two months ago and am planning to start my NNAS application soon.
My family and i are planning to migrate to Canada early next year and live in Alberta.my questions-

I plan to apply for LPN and RN in Alberta,is this ok and what are my chances as a nurse/midwife with 5 years of experience that lasted up to July last year?
Will NNAS process my application without IELTS?if yes at what stage will CARNA request for IELTS?
To be honest with you all i can say is that we will be landing in Alberta, i am really confused as to what province to choose for my application,please can you advice as to any province that processes application fast and does not give much trouble?

Your advise and experiences will be appreciated.
Thanks.
 
 

thejackson

Hero Member
May 26, 2010
421
23
Category........
Visa Office......
Accra
NOC Code......
4131
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
MAY 13,2010
Doc's Request.
22-11-2010
AOR Received.
27-10-2010
IELTS Request
Written Submission
File Transfer...
27-10-2010
Med's Request
19-04-2012
Med's Done....
03-05-2012
Interview........
Waived
Passport Req..
11-07-2012
VISA ISSUED...
16-07-2012
LANDED..........
27-07-2012


Hello friends,
I am a registered nurse and midwife from Nigeria (3 years diploma in nursing and 18 months midwifery program).
Received visas and COPR two months ago and am planning to start my NNAS application soon.
My family and i are planning to migrate to Canada early next year and live in Alberta.my questions-

I plan to apply for LPN and RN in Alberta,is this ok and what are my chances as a nurse/midwife with 5 years of experience that lasted up to July last year?
Will NNAS process my application without IELTS?if yes at what stage will CARNA request for IELTS?
To be honest with you all i can say is that we will be landing in Alberta, i am really confused as to what province to choose for my application,please can you advice as to any province that processes application fast and does not give much trouble?

Your advise and experiences will be appreciated.
Thanks.

Hello,
There is a bridging program for internationally educated nurse at Mt Royal University in Calgary. I live in Calgary, Alberta. Please send email to this address. thejacksonsng@yahoo.com. I will be able to give you more information
Congrats and welcome to Canada
 
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Realme

Star Member
Feb 22, 2017
132
100
nigeria
Category........
FSW
App. Filed.......
16-05-2017
AOR Received.
16-05-2017
IELTS Request
upfront
File Transfer...
IP1-29-06-2017
Hello,
There is a bridging program for internationally educated nurse at Mt Royal University in Calgary. I live in Calgary, Alberta. Please send email to this address. thejacksonsng@yahoo.com. I will be able to give you more information
Congrats and welcome to Canada
Hello,
ok thanks
 

Omo Naija

Hero Member
Jul 11, 2011
420
70
Category........
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
LANDED..........
Dec 24, 2013
Happy New Year all,

Its really been a long time that I have visited this forum, I believe we are all living the Canadian dream by now?

I cannot thank God enough for the privilege of immigrating to Canada.

Wishing everyone all the best !
 

kevon2310

Full Member
Jul 13, 2016
39
4
Fellow seniors

For those living in Ontario, specifically the GTA area, please can you share your experience with regards to

Rent
Car purchase
Car Insurance
Cell phone plans
Common Pitfalls to Avoid
How you went finding a job in your field(withing Canada or before you got there)
Place of Worship (Church)

I would also like to hear from folks in living Manitoba as well

No information is too small, thank you very much for your help
 
 

Lutayo

Member
Jul 21, 2019
11
0
Is it too late for me to be here? My naija bloods. Where is everyone? The date on the last post is may 2 2018. Where are the 2019 posts pls. I am new. And I am just joining the forum. Somebody talk to me.
 

Chi22

Newbie
Jun 20, 2020
1
0
Hello sir, how are you doing please would love to speak to you privately I want to migrate to Canada with my 12yrs old son I need your advice and how to go about it .thanks