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Landing Experience - Calgary Alberta

manonquest

Star Member
Jun 13, 2013
144
6
Gujarat - India
Category........
Visa Office......
[color=blue][b]NDVO[/b][/color]
NOC Code......
[color=blue][b]2132[/b][/color]
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
[color=blue][b]07-06-2013[/b][/color] PER Received: [color=blue][b]27-08-2013
AOR Received.
[color=blue][b]24-10-2013[/b][/color]
IELTS Request
[color=blue][b]Submitted with File[/b][/color]
Med's Request
[color=blue][b]05-12-2013[/b][/color]
Med's Done....
[color=blue][b]19-12-2013[/b][/color]
Interview........
[color=blue][b]NDVO has waived it[/b][/color]
Passport Req..
[color=blue][b]05-12-2013[/b][/color] Passport Sent on: [color=blue][b]23-12-2013[/b][/color]
VISA ISSUED...
[color=red][b]02-FEB-2014 DM[/b][/color]
LANDED..........
[color=red][b]APRIL 2014[/b][/color]
amikety said:
Okay, I'll try to help you the best I can. I don't know as much about Edmonton as Calgary (although my husband has lived there so if you decide on Edmonton, I may bother him for you :p).

1) Thank you for your kind words :) My brother is an electrical engineer and his wife-to-be is a microchemist! How funny is that? She is from Vietnam and he is from the USA.

2) Honestly, if you want to make the biggest impact as an engineer, go to Edmonton. Get your Canadian certifications and maybe a little education (such as PG Diploma). Edmonton needs engineers badly. The weather up there is awful. And I mean, awful. It's cold and dreary year round. My husband, who was born in Canada, hates Edmonton with a passion and refuses to ever consider moving there again. However, they pay very well for engineers and are more likely to give you a chance to get into your field (instead of being stuck in survival work the rest of your life - the dark side of immigration). What if you hate Edmonton? Stay there and work as a engineer for 2 years, then move somewhere nicer. You'll have your Canadian experience behind you and ready to live somewhere a little warmer!

Not to say you won't find an engineer job in Calgary. It's very possible. I just feel, based on my research and news articles, that Edmonton has more opportunities for newcomers.

3) I don't know about neighborhoods in Edmonton. If you decide on it for sure (after my moving statement in #2 :p ) let me know and I'll bother my husband to see if he knows.

4) For real estate agents, honestly, I would wait until you have a job (not a survival job, a real job) to buy a house. By that time, you are working with other professionals and get word of mouth references. Word of mouth references are very good and you can also check the internet for reviews. I would also interview several agents before signing any agreements. Give it some thought and pick who you are most comfortable with, who seems to care about your needs and understands them AND your affordability. Since agents are paid on commission, some are very greedy and only care about selling you the most expensive house they can find. Personally, the house I live in now is being sold, so I've had my chance to meet dozens of agents (no one wants to buy this crappy place). I've kept the business cards of several that I liked so when we buy a house, we already have a few to interview.

But, wait to buy a house. Unless you have enough cash to pay it off 100%, don't buy it yet. A survival job won't pay enough for a house payment and living in most cases (especially if you wife isn't working) and it will eat up your savings.

5) I have never used this service, so take my post with a grain of salt

http://www.centrefornewcomers.ca/living_calgary.shtml

I have used this service - it's for women only, so you wife can sign up and make appointments. They also offer social programs where she can meet other immigrants and they offer English classes (or at least, they used to).

http://ciwa-online.com/

Lastly, obviously I've never lived in Edmonton, but I googled newcomers and found this website from the city: http://www.edmonton.com/moving-to-edmonton/newcomer-services.aspx Hopefully it is useful - I don't know for sure :D
Thanks a lot madam for your answer,

I just started my PR process through FSW 2013. It has time to land to Alberta.

I asked for real estate agents who help to rent a home. I lived in Sydney, Australia (2004-2006) there we had a rented home by help of agent. In this context I was asking about estate agents who are good and honest with their business (to rent a home through them). My first preference is to settle in Calgary only.... currently intention is to collect information for initial stay arrangement (cheaper with cost) ....

Anyways thanking you again. I am bit worried with the matter of job. Actually I am good Mechanical engineer but i seen australian world where nobody was ready to interview me even, but i am trying to be positive and start new mission for my life and for my child.

Regards.
 
 

amikety

VIP Member
Dec 4, 2011
4,905
143
Calgary
Category........
Visa Office......
CPP-O
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
15-01-2013
AOR Received.
2-2-2013
Med's Done....
12-10-2012
Passport Req..
9-07-2013
VISA ISSUED...
7-08-2013
LANDED..........
7-08-2013
I would avoid agents to rent homes. Those homes are always more expensive! You can find lots of rentals on Kijiji or Rent Faster (rentfaster.ca).

Good news everyone! I got my PPR today! :D
 

guvcode

Star Member
Jul 16, 2012
148
17
Category........
Visa Office......
Accra
NOC Code......
0213
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
Med's Request
19-03-2012
Med's Done....
12-04-2012
Interview........
Waived
VISA ISSUED...
16-July-2012
LANDED..........
Feb 2013
amikety said:
I would avoid agents to rent homes. Those homes are always more expensive! You can find lots of rentals on Kijiji or Rent Faster (rentfaster.ca).

Good news everyone! I got my PPR today! :D
Congrats Amikety
 

9jcanada

Champion Member
Oct 16, 2010
1,020
52
Calgary Alberta
App. Filed.......
12/01/2011
AOR Received.
10/06/2011
Med's Request
09/02/2012
Med's Done....
14/02/2012
Interview........
N/A
Passport Req..
26/03/2012
VISA ISSUED...
04/05/2012
LANDED..........
August 2012
amikety said:
I would avoid agents to rent homes. Those homes are always more expensive! You can find lots of rentals on Kijiji or Rent Faster (rentfaster.ca).

Good news everyone! I got my PPR today! :D
Congrats Amikety. All the best.


9j
 

amikety

VIP Member
Dec 4, 2011
4,905
143
Calgary
Category........
Visa Office......
CPP-O
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
15-01-2013
AOR Received.
2-2-2013
Med's Done....
12-10-2012
Passport Req..
9-07-2013
VISA ISSUED...
7-08-2013
LANDED..........
7-08-2013
Thanks everyone :)

Jason Kenney is supposed to appear at the Stampede breakfast in Acadia on July 13th.

(At least that's what the sign said.)
 
 

rao_ashraf

Star Member
Oct 27, 2012
51
11
LVO
Category........
Visa Office......
LVO
NOC Code......
0111
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
March 2011 MI2
Nomination.....
In process July 2012
Med's Request
DEC 2013
Med's Done....
Jan 2014
Passport Req..
Jan 2013
VISA ISSUED...
FEB 10, 2014
LANDED..........
June 2014 Inshallah
amikety said:
Thanks everyone :)

Jason Kenney is supposed to appear at the Stampede breakfast in Acadia on July 13th.

(At least that's what the sign said.)
 

reddevil7281

Star Member
May 13, 2013
193
11
Dubai, UAE
Category........
Visa Office......
London
NOC Code......
1112 <br>ECA Docs Filed: 30-04-2013 <br>Docs Reached.: 03-05-2013 <br>ECA Complete.: 03-05-2013 <br>ECA Received..: 06-05-2013 <br>App. Sent.......: 07-05-2013
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
13-05-2013
IELTS Request
Sent with App <br><br>App Returned: 22.07.2013 (NOC mismatch)
amikety said:
I would avoid agents to rent homes. Those homes are always more expensive! You can find lots of rentals on Kijiji or Rent Faster (rentfaster.ca).

Good news everyone! I got my PPR today! :D
Congrats!
 

newcomer

Hero Member
Dec 3, 2007
951
27
Middle East
Hi,

I have come across a very useful mentorship programme which could help one in getting internship .

Hope it helps!

http://www.maple2.ca/

http://www.maple2.ca/services/professionals/
 

newcomer

Hero Member
Dec 3, 2007
951
27
Middle East
amikety said:
I would avoid agents to rent homes. Those homes are always more expensive! You can find lots of rentals on Kijiji or Rent Faster (rentfaster.ca).

Good news everyone! I got my PPR today! :D
Heartiest Congrats !

So,the Stampede brought good news for you :D
 
 

ravercwb

Star Member
Aug 20, 2012
55
0
Category........
Visa Office......
New York
NOC Code......
3113
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
16-12-2010
Doc's Request.
sent with application
AOR Received.
03-2011
IELTS Request
sent with application
Med's Request
20-08-2012
Med's Done....
30-08-2012
Interview........
waived
Passport Req..
03-07-2013
VISA ISSUED...
09-07-2013
LANDED..........
Before August 2013
Congrats Amikety!!!!!

Looks like they are back to work ;)
 

amikety

VIP Member
Dec 4, 2011
4,905
143
Calgary
Category........
Visa Office......
CPP-O
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
15-01-2013
AOR Received.
2-2-2013
Med's Done....
12-10-2012
Passport Req..
9-07-2013
VISA ISSUED...
7-08-2013
LANDED..........
7-08-2013
Thanks everyone!

Ottawa (despite being a site of walk-outs) has never stopped issuing COPRs. From what I understand, the immigration officers aren't actually on strike, but another group of diplomats are.
 

betterfuture

Star Member
Mar 20, 2011
151
11
Caracas, Venezuela
Category........
Visa Office......
Caracas
NOC Code......
8222
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
06-04-2011 Received by CIO: 13-04-2011
IELTS Request
Submitted with the application (Overall 7.0)
Med's Done....
Jun 18,2012
Interview........
Waived
Passport Req..
Aug 20, 2012
VISA ISSUED...
Sep 15, 2012
LANDED..........
May 16, 2013
PR Card

Greeting and congralutions to the ones who has made steps forward in the process. Becoming a Permanent resident is really a satisfactory and comfortating feeling of achieving your main goal.good luck in the further steps.


This question is directed to the experienced ones who are still in the forum. How long did the PR card take to get on your mailbox? It's been more than 6 weeks now for mine and it hasn't been delivered yet. I checked the CIC we page and there is no sign what my actual pr card status is. what is clearly noted on the web page is that I landed and officially became a permanent resident.

I was expecting to check the PR card status on the web age but no luck on that.

thanks in advance and again my best wishes to all,

A ghost but active forum reader&writer! ( I feel not ok writing in here since my English is kind of misunderstand-able but hope it can get better along the years)
 

manonquest

Star Member
Jun 13, 2013
144
6
Gujarat - India
Category........
Visa Office......
[color=blue][b]NDVO[/b][/color]
NOC Code......
[color=blue][b]2132[/b][/color]
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
[color=blue][b]07-06-2013[/b][/color] PER Received: [color=blue][b]27-08-2013
AOR Received.
[color=blue][b]24-10-2013[/b][/color]
IELTS Request
[color=blue][b]Submitted with File[/b][/color]
Med's Request
[color=blue][b]05-12-2013[/b][/color]
Med's Done....
[color=blue][b]19-12-2013[/b][/color]
Interview........
[color=blue][b]NDVO has waived it[/b][/color]
Passport Req..
[color=blue][b]05-12-2013[/b][/color] Passport Sent on: [color=blue][b]23-12-2013[/b][/color]
VISA ISSUED...
[color=red][b]02-FEB-2014 DM[/b][/color]
LANDED..........
[color=red][b]APRIL 2014[/b][/color]
amikety said:
Thanks everyone!

Ottawa (despite being a site of walk-outs) has never stopped issuing COPRs. From what I understand, the immigration officers aren't actually on strike, but another group of diplomats are.
Congratulations Amikety madam for your PPR,

Regards....
 
 

an74

Hero Member
Nov 15, 2012
224
34
Category........
Visa Office......
Islamabad to London
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
AUGUST 30 2004
File Transfer...
APR 2011
Med's Request
01-10-2012
Med's Done....
09-10-2012
Passport Req..
24-10-2012. PP RECEIVED LVO 29 OCT, Decesion made line added Nov 13, 2012
VISA ISSUED...
09-11-2012, PP returned back 20-11-2012
LANDED..........
Jun 2013 got PR card August 20 2013
Re: PR Card

betterfuture said:
Greeting and congralutions to the ones who has made steps forward in the process. Becoming a Permanent resident is really a satisfactory and comfortating feeling of achieving your main goal.good luck in the further steps.


This question is directed to the experienced ones who are still in the forum. How long did the PR card take to get on your mailbox? It's been more than 6 weeks now for mine and it hasn't been delivered yet. I checked the CIC we page and there is no sign what my actual pr card status is. what is clearly noted on the web page is that I landed and officially became a permanent resident.

I was expecting to check the PR card status on the web age but no luck on that.

thanks in advance and again my best wishes to all,

A ghost but active forum reader&writer! ( I feel not ok writing in here since my English is kind of misunderstand-able but hope it can get better along the years)
My case os also same like u. Is there any way to check the status of PR issuance. In web ecase my address is same as of my home country. Should it change in ecase or it could remain same....any experience
 

ItsBeenLongNow

Champion Member
Nov 26, 2010
1,274
38
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
amikety said:
Thanks everyone!

Ottawa (despite being a site of walk-outs) has never stopped issuing COPRs. From what I understand, the immigration officers aren't actually on strike, but another group of diplomats are.
Congratualtions Amikety