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Our Flight From Manila to Toronto

Our Flight From Manila to Toronto

I have 5 more days to go before I start work (I’ll be sharing my experience in another post) and with a lot of things to share, I am using whatever free time I have left to write. April 17, 2016 is our flight date, we’re flying with Philippine Airlines bound for Toronto with a technical stopover in Vancouver. We stayed in a hotel near the airport for easy and hassle free ride to the airport. But yeah, hassle happens. Our…

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Essential Things to Bring When You Are Migrating

Essential Things to Bring When You Are Migrating

Before flying, we made a checklist on what to bring. This will ensure that we have all the needed documents before we move out of the country. It’s actually not so hard to research since most web sites and blogs have a section on “things to do/bring before landing”. My favorite sites for these kind of research are either canadavisa.com forum or settlement.org. Be sure to bring whatever you think you’ll be needing since it will be hard for you to get…

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Getting a DFA Certified LTO Certification (Red Ribbon)

Getting a DFA Certified LTO Certification Red Ribbon

A week before our landing, after much pondering, I decided to get an LTO Certification with Ribbon so I can drive in Canada under a G2 license without having to undergo G1 (Student License) training and examination. Surprisingly, this process is not too tedious. Overall, even  though I’m dealing with two Philippine government agencies, it just took me a total of 35 minutes, which by Philippine government service standards is extremely rare. Anyway, below are the steps you need to…

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Securing the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) Sticker

Securing the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar PDOS Sticker

We’re almost ready to fly to Canada in two weeks time, but before that, we need to secure a Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) sticker from the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO). Immigration officers need to see this attached to your passport before they put a stamp during your departure from the Philippines (note that if you’ll be travelling from any country other than the Philippines to Canada, you may not attend the seminar, but this is not recommended.) So what is…

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Bringing Your Proof of Funds to Canada

Bringing Your Proof of Funds to Canada

As our flight date is nearing, we are now busy with the preparations for our departure. One of this is preparing our funds that we will be bringing to Canada. Of course, it will be a lot easier if you will be bringing in cash in CAD but due to security concerns, we looked at other ways to bring in our Funds during our landing. Of course the fun part of this journey is doing research; this time, on how…

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Booking a Temporary Home and The Thought of Living in a Basement Apartment

Booking a Temporary Home and The Thought of Living in a Basement Apartment

While we are waiting for our flight date, we started looking for a temporary home. Having close to zero relatives in Canada made this activity a little bit harder since we basically have to do it on our own. Our main concern in looking for a house is proximity to the airport since we will be arriving in Canada at 9.30PM and will be finished with the immigration process by around 12mn. Aside from the location, we also considered the proximity to…

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Booking Our One-Way Flight to Toronto

Booking Our One Way Flight to Toronto

And so our journey continues. We just purchased our plane tickets from Manila to Toronto from Philippine Airlines after 14 tries! Imagine filling-out the forms for 5 to 10 minutes, but when you try paying through credit/debit card, site will tell you that there’s an error. I did it 14 times; you can imagine how long it took me to book this flight. We haven’t experienced being in any long haul flights so I really have no idea what it…

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Our Migration Timeline and the E-Client Application Status

Our Migration Timeline and the E Client Application Status

I would like to share our timeline. Hope this helps: December 2014 December 15 – Applied and submitted requirements Education Credential Assessment (ECA) December 30 – Result Available Online ECA January 2015 January 10 – IELTS Exam (Primary applicant) January 23 – IELTS Result January 23 – Created MyCIC profile with 451 points February 2015 February 28 –IELTS Exam (Spouse) March 2015 March 13 – IELTS Result (Spouse) March 13 – Updated MyCIC profile adding spouse IELTS result, 471 points March…

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What to Do When You Get a Passport Request (PPR)

What to Do When You Get a Passport Request PPR

If all goes well and the visa officer handling your application has no further questions or requests, they will issue a passport request. This is the second to the last process in acquiring an immigrant status (PR), the last being able to land in Canada and securing a PR card. By default, passport requests come from the Ottawa visa office (VO). The letter that you will receive, in both your personal mail and MyCIC mail will instruct you to send…

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FSW Express Entry (2015) Application Expenses

FSW Express Entry 2015 Application Expenses

For those of you wondering how much does it costs to migrate to Canada through FSW Express Entry (2015) program from the Philippines (a bit from Singapore), please see the breakdown below: Yes, it’s not so cheap but we’re hoping that this investment is worth it for our family’s future. Hope you’ll find this helpful in your own journey. Do let me know if you have questions (use the comments section), I’ll try to answer everything to the best of my ability. FSW…

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