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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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Post-ITA Document Checklist

Post-ITA DOcument Checklist

Post-ITA means you have already been drawn from the express entry pool and that your points meet the cutoff for the latest draw. You should have received an ITA email asking you whether to accept the ITA and proceed with the application or Reject the ITA and rejoin the pool. Of course you have to accept the ITA to move forward. Once you have accepted the ITA your MyCIC account will have an entry under “View my Submitted applications or…

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IELTS, Education Credential Assessment and MyCIC Profile

IELTS Education Credential Assessment and MyCIC Profile

In my previous post, I talked about the usual process in immigrating to Canada and ITA. To be able to create a MyCIC profile, you need two important documents; your IELTS general training result (Test Report Form Number) and an ECA Number. You should also be listing down your start and end dates for each company that you have worked for. If you can, secure a Certificate of Employment (CoE) from each. In the Philippines, there are two organizations that…

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Invitation to Apply (ITA) and the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

Invitation to Apply ITA and the Comprehensive Ranking System CRS

So yeah, we’ve decided to migrate under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program. Remember when I told you that we were choosing between New Zealand and Canada, our decision wasn’t that clear until we got our ITA, the much coveted Invitation to Apply. ITA is given when you meet certain criteria such as points. This means that you have what they are looking for and they want you to try and apply for immigration in their country. By the way,…

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Once Upon a Time in EDSA

Once Upon a Time in Edsa

Late last year, while driving in an endless traffic along EDSA, I realized how the Philippines is not really conducive for building a family mainly due to traffic, of course, along with pollution, poor government benefits and services and political shenanigans. Then, I thought of migration. It took me a while to convince my wife to move to another country but for the sake of our kid and future kids, she agreed that we “need” to migrate. We were choosing…

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