Category: Immigration

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Lola’s Story: Creating Fun and Inclusive Spaces for Immigrants in Canada

Like most immigrants, she left a great life with the goal of experiencing better living standards. She accomplished her goal and more. Now, Lola aims to help immigrants in Canada and create fun spaces for them through her @afroedmontonian Instagram page.  Lola Oduwole shares her Canadian immigrant story. Dreaming of Better Living Standards When I reflect on my life before Canada, three things come to mind: a community of friends, a familiar culture, and a job in Marketing that I loved doing. You’d then wonder why I hauled my bags across the world from a +30 degrees country to a...

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Aeron’s Story: Sharing Inspiration Through An Immigrant’s Life Podcast

He strongly believes that the struggles, resilience, and successes of immigrants must be shared to inspire others. So, he created the podcast An Immigrant’s Life to ensure that these stories are never lost and forgotten. This is Aeron and here is his inspiring Canadian immigration story. A Challenging Childhood My childhood in the Philippines was incredibly challenging as I came from a poor family. To improve our lives, my Nanay (mother) left to work in Hong Kong when I was eight years old. She would work for 2 years and then visit for a month before she leaves again. This...

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Chimma’s Story: Helping New Immigrants in British Columbia

Imagine packing up your comfortable life to move to another country then find the world at a standstill. It is challenging to say the least. But we find ways, resilience, and knowledge to thrive. It’s even better if we use these to help others who come after us. This is the inspiring story of Chimma and how she established BC Settlement Buddy with the aim of helping new immigrants in British Columbia. In this post, Chimma answers questions that you and I are curious to know about moving to Canada. How was life before Canada? We were pretty comfortable in...

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Pre-Departure Packing List

Fitting your entire future into 1 or 2 suitcases is a challenge for most of us.  An immigrant’s packing list depends on several factors: landing alone or with dependents, accommodation upon arrival, destination, arrival date, and so on.  But here is a recommended basic packing list. 1. Medications One of the best things about Canada is its public health insurance.  This means that most health-care services are available at no cost to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.  However, each province and territory has its own health insurance plan.  In some provinces, new residents are required to complete a waiting period...

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Preparing for Canadian Life

The excitement of receiving the permanent resident visa comes with doubt and anxiety.  To relieve these, I started preparing for Canadian life by participating in the Planning for Canada program. Planning for Canada, previously known as the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP), offers free services to eligible newcomers before coming to Canada.  They provide valuable information related to the move, settlement, and employment in Canada. Here are the steps to help prepare for your move via Planning for Canada: 1. Register for the Planning for Canada services. According to their website, Planning for Canada services are currently available in person in...

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Completing Canadian Immigration Documents

Hiring a representative comes with a cost – a hefty one at that.  The good news is that completing your own Canadian immigration documents can also result in a successful application. This post contains tips. Price Tag of Immigration Services The services and expertise of immigration representatives come with a substantial fee.  The rates, scope, and quality of services vary.  Thus, it is best to research what is available.  My application in 2010 – 2011 cost approximately CA $1, 500 in staggered payments.  This was more than 10% of the required proof of funds at the time.  Of course, the...

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Help from an Immigration Consultant

IRCC emphasizes that the use of representatives is not required nor does it ensure a successful application. But a Canada immigration consultant company helped me in 3 ways. Access to Up-to-date or Note Readily Available Information In my bio, I mentioned that I have an engineering degree and experience in the manufacturing industry.  Also, I had experience teaching at a college.  I used the latter in my application. I submitted my application to the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program in early 2010.  At that time, the basis for my eligibility was November 29, 2008 Canada Gazette.  The category College and...

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Canadian Immigration Assessment

Immigration is never easy. It requires a huge investment of time, effort, and money. This post will tell you how I completed my Canadian immigration assessment and how you can do yours before making any investment. Starting My Journey Immigrant stories never cease to amaze me.  Usually, it starts with the desire to seek opportunities or improve lifestyle. Sometimes, it is to gain protection.  My story began with wanting to know if I can compete in the global labor market.  Of course, better job prospects and quality of life came with this.    One day, I came across an interesting online...