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5 Reasons Why I am Not Leaving Canada

A quick Google search shows that immigrants are leaving Canada in record-breaking numbers. They have numerous reasons for leaving and these are readily available with a click of the mouse. To help new and future immigrants get a balanced view, I will be sharing the reasons why I am not leaving Canada. Resources Are Available In Canada, resources are available to vulnerable or underprivileged groups. Even before leaving the Philippines, I already got help in preparing for life in Canada. While the Land of Maple Syrup is far from perfect, it does offer resources and programs that are not yet...

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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...