Ready na ba Kayo? (Are you guys Ready?) On What It Really Means to Leave.

It’s now officially 30 days before we move to Canada.

By this time, most of our family and friends already know about us leaving. Most of them have been all smiles and supportive, but of course there are those who allow their doubts and concerns to come to the surface. We can’t blame them though since they’re just looking out for our best interests based on what they believe in. Besides, uprooting your life and moving halfway across the world is an undertaking that’s almost impossible to fully comprehend.

These days, whenever conversations steer towards Canada, there’s one question that’s almost always asked.

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Bringing Your Money to Canada (Part II)

In our last post, we talked about the different ways you can bring your money into Canada as a first time immigrant. In that post, we mentioned that we will be going with a wire/telegraphic transfer between BPI here in the Philippines and their partner bank in Canada, Scotiabank.

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This will be done through the Scotiabank StartRight Program for newcomers to Canada. It is basically a bank account that you can open before landing in Canada which gives you some benefits including being able to do a one-time wire/transfer of up $50,000 to Canada without any fees.

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Bringing Your Money to Canada (Part I)

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It’s now a little over a month before our big move to Canada and we have been busy taking care of the many different matters that need to be settled.

Right now, we’ve put our house on the market and have started making inventories of the items and clothes that will be making the trip with us. It’s also starting to take it’s toll emotionally as we’re slowly coming to grips with the fact that we’ll be leaving our family, friends and dogs (most especially our dogs!) behind. We get tearful moments just thinking about things like this.

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Nova Scotia to Reopen Provincial Nomination Stream Program

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Good news!

According to reports, the province of Nova Scotia will reopen its Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) that has been closed since 2015.

It’s officially called the Novia Scotia Demand: Express Entry and it will be open to candidates who are already in the Express Entry pool. Successful applicants will be awarded an additional 600 points, which will in essence assure them of an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

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Can’t Wait to Explore Prince Edward Island!

Three months to go before we finally make the big move to Canada!

Last week, we finally booked our one-way tickets to Canada. It suddenly feels all too surreal and time seems to go by quicker now that we’ve started to accomplish the major things one needs to do before migrating to another country.

It is indeed a very bittersweet time in our lives.

We decided to leave on the month of June for one main reason – the weather. Since we’ll be going to Prince Edward Island, we wanted to be able to take advantage of the great summer season of the island. Also, the relatively warm temperatures during that season will allow us an easier transition to Canada’s climate.

Here’s our planned itinerary:

  • Manila – Toronto (via PAL, with a layover in Vancouver)
  • Stay in Toronto for a couple of nights to meet with a few friends, maybe do a little sightseeing of the CN Tower and the Niagara Falls
  • Toronto – Charlottetown (via Air Canada Rouge)

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Our Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) Experience!

In our last post, we wrote a short guide on how to register for your PDOS at the Commission for Filipinos Overseas (CFO). In this post, we’ll share our actual experience and thoughts about the seminar after attending it last Friday, March 10, 2017.

What to Bring

  • PDOS Registration Form (per person, required)
  • Landing Papers (per person, required)
  • Valid Government ID (per person, required)
  • P400 (per person, required)
  • Pen (will be used to fill out forms)
  • Water and snacks (optional, have to be consumed discreetly)

Please do not forget to bring the required items since you will not be able to attend the seminar if you do not have all of them. The pen will be needed for the forms that you will fill out for Comelec and Pathways to Canada. As for snacks and drinks, I wasn’t allowed to bring my Jollibee coffee inside, but was able to discreetly drink water and nibble on stuff that were inside our bags… so I guess as long as the food/drink is not out in the open, it should be okay.

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