Wow, I can’t believe it’s already been a year since we wrote a simple analysis of Canada’s Express Entry for immigrants last 2015 (click here to revisit that post). 2016 really blew by fast and it was a very eventful year for CIC with some policy changes coming into effect towards the latter part of the year (those details, here).
Did those changes have any effect on Express Entry’s numbers for 2016? How did the numbers fare vs. 2015? Let’s find out.
Among all the parts of our application, this has to be the one that we were most nervous about. Maybe we’ve seen one to many episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, but we’re just scared of the possibility of the tests uncovering something that shouldn’t be there… which would probably cause some complications with the application.
When we got our Invitation to Apply (ITA) under Express Entry (EE) from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), we were asked to complete an Upfront Medical Examination. I don’t know why it’s called “upfront”, but for the purposes of this post, we’ll just call it our “medical”.
Anyway, we were given a list of Panel Physicians designated by CIC to perform immigration medical exams in the Philippines. There are several places all over the Philippines where you can have your medical done; three of which are in Metro Manila.
IOM Manila Health Center: Salcedo Village, Makati
St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic: Ermita, Manila
St. Luke’s Medical Center: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
It’s been a crazy and tiring October for N and I. Aside from scrambling to complete the requirements for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), we were also neck deep in preparing a wedding and moving into our own place
Wait. Planning a wedding? But don’t you have to be married to apply to Express Entry as a couple?
Yup! N and I have actually been married since July 2015. We had a civil wedding in the Manila City Hall, with only our immediate family there with us. We just got “married” again a week ago in front of everyone else… the only ones who know this little secret of ours are our families and you that are reading this. 😛
Moving into a new place? But aren’t you moving to Canada?
Well… we hope that we’ll eventually move to Canada, but until we get our passports stamped, I really don’t want to assume anything. Besides, I think we can consider moving into our own place a kind of “practice” for Canada especially since it’s the first time in our lives that we won’t have any helpers in the house (most families in the Philippines have at least one helper in the house to help with chores, taking care of children/elders, etc.)
Wow, didn’t realize that it’s been six months since the blog was last updated.
The main reason for the lack of updates is well…. the lack of updates from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)! Haha. 😐
As of the last draw (August 24, 2016), one needed at least 538 points to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and for 2016, the lowest drawn score was 453 points… which is a far cry from where most applicants are at this point.
So… did we give up on our Canadian dream? No, most definitely not. But did we move on from it? I guess we did. I don’t remember when exactly, but there was a day when I just decided to stop dwelling and stressing about it and just focus on matters closer to home.