After a long day at work last Monday, I was half asleep in the car when my phone chirped with a notification for a new e-mail that had just come in. “Oh great, my credit card bill has arrived…” I thought, while straining my half open eyes against the blazing Manila afternoon sun.
Then I saw the subject of the e-mail, “Request for Passport”.
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Hello everyone! N here. Just wanted to say happy 2017! We’re already two weeks into the new year and V and I are just again beginning to get into the waiting game after a vacation with our families over the holidays.
A little update: Our application for permanent residence was officially received by the IRCC last December 1, 2016. There’s a clause on the acknowledgment letter sent to us that states that “IRCC tries to process most applications submitted under Express Entry in six months or less. However, processing time vary. The processing time for your application will depend on the individual circumstances of your file.”
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The day after we had our IELTS Speaking exam, it was time to take the Listening, Reading and Writing parts of the exam to complete our IELTS.
Like our post on the Speaking exam, both N and I will share our experiences with you in hopes of giving you guys more insight into the IELTS test.
I wasn’t as nervous about this part of the IELTS as I was with the speaking exam. I was never good at one-on-one interview type situations, but this, I knew I could handle. In fact, I actually felt pretty confident about it, thanks to 9.0 Niners who prepare their students pretty well. (This is not a sponsored post! :P)
The only thing that bothered me was not knowing what to expect in a bigger scale (literally, as in taking the test in a bigger “classroom”). Concerns like “What if I can’t hear the recording, since the room’s way bigger than where we had our reviews?” or “What if it’s too cold that I can’t concentrate?” kept plaguing my mind the night before the exam. What I did to remedy that was to wear a sweater, and made sure that I cleaned my ears that morning! Heehee.
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In our last post, we talked about how to book and prepare for your IELTS test.
In this post, we’ll be sharing our experience when we took the Speaking portion of our IELTS test last July 22, 2015.
Usually, one takes all the IELTS tests on one day, but sometimes, you may get scheduled on two consecutive days. In our case, we had our speaking test a day before the listening, reading and writing tests.
N and I were scheduled hours apart, she was scheduled at 9:30 am and I was scheduled at 11:00 am, but we were both already at the (location), bright and early at 8:30 am, before they even opened the doors since you won’t be able to reschedule a test if you missed it because you were late.
A few minutes after 8:30 am, the testing center doors opened and we were led into a room where they took our pictures and kept our stuff. Take note that while waiting for your turn to take the test, you will have to surrender all of your personal materials to them, so you’ll only have yourself and your imagination to keep you busy while waiting.
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Just to give you guys an update about our own application after the draw last January 13, 2016:
After the last draw, we are still waiting to get drawn and receive an ITA (Invitation To Apply) from CIC. We are hoping that the points needed will keep on going down since it has been on a downward trend for the past few draws. Currently, we are assigned a total of 440 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System, with the draw last January 13 needing at least 453 points.
Here is a little background on how the Express Entry rounds of invitation work:
After creating your Express Entry Profile on the CIC website, you will be assigned a score which will be used to rank you against other profiles in the pool of possible candidates. I am not sure how CIC calculates their draws, but they regularly select the highest-ranking candidates and give them ITAs. So in short, those with the highest points in the pool will receive invitations, depending on the predetermined allotted number of invitations that CIC has decided to give out at the time. I’m not really sure if it works this way, but we’ve been told that the draw works on something like an averaging system, the more candidates with higher points are in the pool, the higher the required to receive an ITA will be. In short, the more applicants with higher point totals there are in the pool, the higher the draw will be and vise-versa.
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Time to talk about getting your education assessed, here’s N to tell you guys about our experience since she spearheaded our ECA 🙂
One of the initial requirements for creating an Express Entry profile for Citizenship and Immigration Canada is an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). This means that if you carry a foreign (non-Canadian) degree, you must have this assessed to see its “value” relative to a Canadian education. As discussed in one of our previous posts, the better or higher your educational attainment, the more points you get towards your overall Comprehensive Ranking System point score in Express Entry.
I think there are several organizations that can do this for you, but we went with World Education Services or WES, as we heard that they are the fastest in delivering results. It’s a pretty straightforward process – just visit their website and you’ll see the steps are listed down for you. But to help you guys, I’ll try to break it down for you with actual figures and timelines.
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