Officially Immigrants! :)

After getting our Passport Request (PPR) last February 6, 2017 and submitting our passports on February 9, we were surprised to learn about the speedy return of our documents last Monday, February 20, 2017. Our agency then invited us back to their office yesterday to pick up the passports, along with our landing papers and other documents.

All in all, it only took twelve days for our passports to get back to us with our Immigrant Visas. We were told that this was processed pretty fast and it was probably due to the light load that the Canadian Embassy typically has during this time of the year.

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Our immigrant visas 🙂

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A Student’s Path to Permanent Residency

Coming from the changes made to the Comprehensive Ranking System for Canadian Express Entry, it seems that the popular consensus is that the best way to get invited for Permanent Residency is to get a Provincial Nomination from the many different provinces in Canada.

This might be true for most people, but for those who are able and willing to take a longer term approach to become a permanent resident of Canada, there is another path to obtaining a PR and that is through becoming a student in Canada.

English or French students

A Student Visa then a Post-Graduation Work Permit

Obviously, a student visa is not a permanent resident visa, but being a student in Canada will give you a better chance at landing a PR visa down the road because of the opportunities it may present to you after you graduate.

Simply put, as long as you enroll in a participating Canadian post-secondary institution, you will, upon graduation, be eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit. The length of this work permit will match the length of your time of study in Canada, but it will not be longer than three years. Keep in mind though that the length of your study program must not be less than eight months to apply for a PGWP.

For example, upon graduation from a two year college/university course in Canada. You will be eligible for a post-graduation work visa with a validity of anywhere between a eight months and two years.

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Second Chances

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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Our Canadian Immigration Medical Experience at St. Luke’s Global City

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

You can find the complete addresses of these places here in this link.

For IOM, please take note that you will need to set an appointment with them prior to having your medical. For St. Luke’s it will be under a first come first served basis.

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One Step Closer (PEI PNP Update)

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.)

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Progress (Canadian PR Application Update!)

Things seem to be moving pretty fast now.

After getting the Invitation to Apply (ITA) from the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nomination Program (PEI PNP) last September 1, 2016, we officially replied to their invitation with their requirements on September 15, 2016.

On Monday, September 26, 2016, we received another email from PEI PNP informing us that we have been selected for nomination by the province.

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