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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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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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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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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