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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IELTS Testing Day: Listening, Reading and Writing Tests

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.

Here’s N

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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IELTS Testing Day: Speaking Test

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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Canadian Express Entry: Level of Education

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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How Did This Happen? Deciding to Move to Canada

I’ve written quite a bit about Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Express Entry over the last two posts. Next, I plan is to start sharing my personal experiences in going through the different aspects of the application. Before that though, I would like to spend a bit of time talking a little bit about how my fiancée and I decided to try and build our lives as a married couple in Canada.

Moving to Canada was already on her mind around four years ago when she was just about to graduate from university here. She had a Permanent Resident Card then and could’ve spent a few years in Vancouver with her brothers after college, working towards a citizenship. Admittedly, I was still pretty closed-minded at that time and told her that I wasn’t interested in leaving the Philippines. With the realities of a long distance relationship looming, she decided to forego that option and stay in the Philippines and in doing so, had to eventually give up her status as a Canadian Permanent Resident.

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