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26 February 2018

Farewell Letter to My Colleagues in Singapore

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Few days ago, I was browsing my email and found the message that I sent to my colleagues before I left Singapore.

I remembered the last day of my work, preparing a cup of coffee and started writing the farewell letter to them.

The mixed emotions were deeply felt and I can't help but cry a little.  The four years of working with the company, my second family in Singapore, which I will leave behind be sadly remembered.  A team of workers were like brothers and sisters who has been in bad and good times together.

The coffee was still steaming hot as I typed in my first words. Cutting the cookies in half, thinking what words to type next, I came up with a beautifully crafted farewell letter...and here it goes.
"For the past 4 years, I’ve been lucky to be working with you, the team, with enviable reputation over the years that I would consider a privilege to be associated with. 
During my stay in Singapore, it’s been such a good experience, the joy and happiness at every day working with the team treating each other like one complete family. 
There is a moment in our lives where one member will need to go apart from the other to fulfill a longtime dream. It is my dream to immigrate to Canada that came first, which is a great opportunity for me to be together with my family once more and enhance my career goals and personal development in a new country.  
Again, it has been a pleasurable experience working with you, the rest of the South East Asia team, representing the company to the valuable customers in South East Asia, which will be truly missed. 
Hoping for the great growth and success of the company in the coming years. 
Hope to see you again in the next few years." 
Response From My Colleagues
The warm response from my colleagues from Indonesia, Cambodia, and Singapore began flooding my inbox.

This message was sent to me from our secretary.
"So touching, hiks…. ;( Your dream come true now, wish you and your family will enjoy and happy there. 
Good luck !! Please keep in touch with us, your family, always. 
See you soon."
Here's from my colleague in Cambodia..
"Wish you Good Luck and Success in your life . Hope see you again soon."
Here's one response from my Manager, who is so close to me like a brother...
"We feel the same like what you feel. The first come to our mind is upset and miserable, with a little bit joyful with tear.  
Its like a feeling from a parent seeing their kids grow up, married, and eventually moved out to live with their partner. 
A sudden of loneliness rush through our life. Imagine the rest of the day in the office there will be no more clown drinking coffee or eating snack in front of my desk. 
I had getting used of the snack crunching sound and a coffee sipping noise in front of my desk but suddenly become silent. 
No one is singing along with the radio which broadcasting the Mariah Carey – Emotion, using his very awful high pitch voice. It had come to an end now but also a beginning of a new story of your life. 
I wish you all the best in your future and success in your career. Winter season is coming. Removing the snow using a spade need to have a pair of strong arms.
Please wear gloves…. because it is cold. Good luck!! 
P/S: Do send us a red yellowish maple leave!"
Yes, as what the Manager stated in the letter, I am the clown, in the company, making sure that there were no dull moments while I'm inside the office and during our Monday morning meetings. 

It was never been a long, serious, and boring meeting when I'm with them.  For new employees, they may be wondering how a meeting came to a point that we were just laughing our hearts out while keeping the serious notes on track.

Those were the days that I missed a lot. 

I was happy because I will be reunited with my kids and wife again. On the other hand, I was sad because I will be leaving my Singapore brothers and sisters behind.  

For some of you, there are times when you feel bad about the wrongdoings of your colleagues. It will just pass by and only time can clean that.

Don't dwell on the bad things that they shared with you, but rather do with the best moments.  Treat them well as part of your family, a brother and sister.

Don't  burn bridges because you may pass that path again.

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12 November 2017

10 Reasons You Need an Immigration Lawyer

When I applied for Permanent Residence (PR) in Canada, I did it myself for the following reasons.
1. I had a lot of time in Singapore sorting out my documents and inquiring about the application.
2. In our case, although we are family of four, it doesn’t have complex issues.
3. I had experienced the process three times, first in 2003, then in 2007, and the latest was 2013. It gave me confidence to do it myself.
4. I had limited money and decided to use the lawyer’s fee for my settlement fund instead. 
If your case is complicated and you are not confident to do it yourself, don’t worry there is another option.

You can hire an Immigration Lawyer.

A friend of mine, Krystal, asked me if her team could create a guest post for MeMovingToCanada. I told her as long as it helps PR applicants or immigrants who want to apply for Citizenship, I’ll give it a go.

She showed me the advantages on getting the service of an Immigration Lawyer (IL) and I think it will be helpful for you to know this option. It’s up for you to decide.

Here it is…

Guest Post Author: My Visa Source 
Immigrants Seeking Their Permanent Residence in Canada Often Encounter Application Issues 
Whether a foreigner is seeking to immigrate to Canada, or a permanent resident applying for their Canadian Citizenship, it is common for them to encounter hiccups along the way. Due to a string of factors, immigrants often encounter issues when applying for a Canadian visa or permanent residence, which can prolong their application process.

The Canadian Immigration Process can be Complex 
 Canada’s main goal, in regard to immigration, is to welcome foreigners into a country that has economic opportunities. To do so, the Canadian governments must ensure that their immigration process is bulletproof. What this entails is that immigrants need to have the right credentials and documentation to enter the country. However, yearly changes to Canadian immigration requirements can make the process difficult to keep up with.

Immigrants are Facing Long Immigration Periods 
As the Canadian immigration process is hit with more regulations and timely deadlines, it isn’t surprising to hear that many immigrants do not make the cut. Due to unprecedented immigration deadlines and inaccurate paperwork, immigrants can face longer immigration periods than anticipated.

Immigration Processes Can be Prolonged or Denied Due to Discrepancies
When a Canadian immigration officer is analyzing an applicant’s file, the last thing they want is to encounter a discrepancy. Should one be spotted, an applicant’s process can be denied or sent back. Immigrants who are represented by an Immigration Lawyer (IL) are less likely to experience this setback. In order to become a Canadian resident, hiring proper representation and sending in a flawless immigration file is ideal.

Hiring an Immigration Lawyer Can Speed Up the Process 
By hiring an IL to represent your case, your immigration process’s time frame can be significantly reduced provided that all documentations are in order and correspondence with the IL’s requests are fast. This can give immigrants extra time to sort out their finances, find work, find housing opportunities, and settle in.

Find the Right Immigration Lawyer for You 
When in the process of hiring an immigration lawyer, it is wise to do the following:
- Verify the IL’s Canadian registration and standing
- Get their fees in writing
- Read testimonials
- Meet with a handful of professionals before making a choice
- Thoroughly review the contract before signing and issuing fees

Here are 10 reasons you can benefit from hiring a Canadian immigration lawyer: 
1. You’ve put in time and effort into acquiring your Canadian citizenship but to no avail.
2. Canadian immigration laws are constantly changing.
3. You’re having trouble filing the correct forms.
4. IL’s are experienced and hold themselves to high standards.
5. IL’s will know your case, and fight for your rights.
6. IL’s are up to date with immigration deadlines, and will file due forms on time.
7. IL’s can save an applicant both time and money.
8. Hiring an IL can better an applicant’s chance of success.
9. IL’s have the answers to your questions, and will guide you through your immigration process.
10. An IL can suggest different immigration routes due to their knowledge in Canadian visas.

Have you been spending a lot of time trying to acquire your Canadian citizenship? Could you use some assistance with this last step toward becoming a Canadian? Contact your Immigration Lawyer today at 

Disclosure: This is a free guest post from The Me Moving To Canada team and the founder are not affiliated with and its team. Applicants are responsible to do due diligence before engaging with Immigration Lawyers as stated in the above paragraph entitled “Find the Right Immigration Lawyer for You”. Having a Lawyer or Do It Yourself (DIY) option does not guarantee positive results in your application.
Ben Alagnam - MeMovingToCanada