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09 August 2014

My Timeline: Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Canada 2013 Application

To understand more about the response time of Canada to our application for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, I had prepared my Timeline here so you can estimate the flow of your application.  Take note that this is a FSW 2013 timeline and just a guide for you.

I will discuss here one by one regarding the activities on each event update.  You can click the links provided so you'll see the complete details of that certain activity.

(days) or (months) - red refers to the time difference of a Update from a previous date.
(days) or (months) - green refers to the time difference of an Update from day (0).

Here it goes...

Update 1 (0 days) (0 days)
July 1, 2013 
The full application was ready for submission and I prepared it inside a white envelope and went to DHL to send it to Nova Scotia, Canada.

Update 2 (7 days) (7 days)
July 8, 2013 
I checked with DHL with the help of the DHL online document tracker and found that my documents have been received by the Centralized Intake Office.

Update 3 (3 months) (3 months)
October 10, 2013 
An email was received from the Centralized Intake Office, Nova Scotia Canada.  It has a letter stating that they had received my full application with a positive determination of eligibility and indicated my Unique Client Identifier (UCI) and Immigration Application number

At this time, my application was accepted for processing, the CIO had sent it to the designated Canadian Embassy.   They sent my application at the Canada Embassy in Manila (CEM).

Note: In my application, I indicated Singapore as the "Immigration Office requested for processing this application" but they sent it instead to Manila, Philippines.  The reason might be because I am not a permanent residence (PR) in Singapore.

Update 4 (6 months) (9 months)
April 15, 2014 
A request for Medical for me and my dependents and additional documents (Passport copy, Singapore police clearance, Philippines police clearance) was received though an email from the Canada Embassy, Manila. 

Update 5 (6 days) (9 months)
April 21, 2014 
Went to Raffles Medical in Singapore for my medical examination.  Discussed with my current boss about my future resignation.

Update 6 (4 days) (9 months)
April 25, 2014 
The result of the medical examination was sent by the hospital directly to the Canada Embassy, Manila.

Update 7 (1 month) (10 months)
May 28, 2014 
Due to unforeseen circumstances, my dependents' medical examination were delayed.  They took their medical exam at the IOM Manila Health Center.

Update 8 (2 months)  (12 months)
July 11, 2014 
Our Visas were approved.  This is the happiest moment of my life.  I made a dedicated post for this event at "VISA APPROVED for Federal Skilled Worker Canada: My Experience".

I received an email from the Visa Office of Canada Embassy, Manila informing us that our immigration visas are ready for stamping.  They requested to submit our passports, 2 recent photos and the Appendix A form.

The passport should be submitted at the High Commission of Canada in Singapore through their accredited courier Canada Visa Application Center (CVAC).

Update 9 (5 days)  (12 months)
July 16, 2014 
Sent the passports to Canada Visa Application Center (CVAC) in Singapore.  Here is the post on how I submitted our passports to CVAC "Passport Submission at Canada Visa Application Center (CVAC) Experience"
July 23, 2014 Tendered my resignation verbally.  I informed my employer 2 months ahead so they can hire a replacement for me, and transfer my knowledge professionally.
Update 10 ( 32 days)  (13 months)
August 16, 2014 
As indicated in our passports, the High Commission of Canada in Singapore stamped our visas.

Update 11 ( 12 days)  (13 months)
August 28, 2014 
The Canada Visa Application Service (CVAC) in Singapore informed me that our passports are ready for collection. I personally went to CVAC office to collect the valuable goods.  Feel the excitement at my post here.

September 2014 
Returned to Philippines from Singapore and rendered my final resignation. Cancelled all credit cards, debit and apartment rentals.

October 2014 
Went to my hometown to visit my relatives.

Attended the seminars in Manila.
Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) - required by the Philippine Government
CIIP - Optional, but it's all about how to find jobs in Canada (recommended)

 November 2014
Had landed successfully in Canada.  Got a job after 5 days and worked as an Assembler in  a small scale factory.

 February 2015 
Got a new job in my field of expertise after 3 months of working as an Assembler. Passed a G1 driver's license written test but needs to be with a fully licensed driver to drive.

 March 2015 
Passed the G2 Driving license, and was allowed to drive in Canada alone.  I was also allowed to drive on highways like 401, 407, 427, and etc...with maximum speed of 100kph.

 April 2015 
Went to Quebec specifically in Montreal.  It was the same as Toronto except that drivers can't turn right on a red traffic signal.

Visited Ottawa for the first time.

 May 2015 
Went to Sarnia, Port Hope, Peterborough, Cambridge, Guelph, Brampton and Middleton.   These places are beautiful in many ways.  I've been blessed to have a chance to visit these places.

 June 2015 
Went to Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta and have a chance to visit my best friend there, whom I haven't met for 7 years.

 Present Day 
Now working in my field of expertise taking care of the whole Canada.  This is an opportunity for me to blog more about the country.  So far, I've seen the beauty of the place while it was covered with snow.  Let's see when the spring comes.

The scenery is stunning, for the first time, as I was used seeing places in a tropical and middle eastern countries.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for the snapshot of what to expect next. I just received the positive determination of eligibility and just want to ask if I could somehow use my "show money" now or re-invest to somewhere else? Your guidance is highly appreciated.

Ben Alagnam said...

You can do whatever you want from your money. Just make sure that you will not transfer all of it to another investment as CIC might check your bank account anytime.

Unknown said...

Hi Ben,

When you landed, what did you furnish as the proof of landing funds? Understand that bringing cash with value more than 10000 requires declaration.. Is the bank statement from Singapore good enough?
If not, is there any bank that I can open Canadian account here in Singapore?
Thank you and Merry Xmas!

Ben Alagnam said...

When I landed, I brought cash of USD22,000 and just stated at the customs declaration form the amount. I handed the form at the customs gate and was asked how much did I bring, told them the amount and they let us out of the airport checkpoint.

They didn't bother to check the money. This is our case, it may be different from others.

srikanth rokkam said...

Hi All,

I can see in timeline, some of you got Positive eligibility! Congrats to them.
I am waiting eagerly, I can see some of you got email who have applied later than me.
I am daily checking my emails. Any info how the email look, may be subject? I am afraid I may miss out the email sent by CIC.

Ben Alagnam said...

Hi Srikanth, it will come...Always check your Spam folder.

Anonymous said...

Hello Sir!
I am working in SG and had sent my application to Canada in Dec 2014. They emailed me a positive determination of eligibility last March 2015. I keep on coming back to this particular article of yours. It keeps me hopeful and excited. I am praying that God will help us with this application.

Sir, was there no issue in the Philippines when you brought with you USD22,000? Are there requirements to be brought to prove that the money is yours?

srikanth rokkam said...


I have received a email from CIC

Please be advised that your application was returned with all attachments on 27 January 2015 as the cap has been reached. A letter of explanation was provided along with the application package.

All returned applications are sent via regular mail to the mailing address as entered on the application package. There is no tracking number. Once the application is mailed, its delivery is the responsibility of the postal service. Applications are not sent via courier.

Ben Alagnam said...

Hi Srikanth, It's so sad to know that you've been affected by the cap. But, don't worry, file the Express Entry immediately, at least you have all the documents with you and it's not a negative eligibility.

Unknown said...

hi sir our medical was received by Canadian Embassy Manila last june 1, 2015. do you have any idea on how long does it take for passport request? thanks

Ben Alagnam said...

It will probably be sent to you by end of July 2015. Based on my timeline above, it took almost 2 months from Medical to PPR.

Unknown said...

Hello Ben, I recieved my PER on DECEMBER 20th 2014, Now I am waiting for my Medical, Please tell me , will I get my Medical via Email as I recieved my PER through Email, secondly , my Visa office from where I applied was UAE but I am Pakistan National so can I do my Medical and My Family Medical from Pakistan and Can I Apply for PR Passport submission from Pakistan?

Unknown said...

Ben , Also please tell me that you got your Medical in 9th Month , will I be getting it around the same duration?

Unknown said...

Ben Please Answer one more Question, Does CIC asks for Police Reports with the Medical?

Ben Alagnam said...

They will send you an email to request for a Medical. It will come with instructions. Medicals are done in the CIC-designated Panel Physicians. Here's the link and choos "Pakistan" at the list.

For the PR Passport, CIC will send you another email for that with instructions.

Ben Alagnam said...

It depends how fast the Visa Officer review your application.

Ben Alagnam said...

If you haven't submitted your Police Report beforehand or it is expired, they will definitely request for the latest copy.

Unknown said...

Thank You Ben for your Quick Response and Reply? Please tell me that I didn't submitted my Police Reports Forehand but Now I want to send them , So Should I send them now or wait for them to ask me?

Unknown said...

At which Address Should I submit my Police Reports ? Would it be my Visa Office in Abu Dhabi as I applied from UAE or FEDERAL SKILLED WORKER
P O BOX 7500

Unknown said...

Ben When I Submitted my Application I was running my Own Trading Company in UAE now I am back to Pakistan an doing a job, My company is still there but I am Physically present in Pakistan, Should I inform CIC? Could it cause me trouble?

Unknown said...

Hi Ben, Given the new policy on express entry, it seems that we will be needing to wait for our points to be included on the draw. However, since we have no other connections with Canada, we will have to wait for provincial nomination or a job offer before we can be invited to apply. How can we improve the points? Thanks

Ben Alagnam said...

Hi Michelle, you can do these things:
1. Improve your language score.
2. Earn more experience
3. Upgrade your education.

Unknown said...

Hi Ben,
Do u have any idea if IOM gives E medical?


Ben Alagnam: Moving To Canada said...

Sorry Cristina, I have no idea about E medical.

Bizarre said...

Hello Sir,
Working here in Singapore.
Have query regarding COE, my previous company don't want to give CEO. But previously i requested from them COE which im holding now (stated 2009-2011) but
and i was with the company till 2013.
Q1: Since they wont give me new COE can i just provide my own employment reference and letter of explanation then notarize?
Q2: I still have my IPA with that company but my position is different from what i do. Can i put Q/S cum NOC2253? NOC 2253 is what im practicing with them not Q/S.
Thank you and looking forward for your advice.


Ben Alagnam said...

Answer on Q1: Yes, but you need to provide the reason of not having it directly from your employer.

Answer on Q2: You need to have a job description based on that NOC 2253.

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