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  1. hi, im reading your blogs and find it very helpful.. Please help me by providing a complete list of required documents to furnish for the FSW program because i plan to start my application without an agency. Thanks so much for the big help :) God bless!
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  2. Hi Malou, thanks for visiting my blog. You can check the RESOURCES section above for the PDF file of the list.

    •Document Checklist [IMM 5612] (PDF, 244 KB) March 2013

    Print it and if you have any questions regarding the list, ASK ME anytime.

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  3. Got it :) super thanks! Btw, it was stated in the list that i need to send a reference letter from my previous employer. Is it the same with certificate of employment? Coz it has many specifications. And the JD must be included. Did you send yours altogether? Or Jd (job description) is on a separate sheet? Sorry for asking many questions :) thanks po
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  4. Certificate of employment and letter of reference is the same. There should be a Job Description as stated in the form specification and many others...I made a format for myself and squeezed in one page with JD and all the specifications. Then I ask my manager to check it and sign. You can print it separate but make sure that the page is 2/2 and have it signed and with a company letterhead.

    You can also ask your HR to just copy and paste your format in a USB and ask them to print with a company letterhead and let them sign it. Make sure that all the details stated there are true and they should sign it.
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  5. Hi. May i know what documents should be CTC/Certified true copie thanks
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    1. Those documents that are not in English format should be translated and notarized.

      "if your documents are not in English or French, send a notarized (certified) translation with a copy of the original version." www.cic.gc.ca
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  6. Hi Ben, im a bit confused. which is better ICAS or WES?
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    1. Actually, they are the same organization that assess your credentials, the only difference is the price and how simple their process may be.

      I got WES, because it's cheaper and found it easy to navigate their site.
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  7. Hi Ben, how many days before you can receive an email from wes? i was trying to check my account and appered this message.

    There is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed.

    how can i check if my application is ok. i used debit card and the money was deducted from my account. im quite confused.
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    1. Hi, you can wait for their email. They will send you a link to your WES account.
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  8. Hi Ben,

    I would like to ask you about fill up the form. For those information which is not enough space to write in the from, can the further details documents be like this?

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    Applicant Name : Tun Tun
    Form Title : BACKGROUND/DECLARATION

    Question No : 7. Education
    B.C.Sc = Bachelor of Computer Science
    Computer Scie = Computer Science
    Diploma in IT = Diploma in information Technology
    IT = Information Technology
    Grad Dip in CS = Graduate Diploma in Computer Science

    Question No : 8. Personal History
    University of Computer Studi = University of Computer Studies
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    Also, Full name in native language. Can I use pen to write on the form? Because PDF don't support my native language's font.

    Thank you Ben,

    Tun Tun
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    1. Hi Tun, I will make a complete post about this subject because I can see that there are a lot of things to explain about this. I will inform you once released. Probably within this week.

      As for the meantime, to answer your question regarding the native language....YES, you can print the form and write it in using BLACK ink.
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  9. Hi Ben, im quite confused about choosing the relevant job with my job now. Im working as a Management Consultant here in Singapore. Can you suggest which one is suitable for my job? thanks a lot!
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    1. Hi, first of all, to know the relevant job you have now is to compare your current job description with the one listed at the National Occupation Classification of Canada. You can read my post here.

      http://memovingtocanada.blogspot.com/2014/06/50-eligible-occupations-for-federal.html
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    2. I Athena, I think I found your occupation...try to read all the job decription at the link below. These are for Consultants..the code is 1123 and is included in the 50 eligible list.

      http://www5.hrsdc.gc.ca/NOC/English/NOC/2011/QuickSearch.aspx?val65=1123
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  10. Thank you Ben! you inspire me a lot in applying without agency.. sobrang thank you!
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  11. hello there! i just wanna ask since me and my husband are separated but not legally. can i just declare my son? for the proof of funds. so 2 of us only? is it possible? since that im not going to put my husband as my dependent
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  12. Hi, since you are still married, you will still include your spouse as your non-accompanying dependent in your application form and he will also sign the form, Separation Declaration for Minors Traveling to Canada (IMM5604), to allow his son/daughter to travel to Canada without him.
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  13. Good day Ben! Im still waiting for my letters to arrived in Wes and the letter to my school. while waiting what is the best thing to do. Can i proceed to complete my files? or Ill just wait for the response of Wes? thanks in advance.
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  14. Hi Ben,

    Use of representive form (IMM5476.pdf) is only mandatory for those who use migration agent? We don't need to submit this form if we do by our own. Right?

    Sorry to ask so many questions.
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  15. Yes Tun, don't include this form if you do not have a representative.

    Don't be afraid to ask questions, I'm here to help.
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  16. Hi again Ben, do i need to include my husband in paying the application package even if hes not accompanying me. Can I just tell them that im separated but not legally? thank you for responding and sorry if i ask a lot.
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    1. If you declare any family member as non-accompanying, you do not need to pay the processing fee for that person.

      You still need to submit your marriage certificate and ask your husband to sign and submit the original copy of Statutory Declaration from Non-Accompanying Parent/Guardian for Minors Immigrating to Canada (IMM5604). This comes with his photo ID showing his signature.

      About the declaration of your separation of your husband, I suggest that you consult an attorney.
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  17. thank you very much ben, god bless
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  18. Hi Ben,

    In Generic Application form, for us

    Program under which you are applying - Economic

    Category under which you are applying - Skilled Worker

    Is that correct? It seems obvious, just want to double confirm as I am not sure about the term they use Economic for skilled worker.

    Regards

    Regards,
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  19. Yes, you are 100% correct, Tun!
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  20. Hi ben... I just wanna ask again. what documents neededs to be notarized? quite confused. thanks in advance
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    1. Hi, I answered this already..please check above questions.
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  21. My institution sent documents to wes USA instead of wes canada so kindly let me know, wes will update my status?
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    1. It was clearly stated in the form on where to send it. You email WES Canada about it as soon as possible.
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  22. Hi Ben, if I understood correctly, first thing to do is to get your credentials assessed for equivalence. But if WES will send a copy of the assessment report to CIC, is there a prior step that needs to be done with CIC first?
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    1. HI Zy, after the assessment from WES, they will send the copy of the result to you. Then you will send the copy together with your full FSW application to Canada.
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    2. Got it. Thanks Ben :)
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  23. Ben I have a problem :c this afternoon I asked the HR department if she can give me COE, then I showed her the one that I made. she told me that i cannot put the salary per annum. And she was asking me where will I use the Coe, so i cannot lie i told her that I was applying for PR in Canada. Then she said that Ill ask the boss first which is the Owner. What if they will not give me Coe is it possible that I will be terminated because I ask for Coe? Then she was telling me why not apply PR here in Sg. So I sms my boss and asking where can i get COE. What if she say cannot? Thank you for the response.
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    1. Requesting for COE's is not ground for termination. If they do, you can seek guidance with the MOM Singapore
      I included your concerns at the "Upcoming Posts", right sidebar of my blog.
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  24. Hi Ben,

    In IMM5562E (Supplementary Information Your Travels) form, 2- List all trips you have taken outside your country of origin or of residence in the last ten years.

    My home country is Myanmar and now working in Singapore. So I don't need to include those trips I made between Myanmar <->Singapore. Am I right?

    Sorry to ask this question. Because I dare to decide by my own. :)

    Regards,



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    1. Hi Tun, Don't include your country (Myanmar) and SG, that is for other country travels only. I did not include my Philippine-SG travels, which I usually go back every 2 months.
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  25. Hi Ben,

    Can CPF consider as Liabilities?

    Regards,
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    1. Hi Tun, your CPF is not a liability because you can get it as soon as you are approved in Canada and renounce your PR here in Singapore. This is your assets under investments.

      Try to ask the CPF people on how to get the document for that. Sorry, I don't have a CPF that I can share my knowledge to you. If you get one, please share it here. Thanks..
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  26. Hi Ben,

    Can you help me. What should i write in "Immigration office requested for processing this application" ..Currently working here in Singapore. Saw this in singapore.gc.ca

    The Immigration Section in Singapore serves as the Regional Processing Centre responsible for the processing of applications for citizens and residents of the following countries:

    Applications for Temporary Resident (Visitor) Visa, Study Permits, Work Permits, Travel Documents (for Permanent Residents Returning to Canada) – Bangladesh, Brunei, Malaysia, and Singapore.

    Applications for Permanent Residence (Immigration) – Bangladesh, Brunei, Burma, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

    Philippines is not included. I'm applying under FSW. What did you write in IMM 0008? Thanks
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    1. Hi, in the application form IMM008, I placed "SINGAPORE" but my application was processed in Canadian Embassy in Manila, Philippines.

      You can also put PHILIPPINES because they will send it there anyway and you are not a citizen or a permanent resident in Singapore.
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  27. Thanks! So i would simply write "Philippines" or "Canadian Embassy in Manila, Philippines". Thanks..really appreciated it
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  28. Hi,

    Hope you can help me.

    I finished my first course (4-yr Bachelors degree) in a university. Then I took up nursing right after graduation. Confusion starts here:

    Nursing is a 4-yr program but minor subjects from my first course were accredited. I took up only one semester from college A...then transferred to College B in Manila. It took me 3 yrs to finish nursing in college B. So my question is what should i write in overall years of post-secondary?

    a. 4+3 = 7
    b. 4 + 0.5 + 3 = 7.5
    c. 4 + 4 = 8 since nursing is a 4 yr program.


    Thanks for your help! :)
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    1. HI, Please come back to my blog on 24June, I will make a post for this topic. You can check the top-right sidebar for updates. Thanks..
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  29. Hi, many thanks for this informative and substantial blog! We are eternally grateful :) Some qns here which require your advice!

    1. Hubb and I are both elementary teachers, unfortunately we are not in the listed 50 occupations. However, can we apply under 'Early childhood educators and assistants' given that our job nature is very similar to that? Are Singaporeans required to take the English test?

    2. How different is applying a work permit as compared to applying under FSW? Do work permit holders enjoy less rights and opportunities?

    3. How long is the application process? I read that it is anywhere between 3yrs to 5yrs, is that true? We are doing the big shift during 2016 Jan, when do u think is a good time to apply?

    Many thanks and look forward to ur response!
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    1. Hi, here are my answers...
      1. Yes, as long as your job descriptions are similar and you can provide evidence like Certificate of employment for that job.
      All applicants need to submit a language test such as IELTS.
      2. For work permit, you need to have a Canadian employer to sponsor you, while FSW doesn't. FSW arrives in Canada as Permanent Resident with PR benefits, Work permit is still a Foreign worker with worker benefits only. This is the same concept of Pass holders and PRs in Singapore.
      3. Good time is now. It will take 9-12 months from the date of your submission, given that you'l send their request promptly. Canada keeps on changing their rules, you will never know when your occupation is taken out from the list.
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  30. Thanks for e prompt response! Guess there is no time left to procrastinate. First step is to get our qualifications validated? Hubb stands a higher chance so he will be the principle applicant and I will be a partner/dependent right? Can I still work therr then?

    Do we need to make a trip down to the canadian embassy? Like gather all e documents and stuffs? Woah, seemed like a tough race.

    Las I heard those who graduated from the 3 local uni do not need to take the english test, Boy, is it difficult. Seemed like a long time since we took any exams. Tok abt being singaporeans...

    Thanks for all e advice again. Will apply soon, all e best in canada!
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    1. -
      -You will be the dependent if your hubby is the principal applicant.
      -You can work there because you'll be a PR.
      -No need to go to Canadian embassy, if you have gathered all your documents with the full application, you can send it to Nova Scotia, Canada...the address is in the form.
      -are the locals applied for FSW? All FSW applicants needs a language test result...
      Hoping for the Best!!!

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  31. Hi Ben,

    In the Document Checklist form, it mentions that "If you are unable to provide any of the requested documenatation, include with your application, a written explanation with full details as to why that documentation is unavailable.........."

    For example, Additional Dependants Declaration (IMM0008DEP) , Use of a representative (IMM5476) , Arrange Employment etc are not applicable to me. So do I need to write anything for these documents Or just leave it untick on the Checklist form?

    If you don't mind, can you share how you wrote for not submitting "Police Certificates & Clearances" ?

    Regards,

    Tun
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    1. Reply will be available on June 27th...I made a dedicated post of it. Please check the updates, right side bar, from time to time...thanks.
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  32. Hi Ben. How did you review for the IELTS exam here in Singapore?
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  33. Hi Ben,

    For Certified true copies, do I need to send the Original Notarial Translation letters or photocopies of Notarial Translation letters?

    Regards,
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    1. Hi Tun, only the photocopies of the Notarial Translation letters assuming that this is from your education documents. But, if it stated at the checklist as Original copies, you need to provide as required.
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  34. Hi Ben,
    For the Proof of Funds, should our bank cash balance state the whole amount of the required funds? Or can we add the assessed value of a property to attain the required funds?
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    1. Ben, I have read your post on settlement funds for FSW, but still unclear about it. Like Zy, I am puzzled if the assessed value of our property can add on to our remaining funds so as to attain the required amount?
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  35. Hi Ben,

    In the Document Checklist, it says "Attach small items such as photos and certifiied cheques with a paper clip, otherwise leave documents unbound." Does it mean we cannot stapler the forms? I am thinking of stapler each forms and put label (1 to 20) with post-it note. I think it will help the officer to review the documents easily?
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    1. Hi, please see my post about how I prepared the documents.

      Sending Your Application
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  36. Hi Ben,

    Thank you for your reply. Also in the doucment checklist, we need to tick for those documents we can submit. How about those documents not applicable to us? Can we just X cross the box? or write NA on the box? How did you put when you submit your application.

    Please advise.
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  37. Ben, did you get your previous supervisors to sign on the COE for your previous jobs? Were all your COEs signed? Would a simple computer generated letter suffice?
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    1. Hi gobble, since I was applying for this FSW since 2003, everytime I resign from my job, I always ask for my COE and is signed by an HR or my Supervisor. This 2013 application, I attached those old COEs.
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    2. It's stated on the requirements that you need to provide the letter of your reference/COE for all employers for the past 10 years.

      If you can not get a COE from your current or previous employers, you can provide the copy of your work contract since it has all the details of your job description there, i assume, and a copy of your payslip. If really unlucky and no way to produce it, provide a written letter why you cannot produce such document.

      Hope this helps.
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  38. Hi Ben, I'm a little confused as to what occupation to apply for. I have a degree in Accountancy, I have 3 years experience as an Accountant (NOC 1111) in different companies but my recent experience is no longer related to finance. I have been an Information systems analyst (NOC2171) in the past 6 years. I'm planning to apply as systems analyst. Do you think that this could give me a greater chance in getting approval? or should I go for the Accounting skill? Thank you.
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    1. You can choose any of the two. But, I recommend NOC 2171. It's your latest job and you have more experience on it. Both occupations are eligible, so there's nothing to worry about. The important is that you can provide the COE of 2171 as required.

      Now, the things that you need to concentrate are the other factors such as language, education, etc...
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  39. Hi Ben,

    I have submitted my application last week and it reached to to NS yesterday. When the $550 application fee will be deducted (roughly how many week/month)? If they money is deducted, can I assume that my application is received before the cap is reached?

    Regards,

    Tun
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    1. If the application fee is deducted, that means your application is approved for further processing and had reached the cap. This takes 3 months, based on my timeline.
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  40. Ben

    What did you fill in for UCI in the main application forms? What does UCI stands for? I don't have a fax number, is it compulsory to enter one as I cannot validate the forms accurately?
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  41. For first time applicants, leave the Unique Client Identifier (UCI) question blank. At my application, I did not include my fax number cause i don't have one.
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  42. Ben

    For your children, which dependent type are they? Is there any difference in the different dependent type?
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    1. Hi gobble,

      Type A: Dependents who are below 22 years old and Single (unmarried)
      Type B: Dependents who remained scholastic financially dependent (since before age 22 or married before age 22)
      Type C: Dependents who are 22 years old and above that depends financially with parents since before age 22 and cannot support themselves because of medical condition.

      My children are still under 22, so they are Type A.
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  43. Just curious, did CIC contact your company (current occupation in the company that you applied under the FSW program) or your previous companies to verify your employment details? In this case, they will be calling the HR Dept instead of your direct supervisor right? Otherwise, how do they verify that you are indeed hired legitimately in the 'correct' occupation? Or do they do a random check as far as you knw?
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    1. Hi, I asked employees from previous and present companies, no one called our office asking my personal or employment records. My previous and current employers are SMEs.

      It could be an indirect investigation like acting as a customer or something. As far as I know, no one called.
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  44. Hi Ben

    What did you fill in for the visa office responsible for your application in the main application form? Btw, nice post you have on which province to settle and live in. When are you leaving? How long do you reckon you need to find a job?

    You see, I realise many Chinese, Indian, Filipinos, Vietnamese... etc are very adaptable. They excel and do well wherever they go. I am a Singaporean, still confined in my comfort zone, not sure. If I'm even willing to take the plunge if I eventually got my PR. How do you cope with leaving a familiar place to start anew in a foreign island? I believe our advantage is we are still very young (Hub and I are in our late twenties), but that's what holding us back. Any advice?
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    1. Hi Gobble, compliments like this powers up my spirit to blog more, Thanks a lot!

      I chose Singapore as the responsible visa office. But, the Canadian Embassy Manila was the one who asked me for a medical check up and other additional documents. Then during the stamping of visa, Manila instructed me to submit our passports in Singapore. I was a bit confused. What I did was to only follow their instructions. Now I'm waiting for our passports with stamped Visas, hopefully this month.

      I'm leaving probably on October, I hope to see you all before I leave SG. I'll post about that meet up around September. I can get a job in Canada within a month, but it's a survival job, $11/hr.

      Regarding your questions on coping up with leaving my comfort zone, I'll make a dedicated post for that.
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  45. What's the name of the visa office in Singapore that you selected in the application form? How did you get the job? Was it via introduction from friends and families?

    Looking forward to your dedicated post soon!
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  46. I filled up the form IMM008ENU with the following,

    "Immigration Requested for processing this application? : SINGAPORE"

    I'm still here in SG and my sister informed me that she can refer me to her agent to get a survival job at $11/hr. As long as I'm not choosy, I can get a job within a month, she said.
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  47. Hi Ben,

    Note: As of May 1, 2014, there is an overall cap of 25,500 for new federal skilled worker applications. This includes a cap of 500 applications from PhD students. There are also sub-caps of 1,000 for each of the 50 eligible occupations. The caps do not affect people with a valid job offer. These are the last applications we will accept under the current system before Express Entry launches in January 2015.

    Does this mean that we need to submit our applications before the launching of Express Entry in 2015? I'm in the midst of preparing my documents and preparing for ietls exam. The problem is I think I need more time because of my workload this Aug-Sept. My initial target month of submission is on Oct and ietls exam on Sept. But I'm thinking of pushing it for another month. So ietls = Oct, submission = Nov.

    Cap for my NOC is still 0 as of now. Procrastinating I know. It's just that I'm not confident enough that I'll meet my target IELTS band that's why I need more time to practice :(

    Wahh I need motivation. yay

    I'll appreciate your advice on this matter. 
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    1. Hi, this means that any applications received AFTER Jan. 1, 2015 (12am) at the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Nova Scotia, Canada, will not be accepted.

      If you send your application on November given that the quota of your occupation haven't reached yet, your application will still be processed.

      For your information, IELTS tests can be scheduled during Saturdays or sometimes Sundays, depends on the test centers. Why not take this opportunity.

      The only thing you need to review in IELTS is how they conduct the exam. Because reviewing English as a whole takes years. You check my post, maybe it might help.

      http://memovingtocanada.blogspot.com/2014/07/ielts-test-centers-and-locations-with.html

      So, you try to take your IELTS as soon as possible. You can do it!
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  48. Thanks Ben. One more thing, I have plans of getting married next year but i need to submit my papers this year (as single). Can I update my papers again? Hopefully I can include my future husband in my application. Thanks
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    1. Yes, you can do this, but you must inform CIC about the change of status(marriage) and must submit your spouse required documents, application fees etc...

      Take note, you need to do this before the Approval of your Visa...else, you will have to apply for Spouse Sponsorship.
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  49. Hi Ben,

    British Council would only give one copy of original test result, right? And this original report will be included in the application.Just wondering, what if I need the original report for my other applications, immigration to Australia for example. ANy idea?
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    1. "Within two months of the test report issue date, you may request for up to a maximum of five additional TRFs to be posted to receiving institutions (e.g. universities, immigration officers, etc.) free of charge. If you would like us to do this, please include the complete addresses in the 'Application for Issue of Additional TRFs'. Requests for additional TRFs made after two months of the test report issue date or requests exceeding the first five is chargeable at S$21 each."- Source: British Council

      Form for Additional Test Results: http://www.britishcouncil.sg/sites/britishcouncil.sg/files/request_extra_trf.pdf
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  50. Thanks for your help. So meaning, I will still keep the original and request additional TRFs. British council will send directly to CIC?
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    1. Unfortunately, CIC don't allow the IELTS British Council to send directly to them. The single copy of the Original IELTS result should be coming from you together with your FSW Full Application. This is the only one copy that you can have, the next TRFs' that you'll request are sent directly if needed by other institution (ex: Australia, schools, etc..).
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  51. Hi Ben, thankful I stumbled upon your blog coz reading about immigration stuff online is very confusing for me and your blog is very helpful and easy to understand. I have question though about assessment of education coz my 5year degree became 8 years due to financial constraint. I can't take full load and sometimes i got failing grades because I didn't afford to pay my tuition fee that time but my grades are actually passed/high. Should I include a letter explaining this when I submit my application to WES coz I was thinking it might cause a wrong impression to them since it took me so long to graduate. Hope you can advise me with this. Thanks in advance.
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    1. Thank you very much for the compliment.

      Just send them your Diploma and request your school to send the TOR directly to them.

      In my opinion, your grades are the most important factor for the assessment, not how long you achieved it...it's reflected in your TOR. You can send a letter though...there's no harm in doing that.
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  52. Hi Ben, I saw the sample format for the assets and liabilities.. it does not, however, include the computation for the settlement funds.. when calculating SETTLEMENT FUNDS=ASSETS-LIABILITIES should i just calculate ASSETS including all property values??? or should i compute with bank or liquid funds only?.
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    1. Hi, The purpose of the form is to show your assets and liabilities. At the form (IMM 0008 SCHEDULE 3) item #11...you need to indicate these A&L and the Total Settlement as well. this is what I did with my form..pls read the link.

      http://memovingtocanada.blogspot.com/2014/05/settlement-funds-prepare-for-fsw.html
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  53. Hi Ben, i just submitted an online application to WES how long will it take for them to send me the application form that will be filled up by my school to my email? I haven't received yet after i submitted. Thanks
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    1. It's good to know that you did the first step in your application. You can now find the forms at the Required Documents once you log in to your WES account. Anyway, I prepared the link for you here...

      http://www.wes.org/ca/required/International_Transcript_Request.pdf

      Print, fill up the details, sign, and send it to your school. Your school should know this procedure and they will send this together with your Transcripts to WES.

      Hope this helps.
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    2. Thank so much Ben! You are God sent for me! Really appreciate your help! God bless. :)
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  54. Hi saw some of the responses here and couldn't help but want to poke my nose in here to further address some of the queries. Ben, correct me if I am wrong.

    First of all, the Oz and the Canadian Immigration requires different modes of IELTS, the former requires ACADEMIC test while the General test would suffice for the latter. You CANNOT USE the IELTS results (general testing) for both immigration office.

    Secondly, I read that for Express Entry, applicants will submit their work portfolio and profile to Canadian Immigration and the companies will seek out potential candidates from the immigration authority and these applicants will have priority over the rest of those who are not 'chosen'. This will result in a backlog of applications for applicants like some of us who are not exactly in 'huge demand' now. So, submitting your application later is a bad idea.

    Thirdly, if you own a property in Singapore like me, you can get a private assessor to furnish a valuation report for your HDB flat, this is because you need to declare liabilities. You will find it hard to go through HDB for this request, so I suggest you look for a private assessor like I did, prices range from 200 to 400, can bargain.

    Lastly, IELTS is not that difficult, like what Ben have shared, you can proceed to the links that Ben has provided and finish the online tests. Be prepared and try your best. Hope this is useful.
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    1. Hi, can you share the contact details for the hdb private assessor, i also need one. Can you send in my email add: carinarebellon@gmail.com

      Thanks a lot!
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  55. Ben, btw let us know if you want a meet- up, I will be more than happy to treat you for coffee and lunch! Lol...
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    1. WOW Gobble!!, such a viable info you've got there. Thanks for sharing.

      To clarify the IELTS test type, you need to take the IELTS (General Training) for FSW Canada application.

      For the meet-up, I will definitely schedule it soon, even if nobody will come *cricket noise*, LOL! I will post the event here...it might also be my farewell party in SG before I go back to Philippines then Canada.
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  56. Sure!!!We'll keep you posted...
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  57. Hi Ben I am just curious, hope you can answer this as there is no standard directive with regards to this.

    It is stated that you will receive 4points for band 7, 5points for band 8 and 6points for band 9. What happens if you are awarded 7.5 marks or 8.5marks. I asked because 3 of my components came up to 8.5 marks, do they award me 5 points 6 points or 5.5 points.
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    1. Congrats Gobble for the high marks. This is the equivalent for your IELTS scores.

      Reading (6.0 = 4pts.; 6.5=5pts.; 7.0-9.0 =6pts)
      Speaking (6.0 = 4pts.; 6.5=5pts.; 7.0-9.0 =6pts)
      Writing (6.0 = 4pts.; 6.5=5pts.; 7.0-9.0 =6pts)
      Listening (6.0 = 4pts.; 7.5=5pts.; 8.0-9.0 =6pts)
      Link: IELTS Points Table (STEP 2)

      Assuming that your lowest component has 8.0 mark, each of your component will have 6 pts. with a total of 24 pts for your English.

      Assuming that you did not take French, it is '0".

      Total Language Skills = 24 pts.
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  58. Thanks! That was unexpected for me too!

    For spouse's IELTS to qualify for the additional 5 points, what is the required band score?
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    1. To get the 5 points for the Adaptability-Language of your spouse, you need a CLB 4 and above, that means IELTS band scores should be:

      Listening: 4.5 and above
      Reading: 3.5 and above
      Speaking: 4.0 and above
      Writing: 4.0 and above
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  59. Hi,
    I'm applying and going to send my education documents to ECA, so just wanted to know whether we would be required to mention about the NOC anywhere.
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    1. ECA is for your educational assessment only and it's nothing to do with your NOC. There's no need to mention it.

      If you want to know more on ECA such as WES. Read this post link.
      http://memovingtocanada.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-to-know-your-degree-equivalence-in.html
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  60. Hi Ben

    When you fill up your address in the application form, What did you fill up for Unit No and Street No. Am I right to say that Street No refer to the blk and unit no is what we often say it is?
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  61. You're right!
    For example:
    Block. 123 Jurong Ave. #18-1009 , Singapore..

    Street No. - 123
    Unit Number - 18-1009
    Street Name - Jurong Ave.
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  62. Hi Ben,

    Regarding claiming points for my education
    i have done
    B.Sc Maths (Under Graduate)- Regular
    MCA(Post Graduate) - DISTANCE Education
    1. Do i need to Assess both degree with WES or only post graduation(MCA) enough?
    both degrees in different universities
    2. is DISTANCE Education counted for FSW points?
    Please clarify
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    1. 1.Yes, you can send both together, you will still pay the same amount. Highly recommended.
      2. Sorry, you will only know once you get the results from WES.
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  63. Thanks Ben, read your posts on re-checking all forms, did a check and to my horror!!!! I made so many mistakes in the forms lol... Thanks for the reminder though... Need to be vigilant to spot all the errors, otherwise might miss the application any time haha
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    1. LOL! You must check your forms 5 or more times...I did mine more than 10 times, but still has errors...I'm not kidding!
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  64. Hi ben some silly qns...

    How do U send the package via DHL? Call DHL to pick up the parcel from home and have them delivered to Canada?

    Do you think it takes much longer for SG visa office to process the visa? Does the 12 month timeframe apply to SG?
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    1. I went to DHL (Cheers branch in Jurong Point), packed the full application in a white envelope and sealed inside the DHL pack(refer to my previous post here)...
      http://memovingtocanada.blogspot.com/2013/07/tracking-my-document-in-dhl-singapore.html

      Based on my timeline, they are pretty fast now since the backlogs on pre-2008 were already reduced.
      http://memovingtocanada.blogspot.com/2014/08/my-timeline-federal-skilled-worker-fsw.html
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  65. Thanks so much Ben! I have got to share this!

    Thanks for the post on address label, I actually missed that one out. While I was checking my application one last time yesterday night, I jumped upon the discovery that I have missed out my educational certificates and transcripts! I nearly just sent out the application! LOL! The checklist is misleading, one would have forgotten about the certificates and transcripts after getting the ECA report lol...

    Thank you for your excellent blog!

    Oh one more thing, the document checklist says to leave all documents unbound except for small items like photos. I understand that you have stapled documents that are more than 2 pages, not sure if I should do the same. I have heard scary tales of people who sent everything but CIC missed out their forms (returned the package and said that it was incomplete despite that they have sent all the necessary items, recipients lost documents like IELTS results and ECA report...) Thinking that stapling them makes it easier for CIC... What's your advise? Will be sending the parcel these few days, everything's set to go :)
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  66. Wooh! That was close..credentials are important. That's why you need to review it 5 or more times. I think I need to post about my experience regarding this topic. I had a lot of "bloopers" when it comes to reviews, each time I considered it final, then I checked it again...another things come out wrong and a lot of paper wasted.

    That is why we need to staple same documents...Just imagine a Visa Officer's table, it must be wide enough to review our documents right? But, what if its not...maybe they are using a small desk and a desk fan or what, and it blew all the documents, or fell down accidentally, we don't know. at least, they know how to compile it again. just my thoughts..thanks also for the compliment.
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  67. Hi ben, did you use credit card as form of payment?
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  68. Hi! Your blog is very informative! Thanks for sharing your experience.

    Just like you, I've been working in Singapore but it's only been 10 months since. And now i'm trying to move to Canada. I'm just holding an employment pass here.

    In the "Generic Application form" for the FSW, should I put Singapore as the CURRENT COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE since it's over 6months that i'm living in the country.
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    1. Hi Judith, I put Singapore as my Visa Office. Since you are working here and have a valid pass, you can also do that.

      Note: During my Positive Review, Canada assigned my documents to Manila. I don't know why. So, I have to communicate with Manila Visa Office with their requests for additional documents.

      Anway, you can choose between SG and Manila, at the end of the day Canada will do the assignment.
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  69. Hello Ben,

    Thanks for replying in my previous questions!

    In the IMM0008_3E (Schedule 3 Economic Class), in the list of occupations, do I put the position title in the company or the NOC position?

    For example, I worked as Software Developer but the corresponding NOC is 2174 - Computer Programmer. Which title should I put?

    Secondly, how do I put the number of experience if I only had 10 months in the company? There's no checkbox for < 1.

    Lastly, I don't have assets other than my savings in the bank. Does that mean:
    Assets: X CAD
    Liabilities: 0 CAD
    Settlement Funds: X CAD
    Where assets and settlement funds are equal.

    Judith
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    1. Hi Judith,

      1. Put your designation in your company, and put the corresponding NOC at the box provided. (Software Developer - NOC 2174)
      Please read this posts regarding the work experience question.
      http://memovingtocanada.blogspot.com/2014/07/years-of-work-experience-how-to-compute.html
      http://memovingtocanada.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-to-know-your-noc-code-and-filling.html

      See my sample work experience template.
      https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GFw4L2K_tTE8_DD8Vh7KZh2zU-cnTAvBOcGn1f3AKPc/edit?usp=sharing

      2. You need to provide a separate attachment. Please see my sample template (above link).
      3. Your assets and liabilities are correct.
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    2. Thanks Ben! I requested for the view permission in the link to your google doc.

      Another question, how do you put the "To date" of your current job in the list of work experience in IMM008_3E? Did you leave it empty?
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    3. I stated the date when I printed the form.
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  70. Hi ben,

    I have the result na from WES it says Canadian Equivalency: Completion of secondary school education and Diploma (three years) how many points did i get now? Thanks :) God bless.
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    1. HI, you'll get 21 points under Eligibility Factor - Education.
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  71. Hi. I have notarized all photocopies together and then i sent to translate this document. Is that ok? I am concern because thay say to leave all documents unbound and to follow the order. Or i have to natarize each document separately?
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    1. You need to notarize each document if it's not written in English.
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  72. Hi Ben,

    I'm applying alone, no family is accompanying me. Do I need to include photos of my family (parents and sisters)?

    J
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    1. For singles, just provide photos for yourself.

      Family members (Dependents) are the following:
      Spouse
      Children
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  73. Hi Ben,

    I'm planning to move out from to another HDB on October but I'm submitting my application this month. Then I will my address in Philippines as the mailing address. Would that be a problem?

    J
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    1. It happened to me, my application was addressed to the old HDB. Then we transferred to a new HDB Unit while my application is at CIO.

      But, I didn't update the CIO and waited for their Medical Request instead. I just kept on asking the old HDB owner for any incoming letters.

      CIO always sends me the correspondence to my email address.

      When they sent the medical request, that's the time I replied to them that I had transferred to a new address. They didn't change my address during our medical until to the visa approval stage.

      I suggest that you use your Philippine address and just update the CIO once you receive their decision.
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  74. Hi Ben, when filling up you're generic application form, does the middle name appearing in your passport part of the Given name?
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    1. It's (Family Name: Alagnam) and (Given Name: Ben)...No middle name.
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  75. Hi Ben,

    If I'm using a separate sheet to answer a question in the form, should I leave the question blank then? How do I indicate that there's an attached sheet for that question?

    Judith
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    1. Hi Judith, put a comment "Please see attached sheet" on the box provided.
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  76. Hi Ben,

    In the general form, which national id should I put? Is it the id from the country you were born or your residing/current country? I work at singapore, should I put my IC? But if I put in my SSs, there's no issued date and expiry date in that ID though.

    J
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    1. I'm a Pass holder, so I used my IC in Singapore.
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  77. Hi Ben,

    Can I put "Not Applicable" in hand written?

    J
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  78. Hi Ben,

    In the Additional Family Information form where we put our siblings. If your sister is already married, which last name should she use? Maiden or Married name?

    Judith
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    1. Hi Judith, you use their married name.
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  79. Hi Ben

    Are TORs mandatory? I thought diploma + WES are enough proof of education..
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    1. Hi Z,

      Transcript of Records (TOR) is mandatory as stated in the IMM5612 Checklist.
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  80. Hi Ben,

    My category is under the HR Manager subcategory as 1223. Will it still be considered under 50 categories?
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    1. Nope, 1223 is not included in the 50 categories. You can try 0112 Human resources managers. Check the Job Description if it fits with your current occupation here..

      http://memovingtocanada.blogspot.sg/p/resources.html#.VBf60fmSz0Q
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  81. Hi, Ben.

    I'm a chemist here in the Philippines and working as the Laboratory Supervisor for one of the main oil and gas industry. I don't know if this can be under petroleum engineer or is totally restricted to 2112(chemist). This may or may not be part of the 50 allowed workers in the CIC list for FSW in Canada.

    Thanks! Hoping for your reply.
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    1. Hi, you must check the NOC 2145 Petroleum Engineers (Main Duties) at this link:
      http://www5.hrsdc.gc.ca/NOC/English/NOC/2011/QuickSearch.aspx?val65=2145

      If you have the same or somewhat related duties stated on that link, then you can apply for FSW using NOC 2145.
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  82. Hi Ben,

    I have a Bachelor degree and diploma. Should I send both to the ECA for assessment ?

    Thanks.
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    1. Hi, you can send all of your credentials to WES.
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  83. Hi Ben,
    As per site, 5 years of experience means 13 points and 6 years means 15 points.But 5+ years means what is the point ?
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    1. Hi, 5+ years is still below 6 years and it should be 13 points.
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  84. Hi Ben,

    Is it necessary to send the Academic Request form to the School? Must it be send together with the transcripts to the ECA by the school?

    thanks.
    Michael
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    1. Hi, to have a clear view on this...please visit the following link.
      http://www.wes.org/ca/fswp/requireddocuments/index.asp
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  85. Hi Ben,

    My wife has already taken the IELTS Academic option and her results can fulfilled the requirements. Does she still need to take the General option to claim points for spouse language?

    Thanks.
    Mike
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    1. Hi Mike, yes there are two options for IELTS test, "Academic" and "General Training". But, it's a must to take the General Training.
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  86. Hi Ben,

    Form IMM5562. There are some travel to countries that I cannot remember or have any records.

    How should I fill in?

    Thanks

    Mike
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    1. You can check the immigration stamps of your old and new passports.
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  87. Hi Ben,

    I don't keep the old passports. is it okay I fill just what I have in the latest passport?

    Thanks

    Mike
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    1. Hi, Unfortunately it is required to indicate your travels for the past 10 years. It's your decision.
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  88. Hi Ben,
    Could you please help me with below questions
    1) What is the points for
    10th standard + 3years (diploma - DME) + 3 years (engineering-BE) &
    10th standard + 12th standard + 4 years (engineering - BE)
    2) For the proof of fund, is it required that the amount should be on primary applicant's name or it can be on the applicant's dependent as well. In other words can a primary applicant can show the funds of dependents also for ''proof of funds''
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  89. 1. 3 years Engineering BE = 21 points.........4 years Engineering BE = 21 points
    2. Just transfer the funds of your dependents (children) to main applicants and get the Bank certificate. If it's your spouse account, you can use that as common POF as it is a conjugal asset (for married couple).
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  90. Hi Ben,

    For the photograph, must i submit my parents photos even though they are not migrating with us?

    Thanks.
    Mike
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    1. Take note that dependents refer only to children and spouse. For single, you only provide your photo as you don't have any dependents.
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  91. Hello Ben,
    Thank you for all of your replies. Could you please help me with the below doubts.

    1) Both of my wife and myself are planning to apply for FSW visa. Is it legally allowed husband and wife apply 2 separate individual application?
    2) Can my wife add me as her dependent and can i still apply as an individual applicant.?
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    1. Honestly, I don't have an idea on how to answer your question.
      1. I suggest that you just choose who is mostly qualified to apply for the program.
      2. Any principal applicant can add his/her spouse as dependent.
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  92. Hi Ben,
    I have two questions to ask:
    Which forms should be filled for my 3 years old daughter?
    I and my partner are not married so we have to sign Statutory declaraton of common law partner form right?My partner has life insurance on him which name is me as beneficiary, is that enough evidence for? (apart of having our daughter). Thanks for reply
    .
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    1. Please look at the Instruction Manual. You can show prove of residency letter together, prove of utility bills or other letters that shows you both are living together as evidence. Your 3 yo daughter is still your daughter so you should include her info.
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  93. Hi Ben,

    I am a Supply Chain (Operations) Management Trainee working for the last 2 years in a reputed multi national FMCG company. Management trainees by virtue of the role, rotate among the different deartments of the company before settling in a permanent position.

    I do have experience in our manufacturing department. Do you think I will be eligible for applying in NOC Manufacturing Manager?

    Also, can you please suggest a provicnce which has gret employment opportunitites?
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  94. Hello Ben

    Thank you for all your responses.It was very helpful and i do have few more questions

    1) I am from India. My wife is in USA since Dec 2012.I join and staying with her since March 2014.I am confused about selecting visa office.Whether i have to select visa office in India or USA. which one is best for us ?

    2)My wife is Pregnant.She is going to give birth in Jan 2014.How & when should i add my baby in the dependent's list?

    Regards

    Vijay
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    1. Vijay

      1. Your visa office is USA, Buffalo. unless of course you see yourself moving to India in the next few months. The VO will decide which office you go to, so it doesn't quite matter.

      2. If you had sent your application to Canada already, you add your baby's details only after you receive your PER, just need to update the VO thereafter.
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  95. Hi Ben,

    I'm single and will be applying for FSW this year. What should i put in my dependents? My parents? But they wil not (yet) accompany me.

    I'm confused. Should I include their pictures (as indicated in docs list: photos for each member of your family ;whether accompanying or not) . How about the settlement funds? Do I need to prepare for one person (prinicipal applicant) or 3 (including parents).

    Need advise.

    Thanks
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  96. Hi Ben,

    What are tthe docs that should be certified true copies? From the docs listed, only COPIES and not CERTIFIED TRUE COPIES. Please enlighten me. thanks
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    1. You need true copies of IELTS result slips and Academic Assessment Report. The rest of the documents, copies (meaning photocopies) will do.
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  97. How about those documents to be notarized? Thanks
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    1. Documents need to be notarized only if they are not in English and French. All documents that are in foreign language has to be notarized.
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  98. Hi. I have an english translation of my diploma. This was issued by the school but they did not issue affidavit. The problem is I'm here in Singapore. Can I find another certified translator here then have it notarized (and with affidavit)? I think that the translation issued by the school should be good enough right?

    Thanks

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  99. Good day!

    In my original application for FSW 2014, I listed my dependents as NON-ACCOMPANYING. However, after I received a correspondence with the local VO, I updated them as ACCOMPANYING by sending the updated forms as well as the payment for their processing. Is it allowed? Will it cause any delay?
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  100. Yes, it is allowed. Maybe a slight delay because you have added new members to your application but not because your case is more difficult than others.
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  101. Hi Ben

    Hope all is well in Canada. All the best!
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  102. Hi,

    My current job falls under NOC code 1112 where I have a little over 1 year of experience. My earlier job falls under NOC 2171 where I have 3 years of experience. I would want to continue working under 1112 but the applications under that code are almost capped out. What are the implications of applying under 2171 in this case? Will I be able to apply for 1112 jobs after becoming PR? Will my PR card say that I got in through 2171 and not 1112? Will my application be less strong if I apply under an NOC which is not my current job? If there are no such adverse implications and I go ahead with applying under 2171, do I say that my intended occupation is 1112 or 2171 in my Generic application form? Please help!
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  103. Whatever you applied in the FSW or filled up in the intended application form does not determine what you will be working in Canada after you get your PR. Meaning: You may be applying under 1112 but you may end up working as something entirely different in Canada. Quite honestly, it does not matter. The only thing that does have an impact is if you are in the eligible occupation. If u r eligible to apply, what you apply does not constitute to what you will end up doing in the end. You are right, the cap for 1112 is almost reaching, so go for one with a lesser cap, otherwise you might not stand a chance at this rate that the application is going.
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  104. In supplementary form your travels, if the travel outside of country is only between current country of residence and country of origin, can we select 'Did not travel'? Or do we need to list the travel between current country of residence and country of origin?
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    1. I am residing in US now for more than 1 year and my country of origin is India. I travelled back to India for 21 days 4 months back.My spouse is in US for past 4 months. I and my spouse did not travel anywhere else other than India and US.I have sent my application by selecting 'Did not travel' in 'IMM5562E (Supplementary Information Your Travels)' form for both me and my spouse and it was received on Nov 06th.Is it correct? Now I am confused whether I misunderstood the instruction and entered it wrongly - Ar
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    2. You may wish to indicate if in the event that the travels you made weren't significant, maybe 2 or 3 times, no harm, then attach another letter saying that you have been working in the foreign country and back it up with actual documents. If you are afraid of trouble, you may choose not to declare. At this point, they will not withhold your application over this issue.
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    3. Hi gobbledegook - Thanks a lot for the response.It is mentioned that 'List all trips you and your spouse have taken outside your country of origin or of residence'. I misunderstood (Still I am not sure whether I understood correctly or not) that it meant we need to mention only if we traveled outside from country of origin or from country of residence to some other country and we don't need to mention travel between country of residence and origin.As I did not travel other than US and India, I mentioned 'Did not Travel'. Also, I selected Visa office of my current country of residence (CPC - Ottawa for US).So, I provided all my and my spouse's passport visa stamped pages,latest I-94 and US port of entry and exit travel history details for proof of residence. If it is required to include travel between country of residence and current country of residence in 'You Travels' form, at this point(I have already sent my application), can you please suggest how I can update the details?. Can I send updated new 'Your Travels' form with cover letter requesting them to attach it with original application? Or Should I ignore this leaving it as it is? - Ar
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    4. Correction in my above post - *travel between country of origin and current country of residence in 'Your Travels' form
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    5. Hi firstly not to worry, you have attached enough evidence to support your work between India and USA, hence I do not see any chances of your application being rejected. None at all. In fact, Ben did not mention his travels between Philippines and Singapore cuz he made frequent trips to and fro in these few years he spent in Singapore.

      If you are concerned, you may have an updated Travel form couriered to CIC. In the cover letter, please include you name, date of birth, country of residence, visa office, passport numbers, the date your parcel was received at CIC and the airway bill number of your parcel. I couriered other documents to CIC too and emailed them about it. They replied to ask me about my airway bill number and passport number which I didn't include, it really wasn't a great deal because I think it didn't affect my application. I was told that they may not be able to match my parcel with these documents which was fine too because it didn't affect my PER in the end.
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    6. Thanks a lot gobbledegook.
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  105. my daughter is 8 now - standard third grade student
    what would be her education level?
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    NONE
    or
    SECONDARY or LESS
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    1. Your daughter is considered to be in Secondary or less.
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  106. Hi Ben, 1st of all excellent work you have done in creating this blog, May God bless you.

    Question: All my forms and documents are ready to be mailed, I have read that we shouldn't Staple the documents with the supporting docs and should keep all open. Some say I should add separator sheets.

    Can you tell me best way to how should I arrange or prepare my file for submission so its easy for CIO to understand?
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    1. I have shared this discussion with Ben before and both of us stapled our documents. I used paper clips though. I have read about horror stories of papers flying off in all directions and CIC claiming they hadn't receive a particular form when it's been sent. You never can be too sure, so stapling similar documents help.
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  107. hi ben,

    i applied for fsw in late july 2014 and have not heard from CIC. should i assume that my application has errors or did not fall through?


    thx
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  108. Hi Ben,
    Great work you are doing here. I do have some concerns bothering on Express Entry starting in January 2015.
    All the while, I had my mind fixed on April 2015 when the current FSW will end. Some forums gave the indication that FSW 2014 will run concurrently with EE till April 2015. More do, there is no ministerial instruction that FSW 2014 will end in Dec 2014.
    I know I should have started earlier but I had to sell a landed property just so I can meet the minimum requirements for POF. More so, my IELTS date is in January while my institution claimed DHL mistakenly couriered my transcripts to New York which is now being sent back so it can go to WES Canada hopefully this week.
    I am so confused right now but hoping for the best and that Express Entry will do the trick for me.
    What I want to know is will the requirements for EE be the same as the current one? ie will minimum points, POF be a major requirement in EE.
    I have tried reading up information on EE but i'm still not clear except that your chances are good if you get picked from the lot at the Job bank.
    Do you think EE is a better option. At the moment, am a stay at home mom but I do have 9 years experience in my chosen NOC. What do you think and how can you advise me.

    Thanks for your response.
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    1. Hi

      Can't help but need to chip in on this one again, maybe because I am a mother too.

      The criterions for EE is not out yet, and there hasn't been any ministerial instructions on when is the end date for FSW 2014. Some say April, some say May while others insist that it will run for as long as the entire 2015. Nobody can know for sure, and what's gonna happen if your application reaches CIC the day FSW 14 closes but the occupation isn't capped yet?

      Since there hasn't been any announcements and personally, I don't think you should trust what you read in the FSW 14 forum, they are sometimes overly subjective. You best bet is Jan 15 (latest).

      Having your application selected in EE is as good as being struck by lightning. I am sorry if I sound very pessimistic, but Canada is not a place looming with idiots, it is where some of the world's most brilliant and finest talent congregate. I connected with many Canadian professionals on LinkedIn and they are million miles from being replaced, the job market isn't optimistic either.

      Of course, if you are extremely talented with very niche specialty, your chances will still be good. Otherwise, you will be pounding on unanswered doors. It's like applying for a job on job bank, how often do you get called for an interview?

      If time permits, send in your application now. You have a higher chance in fsw. The processing time is much faster now, several FSW 14 applicant have already landed in Canada.
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  109. Hello Ben, there's a section in Schedule 3 Economic class form to list all the duties of my job. Should these duties match with the one mentioned in the reference letter by the employer? thanks!
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    1. It is not necessary that it'll match word for word, but only keywords should do.
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  110. Hi Ben, your posts are inspirational and have give me the courage to start the application process. I have not start due to my inability to produce CAD 18,000 in cash for my family. However, I learnt on your blog that other things such as property can contribute to this sum. We have house with quite a bit of equity and about CAD 8,000 in cash. This should be fine, right?
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    1. You need to satisfy the required Proof of fund and CND8,000 is low.
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  111. Hi Sir, we just completed all the requirements for FSW today. If we will send them thru DHL tomorrow (Dec. 23), do you think it will reach them before the Express Entry in 2015? Thank you so much. God bless everyone!
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  1. Hi,

    Hope you can help me.

    I finished my first course (4-yr Bachelors degree) in a university. Then I took up nursing right after graduation. Confusion starts here:

    Nursing is a 4-yr program but minor subjects from my first course were accredited. I took up only one semester from college A...then transferred to College B in Manila. It took me 3 yrs to finish nursing in college B. So my question is what should i write in overall years of post-secondary?

    a. 4+3 = 7
    b. 4 + 0.5 + 3 = 7.5
    c. 4 + 4 = 8 since nursing is a 4 yr program.


    Thanks for your help! :)

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    1. HI, Please come back to my blog on 24June, I will make a post for this topic. You can check the top-right sidebar for updates. Thanks..

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  2. Hi, many thanks for this informative and substantial blog! We are eternally grateful :) Some qns here which require your advice!

    1. Hubb and I are both elementary teachers, unfortunately we are not in the listed 50 occupations. However, can we apply under 'Early childhood educators and assistants' given that our job nature is very similar to that? Are Singaporeans required to take the English test?

    2. How different is applying a work permit as compared to applying under FSW? Do work permit holders enjoy less rights and opportunities?

    3. How long is the application process? I read that it is anywhere between 3yrs to 5yrs, is that true? We are doing the big shift during 2016 Jan, when do u think is a good time to apply?

    Many thanks and look forward to ur response!

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    1. Hi, here are my answers...
      1. Yes, as long as your job descriptions are similar and you can provide evidence like Certificate of employment for that job.
      All applicants need to submit a language test such as IELTS.
      2. For work permit, you need to have a Canadian employer to sponsor you, while FSW doesn't. FSW arrives in Canada as Permanent Resident with PR benefits, Work permit is still a Foreign worker with worker benefits only. This is the same concept of Pass holders and PRs in Singapore.
      3. Good time is now. It will take 9-12 months from the date of your submission, given that you'l send their request promptly. Canada keeps on changing their rules, you will never know when your occupation is taken out from the list.

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  3. Thanks for e prompt response! Guess there is no time left to procrastinate. First step is to get our qualifications validated? Hubb stands a higher chance so he will be the principle applicant and I will be a partner/dependent right? Can I still work therr then?

    Do we need to make a trip down to the canadian embassy? Like gather all e documents and stuffs? Woah, seemed like a tough race.

    Las I heard those who graduated from the 3 local uni do not need to take the english test, Boy, is it difficult. Seemed like a long time since we took any exams. Tok abt being singaporeans...

    Thanks for all e advice again. Will apply soon, all e best in canada!

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    1. -
      -You will be the dependent if your hubby is the principal applicant.
      -You can work there because you'll be a PR.
      -No need to go to Canadian embassy, if you have gathered all your documents with the full application, you can send it to Nova Scotia, Canada...the address is in the form.
      -are the locals applied for FSW? All FSW applicants needs a language test result...
      Hoping for the Best!!!


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  4. Hi Ben,

    In the Document Checklist form, it mentions that "If you are unable to provide any of the requested documenatation, include with your application, a written explanation with full details as to why that documentation is unavailable.........."

    For example, Additional Dependants Declaration (IMM0008DEP) , Use of a representative (IMM5476) , Arrange Employment etc are not applicable to me. So do I need to write anything for these documents Or just leave it untick on the Checklist form?

    If you don't mind, can you share how you wrote for not submitting "Police Certificates & Clearances" ?

    Regards,

    Tun

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    1. Reply will be available on June 27th...I made a dedicated post of it. Please check the updates, right side bar, from time to time...thanks.

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  5. Hi Ben. How did you review for the IELTS exam here in Singapore?

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  6. Hi Ben,

    For Certified true copies, do I need to send the Original Notarial Translation letters or photocopies of Notarial Translation letters?

    Regards,

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    1. Hi Tun, only the photocopies of the Notarial Translation letters assuming that this is from your education documents. But, if it stated at the checklist as Original copies, you need to provide as required.

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  7. Hi Ben,
    For the Proof of Funds, should our bank cash balance state the whole amount of the required funds? Or can we add the assessed value of a property to attain the required funds?

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    1. Ben, I have read your post on settlement funds for FSW, but still unclear about it. Like Zy, I am puzzled if the assessed value of our property can add on to our remaining funds so as to attain the required amount?

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  8. Hi Ben,

    In the Document Checklist, it says "Attach small items such as photos and certifiied cheques with a paper clip, otherwise leave documents unbound." Does it mean we cannot stapler the forms? I am thinking of stapler each forms and put label (1 to 20) with post-it note. I think it will help the officer to review the documents easily?

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    1. Hi, please see my post about how I prepared the documents.

      Sending Your Application

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  9. Hi Ben,

    Thank you for your reply. Also in the doucment checklist, we need to tick for those documents we can submit. How about those documents not applicable to us? Can we just X cross the box? or write NA on the box? How did you put when you submit your application.

    Please advise.

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  10. Ben, did you get your previous supervisors to sign on the COE for your previous jobs? Were all your COEs signed? Would a simple computer generated letter suffice?

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    1. Hi gobble, since I was applying for this FSW since 2003, everytime I resign from my job, I always ask for my COE and is signed by an HR or my Supervisor. This 2013 application, I attached those old COEs.

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    2. It's stated on the requirements that you need to provide the letter of your reference/COE for all employers for the past 10 years.

      If you can not get a COE from your current or previous employers, you can provide the copy of your work contract since it has all the details of your job description there, i assume, and a copy of your payslip. If really unlucky and no way to produce it, provide a written letter why you cannot produce such document.

      Hope this helps.

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  11. Hi Ben, I'm a little confused as to what occupation to apply for. I have a degree in Accountancy, I have 3 years experience as an Accountant (NOC 1111) in different companies but my recent experience is no longer related to finance. I have been an Information systems analyst (NOC2171) in the past 6 years. I'm planning to apply as systems analyst. Do you think that this could give me a greater chance in getting approval? or should I go for the Accounting skill? Thank you.

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    1. You can choose any of the two. But, I recommend NOC 2171. It's your latest job and you have more experience on it. Both occupations are eligible, so there's nothing to worry about. The important is that you can provide the COE of 2171 as required.

      Now, the things that you need to concentrate are the other factors such as language, education, etc...

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  12. Hi Ben,

    I have submitted my application last week and it reached to to NS yesterday. When the $550 application fee will be deducted (roughly how many week/month)? If they money is deducted, can I assume that my application is received before the cap is reached?

    Regards,

    Tun

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    1. If the application fee is deducted, that means your application is approved for further processing and had reached the cap. This takes 3 months, based on my timeline.

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  13. Ben

    What did you fill in for UCI in the main application forms? What does UCI stands for? I don't have a fax number, is it compulsory to enter one as I cannot validate the forms accurately?

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  14. For first time applicants, leave the Unique Client Identifier (UCI) question blank. At my application, I did not include my fax number cause i don't have one.

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  15. Ben

    For your children, which dependent type are they? Is there any difference in the different dependent type?

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  16. Hi ben, did you use credit card as form of payment?

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  17. Hi Ben, when filling up you're generic application form, does the middle name appearing in your passport part of the Given name?

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    1. It's (Family Name: Alagnam) and (Given Name: Ben)...No middle name.

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  18. Hello Ben, there's a section in Schedule 3 Economic class form to list all the duties of my job. Should these duties match with the one mentioned in the reference letter by the employer? thanks!

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    1. It is not necessary that it'll match word for word, but only keywords should do.

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  19. Hi Ben, your posts are inspirational and have give me the courage to start the application process. I have not start due to my inability to produce CAD 18,000 in cash for my family. However, I learnt on your blog that other things such as property can contribute to this sum. We have house with quite a bit of equity and about CAD 8,000 in cash. This should be fine, right?

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    1. You need to satisfy the required Proof of fund and CND8,000 is low.

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    2. Dear Corey

      The proof of fund has to be liquidated money, other sources of valuable items including property, jewelry, gold...etc will not constitute to Proof of funds. You may use your trust funds, stocks or insurance surrendered money as Proof of funds,

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  20. Hi Sir, we just completed all the requirements for FSW today. If we will send them thru DHL tomorrow (Dec. 23), do you think it will reach them before the Express Entry in 2015? Thank you so much. God bless everyone!

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    1. DHL takes 5-8 days...send it immediately and just track it online.

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  21. Hi Ben, if you select one province where you'd want to live in the express entry and get a job in another, would that be a problem?

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  22. Hi Ben, I tried accessing the documents on your resources page but it gave me an access denied message. What do I need to ?

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  23. Hello, I have applied for fsw application on 27 june 2014. I received my PER on 12 Dec 2015 and as per ECAS processing has started in New Delhi Visa Office on 23 Dec 2014. But after that there is no more update. Can someone help me out by telling that what could be the reason for delay ? Should I keep on waiting ?

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  24. Hi Sir Ben,

    Your blog is very helpful specially to first time Canada immigrants.
    I would like to ask your advise regarding IELTS and Credential assessment.
    My wife and I are both nurses and we are planning to land in Burlington, Ontario around September 2015. Should we take the IELTS academic module now to better qualify for Jobs there? And for Credential assessment, is the one done in the immigration acceptable there or shall I be reassessed again? Also, should my wife have her credentials assessed at this point in time? Thank you for continued insights for the life in Canada. Godbless!

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  25. Hi Sir. I know this is irrelevant to your post but I read one of your blog entries about the online extension of visit pass in Singapore. I applied online for 30 days but was asked to report to ICA together with a sponsor (I have a cousin who is a PR) and the required documents. I secured the Form-14, printed copy of the notice, and passport. As for the document that will prove our relationship (my cousin and me), he has his BC - so that's great - my concern is this, the only document I have as proof of our relationship is my photographed NSO Birth Certificate. I had it photographed in the Philippines and had it sent in my e-mail. Will this be a problem? Also, what are the odds of being approved/disapproved? What possible questions will the Immigration Officer throw at us? Will I and my cousin be interviewed together? What reasons can I give to up the chance of being approved? I am staying in Singapore for 2 months now (looking for... you know.).

    So sorry for many questions and I truly appreciate your reply. Thank you and God bless you and your family in Canada! :)


    P.S. I read via the internet that only those who applied for 89 days will be required a sponsor and trip to ICA so why me? I just applied for 30 days... :(

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  26. Hi, as long as they don't require an original copy, scanned copy will do.

    You are not alone on this issue. Singapore government is now very strict on tourist that stays longer than 30 days and they don't give any reason of the rejection. They will just send you a letter.

    I have news from a friend in SG that 2 of his friends were rejected for an extension. Well, it's the way it is, just keep on finding and you'll achieve it soon. Don't lose hope if you're rejected cause another opportunity will open up for you, I'm sure!

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  27. Hi Ben,
    How can I get the latest document checklist for FSW to Canada.?

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  28. Please refer to this link about the document checklist and other requirements.

    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/perm/express/intake-complete.asp

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  29. I made the most stupid mistake I only attached the ECA instead of attaching ECA and original documents. I have sent to them on the Case Specific Enquiry, I am waiting for their reply. Any positive thoughts

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  30. They might request for that document. It will only delay your application.

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  32. Dear Sir/Mdm,

    I am applying for Canadian Immigration but i don't have a job waiting for me there yet, so i need your assistance. I am currently working for a global company in Singapore and they have an office in Toronto.

    Are there other methods of applying instead of applying online?

    Could i fill a form somewhere?

    I have tried to apply for Job Bank but was asked for Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code.

    Where do i get them?

    I tried applying for Express Entry but was asked for GCKey or Canadian Bank Account which i don't have yet as i am still residing in Singapore.

    I have checked NOC for my code. I somehow figure out the code closest to my job classification. I think it is NOC 6314 Type B.

    Recently, i had my IELTS test done.

    My score is:

    Listening 6.5
    Reading 6.5
    Writing 6.0
    Speaking 7.5
    Overall: 6.5

    Last but not least, can i pay by CPF for IELTS Test?

    Kindly assist.

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  33. Hi Sir, I need some info regarding the proof of funds? when do i need to show or send it to them?

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  34. Hello Ben!

    Do you have a Sample Cover Letter explaining why you think you are able to become economically established in Canada? I hope you can help me!

    Thanks in advance!

    Pia

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  35. Hi ben,

    Ive been reading your blog and very informative. I have some doubt in pursuing in moving to canada.

    I went to canada immigration online to assess my eligibility to apply as skilled immigrant. Based on my results i was eligible. And give me reference # to create pool online. I have question before i need to go onlie i should make sure that i have already assess my education credentials and passes the ielts requirements? I am correct? Please clarify my on this. Thanks

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  36. I Ben!! I have a question....My ex-husband is applying to immigrate to Canada alone. However, he says that for my child to have the possibility to consider migrating to Canada in the future I have to complete the form IMM5604E which he needs to complete his application. However when I read the form is like I am authorizing my child to immigrate now to Canada (to which I do not agree since I have full custody and I expect my daughter to live with me until she is of legal age). Please let me know on the risks I am assuming by signing this form. Thanks

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  37. Hi Cumbia, based on the form, upon signing it, you are allowing your ex-husband to bring your child to Canada anytime once they get their Immigration Visas.

    On the lighter side, it will change the future of your kid and probably have a good life here. But, you can't accompany them once their Visas are approved. You have to apply on your own to enter Canada (It's stated in the form).

    Please read Disclaimer above my website. Email me your questions.

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  38. Hi Ben! i was interested in immigrating to Canada, however, i don't have any idea on how to start. Most probably the documents to prepare. One thing is that i haven't took the IELTS yet. I would like to apply for FSW in possible and i want to bring my husband and two kids. Kindly help us on how to start the process? Thank you and may God Bless you more!

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