After I posted a blog about how our journey to Canada started, I received a lot of inquiries asking me on what are the procedures we did to become a permanent resident under the Provincial Nominee Program.
For starters, we didn’t hire an immigration representative to process our application—it was done all on our own. Basically, we just followed what was stated on the application guide. Thanks to Google, most of our questions were answered. Joining online communities can also be a big help; there are co-applicants that can help you, and you may even gain newer set of friends.
I did my best to remember and consider every options listed and every opportunities provided, so I listed them all from start to end. I’ve provided the links in between the steps to supply further information.
1.Preparation of Documents and Information
a) Language Test (IELTS General Test)
I’d start this by saying be the practical one and go online for IELTS reviewers. There are loads of educational materials online, so I’m sure you’re bound to have some for your perusal rather than going to an actual review center. Personally, my husband and I practiced our speaking skills by actually conversing personally and tossed some question and answers to and fro. (I found it incredibly awkward, but I don’t know about him. LOL.)
Deemed ready, we took the IELTS exam at the British Council in Singapore.
b) Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
ECA is used to verify that your foreign degree, diploma, certificate (or other proof of your credential) is valid and equal to a Canadian one.
These are the three most popular designated organizations for ECAs:
- World Education Services (WES)
- Comparative Education Service (CES)
- International Credential Assessment Service of Canada
c) Finding out what is our NOC code for all occupations in which we have had work experience.
Find your NOC at National Occupational Classification
2. Create an Express Entry profile
Foreign nationals wishing to express their interest in coming to Canada must complete an online profile in their account.
Creating an Express Entry profile — http://www.cic.gc.ca
When you create your account, you’ll get a MyCIC number. Save that information.
3. Attend the Provincial Nominee Program Info Session
As mentioned on my previous blog, speakers in this session who briefed us about the process, submission of documents, interviewed ad hoc, and received an ITA (Invitation to Apply) all within 24 hours.
From CIC: Each province and territory has its own streams and criteria for their Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). These can change without notice. You can find out more on the website of the province or territory that interests you.
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
4. Gather all the forms and documents that listed at Document Checklist
After we received the ITA right there and then, we filled up the forms and completed all the documents required by the province. I couldn’t even fathom the countless double checks that we did prior to submitting the documents, or else they would either return our documents and request an additional one to be submitted (which makes the entire process completely tedious), or worse—they would downright deny our application.
(We highly recommend getting a personal printer and scanner since there’ll be a lot of personal information on the documents that you’ll be submitting, and also to save money and time going to and from computer shops.)
5. Send the full application
We sent our full application to Canada, via DHL courier. Then after 6 days, we received an AOR (Acknowledgment Of Receipt).
Two months after we sent our application, we were finally nominated by the province. And since our minds weren’t able to process anything due to sheer joy and excitement, we just immediately accepted the nomination (LOL).
And now that we were nominated, we have been allotted an additional 600 points in the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System!
On that very same day, we also received the Invitation to Apply for permanent residence by CIC!
IT’S A DOUBLE CELEBRATION!!
…But hold your horses, ‘cause here comes the CIC stage.