To Eric from Indonesia, in Vancouver

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Subject: To Eric from Indonesia, in Vancouver
  Hi Eric,

Wow! This is great! Wafron (my husband) and I picked Vancouver because we knew there was a small (big?) Indonesian community there, which could be really nice for Wafron (and mee too of course)when we first arrive.
How long have you been in Canada? Are you also in IT? Do like living there or do you dream of going back to Tanah-Air?
Sorry may be I am asking too many questions :) We are very excited about moving to Vancouver, but the road is still long for us. We are only sending our application at the end of the month (June) and so I expect to have to wait at least 12 months before anything happens. We are applying through Paris since I´m French.
Could we exchange personal emails so as not to clog up the forum with more personal discussions? If you don´t mind of course! my email is cdarmawan@lycos.com
Cheers, Christine



[15-06-2005,05:23]
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chrisdarm
(in reply to: To Eric from Indonesia, in Vancouver)
Hi Chris,
Nice to find someone from Indonesia in this forum :)
I will continue our conversation through personal email.

Regards
Eric

[15-06-2005,05:53]
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Eric
(in reply to: To Eric from Indonesia, in Vancouver)
Eric, E-mail elo apa?
[15-06-2005,05:54]
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Richard
Get Info (in reply to: To Eric from Indonesia, in Vancouver)
Hi,
I´m Indonesian, now working in Thailand.
Been planning to migrate to Canada.
Which way better to apply? using lawyer or ownself?
Please advice.

[15-06-2005,06:26]
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DJ
(in reply to: To Eric from Indonesia, in Vancouver)
do it yourself. A lawyer doesn´t really do much for you and is expensive. That´s my advice.

[15-06-2005,07:48]
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chrisdarm
(in reply to: To Eric from Indonesia, in Vancouver)
Hi Richard,
you could email me to: ericsan007@yahoo.com

DJ, as Christine said, you could apply by yourself and I believe you have to apply through Singapore CIC. It´s pretty straight forward nothing extraordinary except when you do your assesment and your score is lower than the passmark, I suggest you talk to lawyer first before you apply. It would be wasting your time and money.

Regards
Eric

[15-06-2005,13:28]
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Eric
(in reply to: To Eric from Indonesia, in Vancouver)
Hi there...
Just my two cents worth in... you picked Vancouver because of the Indonesian population... I guess that should not be the criteria of choosing a city. Look for a place where you can get a job and get settled easily... the people in Canada are real friendly you should not have a problem settling anywhere... but if you choose a place that has good job prospects then it will make your transition easy...

Good Luck,
Harshal

[15-06-2005,13:59]
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- HS -
(in reply to: To Eric from Indonesia, in Vancouver)
Thanks HS for the advice. Of course, the fact that there is an Indonesian population was not the only criteria, far from it. It´s one I mentioned here because I was engaging Erik in conversation, but there were many other: we looked at job opportunities for both of us, weather, proximity to some friends, among other things. I totally agree with you....moving somewhere just because there are people of your own country of origin would not make much sense. But, if it´s there, it can be a plus initially.
Thanks anyways!

[15-06-2005,14:19]
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chrisdarm
(in reply to: To Eric from Indonesia, in Vancouver)
welcome to future Vancouverites. I am sure you will feel very comfortable here. If I can be any assistance, please do not hesitate to ask. We have also been dealing with Paris but in the Skilled Worker category. Our application is rocky, but Paris staff have been very considerate.
[15-06-2005,14:53]
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sharon
(in reply to: To Eric from Indonesia, in Vancouver)
Sharon,

Can you tell me the avarage apartment in Vancouver, one bedroom and bachelor?

Thanks,
Richard

[15-06-2005,16:17]
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Richard
Hats off to Sharon (in reply to: To Eric from Indonesia, in Vancouver)
Sharon,

You are doing such a wonderful service to the community by being in this forum and on top of that, your generous offer of contacting you for any issues makes you the best..

Would appreciate if we can get a few words of wisdom from you:

We are at the moment pregnant with this idea of Canadian immigration, With all the symptoms of the first trimester- Feeling excited, sometimes worried, sometimes future looks great with what we are going to get after the delivery and sometimes afraid for what we need to be prepared for in order to deal with any trying situations..
Regular doctor visits have started as well with our FBI and PCC applications already out, Thinking about whether or not to take IELTS, then decided to send the Application with PCCs and in the meantime take IELTS - will not send the results if score is bad(wait for them to ask for it and take the test again in that case) OR send it proactively if score is good.

Working in Seattle in IT field. should be okay in my current job for the next 1-2 years. Will start looking for jobs in Vancouver or anywhere else in Canada before I arrive. In case I dont get one, I plan to go for a Masters in a Canadian university as a PR.

People might say anything about Canada (10 REASONS and all), but still it is one of the top destinations for immigrants. That must be for a reason. Gulf countries have a lot of job opportunities, why dont people go there...

anyway, I came the US with a job in hand in the middle of the Recession when companies were sending people like us back home in planeloads. So, that depends on person to person and situation to situation. No Generalizations accepted there...

Will definitely need your valuable input and advice in the next stages of our Canadian dream and hope to have this beautiful pregnancy reach its conclusion with a real baby in hand !

Thanks again Sharon

[15-06-2005,19:09]
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