It’s been a crazy and tiring October for N and I. Aside from scrambling to complete the requirements for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), we were also neck deep in preparing a wedding and moving into our own place
Wait. Planning a wedding? But don’t you have to be married to apply to Express Entry as a couple?
Yup! N and I have actually been married since July 2015. We had a civil wedding in the Manila City Hall, with only our immediate family there with us. We just got “married” again a week ago in front of everyone else… the only ones who know this little secret of ours are our families and you that are reading this. 😛
Moving into a new place? But aren’t you moving to Canada?
Well… we hope that we’ll eventually move to Canada, but until we get our passports stamped, I really don’t want to assume anything. Besides, I think we can consider moving into our own place a kind of “practice” for Canada especially since it’s the first time in our lives that we won’t have any helpers in the house (most families in the Philippines have at least one helper in the house to help with chores, taking care of children/elders, etc.)
Okay, now that those two questions are out of the way, we can now proceed to an update with our Express Entry application.
In our last post a month ago, we shared that we have been selected by the province Prince Edward Island to be given a nomination under the PEI PNP program. Since then, our application has moved along pretty well. Here’s our updated timeline,
January 2016: PEI Letter of Intent
September 1, 2016: Invitation to Apply from PEI
September 15, 2016: Submission of Documents
September 26, 2016: Request for Application Fee for PEI PNP Nomination
October 5, 2016: Received Nomination Certificate from PEI
October 12, 2016: Express Entry Draw, Express Entry Invitation to Apply (ITA)
October 18, 2016: Upfront medical at St. Luke’s Bonifacio Global City
Coming from our last update, after paying the 300 CAD application fee to PEI, we received an official nomination certificate from them last October 5.
Once we accepted the nomination, 600 points were added to our original EE score of 440 to give us a total of 1040 points. After that, we just waited for the next draw (October 12, 2016, minimum CRS score of 484 points) and we finally got the elusive EE ITA.
In our next post, we’ll be talking more about the EE ITA itself and the requirements that need to be passed. Hopefully, we can have that up by next week since we’re actually on our honeymoon right now. 🙂
Moving to Canada will be a daunting task for anyone and If there’s anything you want to ask, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!