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Canadian Visa Expert Gives Seven Tip For Those Interested In A Canadian Visa

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There are valuable tips to consider when applying for a visa.

These application tips and relevant immigration guidelines vary with each country.

However, for those interested in studying abroad with particular reference to Canada, below are the 7 tips to think of when applying for a Canadian visa.

 

1.       Ties to Home Country: Under Canadian Immigration law, applicants wishing to study in Canada are viewed as intending immigrants until they can convince the consular officer that they are not. You must therefore be able to show that you have reasons to return to your home country that are stronger than those for remaining in Canada. “Ties” to your home country are the things that bind you to your hometown, homeland, or current place of residence: job, family, financial prospects that you own or will inherit, investments, etc. If you are a prospective undergraduate, you need to write about your specific intentions or promise of future employment, family or other relationships, educational objectives, grades, long-range plans, and career prospects in your home country. Each person’s situation is different, of course, and there is no magic explanation or single document, certificate, or letter which can guarantee visa issuance.

2.       Know the Program and How it Fits Your Career Plans: If you are not able to articulate the reasons you decided to study a particular program in Canada, you may not succeed in convincing the consular officer that you are indeed planning to study, rather than to immigrate. You should also be able to explain how studying in the Canada relates to your future professional career when you return home.

3.       Be Concise: Because of the volume of applications received, all consular officers are under considerable time pressure to review documents. They must make a decision, for the most part, on the impressions they form during the first minute or two of looking at your study permit application. Consequently, how you package your visa application is critical to your success. Keep your statement of purpose concise and straight to the point answers.

4.       Supplemental Documentation: It should be clear at a glance to the consular officer what written documents you are presenting and what they signify. Lengthy written explanations cannot be quickly read or evaluated.

5.       Not All Countries are Equal: Applicants from countries like Nigeria with economic challenges or from countries where many students have remained in Canada as immigrants will have more difficulty getting visas. Statistically, applicants from those countries are more likely to be intending immigrants. They are also more likely to be refused based on lack of adequate funds available for their study in Canada. To overcome this challenge, it is important to present financial statements that shows you can afford to pay for your one year tuition and you have enough left for accommodation, transportation, feeding and miscellaneous expenses.

6.       Employment: Your primary purpose of coming to Canada should be to study, not for the chance to work before or after graduation. While many students are permitted to work for 20hrs per week, such employment is incidental to their main purpose of completing their Canadian education. You must be able to clearly articulate your plan to return home at the end of your program. If your spouse and children are also applying for accompanying visa, be aware that you have to prove to the consular officer that you have enough financial resources to pay for your children’s education in Canada and not rely on employment in Canada to support their education. You also need to address what your spouse intends to do with his or her time while in Canada. Working and attending school part-time are permitted activities.

7.       Dependents Remaining at Home: If your spouse and children are remaining behind in Nigeria, be prepared to address how they will support themselves in your absence. This can be an especially tricky area if you are the primary source of income for your family. If the consular officer has the impression that your family members will need you to remit money from Canada in order to support themselves, your student visa application will almost certainly be denied. If your family does decide to join you at a later time, it is helpful to have them apply at the same post where you applied for your visa.

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Taiwo Roluga, B.Sc, M.A. (UK), PG D (Canada)

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant  (R516184)

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How OTAs Are Changing The Travel Experience of Nigerians

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Once upon a time, around two decades ago, you had to seek the services of a local travel agent to research and book a trip on your behalf regardless of whether it is domestic or international.

With the debut of the internet, booking travel became seamless as online travel agencies started to leverage the internet to make travel seamless for millions of Nigerians. So, nowadays, travellers have many options available to them to help choose destinations, compare prices and make reservations independently and easily.

The undeniable fact is that online travel agencies have changed and disrupted the way we travel. Jumia’s travel and flight marketplace, Jumia Travel is one of the few OTAs that are playing a huge role in making travel smooth for Nigerians.

By booking hotels for Nigerians at any time of the day, Jumia Travel eliminates the stress of scouting for hotels. Today, Jumia Travel has expanded to flightpackages, airport pickups and even cruises. The aim is to become an all-in-one travel agency. So, how is an OTA like Jumia Travel changing the travel experience of Nigerians?

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Democratise travel

For some Nigerians, the reason why they do not travel is that they think travel is expensive, which is not always the case. However, with an OTA like Jumia Travel, every Nigerian has a better chance of travelling. This is because unlike other OTAs, Jumia Travel has one of the best available rates you can ever find on the internet. Hence, whether you have a huge amount in your account or not, you can still travel comfortably.

Take the stress off travel bookings

Travel planning can be overwhelming, especially if it is group travel. You have to put together a bucket list of destinations to visit and even book hotels you do not know anything about. If you get this wrong, it can make or mar the travel experience. This is where online travel agencies come into play. All over Nigeria, they have hotels on their platform; you simply reach out to your preferred OTA, for example, Jumia Travel and their travel advisors will recommend fantastic hotels you and your group can stay anywhere in Nigeria. This is, of course, at the best price.

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Enhanced customer service

Customer service and satisfaction have also transformed the travel experience of Nigerians. The travel advisors of Jumia Travel help customers make informed decisions. Also, the vast majority of brands have a social media presence that is being used to make customers aware of the best packages and deals. And when necessary, to provide relevant information to help unsatisfied or confused customers.

Travel research transformed

One of the most profound effects that OTAs has had on travel in Nigeria is the democratization of online reviews. Today’s travellers go online to research their future travel destinations and accommodations. When booking travel, a good number of Nigerians plan travel activities based on the content posted by their peers online. Hence, travel agencies do everything in their power to ensure they get positive reviews by offering sterling services.

 

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On Air Personality, Wale Omotola Makes Waves with New Book ‘Eni Buru Mo’

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His name might not ring a bell across the society yet but those who may have been privileged to listen to him on radio, as well as members of his constituency, will readily attest to the fact that, it’s only a matter of time Wale Omotola will become the next big thing in the field he’s chosen to ply his trade.

Amiable and handsome Omotola, a Mass Communication graduate of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, has over the years proven not to be one who rest on the hoarse of his talent but believes in self upgrade, breaking new grounds and constantly setting new goals. On the heel of his dedication to whatever cause he’s involved, today, Wale occupies prestigious post of the Vice Chairman of Freelance Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria, FIBAN.

Aside of his ability to perfectly compeer events and write scripts, Wale is armed with singing talent that has seen him produced an album. Also, as an individual who loves pace setting, he was the first among his contemporaries to become newspaper publisher. He’s the publisher of a community publication, Heptagon newspaper. As it is, the humorous on air personality is making waves with another pace he recently set in book publishing. He debuted as an author with a new book, Eni Buru Mo. As the book is receiving commendation from all over, it’s been reviewed on air by a couple of presenters both home and abroad. It’s also available for sales at different points that include, Glendora, Shoprite, Ikeja, Patabah, Shoprite, Surulere, Faaji FM, Radio Lagos among others.

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Speaking on what his decision of writing the book in Yoruba language, the articulate dude said, he did because he uses indigenous language as a broadcaster and secondly, as a way to promote Yoruba language. He also revealed he was compelled to use indigenous language so that he could appeal more to the grass root people that are predominantly his audience.

Speaking further, Wale said he sees writing the book in indigenous language as a necessary step since the Yoruba race is fast losing her aged Yoruba literature giants like Akinwunmi Ishola, hence, need for others to step up, so the heritage and culture of the Yorubas don’t go into extinction.

Talking about the encouragement, Wale said he felt so great weeks back when attended an International Book Fair at the University of Lagos, UNILAG. He revealed he felt so special and was treated as such based on the fact that every other young authors present at the event produced their books in English language and he was the only one who did his work in indigenous Yoruba language.

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Ceased Property: Gbenga Daniel Reclaims Hotels Days After Amosun Left Office These are certainly great times for two-term former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel as he took back the possession of his yet to be completed hotel building eight years after it was taken over by the recently concluded administration led by Senator Ibikunle Amosun. The former governor was said to have betrayed emotions as he resulted to tears when he visited the site recently. In what the Daniel camp alleged was a witch hunt taken to extremes over political differences, Amosun refused all entreaties by major stakeholders to release the hotel.

Despite some court orders in Daniel’s favour, Amosun remained obstinate as the Certificate of Occupancy on the land was revoked and not returned for several years. There was even talk of moves to take over the structure and convert it to a state utility.

However, while the engineer turned politician is happy to be alive to repossess his possession courtesy of the newly inaugurated governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, he’s saddened at the level of rot the property has recorded even as lots of expensive fittings have been looted due to the negligence of the government that placed a seal on it.

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Things You Should Know Before Relocating To Dubai

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When relocating to a new place especially if it’s a foreign country that is entirely different from what you are accustomed to, it is important that you equip yourself with the necessary tools that will make that relocation stress-free and worthwhile.

Life in Dubai may be different from how you know life to be and it could be mind-blowing. Dubai is a luxury city with amazing sights, a friendly environment and a multicultural work-force. You must be fully prepared to embark on the adventure the city of Dubai holds.

This Emirate is like no other city in the world, full of life, energy and surprises in every corner. Here are a few tips on how to prepare to live and work in Dubai.

 

  1. Prepare for the hustle

Dubai residents are always “so busy”. Life in this city is non-stop and expats will often hear the word “hustle” thrown around when talking to their friends. Everyone will always have a long list of all the things they need to get done for work, all the errands they run and how stressed out they are. No one can really escape the Dubai hustle, so it’s crucial to be prepared to have a busy and often hectic routine.

 

2. Weekends are Friday and Saturday

While the city is very much geared towards the business traveller, newcomers working in Dubai can be taken by surprise by some of Dubai’s business customs. The first thing to know about working in Dubai is that the working week can differ from business to business. The working week is generally Sunday to Thursday. However, retail and some other businesses open six days a week, closing on Fridays. Usual business hours are from 08:00 to 13:00, resuming after the temperatures have begun to cool from 16:00 and continuing until 19:00, all in local time

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3. Always follow the country’s rules

This is a must. For anyone who wishes to stay in Dubai and be safe from any trouble, it is crucial to always abide by the country’s and city’s rules. Hence one should always try to stay on the right side of the law by avoiding things such as public intoxication, buying fake goods, taking pictures of strangers and other illegal acts.

4. Every Tuesday is ladies night

This one is for the ladies! This is exciting for new arrivals who like to party. There will be a club and bar open and full every day of the week but the most exciting day of the work week definitely is Tuesday. Almost every bar or club in the city will have a ladies night offer, including free drinks and massive discounts on food. Some places even have ladies night on different weekdays to ensure that the party keeps on going every single day.

5. Practice some Arabic

Expats moving to Dubai will probably never actually feel the need to be fluent in Arabic. Everyone in the city speaks English and there will very rarely be an actual need to know how to speak the Arabic language. However, everyone who lives in Dubai knows some Arabic. There are a few words that expats will hear on a daily basis that are must-knows. So when a friend says “yalla“, they are asking everyone to hurry up; or when someone says “Inshallah“, they are hoping for the best outcome out of a situation.

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6. Dubai is always under construction

With new crazy attractions and immense skyscrapers being opened every year, it’s only natural that Dubai is constantly under construction. Expats should come prepared to see massive cranes in every area of town building the latest “biggest something in the world”. This can often be very inconvenient and the street one takes home every day might suddenly disappear from one day to the other. However, these constructions are what made Dubai the city it is today.

7. There will never be a boring day

With all this being said, it’s vital to know that life in Dubai will never include a boring day. Whether hustling around the city, trying to get things done, meeting people from all over the globe, or desperately trying to be cautious not to break any rules – life in Dubai means a new adventure every day! Sometimes fun, sometimes chaotic, sometimes just plain crazy.

Now you are good to go. With workatdubai your relocation to Dubai will be as seamless as possible

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