My family and I aspire for a better life; who doesn’t ?

But before you think of anything, we’re NOT going to Canada yet, at least for now.

Two weeks ago, Tina submitted our CVs to a Canadian Consultancy firm that emailed me few days after. We were told that I qualified for the present minimum point-system immigration requirement for Canada. However, their office is located too far from our place so I canceled our reservation to attend their free orientation.

Then another Canadian Consultancy and Recruitment agency texted Tina and invited us to attend to a similar activity. The venue was in Ortigas Center, which is more accessible for us. The 3-hour-free orientation was held at Development Academy of the Philippines on an early Saturday morning.

As expected, it was well-attended by various professionals.   Some people like us came with their kids and spouses.  The speaker and facilitators were compelling. The entire seminar was never boring and we felt the honesty and legality of the talk.

At the end of the orientation, each of the attendees sat in a one-on-one assessment to verify whether one qualifies to apply for an immigrant visa to Canada. And like what I have read from the email of another agency, I’m eligible despite I haven’t taken an English proficiency exam yet (IELTS/International English Language Testing System).

It was Tina who passed IELTS twice with both band scores of 7.0 (perfect score 9.0); first when she took it while we’re on a 7-week-break in Auckland, New Zealand then 2 years after it expired (IELTS has validity of 2 years), she took it again,  here in EDSA Shangri la conducted by British Council Philippines.

She took  IELTS test as a part of the requirement that led her to enlist herself under California-Board of Registered Nursing (yes, my wife is already registered nurse in Ca-BON) and also gained her a US Visa Screen Certificate issued by CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) which is valid until 2014 (it has 5-year validity).  So needless to say, my wife only lacks a petition for a working visa from an American employer that will enable her to claim her license from Ca-BON.  *opportunity, where are you?*

Going back to Canadian dream, the seminar we attended enlightened us to these facts on how an applicant qualifies for an immigrant visa as of present :

  • Education ———————————————maximum of 25 points
  • Ability to speak English and/or French———————-24 points
  • Experience—————————————————————21 points
  • Age————————————————————————10 points
  • (21-49; age over 49 lose 2 points for every year)
  • Arranged employment in Canada—————————-10 points
  • Adaptability (relatives, spouse in Canada)——————10 points
  • Total of 100 points and the current eligibility passing point is 67.

Since my wife and I are both in the health and education sectors, our professions and jobs qualify under the present Canadian list of 38 high demand occupations. But what limits us from furthering the lodgement of our application is the required PROOF OF FUNDS (or what’s common to many as “show money”).

PROOF OF FUNDS – ability to practically support him/herself and accompanying members of family on basic needs; amount of money to support your family is determined by size of your family.

Meaning the more children/dependents you have, the more moolahs you need to have in the bank.

Settlement money

  • # of family members                          funds required
  • Single——————————-CAD $ 11,000 (PhP 498, 870)
  • Single with dependent———–CAD $ 13, 801 (PhP 621, 045)
  • 3 ————————————CAD $ 16, 967 (PhP 763, 515)
  • 4————————————-CAD $ 20, 599 (PhP 926, 955)
  • 5————————————-CAD $ 23, 364 (PhP 1,051, 380)
  • 6————————————-CAD $ 26, 350 (PhP 1,185,750)
  • 7————————————-CAD $ 29, 337 (PhP 1,320,165)

PLUS consultancy fee of more or less PhP 90K, medical exam fee of PhP 4,000 per applicant, and a whopping CAD $ 2,1000 for the total application fee.

Do you have interest in migrating to Canada?

Do you have that fortune to apply for Canadian Immigrant Visa? (fees exclusive of job offers)

We don’t. 😦

For readers who have been to Canada and who are living and/working in Canada, is it really that practical to splurge and invest on that huge amount of money in exchange of a better family life?

Alas, we continue to seek possibilities here and in other foreign countries.

So help us, God.



  1. diba kaya nga pumupunta mga tao doon eh para kumita? eh kung may pera bakit pa pupunta sa ibang bansa diba? so dapat wala na yang show money na yan! he he! at teka, bakit yung single with dependent pareho lang ng family with three members? unfair! 🙂

    i’m actually familiar with the requirements of immigrating to canada because we (me and my brother, along with his family) actually thought or migrating there. my gosh, what were we thinking? di ko ata kakayanin manirahan sa ibang bansa! buti na lang di natuloy! he he! pero sa tingin ko, worth it naman dahil maganda ata ang benefits sa canada, although i’m not so sure about this. 🙂

  2. Hi,

    I’ve been a silent follower of your blog for quite some time. First of all, kudos to the growing success of your personal outlet. It is so nice to see a happy family life who lives for the simple joys in life. Second, props to your family for being open minded in seeing through your future.

    Am currently living in Canada; being an immigrant as well, I’m only too familiar with your situation. Taking the plunge is one thing, living here is a different thing entirely. For sure the quality of life is present here and it is a glorious place to live in. Of course, there is the practical side to it.

    You have to take into consideration if you can live separate from your relatives–if you think it will be a sustainable environment for your son to live in. Being quite young, he is easily adaptable, albeit susceptible (i.e. white-washed). The family can only provide so much values and lessons–most are learned from society and most importantly, the company they keep.
    Though these things can be effectively counterbalanced by the presence of a strong Filipino community, of which you will never be deprived of wherever you decide to land in Canada.

    As you also mentioned, the cost of the whole immigration process of quite steep and that does not end there–unless assured of a job (which is quite shady and will explain later), costs incurred in this first world nation is well, quite expensive to be blunt. Rent is some $700-1100 for a 1-bedroom flat, but this does differ depending on the community you live in. Try to research on the price of basic commodities and average monthly expenses of a family of X and try to compare that with the minimum wage of $8/hr.

    The saddest part, I’ve only heard of too many professionals from the Philippines who risk it all to migrate to Canada, only to know that they have to repeat from scratch (studying all over again). Research, research and research (Cannot stress this enough!) the transferability of both your’s and your wife’s professions. Ask people who know. Most nurses and doctors who come here work at fast food joints or as caregivers.

    Well, sorry for keeping this too long, but what I’m just trying to say is that despite the high risks attached, Canada is a great place to live. Though now you really have to weigh the pros and cons for this and hopefully, make the right decision. All the best!

  3. doc, Canada has better benefits than the US. If you are interested, then you can do away with the agency fee by applying directly with the Canadian Embassy.

    As far as the US is concern, closed and quota sa professionals, hence no sponsorship. Mahirap din maghanap ng trabaho kahit RNs. Anak ko nga, part time lang at 2 to 3 days a week lang ang work niya as RN sa nursing home.

    Explore the possibilities of Australia and New Zealand. I have a friend whose son is now an immigrant in Australia and came as a teacher, processing time was just one year.

  4. Is it necessary now to go through an agency to immigrate to Canada? I do not understand this unusual amount of money required.

    I have 5 siblings and their families living in Canada and none of them went through these rigorous requirements. The first one who arrived was sponsored by his girlfriend and the others were subsequently sponsored by him, one after the other, over a period of several years. None of them went through an agency.

  5. tama sila migrating is one hell of a decision to make. i have a friend who migrated to australia but only her husband is the one working. ok sana to migrate if you already have a work waiting for you there pero kung mag start ka from scratch ang hirap especially if you have been used to the lifestyle that you have here. pero sabi nga nila kung may tyaga may nilaga. Many who migrated naman and worked hard eh ok naman ang buhay. pero isip ko din why go abroad if ok naman ang buhay dito. i mean nakakakain ka at napagaaral naman ang anak. iba pa din ang sariling bayan ika nga. some who lived there pag nag retire bumabalik din sa pinas.

    well kanya kanya pa ding opinion and its a decision na kailanagan pagisipang mabuti 🙂

  6. How I wish I could find a petitioner for your wife in the US so you need not apply to Canada and show all that huge amount of money. Unfortunately, from what I gather from a friend who’s familiar with employment/immigrant visas for nurses, there’s been a backlog for those seeking immigrant status based on employer petition and we’re talking here about years. I think an H1B visa is what’s the only fast way for a nurse to work in the US these days.

  7. I swear i made a comment here! Where was it? Ugh! Anyway, tama sila lahat, i was encouraged to go by a friend who is going to Canada today! And i am not excited with going, i wonder why!

  8. My brother-in-law from Canada is here vacationing and husband and I had been thinking of this too for the longest time, is it worth migrating? After all the hassle and tussle we had this year from our respective jobs, I am giving this idea a chance now. I hope that we can get a sponsorship soon 🙂

  9. Before I never wanted to go abroad and work pero when I was given a chance to do so, nagbago isip ko. Its not that I dont like it here sa Pinas kaso nga lang mas masarap kumita sa ibang country.

  10. I think US with its bad economy is not really the place to be. Canada might be a solution, but with fees like that???

    You’re both professionals and I’m sure MR. OPPORTUNITY will come knocking pretty soon. Good luck.

  11. My two cents: if people have sources of income in Manila like you and your wife do, you have a healthy and happy child, and you have family and friends who support you, moving to another country would be defeating the purpose of searching for a ‘better’ life because you already have a great life!

    Have you started enjoying the summer yet? Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your comment. Come visit again tomorrow!

  12. to migrate or not to migrate, that is the big question. it is a big move lalo na kung wala kang kamag anak sa lilipatan mo. John and I have explored the Canadian immigration during the first year of our marriage but we were discouraged to go through it because of the unbelievable fees they were asking us to pay. We also tried Australia and New Zealand which again asked for show money. We are now in the process of migrating to the US and praying that our visas will be issued soon.
    some piece of advice: research, research, and research. daming manloloko pagdating sa paghahanap ng trabaho sa ibang bansa.

    if you are really planning to migrate, be sure that the employer will petition your family that has the I140 Not the H1B visas. H1B visas kc are work visas lang which means if Ms. Tina is that one given the visa, Doc Gelo can’t work and you guys are tied to the contract (end of contract means balik pinas kayo) pero pag I140 for immigration purposes yun, green card kagad (yehey!) but the problem with the I140 is it’s not current medjo taon ang bibilangin bago ka mabigyan.

    I’ll pray for you Doc Gelo. kung anong maging decision ninyo ni Ms. Tina, surely God will guide you.

  13. hmm this is tough decision…i agree with some of the comment i’m reading here. 1. You are doing well in Phils. personally I think our country needs more people like you but i do understand the need for growth. it would be a wonderful opportunity for your youngest as far as education is concern since he’s seen alot of cultures already so my advice is that make good decisions. The econmy in U.S right now is in shambles umemployemnt rate is high, I have friends whos holding to jobs and loosing jobs left and right (Pharmaceutical Sales, Med Tech) although your Physician and Nurse background would have alot of bearing in any country you go. You and your family are wise and knowledgable people..i know you will make the right decision. Best of luck to you all.

  14. i think there somehow good return but the main concern is how to start with such a big requirement. it will definitely take an important decision before choosing to do it.

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