Success Stories

SOPA program was created to help immigrants arrive prepared through exceptional courses and services.

Every story is different and unique. We hope that you find an inspiration while reading them.

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Josiahs blog

Josiah’s Story: On the Right Path to a Successful Career

Josiah moved from Nigeria to iceberg-studded Newfoundland and Labrador in the middle of winter- January 2023. With temperatures often dropping below -20°C, it was a stark contrast to the warm...

Preparing For the Canadian Job Search

My name is Golam Sarwar, I am a certified professional data analyst with more than 10 years of experience in data analysis, data management and software development field. Before I...
SOPA Blog - Pre Arrival arrivepreparedca

Guest Post: The Adventure – My New Life in Calgary

The adventure that is my new life in Calgary, Alberta began in the fall of 2022. Moving from Mumbai, India to begin alone in a place where I had no...
Cem Gurbuz SOPA AB Success Story

Moving To A New Country Is Never Easy But Pre-Arrival Programs Help Make It Easier

I am Cem Gurbuz, a permanent resident who came to Canada from Turkey in August 2022. My hometown is Gaziantep, one of the cities most affected by the massive earthquakes...
Heba BC client

Hiba’s Story | Seeking Guidance And Connections Is Key In Your Pre-arrival Plan

Hiba moved from Lebanon to Vancouver, BC, in October 2022. Hiba has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree and ten years of quality and project management experience....

Newcomer Stories | Start Working on Your Job Search Before Your Arrival to be Prepared Right After

Three newcomers' stories of successfully finding a job in British Columbia (BC), Canada soon after their arrival! All of them immigrated to BC and found jobs in their fields, however,...
Dickson Esokpunwu blog post

Osagiator Dickson Esokpunwu: The Right Approach To Finding A Job

I am Osagiator Dickson Esokpunwu, from Nigeria. I arrived in Moncton, New Brunswick in April 2022 with my family. I landed in Canada with an open mind to find a...
Munir El Kadi blog

Keep the focus on your long-term goals

Munir El Kadi who lived in many different countries before moving to Canada is sharing with us the role SOPA played in his success and the steps he took prior...
Small community of people that rallied for me

Small Community of People That Rallied For Me

I can vividly remember the excitement when I finally received an email confirming the approval of my permanent resident visa application after three long years of waiting. Shortly after that,...
You need to have focused job search

You Need to Have A Focused Job Search Strategy

As an established finance and accounting manager from India, Hemamalini has over eight years of experience in manufacturing, retail, banking, financial services, and construction. She has completed CPA & CGA...