After just few months of waiting, we had our long-desired passport request email and we were advised by IRCC to go through with some pre-arrival sessions. Honestly, we attended sessions of few organizations, but SOPA was the best among all. SOPA has a very structured process, outstandingly helpful facilitators and amazing online resources.
Carla Mariano, an IT professional from Brazil, was over the moon with excitement when she received the email informing her that her application to immigrate to Canada had been approved. However, leaving the relative comforts of the familiar for a destination fraught with many uncertainties was a truly daunting experience.
Zongmeng Li completed all 5 SOPA courses and is an enthusiastic ambassador for the program. She is a Biotechnologist from China, and her dream was to explore the world while searching for her dream job as a Quality Assurance and Quality Control specialist in a food company. She was drawn to Canada as its integrated, “family feel” communities appealed to her lifestyle. When preparing for the move, her research brought her to SOPA, the program immediately gave her a great first impression of Canada, and it was a reassuring, welcoming presence.
Before arriving, Mussarat and her husband Javed found the SOPA program online. They felt that it would help them enhance their job search preparations. They both took several classes, but found Job Search Strategies to be the most beneficial. Job Search Strategies course showed them the Canadian styles of resumes, and enhanced their knowledge of interview tactics.
An adventure on the other side of the world – this is what Winnie Law and her family are calling their move to Canada. They moved from Auckland, New Zealand to Calgary, Alberta this summer. She found out about the SOPA program while looking online for a job and registered right away. In just four weeks after arriving in Canada, Winnie was invited for a job interview that landed her a job in her field.
Natalya was amazed by the unique combination of fresh air, abundance of colours and the small wild animals in the city; as well as the convenient urban facilities and impressive high-rise downtown buildings with the roofs disappearing in the thick fog on overcast mornings. It all felt like some kind of movie to Natalya at first.
One day, shortly after arriving in Edmonton from The Philippines, Ria and her son insisted on taking the bus to a museum instead of waiting for her uncle to drive them. She wanted to be more independent in getting around the city after-all. While at the bus stop, she asked a gentleman if they were on the correct route.