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  • Rajesh G
    Bonjour Gokul.. Really an awsome work done by you. Your experience and courage really deserve a very loud applaud. Wish u all the best . Raj ... === message
    Message 1 of 7 , Mar 3, 2004
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      Bonjour Gokul..

      Really an awsome work done by you. Your
      experience and courage really deserve a very loud
      applaud. Wish u all the best .

      Raj
      --- evelynne_r <evelynne_r@...> wrote:
      > Well done Gokul - good to hear your news. Good luck
      > with the next
      > stage of your immigration journey.
      >
      > Evelynne
      >
      > --- In immigrationquebec@yahoogroups.com, "cgk_79"
      > <cgk_79@y...>
      > wrote:
      > > At last, to lift up the spirit of everybody, good
      > news, I got the
      > > CSQ last week, Monday, Feb 23, after going against
      > many odds.
      > >
      > > If you remember, I guess I was the first to attend
      > an interview
      > from
      > > this group during the month of Sep. 2003 and was
      > told by the
      > officer
      > > that I wasn't eligible to get the CSQ for the
      > reason of not being
      > > able to speak French (and I wasn't able to get the
      > total points
      > > either). He offered me two choices 1) He can close
      > my file or 2)
      > He
      > > can keep the file open and I can take up an
      > interview after taking
      > > some intensive French classes. He told me that, he
      > could keep the
      > > file open for a year and I can redo the interview
      > within that time
      > > period. He also told me it would take from 9
      > months to 1 year, to
      > > get to a level, they expect me to have, if I do
      > intensive French
      > > courses in U.S, and the second interview would
      > only be in French.
      > >
      > > When I walked out of the NY office, I was
      > disappointed but I was
      > > determined to come back and redo the interview in
      > French, and
      > prove
      > > to myself that I am capable of doing it. But I
      > just didn't knew at
      > > that time, how to get there.
      > >
      > > I was faced with a hard choice. I just got done
      > with my masters
      > from
      > > U.S and had one-year work visa. I had to find a
      > job to get a H1B
      > > visa or leave U.S after my visa expires and risk
      > ending up with
      > > debt, because of the money I spent for my masters.
      > I was also
      > having
      > > job interview calls, so it was a tough decision
      > for me to make,
      > what
      > > to do next. Maybe getting a job in U.S and doing
      > an evening French
      > > class in Alliance Fran�oise would have been a good
      > idea, but being
      > a
      > > person as I am, who like to do things a little
      > different, I
      > decided
      > > to take a little risk. I decided to travel to
      > Quebec and spend
      > some
      > > time there, and I decided to give up my job
      > opportunities and
      > > interviews in U.S by doing so.
      > >
      > > Got a visitor visa to Canada. And believe me it
      > wasn't easy
      > either.
      > > The Canadian consulate drilled me with questions,
      > as I didn't had
      > a
      > > job in U.S and had only students visa in U.S. They
      > needed some
      > good
      > > reason from me, for visiting Canada. The lady at
      > the embassy gave
      > me
      > > back the application and asked me to come back
      > after I find a job
      > in
      > > U.S, to get a visitor visa to Canada. I had to
      > argue in length to
      > > convince her and at last she gave me a visa for
      > two months. So the
      > > first hurdle of getting a visitor visa to Canada
      > was taken care
      > of.
      > >
      > > Now what? Where to go? I had someone in Canada, in
      > Montreal (a
      > > friend, of a uncle of my friend :) And I told him,
      > I am planning
      > to
      > > visit Quebec and I wanted to learn French. He told
      > me, the fastest
      > > way to learn French, would be to go north, and
      > Chicoutimi is what
      > he
      > > suggested me. He gave me the contact details of a
      > friends of his,
      > > living there.
      > >
      > > So I ended up in Chicoutimi. Believe me that was
      > the wonderful
      > > experience I ever had. Its totally, totally
      > French. From day one I
      > > spoke (tried) only French(had no choice anyways)
      > and lived in a
      > > complete Francophone environment.
      > >
      > > I spent most of the time in streets, met as many
      > people as I can,
      > > had language partners, spent time in local bars,
      > spoke French and
      > > Quebecois:) Heard only French channels, read only
      > French
      > > newspapers, and actually had weird dreams in
      > French. So after my
      > > stay of two months in Quebec, I called the Quebec
      > office and asked
      > > for an interview. I think they were little
      > surprised, that I
      > called
      > > them just after 3 months (first week of December
      > 2003). The
      > officer
      > > told me to call back that afternoon, to see what
      > they can do. That
      > > afternoon, when I called him, I was asked by him
      > to call an
      > officer
      > > in Montreal, and apparently this is the chief of
      > Quebec
      > immigration.
      > > Oh well, I need to speak to the chief (probably
      > the highest in the
      > > hierarchy of Quebec immigration) and I wasn't
      > sure, what he was
      > > going to ask me and added to that, its going to be
      > in total
      > French,
      > > but anyways I did call him and he asked me where I
      > am living in
      > > Quebec and stuffs like that. After couple of
      > minutes, he told me
      > > that my French is good enough and he will ask the
      > NY office to
      > > schedule an interview for me, as soon possible.
      > >
      > > A sigh of relief from me. Good to hear from
      > someone high up in the
      > > bureaucracy, that my French is good. Called NY
      > office after a week
      > > and fixed the interview on Feb. 23. All this
      > happened before
      > > Christmas, so I decided to prolong my stay in
      > Quebec, until the
      > > interview.
      > >
      > > I returned to U.S on 21st of Feb. went to NY on
      > 23rd morning and
      > was
      > > greeted by a nice lady in the Quebec office. We
      > ended up talking
      > > about my experience in Quebec. I told her, how
      > much I liked the
      > > place and everything about Quebec. When I was in
      > Quebec I went to
      > > see the Quebec carnival and I had traveled a lot,
      > to see many
      > winter
      > > festivals and stuffs like that, so it was like two
      > old friends
      > > taking about home.
      > >
      > > After, 30 minutes she asked me, if there's
      > anything I wanted to
      > > show, as part of my application. I gave the
      > letters from my
      > friends
      > > in Quebec and the addresses and contact details of
      > all the
      > > prospectus employers I had meet in Quebec.
      > >
      > > She told me, "ok let see, how the points come out
      > in the
      > computer".
      > > After a couple of minutes, she told me "Bravo" and
      > handed me the
      >
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    • Antonio de Pádua Paes Jr
      I don t have anything else than.. CONGRATULATIONS! You deserve it! See you in Montreal Regards, Antonio ... From: Rajesh G To:
      Message 2 of 7 , Mar 4, 2004
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        I don't have anything else than..

        CONGRATULATIONS! You deserve it!

        See you in Montreal

        Regards,

        Antonio
        ----- Original Message -----
        From: "Rajesh G" <rajeshg2000@...>
        To: <immigrationquebec@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 2004 8:50 PM
        Subject: Re: [immigrationquebec] Re: My second interview experience.


        > Bonjour Gokul..
        >
        > Really an awsome work done by you. Your
        > experience and courage really deserve a very loud
        > applaud. Wish u all the best .
        >
        > Raj
        > --- evelynne_r <evelynne_r@...> wrote:
        > > Well done Gokul - good to hear your news. Good luck
        > > with the next
        > > stage of your immigration journey.
        > >
        > > Evelynne
        > >
        > > --- In immigrationquebec@yahoogroups.com, "cgk_79"
        > > <cgk_79@y...>
        > > wrote:
        > > > At last, to lift up the spirit of everybody, good
        > > news, I got the
        > > > CSQ last week, Monday, Feb 23, after going against
        > > many odds.
        > > >
        > > > If you remember, I guess I was the first to attend
        > > an interview
        > > from
        > > > this group during the month of Sep. 2003 and was
        > > told by the
        > > officer
        > > > that I wasn't eligible to get the CSQ for the
        > > reason of not being
        > > > able to speak French (and I wasn't able to get the
        > > total points
        > > > either). He offered me two choices 1) He can close
        > > my file or 2)
        > > He
        > > > can keep the file open and I can take up an
        > > interview after taking
        > > > some intensive French classes. He told me that, he
        > > could keep the
        > > > file open for a year and I can redo the interview
        > > within that time
        > > > period. He also told me it would take from 9
        > > months to 1 year, to
        > > > get to a level, they expect me to have, if I do
        > > intensive French
        > > > courses in U.S, and the second interview would
        > > only be in French.
        > > >
        > > > When I walked out of the NY office, I was
        > > disappointed but I was
        > > > determined to come back and redo the interview in
        > > French, and
        > > prove
        > > > to myself that I am capable of doing it. But I
        > > just didn't knew at
        > > > that time, how to get there.
        > > >
        > > > I was faced with a hard choice. I just got done
        > > with my masters
        > > from
        > > > U.S and had one-year work visa. I had to find a
        > > job to get a H1B
        > > > visa or leave U.S after my visa expires and risk
        > > ending up with
        > > > debt, because of the money I spent for my masters.
        > > I was also
        > > having
        > > > job interview calls, so it was a tough decision
        > > for me to make,
        > > what
        > > > to do next. Maybe getting a job in U.S and doing
        > > an evening French
        > > > class in Alliance Françoise would have been a good
        > > idea, but being
        > > a
        > > > person as I am, who like to do things a little
        > > different, I
        > > decided
        > > > to take a little risk. I decided to travel to
        > > Quebec and spend
        > > some
        > > > time there, and I decided to give up my job
        > > opportunities and
        > > > interviews in U.S by doing so.
        > > >
        > > > Got a visitor visa to Canada. And believe me it
        > > wasn't easy
        > > either.
        > > > The Canadian consulate drilled me with questions,
        > > as I didn't had
        > > a
        > > > job in U.S and had only students visa in U.S. They
        > > needed some
        > > good
        > > > reason from me, for visiting Canada. The lady at
        > > the embassy gave
        > > me
        > > > back the application and asked me to come back
        > > after I find a job
        > > in
        > > > U.S, to get a visitor visa to Canada. I had to
        > > argue in length to
        > > > convince her and at last she gave me a visa for
        > > two months. So the
        > > > first hurdle of getting a visitor visa to Canada
        > > was taken care
        > > of.
        > > >
        > > > Now what? Where to go? I had someone in Canada, in
        > > Montreal (a
        > > > friend, of a uncle of my friend :) And I told him,
        > > I am planning
        > > to
        > > > visit Quebec and I wanted to learn French. He told
        > > me, the fastest
        > > > way to learn French, would be to go north, and
        > > Chicoutimi is what
        > > he
        > > > suggested me. He gave me the contact details of a
        > > friends of his,
        > > > living there.
        > > >
        > > > So I ended up in Chicoutimi. Believe me that was
        > > the wonderful
        > > > experience I ever had. Its totally, totally
        > > French. From day one I
        > > > spoke (tried) only French(had no choice anyways)
        > > and lived in a
        > > > complete Francophone environment.
        > > >
        > > > I spent most of the time in streets, met as many
        > > people as I can,
        > > > had language partners, spent time in local bars,
        > > spoke French and
        > > > Quebecois:) Heard only French channels, read only
        > > French
        > > > newspapers, and actually had weird dreams in
        > > French. So after my
        > > > stay of two months in Quebec, I called the Quebec
        > > office and asked
        > > > for an interview. I think they were little
        > > surprised, that I
        > > called
        > > > them just after 3 months (first week of December
        > > 2003). The
        > > officer
        > > > told me to call back that afternoon, to see what
        > > they can do. That
        > > > afternoon, when I called him, I was asked by him
        > > to call an
        > > officer
        > > > in Montreal, and apparently this is the chief of
        > > Quebec
        > > immigration.
        > > > Oh well, I need to speak to the chief (probably
        > > the highest in the
        > > > hierarchy of Quebec immigration) and I wasn't
        > > sure, what he was
        > > > going to ask me and added to that, its going to be
        > > in total
        > > French,
        > > > but anyways I did call him and he asked me where I
        > > am living in
        > > > Quebec and stuffs like that. After couple of
        > > minutes, he told me
        > > > that my French is good enough and he will ask the
        > > NY office to
        > > > schedule an interview for me, as soon possible.
        > > >
        > > > A sigh of relief from me. Good to hear from
        > > someone high up in the
        > > > bureaucracy, that my French is good. Called NY
        > > office after a week
        > > > and fixed the interview on Feb. 23. All this
        > > happened before
        > > > Christmas, so I decided to prolong my stay in
        > > Quebec, until the
        > > > interview.
        > > >
        > > > I returned to U.S on 21st of Feb. went to NY on
        > > 23rd morning and
        > > was
        > > > greeted by a nice lady in the Quebec office. We
        > > ended up talking
        > > > about my experience in Quebec. I told her, how
        > > much I liked the
        > > > place and everything about Quebec. When I was in
        > > Quebec I went to
        > > > see the Quebec carnival and I had traveled a lot,
        > > to see many
        > > winter
        > > > festivals and stuffs like that, so it was like two
        > > old friends
        > > > taking about home.
        > > >
        > > > After, 30 minutes she asked me, if there's
        > > anything I wanted to
        > > > show, as part of my application. I gave the
        > > letters from my
        > > friends
        > > > in Quebec and the addresses and contact details of
        > > all the
        > > > prospectus employers I had meet in Quebec.
        > > >
        > > > She told me, "ok let see, how the points come out
        > > in the
        > > computer".
        > > > After a couple of minutes, she told me "Bravo" and
        > > handed me the
        > >
        > === message truncated ===
        >
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