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samna1978: Thanks and does the in house photo service upload the pics for you as well?
MITRON: The renewal process will take the same amount of time as a brand new first time application. So give it about 2 months, don't expect it any sooner, just because it is a renewal. Don't book any plane tickets till you have the OCI in hand.
MITRON: BLS Brampton has an in house photo service if you want to use it. BLS In house Photography services : BLS visa and passport application center has an in-house photo-booth facility which enables
samna1978: Has anyone renewed OCI for their kids recently at the brampton location? Is there any place near the BLS centre which can take OCI pictures and upload it for us? thx

India's political landscape

Garvo Gujarati: I really feed bad about good people who blindly supported Kejriwal even after his numbers of U-turns. Anyway things get corrected over the period of time and now the true colors of the demon are surfaced.
zindabad: psychopath - shameless Kejru begging to Sheila Dixit and Congress to do " Gathbandhan " . I remember there was an old movie " Delhi ka Thug " .. This psychopath believes that delhi people are chu**ya ...
elmer fudd: All accused in the 2G scam acquitted by CBI special court (CBI is under govt. control). Looks like BJP and DMK might be forging an alliance. I wonder how Modi will slink out of this, considering it has happened right under his nose.
zindabad: वक्त कितनी जल्दी निकल जाता है पता ही नहीं चलता .

Wifi Internet in India

tamilkuravan: There are strict verification of ID for purchasing any Wifi items. Aaadhaar card is asked these days. So you have to buy this, using your parents as a front. Only tops ups / monthly payements are a breeze.
MITRON: If you are just going to use internet 3-4 hrs a day, the phone as a hot spot will be more than enough. But if you are going to use it 10 hrs a day, better to have a WiFi dongle or stick. Leave the dongle behind for your parents and for your future visits.
MITRON: Yes, you can use that. But generally the phone battery drains faster when you use it as a hot spot and phone also heats up a bit. So either you have to keep the phone plugged in while using it as a
captainbeam: Thanks Mitron for your informative posts. I have to check what kind of coverage Jio has in my area in Delhi. Airtel should have good coverage. do you think it is better to just buy a 4G enabled cell phone with lots of data and just use that as a hotspot around the house?

PIO to OCI conversion in 2019

MITRON: Apply for a brand new OCI in India. Don't do PIO to OCI conversion. LINK
GlobalIndian: I am aware of three white girls who married Indian men in India and got OCI; during the entire process of obtaining OCI, they never had to leave India. So, TK I think you should be able to convert your PIO to OCI without leaving India, if you do not wish to leave.
zindabad: Just check with BLS , I think there should not be any issue to convert PIO ~ OCI in India ******** How do you become/convert to an OCI? You can apply through the Indian embassy in your country of
tamilkuravan: i have a PIO. Living in india. for conversion i need to come to Toronto, which i canot. I plan to land in Canada in may. So what are my options? Murali


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Full House:
sam_X_USA: Can an Indian who being an illegal immigrant in USA due to expiry of 10 years multiple entry B1/B2 visa was deported . has been banned re-enrty in USA for 10 years. CAN HE APPLY FOR A TOURIST OR ANY VISA FOR CANADA?
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Power of attorney attestation by Indian Consulate in Toronto

ranabu: Thank you Full House.
Full House: Here is an alternative Proof of Residence that you can get. It is from SERVICE ONTARIO, IF YOU ARE IN ONTARIO. If any other Province please contact similar Authorities who have the power to issue one. But it takes 4-6 weeks and $35 as cost. You can also call the High Commission and ask them OR contact
ranabu: Hi, I need to get a power of attorney attested by the Indian Consulate in Toronto. According to the website, for address of proof, I need to provide "Attach proof of address in Canada (Canadian driving licence, Gas, Electricity or landline telephone bill displaying applicant's address and House lease agreement.
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samna1978: I am checking a few places and will let you for sure. Thanks for the offer.
sudesingh: Will you too need to grease the palms of the Univ officials? I'm sure you know how that's done ;)
tamilkuravan: I live near the Univ of Madras. Try also Gulf attestation (Google). I have used their services for educational attestation in the past. Univ. of Madras requires the person who needs the transcript to be present there (they accept proxies of the same sex) or agents who know how to grease the palms. If all fails, I can do it at a fee as I have to take leave from the office. The university will attest the transcripts and give it.
samna1978: Thank you appreciate it.
Full House: Here is a little help please read fully and take notes. Then, contact them first. xxxx Dear, If you require official transcripts / attestations from any universities / institutions in India. You can contact us. All India Transcripts +918951179640 / +918553899409. contact us for quickly process.or Mail

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Full House: Generally, a Husband can do all of the required things for Wife and Children. So, you are O.K. Otherwise you need a letter Authorizing to do all of these things. It will be nice to Have a copy of the Marriage Certificate and a Valid I.D., such as Passport/Driver's License also. Good Luck. FH. -
uday62: I have applied to sponsor my wife and children to canada. We got an email from CIC to submit my wife and children's passports through the VFS ofice in India. I am on vacation to India. Is it compulsory wife's physical presence at the VFS office while submitting the passports?. Can i submit the passports on behave of my wife?
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Full House: You are in India and you submitted your Applications over the web. Did you also send any attested/notarized copies of any Documents by Courier? Can you track that post? In the recent ITA, I find that the scores of those asked to submit have been exceptionally higher and hence yours might have got held up till the scores come down a bit to your level.
sarjitdelivala: Hi! We, as a couple have submitted our Express entry PR file on 25th Oct 2018. It's been around 8 months and yet there's no reply. We've submitted 2 web forms but the response in general and no specific information is given upon our file. Kindly suggest what to do. Thank you!
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Toronto Real Estate Market Watch report - March 2019

sanjeevm: Dear CDs, Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) has released the figures for March 2019 for the residential transactions done through TREB MLS system. Highlights: * Total sales in March 2019 are in-line with the sales figures in March 2018 (7187 and 7188, no difference). * However, for first quarter of 2019, sales are down by 1% as compared to Q1 of 2018. * Supply of New Listings in March 2019 declined by 5% (Year over Year), indicating still a Seller's market. Q1 listings are down by 1% though. * Since the supply of new listings has remained tight, it is supporting price growth. * Average sale price increased from $784,514 to $788,335 (year over year) * There is still competition among the buyers in many pockets of GTA which is resulting in Multiple offers situation. * Townhouse segment has shown double digits growth in Sales in March 2019 (Year over year) * Detached homes are positive in Sales but price wise, still in negative.

Toronto Real Estate Market Watch report - February 2019

sanjeevm: Dear CDs, Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) released the figures for February 2019 for the residential transactions done through TREB MLS system. Highlights: - Total GTA sales in February 2019 were down by 2.4% (year over year) - February 2019 Vs February 2018 - The OSFI mandated mortgage stress test is one of the reasons for lower sales. - New listings also declined by a greater annual rate, creating the tight market (Supply-Demand) condition. - Resulting in average price growth year over year. - MLS home price index and average selling price - both were up modestly. - The prices of Semi Detached type of properties lead the way this month, in terms of growth. The year over year increase in the average selling price for Semi detached was: 9.9%, followed by Condo apartments which saw an increase of 6.1% - Average selling price for Detached properties slided down by 2.1% (year over year) - However, ASP for townhouse remained more or less same. It may still be a good time to upgrade from Semi Detached to Detached property.

Current situation on Housing market in GTA area, what will happen next...?

RBO: Toronto real estate prices rose 1.7% YoY in January to a new average price of $748,328. Thats good news for sellers in the GTA, however it is a big irritation for homebuyers who have lead to believe government action would benefit them and create opportunities to buy. The GTA market is still a big market and only the Montreal housing market has a chance to outperform the GTA housing market through 2020. Housing markets in Calgary and Vancouver are down significantly. We are back to about spring 2016 prices. Speculators drove the prices from 2014 onward. So many people not able to close the house deal or just walking away. The value of the home just dropped by at least $200k in some of the GTA Area. All investors outside of GTA were propping up demand cause of easy money. Many regular families bought being greedy.

Suggestions on area, nearer to GTA

peacock1: Hello Friends, Looking for suggestions, for good smaller cities around Toronto, from London, Kitchner, waterloo, cambridge, Hamilton, Niagra falls, Barrie, Oshwa, pickering, peterborough. Houses, under 350-400 k

Toronto Housing Market Outlook for 2019

sanjeevm: 2019 Outlook Summary for Toronto Housing Market The following points summarize TREBs outlook for 2019 and results of the Ipsos Home Owners and Home Buyers surveys: 83,000 sales are forecast to be reported through TREBs MLS System in 2019 a moderate increase compared to 77,375 sales in 2018. This moderate increase will be underpinned by an uptick in the number of people considering a home purchase, as reported by Ipsos, which will be supported by continued population growth, low unemployment rate and lower average fixed-rate borrowing costs compared to 2018. Slightly tighter market conditions, similar to those observed in the second half of 2018, will support a moderate pace of price growth in 2019. The average selling price in the Greater Toronto Area will increase to $820,000 close to the peak reached in 2017 and up from an average of $787,195 in 2018.

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