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andrewhl

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  1. Yeah my mistake. I was looking at the international student category on the UoA website. Still haven't got used to the fact that I am a Canadian applicant now. lol
  2. Were you born in India? If you were then your waiting time for a green card is gonna be atrocious. Last time I checked for H1b holders it is about 5 years for Chinese-mainlander and 9 years for Indians. I could be wrong.
  3. Thanks! I hope I can find a standard one bedroom unit with relatively new appliances. As for location, I have no clue how the city vibe is. As long as it is a safe/convenient area I wouldn't complain.
  4. Thanks. By "Expensive" could you please give a number range? I heard it is usually around 1000 cad for a decent one bedroom unit?
  5. Thanks for the input Right now I'm inclined to U of A. I have no interest in practising in the U.S. so the Dual JD's U.S. course workload is just unnecessary. As for the tuition, I can afford it without debt but I certainly don't want to throw that money away. I could have spent the extra 20k per year on several vacations or do a few renovations on my house. P.S.: I am still waiting to hear back from other Ontario law schools but if none of them came in, I'd have to make the decision.
  6. Hi I just start looking at housing information near U of A. Which area should I start looking? Any particular local website I can look up? I have a car so I can drive to the campus.
  7. Hi my wife and kids will be staying in Toronto. I am trying to figure out how hard it is to fly back and forth if I go to UofA. Do you think it's realistic to leave every Friday early and come back Sunday midnight/Monday morning?
  8. Does wait pool mean waiting list? I just checked OASIS and saw the update
  9. Hi I'm still debating where should I go for law school, or should I go at all. My wife and my kids have to stay in Toronto for multiple reasons so it will be only me who is moving. Right now I am interested in the immigration business after law school. I've thought it for some time ever since I immigrated to North America. But I am still open to other fields such as real state if I feel I can do well. Windsor Dual: Pro: close to Toronto, 1-hour flight to downtown central island airport, which is about 10 min drive from my home. It is an Ontario law school, so would be easier for me because I plan to stay in the GTA area at least until our elder kid goes to college, which will be another 10 years. Con: Extra US course workload Not being able to go back to Toronto for the first summer The inconvenience of the board crossing (I am a Permanent Resident so I am not qualified for nexus yet) regular board crossing also may have an impact on my future citizenship application because immigration authorities have to make sure I stay long enough in Canada, with a weekly board crossing travel history it will be a huge headache and probably delays the process. almost 50k/year tuition U Alberta: Pro: more affordable tuition a decent reputation in west Canada,( not sure how it works out in Toronto though) No need to apply US F1 visa/No border crossing issue Con: 5-hour flight home and 3-hour jet lag Not an Ontario law school The last option for me is to give up law school for now. I have thought simply giving up law school and go for an Immigrant consultant diploma program, which usually only last a few months and can let me write an exam to be a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants. It's cheaper, faster, easier and I don't have to be long distance with my family. The downside is that I won't be allowed to advocate on clients' behalf in the court, in the event that it is required. But with processing paperwork for clients, I don't think there is much difference. Any thoughts?
  10. I haven't seen anything about visa information yet. Any one received any information regarding of the visa application? Thanks
  11. I believe they do. I know people from a third country (non-Canadian/non-US citizen/permanent resident) got in
  12. Hi I'm trying to figure out how and when to pay the $500 deposit for the Dual JD program. Uwinsdor's website says If you have Web banking set up, simply add the University of Windsor as a payee. Your student ID is your account number for web payments Where can I find this information? My uwinsite user ID is my last name with some numbers, doesn't seem to be right. btw, can I wait until the end of May to pay for this or do I have to pay for it before my offer expiry date? Thanks
  13. I really wish they could have opened up one year earlier. I really want to stay in downtown Toronto. Ryerson is just about 15 min drive from my home. And I can even drop off/pick up my kids at their school on my way to Ryerson.
  14. In my offer letter it states: Your offer of admission is contingent on receipt of your final official undergraduate degree transcript. The American Bar Association (ABA) requires that all accredited law schools receive an official transcript from a first-year student’s undergraduate degree-granting institution before that student begins classes. The transcript included in your Credential Assembly Service Report does not fulfil this ABA requirement. Please have your undergraduate degree-granting institution send an official transcript that includes the date your degree was granted to both the Detroit Mercy Law Admissions Office and the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) by August 1, 2019. After Detroit Mercy Law receives your final official transcript, we will register you for your first-year course. I applied through OLSAS and my transcript submitted to the OLSAS was a WES report since my undergraduate degree was from another country. And I have finished my undergrade study long time ago, it's not like I am in my fourth year. Any of you got this? The word of the whole offer letter seems a bit strange to me. Somehow I feel it focus a lot more on people who apply to the US side? Thanks
  15. Did your OLSAS update the offer?
  16. Get Accepted via email yesterday cGPA 3.1 LSAT 168
  17. The other threads above pretty much nailed. Retake your LSAT as many times as you can. Your GPA is decent, with a high 160+ you will have a lot of options. I just want to chime in since I am from Asia as well. You don't sound like you have been living in NA, so I assume you will come directly from Asia. Therefore I strongly recommend you to retake your LSAT and go for Ontario/British Columbia law schools. There is a huge difference for Asian immigrants to live in a multi-cultural region versus living in a more "deep north" area. After the cultural honeymoon period(which usually last a few months since everything is new to you), you will undoubtedly experience cultural shock. That, combining with the stress of study in law school, language/cultural barrier and alien social norm, sometimes can lead to great mental burdens for newcomers. In BC/Ontario at least you can occasionally visit local Asian stores/restaurant, or buy some authentic Asian grocery and cook yourself something familiar. And you would have more opportunity to make some Asian friends who happen to share a similar cultural background with you. It's like give yourself a tiny break during the long and tedious law school life. Besides, since population density in Canada is much lower comparing to Asia, unless you move to metropolitans such as Toronto, Quebec, Vancouver and live in their downtown core areas, you will need some time to get used to the open country here. (I assume you are from a highly populated area since most Asians here do) Personally, I prefer Ontario, especially GTA area to any other province/city in Canada, but I heard many Asian international applicants aims for UBC/UVIC as well since they like Vancouver. A good approach is to talk to someone you know who have immigrated here, preferably has a white-collar job and lived in Canada long enough to give an opinion about a certain province/city as a newcomer.
  18. Hi I received an email saying I am accepted by dual JD program. But it also states that the offer deadline is April 15 or the deadline in OLSAS, whichever is later. For those who have been accepted by dual JD, what's your deadline? This April 15 seems too close for me since I only got the email yesterday. P.S: The OLSAS hasn't updated my offer yet and I read somewhere that it could be 10 days for OLSAS to update. Would this be a problem?
  19. Thanks! I sent out the form this morning, haven't got any reply email yet
  20. Just saw this thread. Did you get any confirmation once you send them the form and made the payment? Will there be any change in the bear track to show that the payment is processed? Thanks
  21. waitlisted as 12 index 75.99 LSAT/AGPA :168/3.24 Ontario resident(not sure if this matters)
  22. I found out my accept email yesterday. The email was actually from Last Friday. I just haven't check the UA email for a week. cGPA by WES around 3.1 Master gpa 3.65ish Lsat average 163 It is my first offer. I'm really glad. For a while I thought I might just give up the hope and put my focus elsewhere. Good luck to everyone who's still waiting!
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