Canada Manenos Part 2

by Wamwara Wamwara 4,651 Comments

Point system.

The first criteria is Language.

To be eligible for express entry you have to take a language test.

The test will evaluate your ability in the following areas:

Reading, writing, listening and speaking.


There are two accepted language skills test but only one is available in Kenya.

IELTS- This is the best for someone located outside Canada. This test is offered in Kenya at the British council in Nairobi and costs around 22,650 Ksh. The test location also sells sample material packs to help you prepare for the test for about 3,800Ksh although the same can be found online at the main IELTS  website for free (I think)

Since we are discussing the Skilled program: the maximum test points you earn for your language test are 24 points.

Important to remember that when you are registering for the test, you must select the General training option and not the academic option.

The minimum acceptable number of points you can score for your language test is 16 points. And you have to score at least 6 in each of the four categories.  You earn extra points if you can speak French.


The next category is Experience.

Most Kenyans immigrate as Skilled level A which include professionals like Nurses or doctors or other professionals. There is a list of all the occupations that qualify but the the purpose of the skilled immigrants that we are discussing,  to earn points for your Job skill that applies to you:

  • Your work experience must be skill type 0, A, B or C
  • You must have a minimum of a bachelor degree
  • You have to have at minimum one year continues  work experience in the field you are applying for.
  • Voluntary work does not count.
  • You must show that your Job description and duties you did at your job matches the Job description provided on the skills list provided by the government.

The Next Criteria is Education:

Since most likely you got your degree in Kenya/outside Canada you must have your academic papers evaluated by an Educational Credential Assessment Agency that determines if your degree is equivalent to a Canadian Degree. The results from this assessment will then determine how many points you will earn for this category. The list of approved ECA agencies is available on the immigration website to Canada.


When you meet the minimum requirements, then your application will be assessed based on:

Your age :


Valid Job Offer

English/French Language skills



You also must show that you have enough money to support yourself when you first arrive in Canada.


So to summarize all of  this information, If you are interested in setting up a profile in order to be considered for the skilled Federal Program, You have to do your Language test first and get your degree translated before you can even consider doing a profile. Your application profile is only valid for one year. You must have very high points in order to be invited to apply for permanent residency. The minimum points is 67 out of 100.


This is only one of the ways/route to legally immigrate. There are also other categories for people who have a trade/skill like: construction, electrical,maintenance, mining, agriculture, chefs, cooks, butchers etc who do not necessarily need a degree. They can have a diploma or certificate.


What we have covered here is just one category. I do not post links on my posts but if any one has a question or need more information, I can email the links privately.


Also remember if you ever feel that you are qualified but you need professional guidance to get through the application process, there are qualified and licensed consultants that can help you through the process for a fee.

Guest Post: Classy?

by Wamwara Wamwara 4,836 Comments




What you do for a living?

Where do you work?

Where do you live?

Do you have children?

Are you married?

What are you doing this holiday?

These are the questions that are commonly asked by so many people. Have you ever taken a moment to see how irrelevant and insensitive these questions are? People ask you these questions to gauge which level or class they will put you depending on what is class to them.

In Kenya you are considered to be classy if:-

You work in the formal sector whether as a receptionist or a messenger (note-nothing wrong with these professions), all you need to say is you are going to the office lol.

You drive a car whether rental or borrowed,

You live in a good a good neighborhood, even if you are you are housed or living in single room.

You go shopping in Carrefour or eat in a mall.

I guess it is  high time we started judging people for who they are or what they stand for instead of judging them with the class they fall in.

Some people are living a frugal life, not because they cannot afford to live lavishly but because they do not want to live beyond their means and desire to have savings for the future.I have been that girl who was looked down on by people at one point in my life, and honestly it does not feel good at all and it makes it a challenge to try and hustle your way out of poverty when doors are constantly being shut in your face just because people are judging you based on  your“class” .

The biggest lesson I have learned along the way is that it is important to live within your means. It is also important to keep your self esteem intact because a lot of things will come your way to try and break you down. I do not believe that any one is destined to live in poverty forever just because you were born in poverty. I think with hard work, a lot of creativity and willingness to seize opportunities and to think outside the box is the recipe of helping us improve our lives no matter what challenges we face.

I can now shop in the cheapest markets because I need to save that extra coin. I buy second hand clothes, trust me not for more than Ksh.1000 and people want to know where I buy my clothes and when I tell them the truth, they are like, `The dress looks so elegant` lol. And you know what, I feel good because I do not feel the need to keep up with the joneses. I feel good because I can now choose the way I want live my life without feeling embarrassed that I will come across as unclassy.

Anyway what am trying to say is that live within your means. Relate to those that want to relate with you and never make anyone feel small. If a nanny who works in your neighborhood wants to be your friend, don’t see a nanny, see a friend. If Mama Mboga wants you to join their chama, join it if you can. Relate well with people around you, they will be the ones to respond in case of an emergency.

It’s not about what one does, it’s who they are that matters to me.


by Wamwara Wamwara 10,497 Comments


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by Wamwara Wamwara 13,416 Comments
I would like to delve in this often uncomfortable conversation of diaspora remittances. We see reports on the news of how much money Kenyan’s abroad are sending to Kenya. Having lived here for several years, I understand very well the struggle and hard work that goes in to earning that money.
We see people on social media making fun of people living in diaspora ati because they work shitty jobs or they work all the time. The reality of the situation is, if a lot of us did not feel responsible to support family members back home, then we would not need to work so hard because most people can comfortably afford to live on one job if they only had to take care of themselves.
But the most painful aspect of this is a lot of people do not appreciate the little money you send them. You get texts and phone calls at all hours of the night asking for financial assistance but as soon as you send the money, you don’t even get a text back confirming they received the cash. You hear all types of stories about people taking out credit cards to help family members as they live here paycheck to paycheck trying to catch up with bills and their family at home is living big.
For the people living abroad, I think we need to start learning self-care and start prioritizing our physical and mental health. Working 3 jobs and never sleeping at home for an extended period of time will eventually catch up with you, which we are already experiencing with the rising number of suicide, addiction and violence issues.
As for our families back home, always remember to be appreciative of any help you are getting because someone is breaking their back to be able to help out. Always remember to check on your family members because they are human beings too, don’t just call or text when you need something. Everyone wants to feel loved and wanted by their family and no one wants to feel used. This place can be very lonely for some people and keeping connected to their family and friends at home can help us through those rough days.
Also remember the same way you hit financial hard times at home, we do too here. So it would be nice to know that we can also depend on our family members to help us get through those hard times, the same way we sometimes go above and beyond to help out too.
As always, we love to hear your feedback on our discussions.