* May 2017 - Received Job offer
* June 2017 - Hubby did IELTS
* October 2017 - LMIA received in 1 week
* Novem 2017 - Did Police Clearance
* Jan/Feb 2018 - Wife did IELTS
* 19 March 2018 - Applied for Dual LMIA (Took 2 Months)
* May 29th 2018 - Applications for WP & SP sent for processing
..... Still waiting
So...Its been a long road, but we are almost there. We started the process 3 years and 3 children ago. Obviously the pregnancies slowed us down as we had to keep delaying the process because I obviously couldn't do the medical pregnant. Thinking back, this would probably have only taken us 1 year if we hadn't had the delays, as wonderful as they are.
We decided to use a recommended agency to streamline and simplify the whole process, and i can definitely recommend this route. All we got was a sign here, go here, email us this. CanadaAbroad.com. Deanne and Nicolene were lovely and so efficient. They definitely know what to do and are up to date on ANY changes that the Canadians make.
We decided to do the skilled workers - express entry route. My husband received higher points than I did so we have continued on his application. We all received our PR in January and need to be there before July 2018. Visas are in our passports, now the work begins.
Our house is for sale, we are selling a lot of our furniture but we are also taking a container full of furniture with. We did the numbers, for the quality that we have, its more expensive to replace in Canada. We are not taking and electronics. We got quotes from Elliots, Stuttafords, Biddulphs and ExecuMove. They were all extremely efficient and helpful, but we will be going with ExecuMove as they are the best prices overall, and come highly recommended.
We have opened a RBC Royal Bank Personal Deposit Account because they offer special rates to landing permanent residents in Canada. Obviously we can only deposit money at the moment as well have to physically walk into the bank and confirm our identity before the account is fully active. It was super easy and the service....WOW. Not used to such helpful service. We did everything over the internet and on the phone.
My husband will be flying a month earlier than us, to start job hunting and arrange accommodation. He will be staying AirBNB to begin and has rented a car through Avis for the first 2 weeks. Very reasonably price. Myself, the 3 children and our Aunt will follow in June. Yay! 26 hours on a flight with 2 infants and a 2 year old, wish me luck. I obviously cant fly with them alone as you need one adult per infant.
We have our last meeting with Deanne on Friday where we are going to bombard her with all the questions that we have left, our main concern now is the 3 months medical aid we will need, but currently we have found BlueCross https://on.bluecross.ca/ and they seem quite reasonable.
Will keep updating on our progress.