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  2. MaryJane

    Well, here we go (landing 16/04/2019)

    16/Apr/2019 .... then it avoids confusion I suppose. 😉 Have a safe trip!
  3. I tend to stick with the ISO standard YYYY-MM-DD (from biggest to smallest...). But that's the great thing about standards -- everyone can have their own...
  4. Nazeem2829

    Documentation required

    Thank you very much Lidia
  5. LidiaS77

    Documentation required

    Hi @Nazeem2829, You can take a look at my answer to a similar post:
  6. Nazeem2829

    Documentation required

    Hi Guys, First post but but long time lurker. This forum has been such a blessing to my family and I. I just need some clarity before I head to home affairs tomorrow. My daughter, wife and I will be applying for the following: Unabridged Marriage certificate , read that a hand written one will do, so might skip this unabridged birth certificate for my daughter Do we require Unabridged birth certificates for my wife and I or will Passports do? Thanks for the assistance !
  7. GrantM

    Well, here we go (landing 16/04/2019)

    This kills me, I honestly have tried to change (almost 4 years now) but I just can't get it right. My boss knows mine is always DD/MM/YYYY so he is ok with that. The only time that it feels natural to me is when writing the date out like April 4th, 2019.
  8. LidiaS77

    Medical Clearance

    It is possible to do the medical before you receive your ITA. We did our medicals a week before receiving our ITA and this enabled us to submit our complete application the day after receiving ITA, making the process as fast as we could from our side. We were, however, very sure that we would get our ITA in the next draw based on forum speculations, and we did.
  9. LidiaS77

    Unabridged Documents

    Hi @Seth, It is not required to have an unabridged marriage certificate. If you look at the official instructions you will see it says "marriage certificate" and not "unabridged marriage certificate". We applied for EE (FSW) with just our handwritten marriage certificate and didn't experience any problems. For EE (FSW) unabridged birth certificates are necessary for children. I used mine only to prove my relation to family in Canada for which we claimed points. We received my husband's unabridged birth certificate and our unabridged marriage certificate after we've already received our PR visas in our passports, a few days before flying to Canada. We eventually used DocAssist after waiting for my husband's certificate for more than 9 months. We've been in Canada for two years now and have never needed these documents so far, but they might be necessary if we want to sponsor parents in the future. It would be best to get these documents while you are still in South Africa in case you need them in the future. I've been told that the ink can fade on the handwritten marriage certificate so it would be a good idea to have the unabridged one too. I've seen people insist that you need these documents for your application, but it might be because they were told that by an immigration agency as there is nowhere in the actual official application that you have to upload birth certificates for adults (copy of passport, yes). My advice would be to apply for the documents but don't let waiting for them delay your application or cause a panic. If you still don't have them when leaving for Canada you can ask DocAssist or similar to help you get them, this usually takes a week or so. If this is not possible, remember that family can also apply and collect unabridged birth certificates on your behalf. This is for EE (FSW), there might be other rules for other streams so just double-check.
  10. jimmy

    Medical Clearance

    Hi @Seth welcome to the forum and good luck with this process. Prepare yourself because it is not going to be smooth sailing...... our experience so far has probably been one of the toughest we had to go through and although we are a lot closer than a couple of months ago, there is still some road left to get this process over and done with. The medical exam is one of the last things to worry about as you will only need that after you have received your ITA when selected from the pool. I'm sure you have started your research and are already aware of a couple of things, but just as a matter of clarity, if you are going the EE route your first step should be to calculate your CRS score to find out if you have a chance of being selected from the pool. It is no use going through all of the effort if you don't have a realistic chance of being selected from the pool. Here is a link to the calculator and also a link to the breakdown of how the scores are calculated http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/crs-tool.asp https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/express-entry/eligibility/criteria-comprehensive-ranking-system/grid.html The next steps would be to book and write the IELTS test and also send your education credentials to WES for assessment to know what the Canadian equivalent of your qualification is. You need this information to be able to create an EE profile. After/during this you can start working on getting the other documents you need for the application. Things like Unabridged birth certificates for all applicants, Unabridged marriage certificate, Police clearance certificate, Reference letters from current and previous employers to prove your working experience for the last 10 years. (I think the last 3 years should be in line with the NOC code you are using on your application). There is a whole list of documents you need for your PR application. Rather start with getting them ASAP, but you will actually only need them after receiving an ITA. this is my 10c regarding the process in a nutshell. Good luck.
  11. Good luck. Your first Canadian lesson in terms of subtle differences is the date you listed in your subject title. A Canadian would write it as 4/16/2019 They use a MM DD YYYY format. There another 1000 things they do and say different here
  12. JaQ

    Medical Clearance

    Typically you submit your EE profile and once you receive your ITA you book and do your medical within the 60-day time frame
  13. Seth

    Medical Clearance

    Hi all! Another question that I had was regarding the medical exam - I know you need to get it from a panel recognised physician and what it costs etc. I'm just not sure at which part of the entire application process this needs to happen - We're applying for Express Entry and are trying to get all our documents in order for that 60-day time limit.
  14. Seth

    Unabridged Documents

    Hi all, My wife and I are in the process of getting all our documents ready for the big move at the end of the year. I was just wondering last night - I assume that one needs an unabridged marriage certificate - but is it required for me have an unabridged birth certificate or will my passport do? Thanks!
  15. Morning all Tickets booked for our two-week trip to activate PR and as an LSD. Arriving in Toronto on the 16th, renting a car and driving down to Sarnia to stay with friends of my wife's family for a few days. Then road-tripping Ottawa-Quebec-Montreal and back to Toronto before flying back. Madly trying to pull the goods lists together, battling a bit because half my stuff is in a storage unit in Durban. Going to have to go down at least one weekend and catalogue it between now and then. Best Perry
  16. GuyRussy

    Photographers for PPR

    Hi @LislB, Below are the requirements as per IRCC for photos to be submitted for eAPR. Photo First Rosebank has the pre-set format for Canadian Immigration photos, so you'll be fine. Additionally, Photo First ended up emailing our photos to us. You can also take a USB with you, should you prefer that. " Frame size The final frame size of the photo must be at least 35mm x 45mm. The photographs must show a full front view of the head and tops of shoulders, with the face in the middle of the photograph. The size of the head, from chin to crown, must be between 31mm and 36mm. Digital dimensions are often expressed in pixels or DPI (dots per inch). The physical dimensions in pixels must be at least 420 x 540. Quality/resolution If an existing photo is being scanned, the minimum resolution must be 600 pixels per inch. File format The file may be submitted in JPEG or JPEG2000 format. The final size of the image should ideally be 240 kB (kilobytes), but not less than 60 kB. The image must be in colour (24 bits per pixel) in RGB colour space, which is the common output for most digital cameras. "
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  18. CloeteK

    Biometric Collection in Cape Town

    Please advise, do the kids also need to do biometrics? 4 years old an 8 months.
  19. logan

    Photographers for PPR

    Hi @LislB, for the application, I used my local Kodak shop and simply asked for visa photos. They took them and placed them on a flash disk, no problems. I suspect most kodak's, photo-firsts, or so would be able to help. (The PPR photos mentioned above) have different dimensions, but those are supplied as part of the PPR letter. Good with the application!
  20. Steve&Yolands

    RFID

    Hi All, 14 years on and a lot has changed I bet. So in the past 14 years we have moved to Australia and New Zealand but really want to come to Canada!! I have been around the block with RF / RFiD now (Active, Wi Fi, UHF, HF, NFC, Barcode + inlay technologies) and ICT, Industrial Automation, Building Automation systems, Electronic Security, Environmental and geo-technical systems, etc etc. Any advice on who I could connect with on this group (or other), companies offering solutions / integration / systems / iOT - SaaS and need project managers / project engineers would really be great. I have connected with companies (hiring managers & talent managers) on LinkedIn but from my own experience I would very rarely look and candidates across the world unless they were introduced to me. Thanks for any advice and recommendations, Stephen Resume of Stephen de Beer 2019.pdf
  21. Ok, so I missed a few vitally important points there (probably all of them)....er...um. But anyway, my thinking still stands - the earlier you can begin to set down roots the better. Also, as a parent I can tell you that 11 (I've triple checked that!) is just under under the age where integrating into a Canadian school becomes complicated for young-uns. All manner teen angst will arrive soon - but then you know that because that's your thing. I watched my kids integrate and the younger one had a much easier time, which seemed to be the common thread with my year of immigrants.
  22. From what I understand you have activated you visas already, correct? I think it would only be a problem if you tried to activate your visa first before your husband. But this may be a place to ask an immigration lawyer for a definitive answer. None of the ones normally quoted on this pages fills me with confidence, I think it may be better to contact someone in Canada and ask. Or go through the manual that comes with your paperwork and see if you can get an answer.
  23. MaryJane

    Vaalie to Canada hopefully!

    Welcome to the forums @LislB! All the best with your journey.
  24. It seems to me that your time to make a decision is limited, so you need to make one that allows the most possible flexibility. If you make SA only decisions and become excluded from Canada due to your age, that reduces alternatives. If you have the desire to move here, losing that option will make it even more attractive, which will drive you nuts. (i.e. if you miss the 2022 thing). SA does not look like things are going to end well at the moment, especially for people that have children. So I would think that if you want a secure future for them, it may be wise to get your foot back in the Canadian door and make sure it's firmly anchored there. And this is just garbage...... (except living without affordable energy, that's likely the way things are going - but sigh, better than load-shedding!) Mind you, our current pretty-PM rivals Zuma at his finest - well no, he has great hair - so it's anyone's guess where Canada will be in 30 years - I expect our kids will be scratching their heads wondering what the heck?! While living in famine , smog and mud huts along the lake shore, because all the trees have been burned for heat as the price on carbon (sorry pollution because CO2, the basis of all life is of course pollution) has risen to stupidity and there is now a shortage of Carbon Dioxide, so crops are failing and only stunted trees grow. A little research will show that we are actually living in a CO2 deficit (ooh! familiar Canadian word! - You know the budget will balance it's self?! Who votes for a person that says that?) Ah, but there's just too much money in the CO2 religion for any common sense to prevail & out PM likes selfies and celebrity more than common sense. Gotta keep them Audi's and VW's running in Brussels shipping Fat-wobbly-tummy-Cats back and forth to important meetings..... It's mud huts vs rape and murder? I think the mud hut might still trump (no pun intended) the African Murder Love Story. So in summary & MHO, don't let this one get away from you, because if you're in Canada you can always choose to go back - you know, pack your animal skins and leave - if you lwait, you might no-longer have the choice. Immigration is all about sacrifices - strong relationship or not, it's going to place a hell of a lot of strain on you both. The winners here are likely the kids - assuming they like camping and smog. (And did I say 'absence makes the heart grow fonder').
  25. LislB

    Photographers for PPR

    Hi guys! Sorry to tag onto this post but my question is related... The electronic photos that need to be submitted (with eAPR?) what are their specs and do Photo First (or whoever) put them on a flash disk for you? TIA
  26. LislB

    Vaalie to Canada hopefully!

    Good morning all! I thought I'd come introduce our little family here. My husband's parents and sister (and her family) moved to Canada in 2008/2009. He has been trying to convince me for 10 years that we should go too. I have been dead set against it for all that time until January - it is as if my heart changed. I will still be extremely sad to leave my parents behind (but hopefully they can follow at some point) but I do feel that this is what we're supposed to do next. Hubby is an electrical engineer (WITS) with a PrEng in SA and will hopefully be able to register as at least an EIT in BC. I have a music degree and have experience (a few years ago now) as a music teacher. We have submitted docs to WES (mine are taking forever to be processed here at MIE in SA) and we're writing IELTS on 13 April... Once we have those two certificates we will apply online for EE (also hoping we can secure a job offer for hubby before then as that will help with CRS points). Any advice is welcome! So very grateful for this community!
  27. Hi Guys So sorry for the late reply. Telkom did me in Thank you for your replies. I will have a look and revert back asap. And yes sorry, a monetary incentive would be preferred -- (as opposed to straight up volunteering:) Kobie
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