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  3. JennyV

    Melissa: New member looking for guidance

    Hi everyone Melissa Erasmus I am in the same boat. Single mom with two kids. After so many negative comments about using an immigration agent I have started with an Express Entry application online. A question (a silly one I know but need to check). Do I first need to sit an IELTS exam before I can submit the EE app? I am assuming so (?) and if test dates fall out of the days you have left to submit can you still submit the application you already completed but not submitted or do you have to start all over again? At this stage I think an arranged marriage is the way to go. LOL. Pearls of wisdom will be appreciated. Many thanks Jenny
  4. LidiaS77

    Moving companies

    You won’t have a problem finding rooibos tea in Canada, it is quite well-known here. It is available in many supermarkets, South African stores and David’s Tea has some yummy ones (plain organic and flavoured rooibos and other high-quality teas), this is one of my favourite shops!
  5. iTee23

    December 2018 Applications

    Submitted on 5th of December. Medicals passed yesterday (15th of Jan). 😃 We now need to give biometrics.
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  7. Thanks for sharing Nelline. I will have to go through the list and see if there are any firms that do engineering (although market not as big as other provinces like BC, Ontario ,Alberta etc)
  8. New Brunswick has published their list at last: https://www.welcomenb.ca/content/dam/wel-bien/pdf/atlantic_immigration_pilot_project_designated_employers_list_dec2018.pdf
  9. Annique

    USB (University of Stellenbosch Business school)

    Thank you @JaQ - much appreciated. Glad you at least got your points for GIBS, even though it was accredited as an undergraduate. All the best!
  10. @Annique I am replying to both threads just in case. Your PGDip from USB will be accepted by WES so dont worry about it! They will evaluate it as a formal academic qualification so you made the right decision to do it in 2019 to increase your points. The issue I experienced with WES was because whoever initially evaluated my qualifications, accepted my degree from University of Pretoria but incorrectly identified my GIBS as a professional development qualification. I appealed the evaluation with them and they reviewed it. They have since sent me an updated ECA and accredited my GIBS as a Undergraduate Certificate (one year). The qualification is still under evaluated but dealing with WES is incredibly frustrating and difficult. After some consideration I decided to let it be and not re-appeal as it takes weeks to get feedback and then a few more weeks for them to start the re-evaluation process. I get the express entry points for "Two or more certificates, diplomas or degrees. One must be for a program of three or more years" so I elected to submit my express entry profile yesterday (14 January 2019). Now that I am in the pool I await the next draw.
  11. @Annique Your PGDip from USB will be accepted by WES so dont worry about it! The issue I experienced with WES was because whoever initially evaluated my qualifications, accepted my degree from University of Pretoria but incorrectly identified my GIBS as a professional development qualification. I appealed the evaluation with them and they reviewed it. They have since sent me an updated ECA and accredited my GIBS as a Undergraduate Certificate (one year). The qualification is still under evaluated but dealing with WES is incredibly frustrating and difficult. After some consideration I decided to let it be and not re-appeal as it takes weeks to get feedback and then a few more weeks for them to start the re-evaluation process. I get the express entry points for "Two or more certificates, diplomas or degrees. One must be for a program of three or more years" so I elected to submit my express entry profile yesterday (14 January 2019). Now that I am in the pool I await the next draw.
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  13. MaryJane

    Controller (Oakville ON)

    Original ad here: https://spark-power.breezy.hr/p/3eecb912fa1301-controller Responsibilities Responsible for completing and overseeing full cycle accounting duties including bank reconciliations, reviewing and processing journal entries, monitoring schedules etc. Ensure critical processes and procedures are documented for audit and succession purposes Maintain the full accounting records of responsible business units ensuring accuracy of financial reporting in a quick close environment Ensure best practices are employed within the accounting and finance department, playing an active role in designing and implementing new processes within a culture of continuous improvement Provide early warning alarms relating to actual vs budget Take an active roll in business planning; engage all levels of the operations team to obtain a deeper understanding of the business, its inputs etc. Develop and maintain a system of internal controls under which to ensure that all business risks are identified and mitigated in a cost-effective manner Design and maintain performance metrics and incentives to ensure that success is measured and rewarded Review and analyze cash flow; implementing initiatives to reduce expenses, increase operational performance, streamline processes Provide full financial support for new business endeavors and strategic counsel on major financial decisions such as M&A, branch launches and contracts Work with Corporate Finance team to develop and maintain a robust rolling forecast, owning any inputs from the operational level Educate and mentor staff and peers on financial performance and KPIs to drive culture of cost ownership Responsible for building, developing and leading a team to support the financial reporting of responsible business units. Takes an active role in ensuring sufficient cross training is developed across the overall finance and accounting team Identify ROI on capital improvement projects through collaboration with treasury and finance Tracking and reporting of inventory levels for optimization and efficiency Lead and participate in regular sessions (i.e. educational, reporting results) to various audiences Requirements CPA designation Bachelors degree in Finance, Accounting, or a related field 5+ years of experience in a similar position Proficiency with Excel and Microsoft applications Experience with Netsuite will be considered an asset Strong communication skills, both written and verbal Willingness to travel as required
  14. JennyVee

    Landing Story

    Hi @PhilipCX, sorry to only reply now - I haven't been online much lately. I'm a full-time mom and part-time copywriter, (formerly high school teacher), and my husband is a sound recordist in the film industry. We came over as federal skilled workers.
  15. Lanieb

    11 Dec 2018 Landing Story

    Again WELCOME !! Yes it was quite a battle for you guys ! And the weather is really welcoming you ! Enjoy every moment because the first few months you are just taking everything in. We will have to get together soon !
  16. Hi there, I've enrolled at USB for 2019 to do my Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Leadership Development in order to get more points for our EE profile. The course is highly recommended in SA, but is very pricey. On the USB website is states that USB is internationally accredited and therefore I would assume that the WES will assess my qualification on completion of my studies. My concern is regarding a post that I saw today stating that WES does not consider such courses as post graduate. Another individual wishing to immigrate posted that his similar qualification from GIBS were declined by WES, eventhough GIBS is an accredited institute / business school, affiliated with University of Pretoria. Has anyone perhaps completed studies at USB and received WES accreditation? I'm desperate to find an answer as I can't continue with the studies if it won't help with our EE points. The USB course is extremely expensive and I need to know whether it will be worth the money and effort.
  17. Lara1

    Moving companies

    Hi all, were moving to Toronto end of Feb and flying out 5 March. Has anyone used British international to move ? They were by far the best quote, with Elliott second in line. Oh, and do any of you know if I can pack rooibos tea in the container?
  18. ZeeGe

    Work Permit Time Line

    Received our approval letters today, the 16 week wait is finally over. Experiencing some mixed emotions at the moment but super excited about what the future holds
  19. TarrynLeitch

    PR application taking longer than six months

    @Amy G - It was the average 6 month balance for each account. The letter was even approved by an immigration lawyer friend of mine which clearly didn't help at all haha! so just send bank statements to avoid the stress. @Eric N - If my application takes 12 months ill go mad! I wish they would just ask me to come for an interview, I am an open book. But this waiting in silence is terrible! When you got your PPR, I am sure it must have been extra worth the wait. I know it sounds like such a cliche, but it definitely depends on the officer/ agent you get assigned to!
  20. KelvinK

    Reputable Resume Writers in Canada

    I can personally Resumeble (https://www.resumeble.com/pricing). I am currently making use of them and the quality of their product is really good. They're a bit pricey, but they have industry experts writing resumes and they guarantee an interview within 30 days (or they rewrite your resume).
  21. oh my @JaQ, that's shocking! I'm registered to do a PGDip this year through USB (University of Stellenbosch Business School), do you think it'll be accepted? My course is also an NQF8, indicating post graduate studies. I don't want to go through with the studies if it's not going to be recognized as it's VERY expensive and my main reason for doing it is to get the extra points for my EE profile.
  22. KelvinK

    July 2018 Applications

    Timeline... Hi all I wanted to post my timeline a while back, but it's been hectic planning our landing/move to Canada. Here's a quick summary: Applied/Entered EE pool in Oct 2017 with CRS 441. Withdrew application (with the hopes for provincial nomination) in March 2018 ITA 23 May 2018 AOR/Accepted ITA 23 July 2018 Medical Passed 23 August 2018 Not sure when I went into IP2 PPR 14 November 2018 Since then I've opened a newcomers bank account with RBC from SA. We've booked flights to Toronto - landing on 1 Feb 2019. We're renting an apartment in downtown Toronto via AirBnB for the first month. Hoping to get jobs as soon as we can in order to ease the process of renting an apartment in the long term. All the best for those of you still waiting for your PR email!
  23. Annique

    AIPP

    Oh my hat - that is SUPER exciting! Thank you so much. I'm waiting on my accreditation and then creating our EE profile. I'll start applying!
  24. Tammyvn

    AIPP

    Hi @Annique We did not use an agency, we did it ourselves, all the information is available it just requires a little time to read it all We got a job through indeed but we did apply everywhere. Be prepared to be turned down alot, there is someone out there that will take a chance on you We were looking at AIPP but the company wasnt aipp compliant so we went through NLPNP and we leave at the end of this month Will be happy to assist with anything, just let me know
  25. Annique

    AIPP

    Hi @Tammyvn, I hope you don't mind me asking. Are you using an agency or doing it yourself through the CIC website? How are you going about to find jobs, are you going to each employers site and applying from there or through jobbank?
  26. Annique

    Common Law Partner Job Offer

    Hi there, I had the exact same question. I am the main applicant, but if my husband get a LMIA approved job offer, can it not count in our favour on my application? If he is the main applicant, our points are much less. Just checking, does a job offer account for 50 or 200 points? This would make a massive difference to our application should one of us be able to secure a job. We will create 2 EE profiles in that case, can't cause any harm! Thanks Nelline. Thanks in advance. Annique
  27. I would please like to hear from fellow members here which company/app they use to transfer their funds from SA abroad. I have used ABSA a few times, but it seems to be expensive, with a minimum of R380 per transfer and thereafter a % of the amount sent. Gooi.
  28. We have been in Canada for just over a month and we have done and accomplished so much. Challenged, Change and Constant moving has been my name of the game but in the end Super excited and happy to be here. On the 10 December 2018 we still repacked our bags for te 3 time to get everything in. We showered and headed for the airport to meet everyone at dear old Spur. Checked in our 10 bags ran to get some forex and finally had my last nacho's and Savannah light. Enjoyed everyone friendly chatter and laughter and greeted one of my wonderfull friends earlier. We walked like it felt the last mile.. shed tears gave hugs and said goodbyes.. it broke my heart when my husband brother grabed him in a big embrace and prayed for us. It was 10:15 at night as KLM flights leave at 23:55 at night. When we got onboard the airplane We were beyond the point of being tired and as i grabbed my husband hand we greeted our beautiful SA with peace in our hearts. The kids and us slept the first 10 hours until we landed in Amsterdam. A pritty airport, rediculious small baggage trollies but yet again on the move to our reconnecting flight. We got onboard ate and yet again we fell asleep. Son was out before we lift off.. Shame these small bodies were exhausted... mine as well... my daughter played games for the next 10 hours and didnt want to sleep and the last 4 hours my son played and relaxed. They were extremely well behaved got good compliments from fellow passengers and let me tell you. DO NOT pack too many toys during this flight... at Calgary airport I could feel the weight lift off my shoulders ... finally we are HERE... beautiful Canada. we waited for our luggage and all our suite cases came around except 1. we waited for another 20 min and just before i decided to let the airline know 1 suite case is lostit came around... sjoe... with 3 huge trollies we went to boarder control. after about 20 min we were set to move through... beyond tired and hungry we got to the hotel, had that wonderful first shower and cup of Jacobs.. yes folks i am a coffee pot and took my own sachets just for the last spoil. We have experienced so many first in this month thats has passed and each stressed moment, cent and tear was so worth. The road is tuff expensive unkind and looooooong. But it prepares your for whats ahead, we are super busy and love every moment. Good luck to all of you still going down this rabbit whole, this platform and some wonderful friends i have made that is also now here in Canada give great support and advise. TOP TIP, it is your responsibility to make opportunities given to you work. Dont think for one moment we have not gone through hardships and everything was given on a silver platter..
  29. GuyRussy

    Proof of Funds - Tips and Tricks

    Thanks a lot @NW18😀
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