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  2. graciax452

    Proof of Funds

    @AntoinetteGExactly as @MaryJane said you can apply with your RA etc where it is and you don't need to move it before you leave as long as you have enough cash to go with for a few months/days. If you are planning on financially emigrating before you leave you need to go SARS a month or two before you leave show them you are going, visa, contract etc and get a specific tax clearance certificate then apply to withdraw funds form your RA's, can usually be done online or with broker and they get the tax certificate and the rest is paperwork. You do need a blocked account for the funds to go into. If you do this after you leave it takes a bit more time as someone has to be your POA and do the running around for you, but it can and has ben done. (Or you come on holiday and do it then) But there is NO NEED to do this to move, most people just leave their funds where they are till they know they are never coming back or want their retirement money to grow elsewhere... PS you don't need your proof of funds to open EE profile only ECA and IELTS. Proof of funds is only required after you get ITA and you have 90 days to get that sorted after ITA, so get in the pool ASAP
  3. graciax452

    Missing Documents for PR Application

    Upload what you have and the affidavit plus a comprehensive letter of Explanation explaining the steps ypu took to get he documentation but did not.
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  5. graciax452

    Redo medicals voluntarily

    New one, never heard of anyone doing so, BIG ASSUMPTION -> just do it and submit as Case Specific Entry extra documentation asking them to extend your medicals expiry date...??
  6. Also if you search the forum for “agent” you will literally get >100 hits. The question is asked several times a month, every month and every year. Many threads discuss the good, the bad and the ugly.
  7. J bone

    Redo medicals voluntarily

    Good day All We received ITA in Nov 2019 and also did our Medicals in Nov 2019. So when we eventually receive our PPR, I expect the VISA to be valid until Nov 2020 (1 year after medicals). But for personal reasons we can only go to Canada in March 2021. I would therefore want to voluntarily redo my medicals. My question is, how do I do that? Can i just make an appointment with the panel physician and go? Or do I have to ask the consulate in Pretoria to change my CIC profile to request new medicals? I know most of the times when your medicals are close to expiry, you will receive a request to redo it, but i do not want to wait for that, because I have read online that once you receive a PPR you cannot redo medicals. Doing a soft landing will be a bit too expensive as we are a family of 4, so I would rather just redo our medicals. I tried to ask this question to pretoria-im-enquiry@international.gc.ca but they avoid my question and give an unclear answer. I would really appreciate anyone's advise regards
  8. PhilipCX

    May 2019 applications

    Well that sucks, sorry to hear that. Good luck and as you say, just hang in there.
  9. Deirdre

    May 2019 applications

    Thanks @Luis Dos Santos - guess we will just have to hang in there! As for the webform @PhilipCX we applied through our solicitor in Canada so unfortunately have no access to this and the solicitor have SO many clients that I dont think he will raise this either
  10. fry

    Tech community in Kelowna

    @LidiaS77 thank you! These are some great references! I fell a little silly that I did not find them myself.
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  12. LidiaS77

    Tech community in Kelowna

    Hi @fry Yes, I'm pretty sure there are even more of these types of meetups and groups than in SA, especially in the larger cities. Here in Victoria we have VIATEC that sends out regular newsletter with events and job opportunities in the tech industry specifically and they even organize the yearly VIATEC Awards which is like the Oscars for the Victoria tech industry. It looks like Accelerate Okanagan might be a similar organization in Kelowna. I also belong to Slack workspaces called "YYJ Tech Ladies" (YYJ = Victoria) and "Vancouver Developers". I think these Slack workspaces are a really great way to network and meet people in the industry, especially for those who tend to be more introvert as you can send messages to any member or reply to their posts/comments in an easy, more casual way online. It looks like this might be the Slack workspace for the Kelowna tech industry: https://kelowna.slack.com/. In this article he says that he can send you an invite to this Slack workspace if you fill out the form and it has a lot of other info about the industry as well: https://www.rbdawson.com/okanagan-tech I hope this helps! 🙂
  13. Clay1204

    Container advice

    Yikes! Thanks @fry lotsbto ponder on. We moving from Jhb looking at either Toronto or Kitchener. Thank you for the helpful information,.much appreciated.
  14. Margaret

    Container advice

    @fry, I think that ‘s a great summary! Ouch! R140000! Although that fits well with what we agreed to, BC is a lot farther from SA, and we opted groupage (although, been here only two months and really missing the contents of that container already, esp the bicycles, so you mind find the extra worth the shortened wait)
  15. fry

    Container advice

    @Clay1204 prices seem to very much linked to the following Where in SA are you moving from? (JHB may be more expensive. Moving out of a complex may be more expensive) Where in Canada are you moving? (Toronto is cheaper than Vancouver) How much stuff are you taking? (Groupage containers are cheaper, but take longer) Which company you use and how well they estimate your goods? We have just finished getting quotes from a bunch of companies after we were shocked by the first two quotes that we got. I found https://sirelo.co.za/tips/international-movers/, which seems to provide a good list on which movers are you there. The best thing to do is reach out to some of the companies on that list and get them to come give you a quote. It is free and they then answer the above questions and give you a quote. I am envious of @Margaret's quote as it is seems cheap in comparison to our quotes, but we are looking at shipping more than double her volume. The best price we have for shipping 20m3 of goods from JHB to Kelowna, BC is R140 000 without insurance. This is in an exclusive container. Going with a groupage option will bring this down to about R100 000.
  16. fry

    Tech community in Kelowna

    Hi, After receiving our PR in Oct 2019 and activating over Dec 2019, my family and I are looking to move to Kelowna in May 2020. Does anyone know of technology communities in the Kelowna area? More specifically around software development and engineering. I have done some searching online, but thought I would put it to this forum. It looks like there is a good aviation presence in the city, and the tech sector is growing, so there should be some for of community or forum. For example here in JHB there is a Software Developers User Group that meets once a month. Do these type of meetups happen in Canada? Thanks for the help.
  17. Nelline

    How to ship my golf equipment from SA to Toronto?

    For small shipments like this, U-Bag comes well recommended.
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  19. KelvinK

    LSD trip - March 2020

    @Delenedv We landed in Toronto about a year ago and used Airbnb for 3 months before renting long term. If you want to stay downtown, I would recommend somewhere inside this block: Queens Quay, Spadina, Queen and Bay. This area is very well connected and close to everything. If you're looking at someplace outside of downtown, I would make sure to be close to the subway - you don't want to waste your time waiting for a bus or streetcar. Let me know if you had another area in mind - I'm happy to advise. Just make sure that the Airbnb has good reviews and has authorization from the building. There has been lots of clampdowns on Airbnbs lately and there are people renting out their condo units without consent from the buildings' management. Regarding stores: We like Winners and Nordstorm Rack - they are reasonably prices and overall good quality. You can sometimes find great bargains here when scanning through their stores. Documents: Not sure for LSD trips, as we came to stay and only had a one way ticket, haha. Do you have PR yet?
  20. HI there, I have moved to Toronto and started the new job, unfortunately my golf equipment was left behind in SA, does anyone knows how to ship golf equipment from SA to Toronto? Just a golf bag, one full set of golf clubs. Thanks
  21. CandiceM

    Study Permit Timelines

    Hi there I would appreciate any info... For those who submitted study permit applications from within South Africa. (Application for an adult with a family) How long after submission did you receive the request for biometrics? and what are your other milestones from date of submission? i.e. when did you receive the request for medicals, police clearance, the result of the application etc.? Thank you
  22. Jules

    Soft Landing

    So true. There’s a massive gap in culture and looking back I now realize just how “rough around the edges” I was when I first started working here 15 years ago. The FOB (fresh off the boat) person usually doesn’t fit in properly and it takes time to adapt. But some people do NOT adapt and keep on wanting to do things the way it was done back in SA - that new hire becomes a liability so the company eventually fires the person (what they term “let go”). If I was hiring and I had 2 candidates and 1 was SAn: I would actually only hire the person if they were by far the strongest candidate because of the challenges of hiring a FOB employee. I’d much rather go with the home grown Canadian. Most employers think that way unfortunately.
  23. Oma

    Architects in Canada (Especially Ontario)

    Hi Ryan, We haven’t landed we r landing in May. I need to give adequate notice at my place of work hence the delay. Sadly no feedback yet. However I did some research myself and found that qualifications need to be vetted by the equivalent of SAQA. I don’t know if you know about this. Anyway this is a link to the website https://cacb.ca. Apparently no province would register you as an “intern architect” the equivalent of “candidate architect in SA” without this. that’s all I know for now. If you have any information please share especially since you are landing early am sure you would know a lot more once on ground. Have a nice day. Regards, Oma
  24. Delenedv

    LSD trip - March 2020

    We are planning a LSD trip in the beginning of March with our base in Toronto. Does any one have recommendations on airbnb in Toronto? Are there any shops/second hand shops with really good discounts on winter attire currently? What documents would we need at the point of entry? Kind regards Delene
  25. Hi Everyone We have recently received our ITA for PR. We have been in Canada for over a year now and accumulated the required points by adding 1 year working experience. We are now getting all the documents ready for our PR application. There is one thing that worries me and I was wondering if anyone had a similar experience. I was previously married and got divorced (11 years ago). I got remarried and have been for past 8 years. Unfortunately I lost the previous marriage and divorce certificate and it has been impossible trying to get it whilst living in Canada. I honestly don't know what else to do to get these documents. I would most likely submit an affidavit and my ex husband's divorce certificate etc. to state that I have tried to get these documents. What concerns me is that I know of someone who was recently declined for PR because they forgot to upload one of their children's birth certificate. Has anyone had a similar experience?
  26. archiryan123

    Architectural Work

    Hi Antoinette! Apologies for the late reply. We are leaving next month life is chaos! Have you had any luck since then? Left yet? I've definitely had a mixed bag, however if you are still struggling drop me a PM and we can chat further (don't want to post personal info here) Cheers!
  27. Luis Dos Santos

    May 2019 applications

    Our AOR was 31 March 2019 and we only received PPR on 10 Jan 2020....we were asked by CIC if we would be able to enter Canada before 8th Feb 2020 as our medicals were due to expire on that day. Obviously we weren't going to be able to make the deadline so we had to redo medicals again. We submitted new medicals on the 7 Feb 2020 and received the new PPR on 12 February 2020. We didn't request updates or anything from CIC and just let the process run its course.
  28. PhilipCX

    May 2019 applications

    @Deirdre This might be a stupid question, but did you raise a webform under the section that says "your application is taking longer than 6 months ....."? Ours and someone else's I know literally got movement right after that.
  29. OHCANADAAA

    May 2019 applications

    Goodluck @Deirdre! From AOR to PPR was exactly 9 months and 10 days for us, hopefully you're in the home stretch!
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