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  2. wensyb

    Personal effects shipping - door to door?

    @LaraDK which company did you use? We are moving just outside Toronto. Going to need to send a few boxes across
  3. Slippers

    Sept 2019 PR Applications

    I am part of this boat. Let's hope for smooth sailing.
  4. wensyb

    Sept 2019 PR Applications

    Not technically Sept but close enough.... Created EE Profile 17 july - 460 points, ITA 24 July. We submitted 29 August and received AOR. Got notice for additional docs - proof of family immigration status in canada (sibling work visa) 12 Sept (submitted 14 sept) Husbands biometrics form arrived 12 Sept Request for PCC - FINALLY RECEIVED THEM! - 16 Sept - submitted same day Medicals passed - 16 Sept Realised that they only charged us for 1 biometrics scan... so paid for another on 17 Sept and sent Proof of payment through CSE... holding thumbs to get my letter soon. Feeling beyond anxious!
  5. Deirdre

    May 2019 applications

    No movement after our medicals
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  7. Nykster

    So many questions from a potential migrant!

    Thanks Craig, Just switched to Firefox and all was good.
  8. craigza

    So many questions from a potential migrant!

    Google "gckey" and navigate to the "Sign in to your account - Canada.ca" search result. If you're still stuck in a loop, clear your browser cache or initiate a private browsing session then access the same link.
  9. Nykster

    So many questions from a potential migrant!

    Hi, Could anyone please assist with the application for Express Entry form. I keep going round in circles. Whenever I log onto my profile, I'm presented with the following screen and upon clicking "Continue", I'm redirected to the government page. Does anyone know how to actually navigate to the form?
  10. Syeren

    AIPP Application

    oh ok, wow. well congrats either way. persistence pays off. my partner has an aunt in Burlington whom we are hoping can help get us there. but we aren't sure where to start. so trying the AIPP route in the mean time.
  11. Delenedv

    Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

    I would also like to know if this is a good way entering Canada?
  12. Minna

    Creating a second profile

    I have been considering creating a separate EE profile for my husband as the main applicant as his skills seems more in demand than mine (with the hope to receive a PNP). Even though he only has a matric qualification I added all of his data on the csr tool and it it came out to a measly 293 points saying he won't be eligible to enter the pool. If he had to rewrite IELTS he might get 331 points but apparently that still doesn't make him eligible. Is there a minimum score to enter the pool? Or could we still enter the pool with his low scores and apply for PNP's?
  13. Minna

    My step by step guide on bringing your dogs

    Thank you Rene, very informative!
  14. Hi everyone, I have finally arrived in Canada, and it is AMAZING! I thought I'd share my step by step guide to bringing your dogs with, I know there have been several posts about this, but perhaps things change a bit with time, or I add some useful information. Anyhow, below is my step by step guide :-) Having my dogs with me is the best thing ever :-) and they absolutely love PEI as well! (I have shared this on another platform as well, and have not adapted it) This guide is 100% effective in getting your pet to Canada, and may point you in the right directions for New Zealand or Australia. It is basically step by step the process I used to take my 2 large dogs to Canada on 1 September 2019 – so the information is current. 1) Start looking for kennels a few months in advance if you want to try and get secondhand over gumtree.co.za or a similar site. I bought 1 like this, and the other via PetWorld. Takealot also sell a good variety, but didn’t have a large enough one in stock at the time. A good size for a large dog (ie Husky or German Shepherd type of size) is the Karlie XXL. I paid around R3400 per kennel. They are a lot cheaper for smaller dogs and cats, even below R1000. The dimensions of my kennels as roughly measured by myself were as below (in cm): Width Height Length Karlie XXL - 66 75 96 SkyKennel Giant 84 94 118 (this one is enormous, and was logistically a bit impractical for airport trolleys and didn’t have wheels) My advice is basically for a large dog the KarlieXXL type of size. The IATA standard says the dog must be able to stand up and turn around in the kennel and the XXL was more than sufficient for a husky or german shepherd sized dog. The SkyKennel’s width of 84cm meant it couldn’t fit on the airport trolley at Montreal airport and I had to push the kennel along the floor, which was hard work! 2) The easiest airline to book flights for your pets on the same flight as you is KLM. So this is what I did. Try book your own flight about 2 months in advance, the prices go up closer to 1 month quite drastically. I used eSky.com to book all the way from Cape Town – Amsterdam – Montreal – Charlottetown (in Prince Edward Island). The flights from Cape Town to Montreal were with KLM, and the last 1 hour domestic flight was with AirCanada. You will get the usual 6 alphanumeric booking number, for example JLO6A4. You will need this number to book your pets on the same flight as you with KLM. 3) Next you want to book your pets’ flight. To do this you can either call KLM Call Centre in South Africa, or some people have phoned Amsterdam. I spoke to a consultant in SA named JP and he was brilliant. The number is 010 205 0101. They will need the dimensions of the kennel, the weight of the kennel (I estimated mine at 8kg for the Karlie – the dog and the kennel must just be less than 45kg!) and the weight of your dog or cat. Pets under 8kg can go on the actual flight with you and not be booked in the luggage hold, but this route obviously wasn’t available to me so the call centre will be best able to advise you on this if applicable. There is also a ruling on what time of the year short or flat snouted dogs like pugs etc can fly, once again, check with the call centre, they will ask you about your dog’s snout ;-) So first they take all these details, and then in 24 to 48 hours once they have confirmed the space, and availability on your connecting flights they will do the payment with a credit card over the phone. I did my confirmation booking about 1 month in advance and there was space. The cost of the flights for my 2 dogs was R5 596 – or 200USD per dog I think, so the price varies a bit with the exchange rate. Its also much less if it’s a pet under 8kg. I had a 4 hour layover in Amsterdam, which meant that my dogs had to go to the Schipol airport pet hotel in Amsterdam. This was quite expensive in retrospect, and this is where you could save money if you only had 1 more flight to Montreal or Toronto for example. Because I had another 4.5 hour layover in Montreal, I wanted my dogs to get taken out of the kennel and walked and watered etc in Amsterdam. This was R5 600 for both dogs, so it is quite steep. So depending on your budget, this is where you could save, just make sure your layover is under 2 hours in Amsterdam. 4) If you have another domestic flight within Canada with another airline which is not partnered with KLM you will have to phone them to make a separate booking and payment for the last flight. I phoned AirCanada on +1 888 247 2262 and made a confirmation with the same info as for KLM. The cost for this flight was CAD105 per large dog. If you are going to have another domestic flight within Canada, I really would suggest a 4+hour layover as you will have to get your bags and pets and transfer to the other airline and go through immigration. My flight from Amsterdam was delayed by 1 hour, and then I had a bit of a circus with the Giant SkyKennel because it couldn’t fit on a trolley… The 4.5 hours was just enough. (All in all this was the only hiccup in my whole pet emigration so I was pretty chuffed anyhow.) You will make the payment for the dogs when you check in for the flight, so have your credit card ready. 5) THERE IS NO QUARANTINE FOR CANADA. So all you need to do in terms of vet checks is make sure their rabies vaccination is done within 10 days of departure, and during this vet check, the vet must complete and stamp the top half of the form for the link to Canada http://www.elsenburg.com/services/3rd-level/basic/veterinary-services-export-control Which you then take to your nearest state vet office where they complete and stamp the bottom half and print it on a colour official looking page. The cost is R173 per certificate. I went to the Milnerton state vet at 22 Lobelia Street. They are only open Mon – Fri from 9am to 12pm. They don’t take appointments, you just pitch and it took about 20 minutes. They just take your copy from your vet, and return with the new one and you pay. When completing the form at your vet, make sure the details correspond with that in your vaccination booklet, although I wasn’t asked for this at the state vet or any of the customs, but carried it with me just in case. I was asked to show my pet’s customs papers which is just this 1 page. The link will take you to Elsenburg.com which has the addresses and contact details of all the state vet offices in SA. Please note your pet does not go there, so if it’s far from you make a plan with a courier. 6) In preparation for the flight I started giving my dogs CalmEeze every night for a week in advance. You can’t sedate them with medication as this inhibits their ability to control their body temperature, so only CalmEeze or Rescue Remedy. I tried to take a bottle of CalmEeze (about R240 for 250ml from your vet shop) in my hand luggage to give to my dogs in Montreal, but it got confiscated as it was over 100ml, so if you have a domestic flight and you feel you want to give them something during the layover take a small bottle of Rescue remedy. 7) Getting the dogs and kennels to the airport was interesting. We took ours apart, and tied it on to the car’s roof with a blanket between the roof and the kennels. We loaded this onto a trolley and walked the dogs on their leashes to the check in counter. For my 11pm flight, the latest we could check the dogs in was 9:30pm. You check them in where you check your normal luggage in, but after check in you take them down to the bottom floor with the elevator at Cape Town international and ring the bell at a small window with an aluminium roll up door. The people who open will be expecting you and will take the kennels and load them. From here on you don’t see them until Canada, but mine did so well I was astonished. They were definitely very happy to see me though. 8) Good idea to pack some tinned food for the first day or so, preferably tins you don’t need an opener for. 9) I stuck copies of all their receipts and permits on top of their cages, can’t say if it helped, but it helped for my OCD ;-) 10) Very important – attach a 2litre ice cream tub to the inside of the kennel door with cable ties so that they can be easily watered through the kennel door if they are not getting out of the kennel. 11) At the beginning of each flight before take-off I asked the air hostess to please check with the CAPTAIN if my dogs were aboard, once again this may have been more for my OCD than anything else. 12) Flight from Cape Town to first airport in Canada (~R2 800) + kennel (~R 3 400) + pet export paper (~R173)+ vet visit and vaccine (~R1000) = ~R7 300 per large dog, all DIY :-) Cheerios Rene
  15. CallMeIshmael

    PR Applications Submitted April 2019

    Hi @Nyasha my AOR is Apr 9th Medicals passed and BIL on May 17 Biometrics completed May 23 VO is CPC Ottawa Ordered GCMS notes generated on Jul 30, criminality passed the rest not started, file has been ready for review since June 19 so no updates since then.
  16. GoDz85

    AIPP Application

    Hello @Syeren unfortunately I don't. I just dumped my wife's CV all over Canada until someone took notice. It took us 5 years to get this far. Now she finally received her endorsement approval and work permit referral letter from the province.
  17. GoDz85

    AIPP - Documents Needed

    Hi @Syeren we just got our endorsement approval last night so now we are eligible to apply for work permits and permanent residency. Took St Johns about 2 weeks to approve the endorsement. Now we are still waiting for our police clearance certificates (been 3 weeks now) and then we will apply for the work permits.
  18. Good day all, I need some assistance. My wife has received an endorsement approval from Newfoundland and we received a letter of referral to apply for work permits. With regards to me being her spouse what do I need to submit with regards to the work permit (open work permit) and permanent residency applications? Don't want to mess up our chance of immigrating.
  19. Hi Guys, Couldn't find a thread for PR application submitted in April 2019 so decided to start one. Has anyone who submitted their PR application received final feedback yet? Care to share timelines and/or experiences please? We submitted our PR application on 13 April 2019, Passed Medicals on 23 May and our Biometrics are stated as having been completed on 12 June. Since then our application has been sitting on "We are reviewing whether you meet the eligibility requirements". Would love to hear from others. Thanks
  20. Syeren

    AIPP Application

    I personally would like to know the details of this program. I am very interested in applying for it myself. do you know which websites I can visit that will post available jobs to this program?
  21. Syeren

    AIPP - Documents Needed

    a huge good luck to you following the AIPP. I have recently discovered this stream myself. busy researching as much as possible as a way of applying. would like to know how well you are doing and how long everything is taking.
  22. Syeren

    Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

    hello, I would be very interested to know how far you have come with this program. I have recently become aware of it myself and would really like to know more and if its worth me trying to apply. sounds cheeky, but I basically would like to find the best and or fastest way into Canada.
  23. CallMeIshmael

    PR application taking longer than six months

    I ordered GCMS notes through getgcms and I got it on day 30 so no issues there. I think Ralph’s email in for inland applicants but I’m not sure, as of late the responses from what I’ve seen on the canadavisa forum has been generic as well. That automated message you get when you call I think is meant to make people hang up, if you stay on the line it transferes your call to IRCC. Just stay on the line until you hear the option to speak to an agent. Hope this helps.
  24. GuyRussy

    Express Entry Profile - complete/full academic years?

    You can report this as full time. My masters consisted of 1yr course work and 1yr mink-dissertation (no class time-with me finishing the dissertation in two years).
  25. Hilmarie

    Express Entry Profile - complete/full academic years?

    Thank you very much @logan! Any idea what to do if a course was full time (based on IRCC's definition) for first year of the course and then part time for the second year (since it only consisted of writing a dissertation there was no class time) - does one report this to be a full time or part time course?
  26. @Hilmarie -- I can back up what @Amy G said: I used the number of years I was officially enrolled at uni. No questions raised by IRCC.
  27. JjPat

    PR application taking longer than six months

    My husband and I are on day 180 today (AOR 16 March 2019) so I figured I'd start following up more regularly with them. Can anyone suggest a trustworthy site to order GCMS notes from? Some of the sites we've found look a bit dogdey and my husband isn't too keen on entering his credit card number and paying for something in Rupees (I think us Saffas are a lot more worried about fraud than most, but hey) We're also doing this alone so no agent to go through. I've also read about people emailed Ralph Goodale (?) but I'm not sure about that route and if anyone here has tried that. We've tried calling a few times in the last 3 weeks but can't get through to a person. The recording now says they are no longer accepting phone calls and to either raise a web form query or leave a voice recording. Once we got to enter in our UCI number but the system couldn't find our application. We sent a web form message a month ago with my updated job description and title change and asked if there was any further information they required and we only got the generic response. I really hope the upcoming election doesn't slow things down a bit. Good luck to you all and so amped for those of you who've already received your PR.
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