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  2. Yeah I was wondering how the heck people get home from the airport if they used a taxi or public transit to get to the airport before they left. And what if there’s no food at home? Not everyone has access to a social network or extended family. Online shopping for groceries has huge wait times.
  3. Deirdre

    Pretoria Visa Office

    Thanks for the heads up @QB87 Interesting times for us during "visa process" times 😞
  4. It's annoying to say the least, we arrived from Mexico last night and took a taxi to go home and woke up this morning to read that taxi travel from airport to home has been prohibited, how is a person supposed to get home? Our kids are far away and when we tried the delivery service from 3 different chain stores, we could not get anyone to deliver within 3 days, all booked up. Luckily a friend was kind enough to buy groceries for us and leave them on our front door step. It is all very well making rules and insisting on observance but when those very same rules leave people bereft, what then. The trip back from Mexico was shambolic, the airport crowded with hundreds of people trying to get back to Canada - some going to Quebec, others to Toronto and some to Calgary, and basically the Airline (which will remain unnamed) sent an email to some who had booked flights and basically told them that their flights had been cancelled and if they wished to travel back to Canada, there would be repatriation flights on such and such a date and if they wanted a seat, they should present themselves at the airport. I cannot think of a better way to encourage cross transmission of infection than the chaotic crowding of people at the airport in Mexico. A little communication goes a long way and it would have been better organized and much less frenetic if representatives of the airline had been present to orderly orchestrate everybody who wished to travel back.
  5. Last week
  6. Good morning, If there are any Saffas landing in the Waterloo Region that need to self isolate, please feel free to give me a shout if you need groceries, I would like to help those that need to self isolate, but need groceries. Stay safe, Anna
  7. QB87

    Pretoria Visa Office

    Just came from there. They are closed during lockdown.
  8. Deirdre

    Pretoria Visa Office

    I was wondering the same and NO info on their website @GoDz85 but I think they might close during lockdown
  9. GoDz85

    Pretoria Visa Office

    Good day all, I know the coronavirus lockdown is affecting almost all sectors of South Africa and delays in applications and getting documentation will be an issue. I would just like to find out if the Pretoria Visa office is still functioning or if our current applications will be moved to a different visa office for processing?
  10. Thank you, Fry! I appreciate your input.
  11. ZAtoCD

    Proof of Funds: Notice and Timing?

    Thanks so much @MaryJane! The country's going into lock-down, and I wanted to see if I could get my docs in advance of receiving an ITA. But was worried about the dates on them. If I'm expecting to be drawn in early April, you think it's alright if I get my proof of work experience letter from my current HR Manager, as well as my proof of funds letter from my bank, now? Then they'll be dated about 2 weeks before ITA, I expect. Just hoping IRCC won't mind that? 🙂
  12. Jules

    Moving during the Covid-19 epidemic

    Very sorry to hear about your experience so far. This is NOT normal Canada. People are scared and freaking out which is causing some people to behave like total jerks. It’s survival mode. This shall pass, I promise. Hopefully you catch a break.
  13. "“This doesn’t mean that you go to the grocery store or go to the drug store or go fill up with gas and then you go home and self-isolate. This means you go home. And you stay home now,” Moe said at a news conference. (Saskatchewan Premier) https://theprovince.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/saskatchewan-opening-daycares-for-covid-19-responders/wcm/c4b59ddf-d2db-48fe-9c1e-2dc5f602bbb2 Other provinces may follow: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-governments-threaten-fines-arrests-to-enforce-covid-19-isolation/
  14. M_Richard

    Moving during the Covid-19 epidemic

    I am currently in a similar situation. Was supposed to fly 10 Apr, already resigned from my job in SA, but then after the border closure announcement on 18 March, I managed to rescind my resignation and I am continuing to work in SA. I have a work permit that is valid for 2 years and a permanent residency application that should be completed in July. Now with the new announcement (that still has to be clarified early this week), temporary workers will be able to enter Canada. Now landing as a newcomer in Canada, I have many things to consider. Firstly 14 days self isolation. I can't go out to go get a SIN number, open bank accounts, apply for licenses etc. And I am even unsure about getting groceries for the first two weeks, buy online for delivery? I planned to stay in a temporary airbnb about 6kms from my workplace. Using public transport was my original plan, but don't think that is the best idea now. Getting a car is possible, but insurance will be insane without a BC driver's license, and road tests are currently canceled. I am a Civil engineer and the business cycles are usually long, so the company will probably still be operating, however I must confirm this with them. Quite a lot of uncertainty at the moment, I can just keep moving my flights and see how things look in a month or 2 or 3. Still haven't sold my apartment in SA yet, so still carrying on in SA for now.
  15. OHCANADAAA

    Moving during the Covid-19 epidemic

    No we didn't. We're currently waiting for Canada to announce when the exemptions become active then we'll try get flights ASAP.
  16. Nettie

    Moving during the Covid-19 epidemic

    Canadian awesomeness.
  17. fry

    Moving during the Covid-19 epidemic

    @OHCANADAAA did you guys end up flying on Saturday? If so, let us know how it went. From our side we are still waiting, reading and watching what is happening. The landscape is changing weekly so who knows what things will be like in May. The house is sold so we will need to be out by the end of April-ish. Really interesting times! @archiryan123 your news does not sound good. It is not nice to finally land in your new country and not feel welcome. I hope that things improve once your "newness" "wears off". I think that the entire world is just scared and strangers are the most scary.
  18. PhilipCX

    Moving during the Covid-19 epidemic

    That is great news thanks.
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  20. MaryJane

    Moving during the Covid-19 epidemic

    @archiryan123 Just an FYI, if you haven't applied for insurance yet. OHIP is waiving the 3-month waiting period during these unprecedented times - https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2020/03/ontario-expands-coverage-for-care.html
  21. Slippers

    COPR and Covid-19

    Some good news https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2020/03/canada-provides-update-on-exemptions-to-travel-restrictions-to-protect-canadians-and-support-the-economy.html
  22. Nelline

    COPR and Covid-19

    On IRCC: SPECIAL MEASURES Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published an updated set of special measures to help temporary and permanent residents conserve and/or obtain their rights to remain or work in Canada during the outbreak. These measures include: • Temporary residence applicants from outside Canada An additional 90 days for temporary residents who need to submit documents for their files to continue to process – no application in progress will be closed or refused due to lack of documentation (for example, if it is impossible to obtain a police certificate, medical record, transcript, certified documents, etc.); Biometrics deadlines are automatically extended by 90 days; Some visa application centres are closed until further notice, which may cause delays in processing; • Permanent residence applicants Permission to submit a permanent residence application via Express Entry without all of the required documentation; Additional delays for individuals having been approved for permanent residence but unable to travel to Canada to validate their confirmation of permanent residence; IRCC will continue to accept intake of new permanent residence applications even if some documents are missing if applicants can justify why they cannot obtain the document; All in-person permanent residence landing appointments are cancelled until April 13, 2020
  23. Nelline

    Moving during the Covid-19 epidemic

    I saw this on IRCC: SPECIAL MEASURES Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published an updated set of special measures to help temporary and permanent residents conserve and/or obtain their rights to remain or work in Canada during the outbreak. These measures include: • Temporary residence applicants from outside Canada An additional 90 days for temporary residents who need to submit documents for their files to continue to process – no application in progress will be closed or refused due to lack of documentation (for example, if it is impossible to obtain a police certificate, medical record, transcript, certified documents, etc.); Biometrics deadlines are automatically extended by 90 days; Some visa application centres are closed until further notice, which may cause delays in processing; • Permanent residence applicants Permission to submit a permanent residence application via Express Entry without all of the required documentation; Additional delays for individuals having been approved for permanent residence but unable to travel to Canada to validate their confirmation of permanent residence; IRCC will continue to accept intake of new permanent residence applications even if some documents are missing if applicants can justify why they cannot obtain the document; All in-person permanent residence landing appointments are cancelled until April 13, 2020
  24. NeF

    Mineral Exploration/Mining Related Query

    Hi hdub07, Fantastic, I'll look into it. Thank you.
  25. archiryan123

    Moving during the Covid-19 epidemic

    I guess my wife and I can weigh in here, having arrived last Sunday 15 March 2020. One should keep in mind that things have changed a lot in the last few days, and continue to change daily. When we left RSA the virus was a mounting concern with very few cases, landing in Canada here it is sheer Armageddon all-round. Toronto airport was empty, and so are the streets in our current city. People don't go outside, and turn extremely nasty when they find out we are foreign immigrants. It's been difficult... we arrived in one of Ontario's small cities, near to Ottawa and Toronto. To us it feels a lot like Hermanus, crossed with a bit of Stellenbosch (very student-y). It also has a huge population of seniors... We spent 2 days in our first temporary apartment before we were asked to leave by the local tenants due to perceived risk. Yesterday we tried to open a bank account and were nastily forced to leave the establishment. Sadly we are unable to obtain any documentation whatsoever. Any kind of apartment rental is impossible. For the foreseeable future we don't exist... Of course we understand the situation here, but it's not as if we were ever sent instructions to self-quarantine. Maybe what threw us off was at the airport there were zero tests done, or instructions given etc. We would love to know if this has changed. I believe in the week that we've been here a great many things have changed. We are extremely thankful that we were able to get here in time, but also really hope being treated like dirty immigrants (no exaggeration) will pass. We also can't be sure how much of our experience has been more small town mentality vs nationwide fear vs goodness-knows-what-else. Not a good time to be an immigrant. If someone is coming over with work in place I would say delay and then come tentatively. If no job is in place I would advise to postpone for a few months. Above all I'm concerned for the affect this will have on Africa.
  26. OHCANADAAA

    COPR and Covid-19

    It's what the interim order states but it's naturally open to revision at any point. Best we can do is hope things work out sooner rather than later.
  27. Slippers

    COPR and Covid-19

    Has anyone else seen the talk about the borders being closed until 30 June?
  28. And in sunny SA..... Coronavirus scam: The Reserve Bank isn't collecting your 'contaminated' banknotes 2020-03-18 18:15 The South African Reserve Bank suspects that criminals have been visiting South African homes and telling them to hand over banknotes in their possession, claiming the banknotes were contaminated with the coronavirus. The creativity of the South African Criminal is astounding ! Never in my wildest dreams would I have come up with this one, I feel ashamed. I'm paid to think. Tonight I am going to my neighbours to tell them that the Canadian Reserve Bank is collecting all notes that are contaminated... I'll include credit and debit cards and ask for the codes to allow us (the bank) to transfer the funds to their new cards, which, of course I'll deliver in a few days....
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