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  2. LidiaS77

    Cost of Living Toronto (GTA)

    Here in Victoria you can get a bottle of wine for about $9 before tax (or as low as $3 for cooking wine). This is at Superstore, in liquor stores I think it's about $12 minimum.
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  4. Reibtseb

    Cost of Living Toronto (GTA)

    What is expensive to you? Here in the Lower Mainland, cheap bottles are $14 to $20 before taxes. I don't know what it used to cost in SA, never drank wine there :D
  5. MaryJane

    East London

    Welcome to the forums @SoapyBubbles For shipping, I personally used u-bag. I don’t think they were the cheapest but they worked for me since I only had a few boxes to send over (9). I know that you could also use extra baggage on an airplane. That may be cheaper depending on how much you are bringing and the size and weight. All the best for your journey.
  6. SoapyBubbles

    East London

    Hi there. I am from East London. My family is planning to head to Canada in 2021. We want to move to Calgary. Anyone know any good ways to find jobs as a foreign national. also, does anyone have advice on the cheapest way to ship a few boxes over (not sending a container).
  7. PaulD

    Cost of Living Toronto (GTA)

    Is it just me or is wine super expensive in Canada?? why is this, all the taxes? I have stopped drinking wine since relocating because of the expense, even when earning dollars. Were we just spoilt in SA?
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  9. HoneyClare

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 19 Applications

    @Rfed it was so long ago cant remember the noc code, I had two I am a social worker, and in management, it only took two months at the time to get SNIP, once we were in the pool. That was a year ago already! When you get the extra 600 points its an incredible moment. We applied to Australia before Canada and it was way more expensive, Canada is very affordable
  10. Deirdre

    Passports to Visa Office VFS in PTA

    Thanks so much @LouiseV36 - doing all this tomorrow
  11. LouiseV36

    Passports to Visa Office VFS in PTA

    I am in Durban and had to courier to PTA. We used Postnet and sent it overnight (on a Thursady). It got there Friday morning. We had to pay the one way courier package (R207.40) for each passport. I did an EFT for each one and used passport numbers as reference. Also we had to pay one package transmission because my youngest did not do biometrics. I put all the POP's in the envelope as well as the necessary consent forms for VFS so that the passports could be couriered back. I have attached the consents. Shout if you need anymore help. null (1).pdf
  12. Hi Everyone We have to courier our passports to Vfs in PTA for our PR. Do we pay courier to VAC and return to ourselves? Not much info in the email requesting passports - Just an address VFS Phone lines not working - also there is a VFS processing fee? They do not state is this is PER passport or once off for whole family? Any info would be welcome!
  13. LouiseV36

    Our Journey Step by Step EE FSW

    And now you are in the hurry up and wait part. This was the worst part. You will constantly check you CIC account. And wait and wait and wait. But when you get that golden e-mail it is the best feeling in the world. All the best with this part. Try not let it make you crazy.
  14. JDP29

    Our Journey Step by Step EE FSW

    Our Journey Part 3 We Got Our ITA! Just when I thought I had everything under control, everything was going to plan, and Canada Immigration throw you a curve ball, fortunately nothing major but still causes you concern at the time. We submitted our EE Profile on the 20th October, expecting the draw on the 28th to be called, and our ITA in the mail, but on the 27th they change the scoring system to give French bilingual speakers more points, and have to update all the profiles first. We then resigned ourselves to wait another couple weeks for the next draw, and our timetable keeps shifting further. But randomly on a Thursday evening the 5th November, an email pops up with an update, they had done a draw, with a score of 478 and 4500 invites. We were part of those 4500 and our next step could begin. Submitting your e-APR: So what happens after you receive your ITA, well for me everything I read and read seemed to disappear momentarily, looking through the application bought on a sudden bought of anxiety, so I decided to leave it till the next day and a fresh mind. The application is very similar to your EE profile, but they go into more detail into your personal life, a lot of the sections are prepopulated with your EE profile information. Some of the info they require that I found a little more time consuming was the following: · Address history for the last 10 years, for both spouses. · Travel History for the last 10 years. (I found the best way to this is write down the information in chronological order and transfer to the application) · Personal history for the last 10 years. Nothing was overly difficult, but I think that the result of getting it wrong becomes quite heavy when you’re filling everything out, but take your time, go through it a few times, and get your spouse or partner to go over it as well before submitting it. I decided to purchase a online tutorial pack from Canadian Immigration Institute called DIY Express Entry, it’s a phenomenal resource from an immigration lawyer with video and step by step instructions. Me felling was all of this costs so much that the $97 USD (R1 565,15), is a safety cushion just to make sure I didn’t mess up. I highly recommend purchasing it prior to even creating your EE profile, as it assists from before then. Supporting Documentation: Proof of Funds: There is so much information available about what everyone did for their POF, but I will give our experience and what we did. My wife went off to FNB, as all our accounts are with them. Fortunately, all our savings was in a 7-day notice account in her name, which made it easier. She asked for a confirmation letter for her profile, as well as 6 months’ worth of statements for cheque account, credit card and notice account and had each one stamped by the bank. Due to a bulk of our savings coming from an inheritance pay out less than 6 months before, we also got a letter from the accountants who administered the estate confirming the payment for authentication purposes, and that was it. Unfortunately, I can’t give more info on Annuities or RA’s or any more complicated situations. We decided to do an LOE (letter of explanation) for our POF section. In it I explained what I was attaching, an explanation for the large deposit (inheritance), a table for the 3 accounts, with a closing balance for the last 6 months, as well as attaching our vehicle registrations, title deed and recent RA statement. Even though I know these last few attachments aren’t unencumbered funds, I stated that we would be selling the assets, and cashing out the RA upon financial emigration, and wanted to give a full picture of our financial situation, and that we had enough cash as required but we also had unencumbered assets to utilise as well. I then created a PDF made up of the LOE, statements, title deed, RA statement, email and POP of inheritance and vehicle registrations, to make one uploadable PDF. Because there is so much info in your POF upload, make sure you scan the documents at lower settings to be within the 4mb upload limit. Employment Letters: You only have to submit letters for jobs you claimed as your experience when creating your EE profile, so if you are able to maximise the points for foreign experience without listing every job you have done, then do that, because it will save you time in trying to get letters for jobs that didn’t give you additional points, and why create a possible problem if you don’t need to? Besides, you are going to list them in your personal 10-year history section. We each wrote our own letter for our employers which I explained in part 2 and had them sign them after they were satisfied with the contents. Police Clearance Certificates: I explained this in part 1, and fortunately even though I did them as the very first step, they were still within their 6-month validity period. Below is a table of all the documents we uploaded: Passports (new and old) Birth Certificate for child only Marriage Certificate IELTS TRF form Employment Letters Education Certificates Education Transcripts WES report POF Police Clearance Medical Report Form Digital Photos (R450) * We didn’t do unabridged birth certificates for my wife and myself. Passports: Because you upload any travel history for the last 10 years, its more than likely that your old passport was used for some of the trips. So I took the cautious approach and scanned both the new and old biographical pages as well as all stamped pages from both and created a PDF of these scans and attached an LOE explaining my reasoning. The purpose being, you won’t be denied for uploading more than they ask, but you can be denied if you decided not to upload something that you didn’t think necessary. Medicals: 10 November 2020 Because we live in Durban, there is only one registered Dr. to do the medicals, Dr. Blankenburg in Westville. We managed to do everything in one morning and still get our son home for his lunch time nap. The process went as follows for us: We went to Ampath in Westville, with our passports and a colour photo, who had all the correct forms, and my wife and myself did our bloods and urine test, only children older than 15 do blood tests. Ampath then give us a completed form that we take with to the Dr’s rooms. Total Time, 20min Total cost: R 788.80 (R344,40 each) Next up was the medical check with Dr. Lots of forms to fill in, but the actual time spent with Dr. is quite quick. An eye test, weight, height and normal pressure readings, and all was done. In and out in 40min. Total Cost: R3 300 (R1100 each) Lastly was the X-Rays at Westville Hospital, apparently, they are able to upload direct to e-medical through an agreement so we didn’t have a choice, and I’m fairly sure we paid more than normal, but so be it, I knew going into this it would be expensive. Only children over 11 need X-Rays. Total time, 45min Total Cost: R2 842.02 (R1 421.01 each) Total Medical Cost 2 adults, 1 toddler: R 6 930,82 Last Step: Once you are all done, and if you are like me and my wife, we spent 2 evening of about 4 hours checking and rechecking all the dates and info, and made sure our uploads were correctly named and uploaded correctly for each person (I have read people being rejected because they uploaded their spouses PCC instead of their own and not being allowed to rectify it). Thie biggest tip I can give you in this regard is to create a folder for each person, and name it exactly as the document checklist says and number it in the same order, that way it is easy to cross reference your upload to the required upload. It was then time to submit and make payment! Total Cost: R37 471.52 ($ 3 045) ($ 1 325 per adult, $ 225 per child, $ 170 biometrics fee) Total Cost for Submitting e-APR: R46 417,49
  15. RFed

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 19 Applications

    Thanks Tracy. I was also looking at the SINP. I think I must just pay the 350 dollars and to for it. Under which NOC code did you apply Tracy? Tiaan
  16. HoneyClare

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 19 Applications

    Morning @LouiseV36, Thanks for the information. We are off to the bank this afternoon. I am hoping for a quick turnaround time. @RFed, most of us with lower scores have explored other ways to get more points. I only had around 420, so I did an application to Saskatchewan and got an additional 600 points that way with a provincial nomination. Thanks Tracy
  17. LouiseV36

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 19 Applications

    Congrats on receiving your golden email. That is wonderful news. We went to ABSA on Monday to renew my youngest passport. His expires July next year but we do not want to have to renew from there. The lady told us 7 to 14 working days but it might be 3 to 5. We must just wait for the SMS. I have seen others get theirs after 7 days. My online account only changed to approved when the Visas were put into the passports. So you won't see a change until they do that. But the fact you got your passport request pretty much means its a done deal. All the best for the big move.
  18. RFed

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 19 Applications

    Wow, so many people receiving the golden email on this chat. Can I ask what your CRS score was? We are on 454 and given the current draw cut off scores (470+) it is not looking like we will get our golden email anytime soon.
  19. Moga

    Insurance (Theft/Loss) during transition

    @StuartW, Reviving an old thread. were you successful in finding an insurance provider for both travel and medical cover for one way tickets.
  20. So they accepted the funds in a 60 day notice account? you didn't have to keep them in a transactional account? And did you keep it there for at least 6 months?
  21. do you know if you can move it to an account that is not liquid? I plan to move $6000 of the minimum $13000 for one person into a brokerage account and buy shares
  22. Deirdre

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 19 Applications

    Hi @HoneyClare Every area in SA have different passport waiting times We renewed our kids passports 3 weeks ago in PTA - received new ones in 8 x working days! Its a tough call - I would suggest asking turnaround time for kids passports!
  23. HoneyClare

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 19 Applications

    Hi Fellow members, I need some reassurance on some developments and assistance. Yesterday I received a request for passports on an email with no changes on the online system is this normal? and should I assume that we were approved? as it doesn't really say that .... Next steps is VFS for sending passports and their website does not say anything of the sort, has anyone done that part recently, how did you send in the passports? Lastly, we have an appointment for passports on Wednesday for biometrics for the kids, (their passports expire in Jan and need to have 6month expiry) and passports have to be in to VFS in 30 days, should I email them that there is a delay or take a chance that I would get them back in time. I am sure you can all understand my anxiety after so much hard work to get to this point, any assistance will be appreciated! I have really valued this platform Tracy
  24. Reibtseb

    Can you move proof of funds after you receive COPR?

    You can move money, I transferred mine to a Canadian account after I got my COPR, just bring proof of that when you land. Although, I was never asked for it, and I know of a couple others that weren't asked either.
  25. Jules

    Vancouver island living

    It is true that a lot of Canadians would love to live and work there. Definitely one of the most beautiful parts of Canada. Anyone living there with a good career is truly blessed.
  26. Awesome. I got my ITA with funds in a 60-day notice account, and I now want to make them completely available to convert to CAD soon by moving them to a transactional (no notice) account with the same bank. So, you're saying there'd be no issue doing that?
  27. KateB

    Entering SA during Covid-19

    Hi, Does anyone have any experience in entering South Africa from Canada during Covid-19? My partner is a permanent resident of SA, has applied for PR here in Canada (I am Canadian) and needs to return to SA to take care of some business. Our problem is the requirement to have a Covid test administered and signed by a doctor. Here in BC they are not routinely done by doctors. We could have it done privately but they say 48-72 hours for results but no guarantee on getting it back on time for your $400. The SA government need the test to be done within 72 hours of departure time. Is there a way around this? FionaT
  28. TJG

    Shipping Containers

    We used Biddulphs International back in 2017, everything arrived on time and in one piece, and their quote was the most competitive out of the 3 that I got.
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