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  2. PhilipCX

    IELTS advice

    Just some advice from an Afrikaans bloke, spend your prep time as follows: Reading - 10% Listening - 10% Speaking - 15% Writing - 65%
  3. vdL

    IELTS advice

    Good to know, thanks. Maybe something to consider as a fallback and just back myself to do well.
  4. PhilipCX

    IELTS advice

    JA, that could be a problem. We motivated it to the examiners twice that we were flying in from Knysna (we wrote in Pta) and if they could please accommodate us on the day and both times they did so on the Saturday.
  5. vdL

    IELTS advice

    I was thinking about doing this, but the Speaking test is not always at the same time as the written test. And I can't afford to take leave to do this.
  6. PhilipCX

    IELTS advice

    Instead of paying for an extra test, why don't you try and book the online IELTS test in Joburg and spend the extra money on a plain ticket? Apparently there are more dates and results are out quicker. Also, immigration doesn't happen overnight so in my opinion don't rush anything, getting your final PR documents will take months anyway.
  7. vdL

    IELTS advice

    Hi All, I am looking to apply for EE at the end of Mei to be able to be with my Canadian girlfriend as soon as possible. Living in Cape Town I see the IELTS test fill up really quickly. At this point, the earliest available date is 27 April. From the points calculator, I get 469 if I score CLB 9 but only 387 for CLB 8. So it is very important that I do very well in the test > (R7 W7 L8 S7). I am afraid that if I slip up then the next available date will cause another couple of months delay before I can apply. I am considering just booking 11 May 2019 as a safety net since if I don't achieve CLB9 the first time around I can rewrite without delay. What are your thoughts on this? Any advice would be really helpful! Thanks!
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  9. bwn2pwn

    Proof of Funds - Tips and Tricks

    Good day everyone, with regards to the PoF, I see that there has to be a history of 6months to deem it relevant where the net positive asset (liquid assets in this case) is around R200k. My question is does this 6Months start from when you put your application into the EE pool, or is it only once ITA is requested ? I am asking, because if obtaining the R200k requires selling of cars and property, i dont want to really be without a car and rental property income for 6M before my name goes into the EE pool, and possible another 6Months of waiting to be drawn (12 Months in total) Regards,
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  11. LidiaS77

    ECA agencies...which one to use?

    As far as I know WES assesses an LLB degree as one four year degree only whereas IQAS assesses it as a professional degree which counts more points so it would make more sense to send it to IQAS. WES assessed our Honours degrees as two degrees each, one three year degree and one four year degree.
  12. Lizelle

    ECA agencies...which one to use?

    I have not read about anyone using anything other than WES. I am sure some people use different companies, but the most used would be WES. If you intend to use your degree for purposes of claiming points on the EE profile, you need to have your degree assessed too. In general, I believe WES assesses a degree with Honours as a 4 year degree, rather than 2 degrees. With the extra degree in Pharmacy, you should be assessed as having 2 full degrees, which helps with points. Professional registration in a province is different from WES. For both your husband and yourself. The BCom LLB will need to be assessed by WES in terms of claiming education points for the EE profile. That is separate from registering in a province to their professional body. The provincial professional registration will do their own assessment, from what I can tell. And yes, you will need to register in the province that you go to. For both law and pharmacist. Even though you don't know where you want to go, it would be good to research what the process generally looks like (do you need to article? do you need to do new courses? is there a wait period?). I know for doctors it can be incredibly difficult to get registered in Canada to practice. So it would be something to be completely certain of.
  13. Leandri&Gene

    ECA agencies...which one to use?

    Hi All, My husband and I have recently written our IELTS tests...our results will be available on friday (fingers crossed).🤞🤞 Our next step is to submit our degrees for assessment, hence my question...which ECA agency to use? My husband has a BComm(LLB) degree from Stellenbosch University. He will be the primary applicant in our EE application as he has the necessary work experience in his field. Will WES qualify this as a professional degree? Or should we go through another agency? I have a degree in BSc(human life sciences) and an Honours in Human Anatomy both from Stellenbosch University. With a recent degree in Pharmacy from UWC. I am not registered as a pharmacist in SA yet, I am still busy with my internship this year. As I will be applying with my husband as his spouse and not the main applicant, is it still necessary to have my pharmacy degree assessed through the relevant professional body in canada? I have read that each province has their own professional pharmacy body and this influences which one you use for accreditation. We still have no idea where we will end up (at the moment we are looking at Ontario area) and I do not intend to practice as a pharmacist (at the moment). Any information on this will be appreciated.😏 Leandri & Gene
  14. GrantM

    Human Resources vacancies

    If you are coming over on a visitor visa then it is my understanding that you cannot work or even look for work. If they inspect your bags and find evidence that you are going to be looking to get a job offer you may end up banned from Canada for 2 years. One other thing that I have noticed and this is not necessarily directed at you so please don’t take offence, but when ever something happens in SA (Gupta, load sheading, maybe something bad happens to a friend or family member) people suddenly have a sense of urgency to leave. I got that that feeling when you said you are looking for a job “ANYWHERE in Canada”. What I can tell you is that pretty much everything to do with getting/staying here moves slowly. From the PR process, finding work, building up a credit score to getting citizenship (I am going through this now) and so on. There are exceptions but for the most part these things take time. So my 2c is take your time and decide where you WANT to live and work and then go for it. Have a plan B, C all the way to Z but set a specific goal and go for it. One other thing I have noticed is that the HR field in Calgary is rather saturated. When I was struggling to find work I was looking at doing a course to at least get a foot in the door and HR was one of them because I performed most of the HR functions at my job in SA. I quickly realized by looking on LinkedIn that the “applications submitted to jobs offered” ratio for these jobs was huge. Granted that many of those applicants were probably newly qualified people without your level of expertise but I’m just saying that it appears to be a very competitive field.
  15. M-N

    Human Resources vacancies

    I agree with @MaryJane. 440 would be a good score. Did your husband/partner also do the IELTS? Or get his credentials assesed? Maybe look into doing some serious TEFL (french) courses? Good luck out there.
  16. NW18

    Improving CRS Score

    Have you taken the IELztS exam? Could boost your score by 10 points easily. Also your education credentials assessment?
  17. 4DEE

    Improving CRS Score

    Depending on your occupation code ,you might explore different provincial nomination programs (PNP).
  18. PhilipCX

    Improving CRS Score

    Did your wife get both her degree and honors evaluated, because then it would count as having 2 or more 3 year degrees under CRS?
  19. jimmy

    Settlement fund questions

    Hi @danie.cilliers i recently applied for a visitors visa for a LSD trip where proof of funds were also required to proof you will be able to sustain yourself during the length of your stay. I also have excess funds in my mortgage account and asked the bank for a letter stating that the account is not in arrears and there is excess in the account. This was accepted as pof for my visitors visa application. With regards to pension / RA, we have received letters from our funds (wife - pension, me - RA) confirming the accounts and values, this is also acceptable for POF for our PR application according to our immigration consultant.
  20. Hi All, Im posting this on behalf of my brother inlaw who is a Millwright in SA, he would like to challenge the Read Seal exam and we are looking for advise from anyone that has done so (Any trade really, Im sure the process will be more or less the same). He did his Trade a long time ago (1997) and needs to gather documentation in order to prove experience. The College of Ontario (Where they plan on settling) requires a signed off Training Standard/Cap Analysis from the people he did his apprenticeship under. Now, SETA or Merseta in SA dont have such training standard for sign off, we were wondering if anyone used the Training Standards from the College from which they are applying, will they accept their forms being signed off by an SA employer? I have sent countless e-mails to Ontario College of Trades but get NO REPLY. He has already collected evidence letters etc and only have the CAP Analysis standing in his way. Regards, Craig
  21. CraigE

    Improving CRS Score

    Hi All, I was wondering if anyone has been successful in increasing their CRS score? My wife had her Honors Degree assessed with WES (Been given the equivalent of a 4 yr Canadian Degree) and passed her IELTS with L=9.0, R=8.5, W=8.5, S=9.0, however we only have I think 375 points. We have created an express entry profile and have accessed the Job Bank which doesn't seem to be helping much in terms of increasing the score with a valid job offer. I unfortunately I only have a high school diploma which doesnt increase our points nearly enough if I have it assesed and do an IELTS test. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Kind Regards, Craig
  22. Jules

    Land surveyor job opportunities

    Have you researched licensing requirements in Canada? I’m not clued up on that industry but there’s lots of industries where you need to get licensed again based on Canadian standards. And that can deter potential employers.
  23. petr0malan

    Land surveyor job opportunities

    Hello, we are busy with our express entry/nominee program profile. We would prefer to just go under express entry, but are struggling to get a company who is willing to do a Labour market impact assessment. Can anybody give me some tips on Land surveyor companies who might need surveyors?
  24. Maple Dreams

    SAIPA recognition

    Thank you for the info 🙂 I will take your advise and reach out to them.
  25. Alp92

    Fitter & Turner

    Good day, Are there any fitters & turners on here? I have a few questions as my husband is a fitter & turner and we are looking into immigrating to Canada. I would appreciate any advice and help. First, what trades did you do as there isn't an actual Fitter & Turner trade in Canada? Did you battle to find work? Is there a better area to go with this field of expertise? My husband has experience as a shift fitter and fitter & turner (building and designing machines) if this helps? Thank you :-)
  26. Sharlene

    Newcomer

    Thank you @Lizelle I really appreciate the information above. I will consider every point that you made above. thank you again.
  27. danie.cilliers

    Settlement fund questions

    Hi Guys, So we are just about to get to the stage where settlement funds (proof) will be required. We have various properties (I know this cannot be used). But what we have traditionally done is to put excess money into these bonds. So the first question relates to how I proof the money is in excess. My idea was to consolidate all excess funds into one of the bonds. The statement would indicate the amount paid in advance (in other words the amount that is in excess). Do I simply attach a letter from the bank confirming that this money has been paid in advance and that it may withdrawn at any point in time? I can then do a letter to explain that this is a way of saving interest? The second part that relates to the first question is if anyone has included home loans (investment properties) into the application and submission of proof of funds. In other words my income is for example R5 per month. The Loan is R500 and the value is R600. Do you leave all home loans out of the application (I know what it says in the notes "all accounts and credit cards, etc.") I am trying to understand firstly if it could be left out and if someone has left it out and then got nailed for it later? I am also not necessarily convinced that I wish to tell them about the loan via the above (plan to put all in the home loan type situation) and then have an issue later regarding the loan? The pension fund/RA debate is ongoing. I want to ask whom of you have successfully used that as motivation for settlement funds? If so, what motivation did you use. My plan is to cash pensions out if I am successful with our PR etc. You can however only do that should you have the PR card. (Funny how things are set up to screw and protect you at the same time.) Any information regarding this is appreciated. I should most probably not need this as motivation, but I am planning for worst case scenario should I not be able to sell properties and other assets in time. Thanking all in advance.
  28. Lizelle

    Newcomer

    My brother has lived for in Australia for many years. I don't think he's actually even SEEN a dangerous spider or other dangerous creature. He goes to the park and sea and mountains and forests constantly with his kids. He is outside doing stuff with the kids 100x more than I ever am. We often joke that Canadian houses are so big, and Oz houses are smaller because Canadians spend all their time INSIDE the house, while Ozzies spend all their time OUTSIDE the house. (I don’t think the houses in general is bigger here, but in our case he lives in an apartment and we live in a house, so our place is a lot bigger than their place). Canada may not have it's share of deadly bugs, but it sure has it share of deadly animals I finally figured out why people asked me if there were lions walking around our streets in South Africa. Because in Canada, the wildlife DO walk around in the street. We have coyotes walking around our neighbourhood. My husband saw a black bear at his work site. Some of the black crows are ridiculously big. We have bobcats and cougars and lynx floating around. Not to mention that Canada has a ridiculously high number of annoying bugs that eat you up in summer. The mozzies here are far more aggressive than anything I have ever experienced somewhere else. You are probably just as likely to get killed by a bear in Canada as a deadly thing is Australia, which is not say so unlikely at all: https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2016/03/here-are-the-animals-really-most-likely-to-kill-you-in-australia/ https://www.wideopenspaces.com/list-fatal-black-bear-attacks-north-america-last-20-years/ In all my years in South Africa I never saw a Black Widow spider. Not even once. No one in South Africa has died from a Black Widow spider ( https://www.wideopenspaces.com/list-fatal-black-bear-attacks-north-america-last-20-years/). Yet we all learn to look out for it. Perception does not always follow reality. Yes, people have died from deadly stuff in Australia, but it is an infinitesimally small number. And I don't think there's a more outdoors nation on the planet. Vancouver is massively expensive. I don't think the actual day to day stuff is too bad (food, electricity, clothing and such). But housing is seriously expensive, and the salaries of people working in Vancouver don't make up for the difference. You can look on kijiji (https://www.kijiji.ca/b-house-rental/vancouver/c43l1700287) to give you an idea of the cost of renting a house. You can move further out of the city (Abbotsford, for example), but then your commute will be horrendous. Here's my 2c worth of advice: Start with checking what your EE score will be. There is no sense in thinking about Canada right now if your score is low. Work through this questionnaire (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/crs-tool.asp). On the language tests, choose IELTS. Pick the highest score (this is just to give you a rough idea). Foreign work experience is the nr of years experience you have in South Africa. If you have a high number (I believe above 440 or so, but others may give you a better idea on this), you should be able to be selected fairly quickly. Now, it depends on how quickly you want to move. To enter your EE profile to be picked, you have to get your qualifications assessed by WES. That takes a few months. You have to do your IELTS (English Language Test). That takes a few months. Now you are in the pool. If you are lucky you get selected the next draw. Processing seems to be taking a lot longer than six months at the moment. I would say you are looking at a year process before landing in Canada. If you have a low number, but you are seriously set on coming to Canada, I would suggest moving to Australia first (this depends, of course, on how old you are, and how willing you are to move twice). Any experience you get in Australia will count for way more in the mind of a Canadian employer than experience in South Africa. Most probably can't find South Africa on a map, but they all know about Australia. Your money will be worth a heck of a lot more. It will give you the chance to see if Australia will work for you. Also, on Australian PR you can move to New Zealand. They have zero dangerous creatures I am not sure how the conversion works after your PR expires, that would be something to thoroughly understand before choosing that route, but it is certainly open to you.
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