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  2. AntoinetteG

    Proof of Funds

    Hi Everyone I have been making steady progress with the whole application process...until...the dreaded proof of funds came up. (Side note: I haven’t yet created my EE profile as I need to sort out PoF first)... I was planning on using my RA’s and Pension Fund (Sanlam and Discovery) as PoF, as this is well over the required amount and selling my property won’t make up the amount. After a consultation with Deanne (Canada Abroad) I was told that although I can use my RA and Pension Fund (no problem there), the money would need to be in my account when I leave RSA, and not after landing (which makes sense). My understanding of Financial Emigration however is that it can only happen once I am in Canada? Has anyone had any success in getting money out of RA’s and a Pension Fund BEFORE leaving RSA and used the money as PoF? I am totally stuck, and my broker is unable to help me...I have now been told to find out for myself from Sanlam and Discovery as they keep on telling my broker I need to do financial emigration first...and the broker can’t help me further, mainly because the message just gets relayed. Any ideas? Help? I would really appreciate it! Thanks in advance!
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  4. graciax452

    Kitchener-Waterloo Area vs Edmonton/Calgary?

    @M-N Hi in software and product development. I'm a Scrum Master, Product Owner, Agile coach...
  5. MaryJane

    Soft Landing

    As most have stated, this is correct. If arriving separately, main applicant should land first. The type of landing (whether soft or hard) doesn’t change the requirement.
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  7. CapieCanadian

    Thanks

    Wow Flashie, thanks so very much! Your reply was amazing. No doubt my friends will find value in it. Whenever you find yourself in the Lower Mainland, let me know and we can go grab a cup of coffee at Timmies I only wish you the very best with your future studies etc, what a grand adventure!
  8. LouiseV36

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 19 Applications

    Hi there. Our AOR is 20 November. Passed medicals on the 11 December and did biometrics on the 17 December. We then received request to pay RTPR fee on 30 Decemebr which we did right away. Since then it has been silence. We are going through EE with an Ontario nomination. How far along in the process are you?
  9. Flashie

    Thanks

    Hi CapieCanadian, I noticed your reply last night, so I apologize for only responding now. Things got a bit heated watching the SONA yesterday 😅 I'll try and answer all your points in order below. 1. Almost always from what I've read. Studying a Bachelors degree in Bio medicine after being in Hospitality for 12 years might kick up some flags to the immigration officer reviewing your application. Canada seems to really like specialization (see quote below) to the point that they have a preference for people who's professional experience and education both line up in the same industry. 2. Right. I've just gone through the link again and I feel confident to say that if you follow it step by step you'll be able to submit a complete application. The only info that is not mentioned here is the specifics around each of the required documents (Example: "Medical Exam results" - Requires you to make an appointment with a certified Canadian Panel Physician here in South Africa who have their own required documents). If I could do it over again, I'd not rush through the application during the uploading and submitting part (Once it's sent, it's done). I misinterpreted the "Client Information" (optional document)'s description as meaning anything that will aid your application. So I uploaded a copy of an irrelevant document instead. Rather use this as a place to upload your "Statement Of Purpose" also known as "Letter of Explanation" or "Study Plan". Don't skip this, it can only aid your application. Since I did not upload mine initially, it was a huge struggle to ensure the deciding officer received my Statement Of Purpose alongside my application! 3. VIU was actually a recommendation from my mom who heard about them through some sort of "International Study Agency" which has since fallen flat. VIU also had bonus points for being willing to organise a private campus-tour for me during my trip through Vancouver and Vancouver Island last October. My main deciding factors were cost and program selection. They were the only University in that area that offered a specific IT diploma course which I qualified for and was interested in. I did not do amazing in my pure math results (by Canadian standards) and did not take physics/science as a subject at school. Because of this I didn't qualify for a lot of the degree studies in/around British Columbia for IT. Cost was also a big factor as we don't have an unlimited pot of gold 😅 They did indeed have a very fast response time to any inquiries I had. In fact, as you could probably see in the timeline above, I was reached out to by the department chair of my program for a video interview before I even had the chance to return from my trip in Canada! They were very helpful along the way and did not complicate the process, which I very much appreciate. Also, Bonus bonus-points for being a in a small, friendly and beautiful coastal town with the same British Columbia Temperate Rainforest climate as Vancouver. 4. All of my questions there (excluding the spoiler) can now pretty much be summed up into 3 words. Statement Of Purpose. That same document that I managed to leave out in answer 2? Yup that's the one. In it you should include somewhere about your intent to return to SA after your studies are complete. They just want reassurance that you won't stay on illegally after your study permit expires. For this, previous international travel history helps. (I had the 1 previous trip to Canada on my name, which showed them that I have no intent on staying on illegally, else I would have done that when I had the chance to, back on my visitors visa.) As for the spoiler at the bottom of that thread, I ended up never receiving a request for a Police Clearance Certificate (Despite working wonders to get hold of one before they'd ask me for it). The request for Medical exam came right at the end of the 11-week processing time for South African applications. (Which I see is now 15 weeks!? Crazy!) After receiving the request, you have 30 days to get your medical exam done. I used Traveldoccorp in Joburg as they were 1 of only 3, of all those panel physicians, who were willing to make an appointment for me before the 30 days had been up. About the return plane ticket; I found that I do not need one as I'm expected to be staying there for the next 2 years after I arrive. Be sure of your own intentions (Ask yourself if this is really something you want to do, and if so, do it to the best of your abilities), and take your time. Don't feel rushed. I felt a lot of unnecessary anxiety because I thought there were deadlines tighter than what it really was. Sorry for the long answers to each of these. Hopefully you can extract some useful info out of them. I enjoyed responding to your post Good luck to your friend!
  10. CapieCanadian

    Study permit with spouse and children

    Thanks so very much Cobus! Your reply is insightful. I will ask that my friend makes contact with you.
  11. Cobus

    Study permit with spouse and children

    Dear CapieCanadian The risks of a refusal of a study permit requests are very high, especially married applicants that is not 18-22 years of age. Applicants underestimate the power of the visa officer within legislation AND the application of that power. Some visa offices use the power in negative way to refuse a high number of applicants I have been approached by dozens of people that had study permit refusals. These people obviously will not easily mention a failed application on this forum In all the visa post in Africa there is a 40 % refusal rate See https://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/douglas-todd-ottawa-rejecting-more-and-more-study-visa-applicants " 86 % cent of applicants from Algeria were rejected this year, as were 82 per cent from Cameroon, 81 per cent from Nigeria, 75 per cent from the Democratic Republic of Congo, 70 per cent from Kenya and 62 per cent from Ghana." On 15 Jan 2020 I asked the following question to Immigration: "Would you be so kind to produce a report from GCMS: "The number of study permits that was applied for at the Canadian High Commission in Pretoria South Africa for the period 1 June 2018- 30 Aug 2019. Please only consider applicants that has dates of birth on or after 1 January 1990. Then also what number of study permits was refused from this group of applicants “ Therefore the stats would provide us with the refusal rate for anyone older than 30 years at the Canadian High Commission in Pretoria. Once I hav this we will post this here. The case should be prepared in such a way that if it is refused, and relieve is requested at the Federal Court, the Department of Justice could settle the case outside of court if well prepared. There is a big disconnect between the objectives of Immigration and Refugee Citizenship Canada to attract students & the provinces that want students AND visa officers on the other hand that refuses study permits in very large numbers. The problem lies with the authority given to officers and Immigration and Refugee protection Regulation 179 (b) “An officer shall issue a temporary resident visa to a foreign national if , following an examination, it is established that the foreign national (a) has applied in accordance with these Regulations for a temporary resident visa as a member of the visitor, worker or student class; (b) will leave Canada by the end of the period authorized for their stay under Division 2” Officer actually base refusals on concepts which is NOT in the checklist. See https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/ircc/migration/ircc/english/pdf/kits/forms/imm5483e.pdf A decision by a visa officer can be overturned and sent back to a different officer for redetermination on certain grounds as stipulated in Section 18 (4) of the federal Court Act: The Federal Court may grant relief under subsection (3) if it is satisfied that the federal board, commission or other tribunal (a) acted without jurisdiction, acted beyond its jurisdiction or refused to exercise its jurisdiction; (b) failed to observe a principle of natural justice, procedural fairness or other procedure that it was required by law to observe; (c) erred in law in making a decision or an order, whether or not the error appears on the face of the record; (d) based its decision or order on an erroneous finding of fact that it made in a perverse or capricious manner or without regard for the material before it; (e) acted, or failed to act, by reason of fraud or perjured evidence; or (f) acted in any other way that was contrary to law. Here is a typical Federal Court case against a refusal in Pretoria: http://www.canlii.org/en/ca/fct/doc/2010/2010fc148/2010fc148.html The application for a study permit should be so well prepared that it withstand withstand scrutiny and withstand a judicial review in Federal Court. I am writing this as I am worried about the South Africans not being warned by immigration about the requirements and powers of visa officers. Once refused it will create a black dot against your name. The next time you apply for an a visa to attend an interview, you will have an uphill battle. Cobus Kriek cobus@matrixvisa.com www.matrixvisa.com https://www.matrixvisa.com/vacancies/ 00-1-403-710-7156 cell/Whatsapp 010-285-0493 Office number in South Africa
  12. Nelline

    Soft Landing

    I stand to be corrected, but as far as I know, as long as the main applicant activates first, the dependents can activate at a later date as long as it is within the dates given to you by which PR must be activated. @MaryJane can you confirm please?
  13. CapieCanadian

    Study permit with spouse and children

    Has any of you been successful in applying for a study permit with a spouse and children as dependents? Friends of mine want to do this but there are naturally uncertainties around every corner. Anybody out there that can share things they learned during the process?
  14. CapieCanadian

    Study permit and family

    Hi Little miss sunshine I'm sorry to hear that you were denied. My first work permit application was also denied. I was distraught. My second application was successful but more complicated. Perhaps cross that bridge when you get there. Even if it is denied again there is always hope. What I did was to approach an immigration lawyer. Things got dramatically more expensive but the results spoke for itself.
  15. CapieCanadian

    Thanks

    Hi Flashie What a wonderful post! I have a few questions, asking for a friend. Can you perhaps help? 1. Does your line of studies have to be in line with your current work experience? I realise it was open field for you since you recently graduated high school but what about those who are a bit older. 2. I reckon you used this link on the CIC site, right? https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit.html Any other info which will be missed if they follow the info on this link step by step? 3. What made you choose VIU? Did you get quick feedback from them? My friends are concerned about response times from universities. 4. What was the end result of the thread you created titled "What am I missing? [Study Permit]"? In hindsight anything else you wish you knew which could possibly help them?
  16. CapieCanadian

    Eligibility Not Met

    Ooh wow, congratulations!! Where are you planning on settling? Adventure awaits!
  17. GoDz85

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 19 Applications

    When did you receive AOR? We paid our RTPR when we submitted the application. Are you going through EE?
  18. LouiseV36

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 19 Applications

    I am 47 percent complete. Last correspondence from them was to pay the RTPR fee o the 30th December. I hate the waiting.
  19. GoDz85

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 19 Applications

    Hello all, Our application is on 69% complete. Haven't heard anything since medicals passed which was 2 December 2019. This waiting is a killer!
  20. HoneyClare

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 19 Applications

    Thank you so much for replying, good to know! How amazing your passports are in Pretoria
  21. Spafty

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 19 Applications

    My passport is still in Pretoria, so the timeline is still showing as processing as per normal (69% complete as of today). As far as I know the profile only fully updates once you receive your COPR.
  22. anxiety

    May 2019 applications

    Great news indeed! Congratulations!!!
  23. PhilipCX

    Soft Landing

    As far as I know everyone need to activate their PR, the main applicant definitely needs to be with the first party landing.
  24. HoneyClare

    Soft Landing

    HI All I know this is an older chat but the questions relates to the topic, does anyone know: If you do a soft landing does the whole family have to go or can the main applicant just go? Thanks
  25. HoneyClare

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 19 Applications

    @Spafty Just wondering.... did your timeline move quicker or did it just change from where it was to 100% when you got the email? Just to be more clear mine is on 64% could I get an email soon or would it still work that I am 36% away? Thanks Tracy
  26. QB87

    Eligibility Not Met

    Thanks guys. Received our golden email today (2020-02-13).
  27. QB87

    May 2019 applications

    Update from our side. AOR 28 May 2019. September 2019, received notes and eligibility was not met due to proof of funds. September 2019, sent additional documents to clarify proof of funds. 12 February 2020, ghost update. 13 February 2020, received golden email!!!
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