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  2. Also, depending on where you land, you'll be surprised at how many ex-Saffas will rally around to help as needed.
  3. Many newcomers make use of "vacation" rental spots for the first few weeks. There are many, many online ordering options for grocery delivery (and many other necessary things) You shall be fed! 😘
  4. What is IRCC's recommended plan for people who are expecting to arrive June/July/August this year, without any local connections? Where are we supposed to self-quarantine at? My plan before Covid-19 was to book into a Backpackers for a week and find a more long term rental for my international studies from there. How are we intended to quarantine if we don't have a dwelling to do so in? If this quote is anything to go by, then those of us who arrive from international travel without any local social-connections are just expected to survive the 2 weeks, without access to food 🤔 I guess maybe Scott Moe can go without food for 2 weeks but I sure can't. I'd love some clarity on the specifics of the matter.
  5. Jules

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 19 Applications

    Besides the human loss, this COVID-19 is like an economic bomb blast and the after effects will linger for a long time unfortunately. I would not want to land in Canada this year and start a job search.
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  7. Tarryn8

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 19 Applications

    Hi Guys, So it seems that everthing is slowing down..There was an article in the Toronto sun a couple days ago saying Canada has hit the pause button on immigration.The IRCC nevertheless is saying they are still processing and accepting applications.. so only time will tell how much they can do given the unfortunate cirumstances the world is facing. Given the lockdown underway in SA I doubt you would be able to get your COPR in your passport anyways? Easier said than done, but hang in there everyone!
  8. Deirdre

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 19 Applications

    Hearing everyone receiving their visas so early is a miracle in itself Our AOR were 20 May 2019 and we still dont have ANY news so HANG in there - we at the 10 x month mark 😞 and now with Corona even LONGER We have also done our police clearances TWICE 😡 And obviously our medicals expired so expecting that REDO medical email The normal wait is 6-12 months although one HOPES for the GOLDEN email every single DAY
  9. HoneyClare

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 19 Applications

    Hi Everyone, So the timeline keeps moving and as we get closer there is so much more uncertainty now with the Covid-19 around the world. It definately changes landing plans for us, if there are no jobs. Has anyone had any news @GoDz85 you should be getting close? Keep healthy everyone
  10. 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.
  11. Deirdre

    Pretoria Visa Office

    Thanks for the heads up @QB87 Interesting times for us during "visa process" times 😞
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. QB87

    Pretoria Visa Office

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

    Pretoria Visa Office

    I was wondering the same and NO info on their website @GoDz85 but I think they might close during lockdown
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  17. 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?
  18. Thank you, Fry! I appreciate your input.
  19. 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? 🙂
  20. 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.
  21. "“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/
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Nettie

    Moving during the Covid-19 epidemic

    Canadian awesomeness.
  25. 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.
  26. PhilipCX

    Moving during the Covid-19 epidemic

    That is great news thanks.
  27. 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
  28. 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
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