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  2. Jowey Lewis

    July 2018 Applications

    The progress bar is not saying much beside reminding us of mathematics : like 6 minus 4 = 2 (and there is a "by the way". If you click on the "explanation" it says: this estimate time may vary depending on ... ). May help them as a reminder perhaps they will be receiving some kind of notification when it hits the 6 months but it definitely does not assist applicants in any way. Anyway, happy festive season to y'all :).
  3. LidiaS77

    New member looking for guidance

    Hi @Barries If you feel comfortable doing so, perhaps you can post a breakdown of your CRS score here. There might be an area where you can do something to increase your score. As suggested here, have you had a look at any of the Provincial Nomination Programs? Does your wife have any qualifications that could count towards your score?
  4. OutOfSa

    Immigrate as millwright(trade)

    Hi Raymond & Barries THIS IS NOT AN OFFER OF WORK - OR ANY PROMISES - BUT AN ATTEMPT TO OFFER A WISP OF HOPE. I will PM you a message, respond to it if you'd like to. Please don't post the message or disclose the content on the forum.
  5. Feto

    July 2018 Applications

    Yeah.... Finally saw the progress bar... LOS... even i could calculate that in excel... with a nice little graph... 🤪
  6. MaryJane

    Immigrate as millwright(trade)

    I was actually gonna say... If you have been looking at Canada since June, and you have a lawyer helping you, then you are probably aware that there are program-specific draws that happen. They are rare and unexpected but they do happen. The last time was in Sep 2018 and the previous one before that was in May 2018. So if your profile was already on the EE pool, then the chance might have been there to get chosen. Mind you, you still needed the score but I believe that the EE scores required for the Skilled Trades draws are not very high - 284 at the last draw I think. There is also the harsh alternative to the “anywhere but here” issue, which is to look at other countries, any country. There are many countries that have immigration programs, and Canada is just one of them. If your family is wanting to leave SA and you have the means to do it, it might be worth a shot to look at other countries. Just saying. Anyways, good luck. Hope everything works out.
  7. MartinG

    Immigrate as millwright(trade)

    I can't really give advice, but I can share what I've done thus far. I also applied relentlessly and got nowhere. Thought it will help if I get my trade (Electrician) accredited - so called "Challenging". I applied with BC's ITA, got accepted and studied A LOT! Got a visitor's VISA with the exam letter from the ITA and sat for the exam in Burnaby. Passed the exam but still got no replies from anyone ... not even recruiters... no-one. So yes, it's impossible in my opinion to get an offer from SA for a "popular" trade. Perhaps a different story if your occupation is sought after. But, ... the Red Seal accreditation did help me get an invitation to apply under the Federal Skilled Trades stream with 298 EE points in May. So now I'm playing the waiting game.
  8. Barries

    Immigrate as millwright(trade)

    Hi, Its basically impossible to find work while still in SA. I live in Port Elizabeth and do job searching since June with no luck, not even any replies. I'm a qualified Millwright with 12 years pharmaceutical experiences, travelled the world for my company and cannot find any job offers from Canada. I'm registered with a Canadian immigration lawyer and all my paperwork is ready but I need a job offer to get my EE score up. I've tried everything now and even all the LinkedIn job applications is a waste of time. I really don't know what to do anymore and my wife is in tears because she don't want to stay here anymore. I have enough money to support my immigration costs and to settle ourselves in Canada, can anyone please help me and advise what to try differently. Thanks in advance, Barries.
  9. Barries

    New member looking for guidance

    Hi, I have exactly the same problem and its basically impossible to find work while still in SA. I live in Port Elizabeth and is job searching since June with no luck, not even any replies. I'm a qualified Millwright with 12 years pharmaceutical experiences, travelled the world for my company and cannot find any job offers from Canada. I'm registered with a Canadian immigration lawyer and all my paperwork is ready but I need a job offer to get my EE score correct. I've tried everything now and even all the LinkedIn job applications is a waste of time. I really don't know what to do anymore and my wife is in tears because she don't want to stay here anymore. I have enough money to pay for all my immigration costs and to settle ourselves in Canada, can anyone please help me and advise what the try differently. Thanks in advance, Barries.
  10. IsabelE

    July 2018 Applications

    Our estimation on the bar is 2 Dec. Just have a full progress bar, and on top of it a notice saying our applicafion is taking longer than usual. No idea or indication as to how much longer... All the other people from 2 June is also waiting (exept usa residents), so I doubt that it is a problem specific to our application. The progress bar for FSW is just a visual of the 6 months standard processing. I hope you are lucky and your application gets processed within you timeframe😉
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  12. MartinG

    July 2018 Applications

    My point exactly ...
  13. logan

    July 2018 Applications

    Hmmm...that looks suspiciously like 180 - (days(today - submission_date)). I.e. always a static 6 months from AOR to PPR. o_O
  14. MartinG

    July 2018 Applications

    If you click on view status of your application, then it shows at the top. Like so:
  15. logan

    July 2018 Applications

    Ah! At least we're not alone...
  16. logan

    July 2018 Applications

    Went to check out our profile immediately after we got the "progress bar now available" email. No progress bar that I can see...where is it supposed to show up? Anybody else's missing?
  17. Feto

    July 2018 Applications

    Good Morning... Looks like our profile is one of the few that does not have a progress bar. Unless I somehow missed it. Any news from any-one with a late Sep AOR?
  18. MartinG

    July 2018 Applications

    Would be interesting to find out how this new EE progress bar compares between the different applicants. Is it a simple algorithm that just looks at back log and current processing speed, or does it also look at application stream, number of applicants/dependents etc. - in other words how accurate it is at the end of the day. I applied under the Federal Skilled Trades and received AOR on the 20th July. They now say I should have an answer by the 20th January 2019 - 38 days! How does your estimate compare?
  19. LidiaS77

    Expiring passport

    As far as I can tell according to Wikipedia and the Embassy of Mexico in South Africa website, South African passport holders do normally need a visa to visit Mexico, unless you hold a diplomatic passport. Applying for a Mexican visa is free for South Africans, but not necessary if you have visas/permanent residence of some countries.
  20. Ominous_Hashtag

    Expiring passport

    Thanks @LidiaS77 and @Nelline, much appreciated.
  21. Nelline

    Expiring passport

    As far as I know if you don't need a visa for Mexico if you have an SA passport: Nationals of the following countries do not need a visa - you'll get issued a Tourist Card for a fee of $20 though: European Union (EU) countries; Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, CANADA, Chile, Costa Rica, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea Rep, Liechtenstein, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, San Marino, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and Uruguay, USA. Foreign residents of Canada with a valid Canadian Permanent Resident card, and a valid foreign PASSPORT (not a refugee travel document), no longer require a visa for either tourism or business purposes. You must carry your valid foreign passport and your valid Canadian PR card to Mexico.
  22. LidiaS77

    Expiring passport

    We visited Mexico in 2015 before having Canadian PR with our valid US tourist visas in our SA passports and were allowed in (without applying separately for Mexican visas). As far as I know you can also enter if you have a valid tourist visa from Canada and some other countries, or a Canadian Permanent Residence card.
  23. Ominous_Hashtag

    Expiring passport

    As always, we can depend on the legendary @MaryJane for answers! Thank you so much. As for visiting Toronto, we passed through there quickly on our way to Calgary and it was awesome...will be sure to visit it again in the not-too-distant future 😉 I'm really gonna push my luck here now...you don't perhaps know the visa rules for Saffers travelling to Mexico from Canada? It appears that an SA passport holder should usually have to apply for a visa but some guidance I've read indicates that you can do without it as long as you are a Canadian PR...we also have valid US multiple-entry visas...
  24. MaryJane

    Expiring passport

    Rather be safe than sorry, apply for the new one now. They may surprise you. Your new one could be with you in as little as four months. The timeline does vary. One good thing is that applying for a new SA passport doesn’t invalidate your current one. You are free to use it until it expires. So if your wife doesn’t have her new one by the time of your trip, use the current passport. What?! You don’t want to come visit? Horrors! 😁 The application can be mailed in. I couldn’t open your link but am assuming it’s the SA consulate’s page. All the forms you need are there. For the fingerprint form, I think you have to email them to send you the original so you can then put the fingerprints on that form. Check first, but that’s how I remember it.
  25. Ominous_Hashtag

    Expiring passport

    Hi everyone, Does anybody have recent experience with passport renewals within Canada? We landed in Canada at the end of July 2018 and settled down in Calgary. My wife's passport expires in October 2019 and we'd like to take a trip to Mexico in June/July 2019...I'm worried they might enforce the "6-month validity" rule and refuse her entry. Now the issue is of course that even if we apply now for passport renewal from within Canada it could arrive too late...probably should have thought about it sooner but life has been pretty demanding. Anyone have some wisdom to impart? I'd also just like to confirm that she doesn't have to apply in person in Toronto/Ottawa but that the application could be mailed in instead? Because a trip east really isn't on the cards right now. Does the link below cover all the bases or is there something else we should know: http://www.southafrica-canada.ca/civic_services/civic_services_regular_passport.php Thanks in advance for the help!
  26. ReneLestan

    Police Clearance 2018

    Just thought I'd post an update on this topic. We ended up using VisaLogistics in Blackheath, Cape Town to do our clearances. I bargained the price down quite a bit, we did need 2 clearances afterall and I thought there's nothing to lose if they say no. Managed to get a reduced price, and the clearances took 1 week and 1 day. Delivered to our house. Went to their office for the prints. The other application only recently arrived in Pretoria after about a month, and still just shows in process. So if anyone needs a PCC desperately quickly in Cape Town, VisaLogistics can still do it.
  27. MaryJane

    New member looking for guidance

    Welcome to the forums, @Ulrichm It is both an exciting and frightening moment when you realize and make that decision. It is still early stages but if you can determine your EE score, I think you'd be better to know where you stand and understand the ins and outs of the process. I think your husband may score better being the main applicant. I second @Nelline suggestions for you to check out PNPs and other routes. Best of luck!
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