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  2. Nelline

    Dental Techs - this one's for you!

    Oh! As the prospective candidate will need to enter Canada on EE with a Provincial Nomination (the latter which we will arrange), you have to have at least a post secondary qualification in order to be considered.
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  4. Nelline

    Nguni skin

    I believe that as long as it has been professionally tanned, (do you have a receipt / certificate from the tanner?) you're all set, best is to double check on the border and immigration website for restricted imports.
  5. Funny you should ask that. My daughter started in a public school and has just moved to a Catholic school. She prefers the Catholic school as there is a bit more structure and she went to a Catholic school in South Africa. There is also more of a Christian element to the school where the public schools are very PC. That being said, there didn't seem to be any issues at the public school and the education was the same if not better than at a private school in South Africa. If you do plan on Catholic school, make sure to bring at least 1 parents baptismal certificate if you can as it makes it much easier. There is quite a procedure as I understand for non Catholics to get into a Catholic school. Hope this helps. I am more than happy to provide any information that we may have garnered since we landed.
  6. RuanG

    Nguni skin

    Good day all. Quick question, I have a Nguni skin that I am quite fond of. Does anyone know what the procedure is to take it with me to Canada.
  7. Thanks Flyfish this is really helpful. Any thoughts on Catholic schools v Public schools?
  8. QB87

    Proof of Funds - Tips and Tricks

    Only show the Investec account. Explain any big movements in the account during tge last 6 months and you should be safe.
  9. LouiseV36

    Proof of Funds - Tips and Tricks

    Hi there. Need some advice. We have been very fortunate enough to have the funds sitting in an Investec account since February this year. This is made up of savings and an investment that matured. This is completely earmarked for our immigration. We bank with another banking institution where our salaries and debit orders go off. Our debt consists of a bond, car loans and a credit card. All which would be extinguished with the sale of the house and cars. We also have provident funds as well as pensions and RA's. When showing proof of funds do we just show 6 months of the Investec account with the letter from the bank. Or should we also include our day to day bank account history for the last 6 months and our provident/pensions/RA's. I can include statements for the bond and cars showing the liability. This for me is the trickiest part of the application and one I really do not want to get wrong.
  10. Hi Kata We arrived on the 25th of December 2017 with a 7 year old. We stayed in Mississauga for a week and then were luck enough to find an apartment to rent in that week. We moved to Oakville where the schools are very good and it is a bit calmer than Mississauga which suited us(It was also surprisingly cheaper). They are quite sticky about the school being in the same zone as the residence. My suggestion would be to use the AirBnb as a base and look for more permanent accommodation when you are here as it is much better to see the place first otherwise you will be stuck with what you have as the lease terms are quite strict. You will also be arriving in December which is basically only a half school month so it gives you a bit of time. The time of the year you are arriving is relatively good for finding accommodation as there will be a few places empty with not many people looking to move in as it is winter. Another tip is not to talk to multiple agents as they have some unspoken rules about it and they all have access to the same rentals. Choose one and direct them to look at any you find. One more thing is to make sure you bring your credit report with you as they will look at that as part of your references and it makes things easier. Good luck.
  11. Jean-Claude

    Proof of Funds - Tips and Tricks

    @fry thanks for the advice, I will approach it in the same manner and perhaps pull what is necessary in the interim. I have listed the property, and obviously waiting for an offer to come through. Do you need to stipulate the value of property in the POF? I am not sure what the template of the POF is required to be, it is a very grey area for me throughout all my reading. I am not sure where I read it, but apparently the fact that you have a bond will not necessarily hinder the process at all as long as you have the necessary cash available seeming as the property is a future liability?
  12. Hi everyone, would really appreciate ideas on getting accommodation b4 arriving in Toronto (mainly looking to settle in the Peel region/Mississauga). We are a family of four: husband, wife and two kids (aged 6 and 3). We'll be arriving on 1 Dec and booked accommodation on airbnb for 30 days. Our dilema is finding an elementary school for our grade 1. From my understandind, and I stand to be corrected, kids get enrolled to a school witihin their residential zone. We wouldn't want to put him to a school witin the airbnb zone as this is temporary accommodation. Does anyone know if it is possible to find long-term rental accommodation b4 landing (long-term meaning at least 3 months)? I have checked on kijiji but looks like house-owners always require Canadian credit records and proof of employment (we don't have jobs yet).
  13. fry

    Proof of Funds - Tips and Tricks

    @Jean-Claude we pulled the money out of our ABSA flexi-bond and moved it to an investment account. This increased the interest we own on the house but at 7.5% interest at least there is some growth on the cash. My understanding is that the money should say available throughout your application and till the day you land to activate, so our money is staying put in the investment account until we activate. I did include a link and description of the Flexi-bond from ABSA's site to prove where the money came from. This was to explain the investment account only being opened a few days before our application. Attached to this, for completeness, was 6 months bank statements from all out accounts and a balance sheet showing all moneys owing and estimated sale price of the property and cars. From what I have seen, this should be more than enough, but we are still waiting (201 days) for our PPR, so I can not be absolutely sure.
  14. Jean-Claude

    Proof of Funds - Tips and Tricks

    Hi guys, after reading everything, I know we can use the pension fund/RA as proof of funds. However, has anyone used the additional/advanced money deposited in your house as a proof of funds, or does one have to rather pull it out the bond into your cheque account in order to classify as POF? It is immediately available when in the house bond, but not sure if it will be acceptable and I can't seem to find an answer (unless I overlooked something) on this anywhere
  15. MaryJane

    Container advice

    Like Gary, I’ve also had experience with U-Bag and found their service great. Haven't heard about MoveCube but I seem to recall hearing about SevenSeas before. You could try searching the forums. I’m pretty sure someone has used them before.
  16. MaryJane

    New to the forum

    Good luck on your journey!
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  18. Gary van der Westhuizen

    Container advice

    Hi @Margaret I haven't heard of or used MoveCube, but maybe look into U-bag. We used them a while back, and they airfreighted our boxes, and it was reasonably priced. You do need to pick it up at the airport yourself, as you need to clear customs assuming you had it on your good to follow list.
  19. Clay1204

    Our landing story - Calgary, October 2019

    Good luck and all of the best
  20. Jean-Claude

    Our landing story - Calgary, October 2019

    What a great read @Kitcat! Absolutely ecstatic for you considering the wait you have been through, and good luck for the adventure going forward!
  21. Margaret

    Container advice

    I am hoping for some advice regarding containers. We hope to move to Burlington, Ontario in December. We are taking three small pieces of furniture and a mixture of personal effects that would fit into small boxes. I believe we do not need more than 3m3. Does anyone have experience with the MoveCube offered by SevenSeas?
  22. Hi @Kitcat i’ve been following your journey for a few months now. When I saw your post now I was so happy and excited for you. I’m glad you’re having such a great experience! Congrats on finally arriving. Good luck with all your plans forward.
  23. Kitcat

    New to the forum

    Welcome @bellyhearts! Good luck with your journey - I know the wait is hard, but patience is the name of this immigration game
  24. It's been a long and winding road for our family over the last two years, but we are so excited to share that we are finally in Canada! Here is a run down of our landing experience in Calgary - hope it helps those still on their way. We flew with KLM from Cape Town to Calgary, with a short stop over in Amsterdam, with our twin five year olds and soooo much luggage, so we were very grateful to fly via the quickest route. We were pretty stressed about the long flights ahead with two little ones, but they were such little troopers and were so excited to go on the big airplane. We bought them each special "Elsa" earphones, which we presented to them at the airport and they were so happy to have their own tv to watch cartoons to their hearts content. I also packed in some colouring books and bought them each a magnetic sketch pad and little white board to draw on, and this kept them busy for quite a while. Thankfully, they both slept really well on the plane - in fact, on the first flight my one daughter was so exhausted that she fell asleep while the plane was taxiing, and only woke up seven hours later. We landed in Calgary at 13:30 to a beautiful sunny day of 3 degrees. It was a surreal experience touching down in Canada and we both felt quite emotional - it was so exciting seeing that "Welcome to Canada" sign. By this stage the kids were totally over the journey and so tired and grumpy, but we still had to get through customs and immigration. The admin was actually such a breeze and I had stressed about it all for nothing. There are machines where each passenger scans their passport and ticks a bunch of boxes for their landing card - so lovely that this is all automated instead of having to try find a pen and fill in documents. Then you go through the passport control who sends you to section E to activate your visa. I sat in this queue with the kids while my husband went to collect the luggage, which amazingly came through in about ten minutes - and he arranged a porter with a huge trolley to help us. Fortunately there were only about three people ahead of us in the queue for immigration and we were in and out of there in about half an hour. We had our goods accompanying and goods to follow list on hand, which was the only document requested by the officer - he didn't even ask about proof of funds, medications or jewellery etc. - all the random things I'd been stressing about. And then he said "Welcome, you are now permanent residents of Canada" - WOW - that felt good! Since stepping out of the airport we have been completely overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of the South African and Namibian community in Calgary - from the lady who offered to fetch us from the airport, to the couple who has given us accommodation for the first few days, to the others who have taken us shopping, given us lifts, and even invited us over for Thanksgiving dinner. We have just been inundated with love and support, and it has just been amazing. We look forward to paying this forward one day. Calgary is a great city - clean, great transport, friendly and welcoming. Everything is sooooo BIG - from the cars to the roads and the shops, the sky even feels so much bigger. It's quite overwhelming going into a supermarket and seeing all the different options. Driving on the other side of the road has been interesting and I keep going to the wrong side of the car haha. We've managed to sort out most of our admin such as SIN numbers, phones and bank accounts, pretty easily without much fuss, and next up is to sort out our health insurance and a rental, and of course the daunting task of finding work. We have really enjoyed exploring Calgary - the kids loved taking the train into town - and we're hoping to take a drive out to Banff this coming week. Overall, we have had such a pleasant experience and we're very grateful to have had such a "soft" landing. We are so excited to see what life has in stall for us in Canada.
  25. MaryJane

    Schools in Oakville

    Hey @Celeste_J I work close to Joshua Creek (I pass by it everyday) but must admit that I don’t know anybody who has kids going to that school. In general, I find this area in Oakville good and close to many things. Not sure if that is what you are looking at. Ranking the schools...am assuming you have looked at the Fraser Institute ranking? (http://ontario.compareschoolrankings.org/elementary/SchoolsByRankLocationName.aspx) Seems like the schools you’ve chosen are well-ranked. For French immersion, I seem to recall that one needs to apply beforehand. One of my colleague had a daughter who was admitted last year and they had to submit an application to get her in. Good luck with the move!
  26. Celeste_J

    Schools in Oakville

    Hi. We are arriving the 1st of December and are currently trying to find rental properties in the area that has good rankings for the elementary schools . Does anybody have kids in New Central, Maple Grove or Joshua Creek? Or Know of parents with kids in these schools. It is incredibly hard to make a decision on a school or place that you have never been to 🙈 my son starts Grd 4 when we arrive but we considering putting our 2 kids in French immersion elementary schools. Any knowledge or advice would be appreciated please!
  27. Nelline

    New to the forum

    Welcome!
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