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  2. Lizelle

    Work experiece

    Work out what your EE points would be. If you have enough due to your qualifications, then great. If you do not, look at NZ. Maybe look at going to NZ as a way to get into Canada later if your heart is set on Canada.
  3. Boerbok

    Work experiece

    We would like to apply for PR in Canada, but my work experience counts against me. I have a BEd and a MSc in a biological field. However, the last time I set foot inside a classroom to teach full-time was in 2009. I started my BSc in 2010, and finished my MSc last year and still haven't found a job (so no full-time employment experience). Would I be able to apply for PR, or what route should I take to immigrate?
  4. Boerbok

    School environment

    We are looking into moving to Alberta
  5. MaryJane

    School environment

    I’d agree with most comments that have been made here. Good schools in general. My experience with the public Catholic schools has been positive, especially the elementary ones. When we arrived, I had a kid in high school and one in elementary. My younger child struggled a bit to adjust and the school (teachers I’d say) went out of their way to help, encourage and get my child caught up with school level that she was on. I have no complaints about the high school either. My eldest adjusted well but only spent about a year and a half there before graduating. My youngest now is in the same high school. The school your child goes to depends on the catchment area of your house so sometimes there’s not much of a choice where you initially take your child to. Having said that, once your child is in a particular school, and you decide to move to a different catchment area, you may be offered to have your child remain in his/her current school instead of transferring (happened to me twice).
  6. MaryJane

    Pregnant after PR received

    Above comment sounds correct. I believe that to be able to sponsor a family member, you need to show that you are able to support them in Canada. I know of a few cases personally where a couple got PR, activated and the wife went back to have the kid in SA. The wife did go through the sponsorship route for the baby, but her situation is different because her husband was already in Canada, getting settled. Mother and baby arrived a year later. @WanjadtI don’t believe you can add the twins to your application on activation as they will need to go through the PR process (for accompanying kids of applicant parents). You have been issued your PR visa, which means your application has been finalized. The easiest is to have them in Canada. But I do understand wanting assurance so close to giving birth and returning to SA to have the twins. Good luck and congratulations on the many wonderful news - visa and pregnancy!
  7. M-N

    Pregnant after PR received

    From the sponsorship information provided it does seem like you need to be living in Canada as a PR in order to sponsor a spouse or child. I suggest contacting an immigration lawyer. Matrix visas comes highly recommended. Maybe you might be able to add them to your application when you activate your PR in August. I think it's different of you're pregnant vs if you've had them already. I think the key thing here is that you haven't activated your PR yet so that MAY count or favour (I could be out to lunch on this but that's what I understand).
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  9. JohanR

    School environment

    As Canada is an enormous country it would benefit if we knew which province you were considering. Also primary or high school? I know it may sound silly, but what is normal in one province is not normal in another and even between school boards there is a difference. Level of education is good. Bullying is around but is dealt with quickly and effectively in most cases. Only gripe I have is with high school kids that smoke between classes in front of the school on the sidewalk. Guess in SA schools they still smoke skelm behind the bicycle shed or the woodworking class. Here it is open and in your face. Schooling is definitely one of you lesser worries. Most of the kids that have come through our house is down to earth and in general have good manners.
  10. JohanR

    Pregnant after PR received

    I went and read the requirement, and as with most things in the CIC's list of processes, it does seem to be another painful experience. My understanding is that (Disclaimer: I am in no ways a immigration guru so I would suggest you reach out to someone in the know), you will apply for sponsorship of the twins and apply for their permanent residence. Once this is done you will wait for the process to run its course. There is no indication that I could find on how long it takes though. If you can or do elect to have the twins here, you will not have to go through this process as kiddies will automatically be considered Canadian citizens but you will have to get passports done for there here to go back to SA . I understand that your situation is different to the normal pregnancy but you may have to talk to someone that has experience in dealing with this situation.
  11. craigza

    Pregnant after PR received

    @Wanjadt the sponsorship process for a child is detailed here.
  12. Drake

    How to sell almost everything

    Thanks for the tips! After reading it I tried Wix.com and it was super easy and helpful.
  13. Wanjadt

    Pregnant after PR received

    @YolandaB thank you thank you. How does the sponsorship work? do you know?
  14. YolandaB

    Pregnant after PR received

    Hi @Wanjadt, I'm no expert but the 3 year thing you were told sounds like absolute bull. Any Canadian PR holder can sponsor their family. Once you activated yours have them in SA and sponsor them in. There's no such thing as a 3 year rule.
  15. Wanjadt

    Pregnant after PR received

    Hi all So we are in a difficult situation. PLEASE PLEASE HELP. We received our PR and visa and it is already in the passport just have to go to collect them next week. But I am now 10 weeks pregnant with twins. We are going over to activate mid august and then coming back because we still have a lot to sort out before our final move which we aimed at middle 2020. We wanted to have the twins in SA then go over. The reason is I don't do well with pregnancy and this is a high risk pregnancy so I already have a specialist on this side and support to help with our 2 year old. On the Facebook group one guy made us very scared and basically said we have to be in Canada for 3 years before we can sponsor our children is this true because I cant find any evidence of this only that you have to be in Canada and show proof of residence to be able to sponsor your children. The moment we found out that we are pregnant we informed Canada immigration and they just said that we can have the babies in Canada or sponsor them if they are born in SA. I did look at previous posts but could not find anything for our situation.
  16. Wanjadt

    Activation Trip

    JohnR and PhillipCX thank you very much we are doing the pajama dance! Thank you JohnR for all the tips really appreciate it. Yes that was my husband asking the question we are confirming today what the one guy said and I want to create a different thread regarding the pregnancy issue. So far we could not confirm anywhere regarding the 3 years that you have to be in Canada before you can sponsor but we are busy making sure of it.
  17. PhilipCX

    Activation Trip

    Congrats @Wanjadt with PR. I cannot really comment on your questions as I'm still in SA but I saw a similar question come up a day or 2 ago on one of the FB groups. The concern was raised about the unborn babies and their PR status as the person posting the question didn't seem to have made arrangements for their unborn children to be part of their PR application. So obviously once you guys land and activate it is great for you, your husband and 2 year old but I'm not sure how it works with unborn children. Sorry I don't want to add stress, and possibly your stuff has been sorted but rather have you aware of this.
  18. JohanR

    Activation Trip

    Hello there and congrats on your PR. You will be arriving hopefully during the peak of the summer weather, so expect hot and possibly reasonable humidity.. Think Durban in December so make sure you being pregnant have got ways to keep cool. We are unfortunately leaving Toronto for Ottawa at the end of June otherwise we could have helped. 1. If you are with discovery you should be covered for your international travel, just confirm with them. (We were covered for our first 3 months here through them). Not sure of the others.. 2. Depending on the route, it may be a long flight for the little one. Our youngest was 7 when we came and we made sure to book the entire row of seats so she can climb over if she wanted. Other than a shot of Neurofen before we boarded, she was ok. 3. There are some nice AirBnB's downtown, but with it being Summer holidays it may come at a premium. Anything on Lakeshore will be a bit of a walk. You may even find it more affordable to stay in a hotel? 4. Public transport works, although you will see some weird people. For downtown there is the subway, streetcars and taxi's. Quite convenient to move around. 5. We opened our bank accounts without a payslip. We did need an address through. Not sure how they work it if you dont have a permanent address. 6. Ripley's aquarium, CN tower, you can hopefully also take the train to Niagara (not sure which days they run) Not sure if it helps much but it is a start
  19. BobbyV

    December 2018 Applications

    Oh yeah, I also paid R25 per passport submitted
  20. BobbyV

    December 2018 Applications

    Hi, I didn't make a booking. I just made my way there. It took a few hours though so if there is a booking facility, I would recommend it.
  21. Wanjadt

    Activation Trip

    We are activating our PR in middle of August. Very excited and nervous. We are landing in Toronto for about 4 days and then flying back so a very short visit. We were informed on Friday(06/07/2019) that our visas are ready for collection and we have 3 months to activate, which was a lot sooner then we expected. We thought we will have at least a year to activate. Few points for advice for the trip please. 1. I will be about 20 weeks pregnant with twins so not the best time to travel but we have to activate, any recommendations on health cover or insurance? 2. Will be travelling with a 2 year old as well, any flight advice? 3. Where to stay in Toronto, want to use Airbnb just not sure in which area to look at. We will probably not hire a car so will have to use public transport or walk where we need to go. 4. How effective is public transport? Any tips there? 5. any specific documentation we can do now? wanted to get a bank account but it looks like we will need a pay slip? Any thoughts? 6. if we have extra time what do you recommend we go see or do in Toronto? We are planning our final move middle of next year. Any advice will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance
  22. Nelline

    School environment

    Issues like bullying get addressed straight away. As in every country, the children whose parents stay involved in their lives and schooling, do best. Like @Jules schooling should be way down on your list of worries, it'll be fine. Getting a good teaching position (and staying in it) is incredibly competitive, which means teachers go above and beyond for the children (though I'm sure they'd do it anyway, but you get my drift?)
  23. Jules

    School environment

    Hard to generalize across a whole country but overall I think the public schools in Canada are very well run. There are pockets of problems here and there as all countries have, but overall I would say Canadian schools are extremely diverse and welcoming to immigrant children. Canadian school teachers really seem to love their jobs and it’s more of a vocation and personal calling than just a job. Schooling should be the least of your worries.
  24. And it is generally a field which pays well and opens new doors within HR which in turn can open more doors (especially if you study further in business / commerce etc.).
  25. This! Can confirm. Ex-teacher now working in corporate training (IT).
  26. SteveE

    December 2018 Applications

    Hi @BobbyV Did you need to book at vfs or just rock up? Also did you pay there? Sorry not much to on by the website!
  27. SteveE

    December 2018 Applications

    Hey AOR 12 Dec, ADR 8 June, PPR 10 June. Ottawa
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