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  2. CandiceM

    Study Permit Timelines

    Hi there I would appreciate any info... For those who submitted study permit applications from within South Africa. (Application for an adult with a family) How long after submission did you receive the request for biometrics? and what are your other milestones from date of submission? i.e. when did you receive the request for medicals, police clearance, the result of the application etc.? Thank you
  3. Jules

    Soft Landing

    So true. There’s a massive gap in culture and looking back I now realize just how “rough around the edges” I was when I first started working here 15 years ago. The FOB (fresh off the boat) person usually doesn’t fit in properly and it takes time to adapt. But some people do NOT adapt and keep on wanting to do things the way it was done back in SA - that new hire becomes a liability so the company eventually fires the person (what they term “let go”). If I was hiring and I had 2 candidates and 1 was SAn: I would actually only hire the person if they were by far the strongest candidate because of the challenges of hiring a FOB employee. I’d much rather go with the home grown Canadian. Most employers think that way unfortunately.
  4. Oma

    Architects in Canada (Especially Ontario)

    Hi Ryan, We haven’t landed we r landing in May. I need to give adequate notice at my place of work hence the delay. Sadly no feedback yet. However I did some research myself and found that qualifications need to be vetted by the equivalent of SAQA. I don’t know if you know about this. Anyway this is a link to the website https://cacb.ca. Apparently no province would register you as an “intern architect” the equivalent of “candidate architect in SA” without this. that’s all I know for now. If you have any information please share especially since you are landing early am sure you would know a lot more once on ground. Have a nice day. Regards, Oma
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  6. Delenedv

    LSD trip - March 2020

    We are planning a LSD trip in the beginning of March with our base in Toronto. Does any one have recommendations on airbnb in Toronto? Are there any shops/second hand shops with really good discounts on winter attire currently? What documents would we need at the point of entry? Kind regards Delene
  7. Hi Everyone We have recently received our ITA for PR. We have been in Canada for over a year now and accumulated the required points by adding 1 year working experience. We are now getting all the documents ready for our PR application. There is one thing that worries me and I was wondering if anyone had a similar experience. I was previously married and got divorced (11 years ago). I got remarried and have been for past 8 years. Unfortunately I lost the previous marriage and divorce certificate and it has been impossible trying to get it whilst living in Canada. I honestly don't know what else to do to get these documents. I would most likely submit an affidavit and my ex husband's divorce certificate etc. to state that I have tried to get these documents. What concerns me is that I know of someone who was recently declined for PR because they forgot to upload one of their children's birth certificate. Has anyone had a similar experience?
  8. archiryan123

    Architectural Work

    Hi Antoinette! Apologies for the late reply. We are leaving next month life is chaos! Have you had any luck since then? Left yet? I've definitely had a mixed bag, however if you are still struggling drop me a PM and we can chat further (don't want to post personal info here) Cheers!
  9. Luis Dos Santos

    May 2019 applications

    Our AOR was 31 March 2019 and we only received PPR on 10 Jan 2020....we were asked by CIC if we would be able to enter Canada before 8th Feb 2020 as our medicals were due to expire on that day. Obviously we weren't going to be able to make the deadline so we had to redo medicals again. We submitted new medicals on the 7 Feb 2020 and received the new PPR on 12 February 2020. We didn't request updates or anything from CIC and just let the process run its course.
  10. PhilipCX

    May 2019 applications

    @Deirdre This might be a stupid question, but did you raise a webform under the section that says "your application is taking longer than 6 months ....."? Ours and someone else's I know literally got movement right after that.
  11. OHCANADAAA

    May 2019 applications

    Goodluck @Deirdre! From AOR to PPR was exactly 9 months and 10 days for us, hopefully you're in the home stretch!
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  13. Deirdre

    May 2019 applications

    Congratulations @QB87 Our AOR is 20 May so this week we will be at the 9 x months mark - FRUSTRATING to say the least!
  14. GoDz85

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 19 Applications

    We applied for AIPP. Our application is 72% complete with 52 days left (6 months processing time). The only irritation is reading about other applicants that have received pre-arrival services before us even when they have sent their application after us. I guess different visa offices around the world follow different steps but I don't see the South African office as being very busy but I could be mistaken.
  15. MaryJane

    Proof of Funds

    Hey @AntoinetteG So here it is..... Showing proof of funds and bringing it are two different actions. For the application, the biggest thing is to be able to show you have the funds to settle in Canada. As you've mentioned you should be able to use your RA and pension fund. Whether you bring these monies into Canada when it is time for you to land or delay it is another thing. Why do you need to bring it all with you at the time of landing is the question. There is really no reason why you can't receive the monies after you land. It's dangerous to be carrying this amount. At landing, you only need to show that you have access to the amount you said you have. Normally, statements should be able to do that. Make sure you have arranged for what you need to be able to transfer the funds without you being present in SA. (POA, bank managers, etc. if you need it) This is just my 2c. This doesn't really address your question on whether you can get RA and pension out before leaving but hope it gives some food for thought. PS So when we did ours, I showed some liquid funds plus our property to top it off. By the time we were leaving, the property was not sold and we had a few thousands with us for settling. The rest of the funds came way after.
  16. 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!
  17. graciax452

    Kitchener-Waterloo Area vs Edmonton/Calgary?

    @M-N Hi in software and product development. I'm a Scrum Master, Product Owner, Agile coach...
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. 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?
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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?
  25. 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?
  26. 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.
  27. 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?
  28. CapieCanadian

    Eligibility Not Met

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