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  2. Flyfish

    The beginning

    Hi Roxanne We have just done our landing and are now officially permanent residents of Canada. Our story started in 2016 when we decided to put all our efforts in to getting to Canada. I was luckily with a company with international links and started asking connections on LinkedIn if there were any positions in Canada available. There was, and after a really hard process of doing everything ourselves we got a work permit. We landed in Canada on the 25th of December 2017. It was minus 35 and dark, but we had such a sense of relief that is quite indescribable. We had several run ins with undesirables in SA and we also still sometimes are over cautious, but the sense of freedom in Canada is almost unbelievable. My 8 year old daughter has really blossomed and come out of her shell with this freedom. After a year here we got an expression of interest from Ontario and got the nomination in November of 2018, ITA and AOR in the same month. After exactly 6 months our application got approved and we "landed" on Sunday. I do not really want to look at the costs involved, but due to our path it is closer to the R60000-80000 range, but it is by far the best thing we could have done as a family. We have been blessed to have met some great people who have made settling in quite easy and we look forward to becoming Citizens next. The opportunities in Canada are awesome and once you have proven yourself, you can earn a good salary and have a great life. We live quite close to Lake Ontario and on Canada Day last year we went down to Bronte Harbour and watched the fireworks, but the important thing is that we walked there and at midnight walked home without feeling terrified. This was something we would not have dreamed of doing the year before. It was not easy to do and we did it all ourselves, but it is the greatest privilege to be here. Good luck and all the best.
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  4. Jules

    Stepchild

    Other biological parent needs to agree to them emigrating permanently. I have a step daughter. 17 years ago when we applied I just wrote out an affidavit statement which the father signed and we included that with the application. I think he had to sign an additional from from the Canadian immigration department. Back then I don’t recall extra travel documents but these days kids need paperwork to travel each trip regardless of residency. Not a problem to get a form signed each trip unless there bad blood between the biological parents.
  5. M-N

    Pregnant after PR received

    I agree with @Nelline. Babies and your safety comes first. Do what you think is necessary. Good luck with everything and the rest of the pregnancy.
  6. Nelline

    Pregnant after PR received

    Do what is best for babies, and your own health. The rest will (must) fall into place. Your mom's visa would be for 6 months
  7. Nelline

    Stepchild

    I have no personal experience on thi but yes this is a situation where I'd advise getting proper legal advice.
  8. Jacques83

    Stepchild

    So my wife has a child whom I have not adopted. We always have to get letters and copies of their dad’s passport whenever we leave the country. How would this work or affect our EE application? will it complicate travel in and out of Canada? Any links to resources where I can read more about this topic ?
  9. Talent79

    PR application taking longer than six months

    Hi @Kitcat....so even your GCMS notes could not provide clarity as to which direction your file is taking? Please keep your hopes up, you will be getting this I tell you. If they didn't want you to approve your application, I am sure the refusal could have come by now. We continue to pray for you
  10. JohanR

    PR application taking longer than six months

    😞 Not knowing what the real story is the worst part of this. One really feels that they lost the file or put it somewhere and then realized when queried that someone stuffed up and now it is going through the process.
  11. Kitcat

    PR application taking longer than six months

    Thanks @Talent79 and @JohanR, we still don't have any clarity on what's going on. According to our representative, who followed up with her local MP's office, everything is now cleared and they are just awaiting the last criminality/security report, but every time we get feedback it seems to be contradictory and completely ambiguous, so who knows what's going or how much longer it will take. It's been super frustrating, and I've reached a point where it feels like we will never get an answer. I've even started looking at other options as we can get to the UK on an ancestral visa, so part of me has kind of lost hope on the whole Canada idea.
  12. Wanjadt

    Pregnant after PR received

    Wow thank you so much for al the replies and advice. I saw my gynecologist on Wednesday and he does not want me to fly at all already due to high risk. So for now it looks like the decision was made for us. We are still in limbo will see a fetal specialist for the twins next week and then make the final decision. How long does it take to get a visa for my mom to come and visit(help) and how long is the visa valid? Will definitely pm you. Thank you again for all the help ,advice and assistance.
  13. OHCANADAAA

    The beginning

    Hi Roxanne, We have not received our PR yet but thought I'd reply to give you a current estimate of costs and timeline. We just applied by ourselves, the process is fairly straight forward and the documentation on their webpages is quite comprehensive, the cost of using an agent just didn't seem justified. Run ins with crime, professional opportunity abroad and wanderlust contributed to my wife and I deciding to apply for PR visas. We were lucky enough to get enough points for ITA off the bat but we also didn't exactly rush the process, so it could probably be done a bit faster. Based on the stats from myimmitracker, we should have our PR by September if all goes well. All the best with your journey! Step Date Days from today Cost (2 people) IELTS booked 2 Sep 2018 292 R3,460.00 IELTS written 27 Oct 2018 237 IELTS results 9 Nov 2018 224 WES documents sent via courier 7 Dec 2018 196 R420.00 WES received documents 16 Jan 2019 156 R6,140.00 WES evaluation completed 4 Feb 2019 137 Express entry submitted 19 Mar 2019 94 Express entry invitation (ITA) 20 Mar 2019 93 Police clearance application 26 Mar 2019 87 R228.00 Medicals (Hatmed Pretoria) 9 Apr 2019 73 R5,300.00 Police clearance completed 29 Apr 2019 53 Permanent residence application (AOR) 8 May 2019 44 R24,899.28 Medicals passed & biometrics letter 17 Jun 2019 4 Biometrics submitted and shown as complete 19 Jun 2019 2 Total: R40,447.28
  14. M-N

    Pregnant after PR received

    Alberta you don't need a pr card. Just copr, proof of address and ID.
  15. M-N

    Pregnant after PR received

    I recently (18 months ago) had my daughter in Alberta and the process is the same. If you have a high risk pregnancy then you'll be referred to an OB by your family doctor. Also getting a family doctor here is easier (at least in Calgary). Yes, it will be an adjustment but the services and support here are amazing. As for the engineering field, I do know the oil and gas sector is going through a tough spot regarding employment but I believe it's slowly picking up. Perhaps checkout indeed to see what kind of jobs are available. Also, if your hubby has to take something else for now then that's also an option. Maybe start networking via LinkedIn to see what's available. If you have any questions pm me. If you decide on Alberta Calgary let me know and I can see what I can do in terms of accommodation, collecting some baby gears, etc. Good luck with the decision.
  16. Gary van der Westhuizen

    Pregnant after PR received

    So my 2 cents worth, recently having had a baby in Canada (technically my wife had one, but you know what I mean) . Do it here. We are in Ontario, but I am sure Alberta would work similar. We saw a midwife( low risk pregnancy) but my wife had to go into hospital to have the baby. Care was transferred to an O/B but the midwife stuck around for support. We had an anaesthetist come in for an epidural. Within 48 hours, my son saw a general surgeon, paediatrician, paediatric ophthalmologist and all we had to do was rock up for one appointment (which was made on our behalf), the rest was done in the hospital. They took excellent care of baby and mom. The only thing we paid for was parking at the hospital, $24. For the first 8 weeks after the birth, the midwife came to our house to check up on the baby and my wife. We kept seeing the paediatrician for 6 months, and the GP for general shots etc. I will admit to not having any experience with having a kid in SA, but I doubt it would be that easy and stress free. No pre-authorizations from Discovery, no co-payments. Everything is covered by your taxes. We recently applied for him for his Canadian passport, as he is a Canadian citizen by birth, and it took 30 minutes. Easiest thing ever. It is tough not having family, but I think it would probably be cheaper to fly your mom out here to help for a few months, than to delay the whole process. As I said, my 2 cents worth. Feel free to PM me if you have specific questions, and we can try and answer them. Good luck!
  17. Amy G

    December 2018 Applications

    @iTee23 yay! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»
  18. iTee23

    December 2018 Applications

    Thanks so much for your well wishes
  19. iTee23

    December 2018 Applications

    Family of 2. I added my timeline to the signature.
  20. Talent79

    PR application taking longer than six months

    That's true...and it becomes so frustrating....but I guess they are close to getting it now
  21. JohanR

    PR application taking longer than six months

    I have been in Canada since 2017. Just feel the pain and understand what they are going through as our process was also long and drawn out.
  22. Talent79

    PR application taking longer than six months

    That's true @JohanR...was your application approved?
  23. JohanR

    PR application taking longer than six months

    We are all praying for @Kitcat I am waiting for the note that says the process is done and they are on the plane.
  24. Talent79

    PR application taking longer than six months

    @Kitcat...you have come a long way. Even after I landed in Canada, I am still putting up prayers for you and your family. You guys have put up a good fight, you will get this
  25. JohanR

    The beginning

    Roxanne, Welcome to the forum. Making the decision to go for it is the first step. No matter what anyone says it is not easy. And the experience will absolutely depend on what you make of it. And everyone in the family has to be on board. Our decision to move here started in October 2015. I worked for a global company and was promised a transfer to the Americas which did not materialize. We were keen on the adventure, so when they took too long we decided to do the application and see what happens. If it is meant to be it will be. We decided on using an agent due to a busy schedule. We had our info session, paid the money and started with the IELTS and gathering of information. Soon after we went into the pool we received an expression of interest from Ontario. So as the points at that stage was still a bit higher than what we had we applied for the provincial nomination. That on its own took some time and really tested our patience. We eventually received our PNP and the 600 points that came with it. Next step was to wait for the next ITA and from there we started the next stretch of waiting. I found that one should not actually sit and monitor the progress of everyone as families that applied after us were already getting passport requests at 3 months and we heard nothing. 6 months on the dot from the acknowledgement of receipt of our application we received our passport request. A week after we got the visa in our passports we landed in Toronto September 2017. We arrived with a couple of suitcases and money in the bank. First few months was amazing yet nerve wrecking. We did all the relevant paperwork, house rental, furniture buying and general exploring. Started applying for work in week two, had loads of interviews and eventually landed my third choice position. First and second choice took very long to make their decisions and the need to start earning CAD was more important. After exactly one year with them was offered a position with a great company. I would not normally have left and organization after a year, but I could not turn this one down. Overall the process cost if I remember correctly around R40000. But that was with an agent included but excluded flights. Although our original decision was to have an adventure, I realized once here how much stress we had back in SA due to the "climate". I still check my car doors and make sure the front and back door is locked. When I walk through the park I every now and then look over my shoulder just in case. Our kids flourished. Our 9 year old has bloomed into a happy carefree child and our 18 year old was racking in the A+'s. He is done with high school now and the next step is a degree in Robotics. Since joining my current company, work life balance has been truly amazing. I can work from anywhere, as long as my work is done. It is now a 15 minute drive to the office as opposed to an hour plus worth of travelling. I get home and can still go play 18 holes before the sun goes down. Was it worth it ? Yes What would I do differently if I had to do it again? I would do it sooner and move to Ottawa from the word go. Lessons learnt? You start from scratch. It felt like you just finished studying and had to prove yourself all over again. You are not going to have all the comforts you had in SA, but you will manage just fine without them You tend to convert to Rand often Don't stay indoors in winter, cabin fever is a nasty thing When days feel dark, You have to stick it out, it gets better
  26. Gabriel Israel

    December 2018 Applications

    Woow congratulations!!!! This is wonderful guys. Wishing you all the very best ahead. Could you share your entire timeline and family size?
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