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  2. 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
  3. Today
  4. 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.
  5. MaryJane

    New to the forum

    Good luck on your journey!
  6. Yesterday
  7. 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.
  8. Clay1204

    Our landing story - Calgary, October 2019

    Good luck and all of the best
  9. 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!
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  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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!
  17. Nelline

    New to the forum

    Welcome!
  18. T3ZA

    Proof of Funds - Tips and Tricks

    @Tarryn8 you can get a "Letter of Good Standing" from FNB. It will basically state the turnover through your account for the last 12 months. This together with bank statements (6months) and a letter of explanation should be sufficient.
  19. HoneyClare

    Police Clearance

    POLICE CLEARANCE: I submitted my police clearance to the local police station, received the in process SMS and now completed SMS. Does anyone know if its possible to then go and collect directly from PTA ? I went this morning to the local police department and they didn't go this week to PTA so can only collect next Thursday from my local, I want to speed this up and go try collect on Monday, anyone know?
  20. HoneyClare

    Police Clearance

    POLICE CLEARANCE: I submitted my police clearance to the local police station, received the in process SMS and now completed SMS. Does anyone know if its possible to then go and collect directly from PTA ? I went this morning to the local police department and they didn't go this week to PTA so can only collect next Thursday from my local, I want to speed this up and go try collect on Monday, anyone know?
  21. Minna

    WES CERTIFICATION

    Happened to me as well 🙄 had to courier the certificate before WES proceeded.
  22. Seth

    Sept 2019 PR Applications

    @Deirdre Can you log in to your account on the CIC website here: (https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/account.html) ? Did you receive a GC Key? Do you have other partner login details with any of these institutions? Affinity Credit Union Alberta Treasury Branches BMO Financial Group CHOICE REWARDS MasterCard CIBC Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Desjardins Group National Bank of Canada RBC Royal Bank Scotiabank Tangerine TD Bank Group What stream did you apply for? Express via Federal Skilled Workers (FSW), or Provincial Nomination (PNP) etc.? Feel free to Direct message me, then I can try to help where I can - I know how daunting the process is
  23. Deirdre

    Sept 2019 PR Applications

    @PhilipCX Our PR application is going through our solicitor MATRIXVISA so NO CIC account were created We do have a case number to login on CIC We struggling to connect our case number and create a CIC Account - we did email CIC about this For example we dont see Dates on application progress like Seth's @Seth above It just shows Application received Application being processed Medicals passed With NO dates
  24. PhilipCX

    Sept 2019 PR Applications

    I would definitely log a webquery for that. Usually the biometrics request is very close to your medicals passed date (ours was on the same day). You should receive a letter on your profile explaining what you should do, so check first if you didn’t perhaps miss the letter.
  25. GoDz85

    Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

    @Jean-Claudejust make sure you submit proof that you have applied. Luckily I can check on the website where my application is and was able to print screenshots and made copies of the receipts for the PCC and also the SMS's. Submitted that all with my application.
  26. Jean-Claude

    Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

    @GoDz85 that's a bit of a patient process then I suppose, you just never know if it has been lost somewhere in the process until that SMS comes through. I guess I'll open up application then based on that then, I was just worried about proving that I had submitted the requested considering there is a time stamp on when they require certain documents on the ITA.
  27. GoDz85

    Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

    @Jean-Claudewe are still waiting for them. They were sent off by Postnet on the 18th of August. Received an SMS on the 19th of September saying they are in process. I have asked a couple of people on this forum if we can send our PR application without the PCC and many have stated they have done it this way. Apparently you can upload it at a later stage. Now I'm sitting and waiting for IRCC to tell me they have received the application.
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