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  3. Jaco_W

    Looking for a skottel...

    I have a Cadac gas cylinder..... Got packed by mistake and shipped here. Don't know what to do with it or how to dispose of, so sitting in my garage....
  4. rnviljoen

    NQF 5 - WES Evaluation

    @Prins Family Great so it's basically a coin toss as to what they will do. Because I'm really considering sending my NQF 5 to be evaluated but R2500 is a lot of money. Thanks for letting me know
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  6. M_Richard

    Cheapest way to transfer funds internationally

    For transferring money from Canada to South Africa, bitcoin is very good if you learn to navigate the markets. You can buy bitcoin on Kraken exchange (deposit CAD) for low fees (+-0.25%) and then transfer it to Luno exchange and sell for ZAR. If you know how to navigate Luno, you can sell for zero fees, or instant sell is 1% fee but can be easily avoided. The main advantage of using bitcoin (BTC) is the fact that BTC typically trades at a 5% premium in SA. So your funds will actually become more. It is a bit of arbitrage trading mixed with remittance. A quick example using current prices and fees: 1. You deposit 10,902 CAD to Kraken, buy bitcoin at 0.25% fee (current price 10,875 CAD = 1 BTC), with the fee included, you now have 1 BTC 2. Transfer the 1 BTC to the SA Luno exchange wallet (low fixed transfer fee, like 20 ZAR). Then you sell for ZAR (at a 5% higher current price in SA of 123,000 ZAR, zero fees) and withdraw to a SA bank account (8.5 ZAR fixed fee). 3. So now you have R123,000 (minus like R30 fees) in you SA bank account. Compare this to transferring via a bank, who will give an exchange rate of around R10.33/CAD at the moment, excluding any other transfer fees or percentage based conversion fees. Working with R10.33/CAD, the original 10902 CAD will convert to 112,600 ZAR. So with bitcoin, you actually get 10,000 ZAR more on the other side. Something to think about/worth investigating. Depends on the premium between the two exchanges, but SA is typically 2% to 6% more, the premium has even been as high as 10%. Obviously, for transferring for SA to Canada, the opposite is true.
  7. PyroSA

    Cheapest way to transfer funds internationally

    Xoom seems to support payments from USD, EUR and GBP only? There definitely is a CAD -> ZAR option, but that's not much use if I want to send over a lump sum for getting set up in Canada.
  8. Jules

    Cheapest way to transfer funds internationally

    I recall using Transferwise when my mom was still alive and I used to send her money from Canada to SA so there must be a CAD$ to ZAR option. I havenโ€™t used it in a couple of years but their app was really good and fees were low.
  9. M-N

    Cheapest way to transfer funds internationally

    Have you looked into xoom? They're a new transfer service from PayPal.
  10. PyroSA

    Cheapest way to transfer funds internationally

    TransferWise and XE doesn't seem to have a ZAR -> CAD option. Exchange4Free OTP isn't my mobile phone at the moment Did my cash through FNB, their rate wasn't too bad to be honest. Asked if I can get a special rate for >R100k, but still haven't had a response from fxtravel@fnb.co.za
  11. Amy G

    December 2018 Applications

    @BobbyV I think it was a week ๐Ÿ˜Š
  12. PyroSA

    Private Medical Insurance - Work Permit

    Ontario's kicks in 3 months after. Employer got us some kind of cover for the first 3 through Blue Cross.
  13. BobbyV

    December 2018 Applications

    Thanks @Amy G, I'm so relieved. How long did you have to wait for your passports after submission to VFS? I'm sure it's not as long as the 176 days I waited for PPR lol
  14. Amy G

    December 2018 Applications

    Yay awesome news @BobbyV ๐Ÿ™Œ
  15. Nelline

    SA Passport and Stamped Pages

    Yes - submit what you have and add a letter of explanation
  16. GrantM

    Landing your first interview.

    Yup, I know she would have been fine to pass it but it was nice not having to have the stress and the expense. Citizenship is expensive enough!
  17. GerhardSA

    SA Passport and Stamped Pages

    Awesome. Thanks a lot
  18. Reibtseb

    SA Passport and Stamped Pages

    I know of people who did that with the PCC, but then you will have to submit those later (webform is useful). Regarding medical, I applied via the FSW stream so not sure if it is handled the same way, but I submitted my application the day after doing my medical since the medical practice sent the results directly to CIC and I just attached the result page (which I was given during my medical) to my application.
  19. Reibtseb

    SA Passport and Stamped Pages

    I submitted pictures of all pages in all passports used in my travel declarations, but since you don't have that I wouldn't be too worried. I would simply explain that in the reference letter, confident they would understand. I'm pretty sure they've had people who lost passports or had it stolen or whatever. If they want more info on that, they would request it.
  20. GerhardSA

    SA Passport and Stamped Pages

    Anyone?
  21. MartinG

    July 2018 Applications

    Quick feedback - requested to submit Passport on Tuesday. Submitting on Friday !
  22. GerhardSA

    SA Passport and Stamped Pages

    Hi Everyone. hope you are all well. Was wondering if someone knew the answer to this one. SO we got the invite to apply as CEC through EE last month. With regards to our passport copies to upload that includes the stamps for travel. Does that need to show all the travel stamps for every travel event as I indicated in the application Travel History section? Reason I am asking this is because some of those stamps are on my old expired passport that I dont have anymore (pre 2012 ). So anything from 2009 - 2012 travel wont be in my current passport? Would that be a problem when submitting the passport copy on the application? Same goes for my wife. 90% of her travel stamps are in her old passport (she got a new one last year before we moved to Canada in April 2018), so she will have like 4 of 20 trips she declared in her current passport. (She does have the old passport). ALSO: regarding the medicals and PCC. We are doing ours next week. Once we've applied, is it possible to then already submit with "proof of payment" for these, or do we have to wait for the results and new PCC before submitting?
  23. Prins Family

    NQF 5 - WES Evaluation

    @rnviljoen Hi, I had a NQF5 Diploma evaluated as a college certificate diploma of one semester, but have seen others receive ECA of 2 year diploma for exact same qualification of mine. Confusing
  24. Prins Family

    Landing your first interview.

    @GrantM That's great! Unfortunately I need 2 year diploma ECA and both myself and husband need the 8/7/7/7 IELTS combo to get to 442 points! That's about the same cost they wanted to charge me to reprint certificates! That is a bit steep for just a letter... That must have been such a relief that she didn't need to do English test for Citizenship!
  25. SteveE

    December 2018 Applications

    Super, this has given me hope! Thanks
  26. BobbyV

    December 2018 Applications

    Thanks. Already done!
  27. SteveE

    December 2018 Applications

    Remember to update myimmitracker.com congrats again
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  29. SteveE

    December 2018 Applications

    Congrats! I'm at 153 days!
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