Leaderboard


Popular Content

Showing most liked content since 09/20/2017 in all areas

  1. 18 points
    The day has finally arrived for us, we will be off to Toronto tomorrow (7th of October 2017) - flying to Dubai with a 24 hour layover and then the final leg on Sunday, landing on Monday (9th of October 2017). We have a bag of mixed feelings, extremely excited, but stressed and sad at the same time. Its been a year since we decided to look at immigrating to Canada and now the day has finally arrived. It has been a rollercoaster ride, never expected that the list of things to do and finalize would be so long, still feels like we missing something. My husband has already been in contact with a few people for interviews in Toronto and I intend to start my job hunting again once we in Canada. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for the great contributions to the forum, you guys have been more of a support than you know, and a shout out to the Whatsupp group in Johannesburg, fantastic people! We are having a nice big family dinner tonight as a final goodbye for now. I have already checked that I can connect with everyone either via Skype or Facetime. Will make sure post once we in Canada again, I know our adventure will be awesome and with God on our side we can do anything.
  2. 12 points
    What are we doing? This is the question that runs through my head most days. When it's been a long day and I pop off to the shops on the way home from my comfortable job because I can't find the energy to dig through my mess of a freezer for something to cook. When my mum offers to babysit my son on Friday night so that the hubby and I can enjoy a date night (which is just a fancy way of saying we lie on the couch in our pajamas and binge watch whatever's on Netflix). When the entire family has a braai and we play 30 Seconds until our stomachs hurt from all the laughing. Those are the moments when I stop and look around and think, what are we even doing? Can I give this all up? And then the guilt comes trip trapping on my door. Life's easy here and comfortable but I know what the end goal is. My mind knows why we're doing this, my heart sometimes puts up a fight. Still, I long for car trips that don't include me scouring every inch around that robot (traffic light) before I dare to stop my car. Trips to coffee shops where I don't have to make sure I can physically feel my handbag at all times. Days when I don't get snippy with my seven year old for taking too long to get out of the car in the mall parking lot - just in case someone is watching and ready to pounce. My son's seven and so full of innocence and wonder. He has big dreams of being a robotic engineer even though I think he no idea what that really means. I close my eyes and see a day when he finishes high school having worked his little heart out, only to not be accepted into the university he wants to attend. I think even further to the day he's qualified and interviews for a job he's perfect for, that he will never ever even be considered for. And that's when the question arises - what are we even doing? Am I just being a paranoid mum? Do we have what it takes to make it through this? Is it normal to feel this way or is it smooth sailing for people wanting to leave? So here we are. We've spent years researching countries we could maybe get into, with no luck. Canada was always the mirage in the window, beautiful but untouchable. Then the Express Entry changes came into effect, and here we find ourselves: ITA received, application in the process of being completed. This forum has been an eye-opener. So many amazing stories of strength and perseverance and hope. It's exactly what we need during this time when we question our every decision. We're ready for this. Ready to face every hardship that gets thrown our way. Ready to start from the bottom. Ready to fight to make it work. To new beginnings... To new adventures.
  3. 12 points
    Hi guys. My family finally landed last week. Nearly 3 months since I last saw them. After applying for PRTDs they finally joined me. The reunion at the airport was very emotional; kids running to see me i broke down in tears of Joy. The children have been registered at school and been going since day after Thanksgiving. We had our first ever Thanksgiving together in Canada as a family so definitely lots to be thankful and grateful for. Thank you to every single person who commented and encouraged me along this journey. Really appreciate it. Fluit fluit my storie is uit!
  4. 11 points
    @helm Thank you very much! I will PM you. After a nice rest in the Dubai hotel, we were ready to take on the 14 hour flight to Toronto. We boarded, and got on the plane, and someone decided to load their bags but not themselves, so the bags were removed… We sat in the middle 4 seats, boo, BUT it seems, we were alone, YAY, but then we were asked to switch, boo, to 3 seats with extra space, YAY. We swopped with a family with 3 little ones, so good karma as well. THEN a gentleman, let’s call him Johan, had a sh#t fit, and was moved next to us, BOO!! All in all, not bad though, still extra leg room, and there was no competition for the armrest (muhahaha – evil laugh). Johan set a new record, beating my own, for a person who can sleep on a plane, goeie bliksem, he was completely out of it for 12 of the 14 hours. We landed, being quite tired, but relieved to be home. Passport control took all of 5 minutes, after which the real wait came, immigration, and then customs. All in all, the whole process took 2 hours, and we had our stuff, and we were getting an Uber to our Airbnb accommodation. Seeing as it was a public holiday, we couldn’t get our SIN numbers, and would have to do them the next day. We got home, did some unpacking, had a shower, and got ready for bed, as we were technically already in tomorrow. The EXTREMELY nice hosts, left some essentials in our fridge, so we had some sandwiches, and off to bed. Today was admin day. We started off with Service Canada to get SIN’s (Social insurance number). We walked there, about 3 km away. Neatly paved sidewalks, alongside well manicured open gardens, and fellow pedestrians greeting as they pass. They only open at 8.30, very much like home affairs, however, they actually open at 8.30 and start working, unlike home affairs. We got there, we were 3rd/4th in line and were taken away immediately, to be helped. 15 minutes later, we were done. I kid you not. No go slows, no fill in this form and go stand in this line. Sorry, tea time. Sorry wrong queue, start over. Oh, our system is offline, pay this and go to counter 5 billion and 6 thousand, and 300 million. None of that. Good morning, give me your immigration document, sign this piece of paper. Done. Next was the bank. These lazy buggers only open at 9.30. We got there, information, yes, wait 2 minutes, I will get someone for you. This took longer, about 90 minutes. In this 90 minutes our account details were confirmed (we already had an account) we opened 2 new cheque accounts, 2 credit cards and an interest bearing savings account, activated 2 temporary bank cards, and set up and activated our online banking. All of this was done by one person. In a little office, behind the tellers, which I might add doesn’t have bullet proof glass in front of them. You can shake your tellers hand, if you are that way inclined. With this done, we set out to get new cell numbers. We initially looked at Bell or Rogers, but were advised to check the smaller guys as well. Luckily there was a Freedom Mobile store close to the bank, so we went in there. My phone works with them, so I took the $40 a month package, they are running a promo with 6GB data a month, and unlimited local calls, and $10 SIM fee. Anna’s phone is a bit older, so they can’t help her, we had to go to Chatr, 2 stores down. Similar package, similar price, but only 1GB data. Something to get used to, is that all of this excludes GST/HST. So you need to add that in your head, to make sure you have enough money on you. Both of these stores were in a “strip mall” type setup, which from my personal experience doesn’t equate to upstanding moral corporate citizens, but I was wrong. Decent little stores, with one person manning both, nice, clean, modern. Something worth noting, is how obsessed these guys are with good service, at the bank as well as Freedom, the people assisting us, explicitly asked if the service was good, as they would be rated on it, and it makes a difference to get a good rating. I tried to add a PIN code to my phone, and in doing that, blocked the sim, and needed the PUK, so I emailed them, expecting an answer in 24-48 hours, lo and behold, not 5 minutes later, I got an email, giving me all the details I need to unlock the phone. M I N D B L O W I N G S T U F F !!!!! Last but not least, we went to do some grocery shopping, at the local Food Basics, some essentials, and then back home.
  5. 10 points
    So my 12 year old is desperate to earn money - he wants things we are not prepared to pay for. So, as a 12 year old, you cannot work in the formal employment sector. Umpiring and time keeping jobs only start at 13 and 14. so, yesterday, I came home to discover that he and his friends cycled to Staples, had business cards printed for their new "leaves be gone" business. Within hours, he and his friends distributed 400 business cards around the area, and had 10 people sign up for his leaf raking enterprise. He negotiated with the manager at Staples, to put their logo on the cards, and the manager did not charge them for the business cards. I phoned the manager last night to thank him for supporting the kids' little business. The thing I love about being here, is that my 12 year old did all this on his own, using the buses and his bike to get around!
  6. 9 points
    So today we celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada and we've had much to be thankful for. In the past week I've celebrated 6 months in Canada, 3 months being employed and the family have been here just over 2 months. We were able to celebrate with some friends made since landing and enjoyed a combination of potjie, ham, paella and milk tart. In addition, we were able to explore a local park close to the Toronto zoo and enjoyed a walk through the woods. It's a beautiful time of the year (fall) and one in which you're able to enjoy the beauty of changing leaves... not very common in SA as the seasons change quickly. The kids started school at the beginning of September which has helped getting settled and into some form of routine. Both our kids have enjoyed school so far and enjoyed their teachers. Both have been pushed forward half a year compared to SA as school here is age-based. It's a concern for our little one who has not yet received the reading basics but something we're working on. Our eldest has settled in quite well and made a few friends at school and in the neighbourhood which has helped tremendously. The wife has been able to source some interim employment and that has helped her network and settle in too. We have a roof over our heads, transport to get around, employment to fund the settling in process and friends to keep us sane... plenty to be thankful for. And we have family coming to visit in November as our eldest has their first Holy Communion. Great times indeed. Anything we miss??? Yes, family and friends to a certain extent but we've fortunate to have made some really good friends already here in Canada with similar family structures, culture and likes. Property is ridiculously expensive... concerns about dropping lifetime investments as a deposit in a property. Missing our domestic to a certain extent too especially with the ironing, folding and house cleaning... priorities do change here though. Purchasing of non-crease clothing is important. All good and haven't disappeared. Have been helping the family settle in. Work has gotten really hectic and budget seasons is a new and foreign concept for me so much learning taking place. Been travelling to the US a bit too which has been great. What an awesome feeling to be able to travel and not be concerned with the safety of your family. We've been really fortunate with the weather... apparently and so we've been told. It's normally quite cold by this time of the year but our kids were in the heated swimming pool today so not that cold just yet. And how... I must apologise as I'm not as "addicted" as much as before. The forum remains a fantastic source of information for those seeking guidance and assistance. I have been contacted in a private capacity by a few colleagues and I've tried to aid them directly wherever possible. I am still available and present if someone needs some help but I'm not as active as before. Responses may therefore be slightly delayed.
  7. 7 points
    Thank you all for the kind words. Truly appreciated. The funeral is now behind me which was a day I never wanted to have to face. But it's done now. All that is left is some paper work Monday and Tuesday to close her accounts. She had no will and there is no monetary value in her estate so I'm just trying to close and settle her accounts because it's the right thing to do. I fly out Wednesday back to Canada. For those still in SA waiting to leave and if your folks are still alive then treasure this time and don't rush and wish time away while you wait. One day you will look back and realize just how priceless this time was!
  8. 7 points
    So on Friday (after two weeks waiting) we got an email that we can pick up the Passports. My husband drove to Pretoria, and guess what , still wrong!! Back to the White Envelope with a promise that they will phone him on Monday. On Monday he got the promised phone call and yesterday I went back to pick it up. Yeay!!! All ready and correct, I was so relieved!!! So now we have PR status at last, and can get into the more exciting arrangements!
  9. 6 points
    We just submitted our app for Nova Scotia!
  10. 5 points
    Hey Jules, Yes this is not often spoken about but it is one of the toughest parts - leaving older family behind. Having just gone through this myself, I know how you are feeling - guilt, sadness, at a loss etc. I bet in some ways you want to be back in SA with close family. In my case, it was always the plan to sponsor my parents after my first 3 years here - however, fate (or crime in SA to be honest) intervened and I ran out of time. The call came much much sooner than expected (about 10 years too soon). On the plus side, I'm glad I left SA since this forced me to keep the relationship with my mom alive (after I moved) more than if was living in SA. Stay strong and don't let the guilt get to you - I doubt your parents would ever hold it against you - not that I know your situation. I'm sure your mom was happy for you - if she saw you were happy with your decision. There are always mixed feelings though. It's really tough to close that chapter normally, double as much when you live on the other side of the world. To everyone else, make sure you strengthen and maintain relationships with those "left behind". We tend to take this for granted and run out of time before we know it.
  11. 5 points
    Hi All We are safely in Dubai, more detailed update below: https://gerhardusvanderwesthuizen.wordpress.com
  12. 5 points
    The long wait is finally over June 20 AOR July 17th MEP Aug 8th NA2 No additional documents required Aug 18th Moved to LVO Pretoria South Africa Aug 22 PPR 26th Sep. FSWO. wishing everyone speedy PPR.
  13. 5 points
    At last - our PR application has been submitted. Happy heart
  14. 4 points
    Hello Everyone I've realized that I didn't introduce myself on these forums and have really not been too active, aside from one or two questions here and there. So below is our entire story from day one until today. I will highlight the most important points that we learnt in Bold When our son was born in 2014 we decided to move somewhere where he would have a better future in terms of basic education such as Maths and Science and tertiary education in terms of popular and great universities. We were pretty much all set on going to New Zealand when the visa regulations changed and we had to have a long and hard look at our options. As we only speak English, the choices were a bit small: England, US, Canada, New Zealand or Australia. While other countries in the world do speak english, the primary language is usually the native one. We actually did start learning German but gave up on that idea when we realized that even Germans don't understand all the local dialects! The US was out because of their political system and, whether it's opinion or fact, the public shootings were just far too many. Australia was another good option, but the problem for us was the "nanny state" comments made by some close friends of ours that have been living there for years. The UK was another good option, but we decided against it as my wife gets really down if it rains for weeks on end. I don't mind, I actually love it! So we decided on Canada! During October / November 2016 we went to Canada on holiday and we loved it from the very first moment. We stayed in Toronto, Ottawa and a little log cabin in Kinmount. (About an hour away from Toronto) Our experience was great. While I love the big city (I chose Toronto), my wife prefers being out in the bush. (She chose Kinmount) However both of us loved Ottawa most of all so we decided that Ottawa would be where we would try and get to stay. As soon as we got back to SA we started looking around at ways to at least land and experience the country. One of my colleagues moved to Canada on a student visa (so temporary) and we decided to go for that route. We filled in an application to study at Algonquin College in late December and received feedback mid-January. We then started working on our application. The application was really straight forward and we did everything online though the CIC website. If anyone ever wonders how to do it: It's really simple! We didn't submit our application immediately, instead we went for our medical exams and waited for the results. Once the results were back (that took about 4 weeks) we submitted the application. All my wife needed at that stage was her letter of acceptance from the college. After another few weeks, we were asked to provide means of financial support. We learnt the hard way: A pension fund statement or payout letter will NOT suffice! We had to max out our bonds and cash out shares and investments to make up the money that the government had requested. We were actually a few hundred dollars short (about $300) but we made it in the end. The most important parts of the application were: Proof of means of financial support: no pension statements! We actually opehned an FNB global account with CAD currency and that sufficed, though the statement didn't help. I had to get an "Account Confirmation Letter" for the account to accompany the statements an as the statements didn't show my name for some reason... Proof of return to SA: We got official bank statements for our bond showing the remaining duration of the loan and that seemed to suffice For our son we simply got a visit visa and it was issued! We all flew out together on 27 August 2017 via Emirates. (For anyone looking: cheapflights.co.za offers great prices. Seems like Travelstart has different "specials" or bookings, so check both and see which one works out cheapest!) We landed in Toronto on 28 August 2017 and the border control was a very smooth and effortless process. We supplied our documents to the border official, he took about 20 minutes and came back with our permits (work and study) printed and ready to go. Even though we were only in the border control section for about 30 minutes, we managed to take so long that our luggage was removed from the carousel at Toronto airport. After a few minutes we managed to find out bags scattered around another carousel. We collected them and headed for a hotel shuttle. We were booked at the Sheraton hotel for the first night. Very affordable, it was around $100 for a room and we managed just fine. The next morning I took the shuttle back to the airport and "collected" the rental car. We drove through to Ottawa immediately where we booked into our AirBnb for the first two weeks. Because the car rental agencies are skelms, they would've charged us an additional $800 for a one-way trip with the car! So we decided to take the car back to Toronto the next day and catch the train back to Ottawa. We decided this was the easiest way as we had six pieces of luggage and the train from Toronto Airport only allows one piece of luggage per passenger. The train tickets cost us just over $400 in total, though we arrived at the station 5 minutes too late and the train had already departed. Fortunately we were helped by a very friendly gentleman who listened to our story and helped us out. He only charged us a minimal fee for a rescheduled ticket and it worked out about $50 each. So in the end, just taking a one-way rental trip would've been much easier! The train took about 5 hours to get to Ottawa and it was rather pleasant! During our stay in Ottawa we found the following of particular interest: To get a bus pass, you need to go to a bus station. I'm not sure if you can get them anywhere else, though in Toronto you can get a bus pass at most Metro stores. I'd recommend getting a Presto Card because you can manage that online and top up or buy new passes for your card instantly. Convenience stores are just that: Convenient. They're NOT CHEAP! We paid $5 for a loaf of bread on average! Rentals are a pain! It took us about three weeks to actually find a place and we're only moving in on 1 November 2017! When renting a townhome as we did, we needed to get our own Hydro Ottawa account and tenant's insurance. We went with Sonnet insurance as ZipSure's customer service is pathetic! (I thought we're out of South Africa?) Our insurance is around $25 per month with a $2M liability. The hydro account is super easy: All online and it's done within two days! Drivers here are more relaxed than in Toronto and I suppose that's normal... Shopping!!! This is a pain because the prices on the shelves are all excluding sales tax! You can't go grocery shopping with $100 in your pocket because you'll never know what your total will be! So today I decided to go for my license. There's a lot of resources on here about going for your license and I'm forever grateful for that! Some highlights on the license process: I sent an email to "that David guy" at RTMC to which he didn't reply. I ended up going to their website and sending the same contact request to "info@rtmc.co.za" to which we eventually got replies. It took about a week for them to say our forms are ready and my mother-in-law collected them for us. We had to give her copies of our ID's and licenses just in case, not sure if anyone asked for them. She sent them via DHL and we received them two days later. (A side note on DHL: They'll just leave your package at the front door. No knocking, bell ringing, no attempt to make sure you're home whatsoever!) For preparation I went to "https://www.g1.ca". They have an awesome collection of tests and simulators that really helped me pass my test! I went to DriveTest today (1570 Walkley Road) for my G1 test. I arrived at 09h14 and walked out out of the building at 10h17. This included waiting at the reception as their ticket machine was out of order, waiting to write the test, writing the test, pictures, forms, etc... It was a very pleasant experience! I'll be booking my full driving test soon (not sure if it's called the G2 road test or just the G road test... will find that out!) as soon as I've had about two or three driving lessons. TL;DR For proof of financial support, a pension statement did not work for our application form on my wife's study permit Also for proof of financial support, a bank statement will work if it shows the account number, balance, your full name and address When renting a car for a one-way trip, make sure of the one-way "penalty" you'll need to pay. If you're going to take the same route as us, make sure you get to the station in time! Make sure you get your driving history from RTMC. You can still get it from over here, but it's a lengthy process. Not difficult, just delays you by a few weeks. Finding a rental from SA is very difficult. Probably not impossible, but to make an appointment for viewing if you're unsure of where you'll be it will make it very difficult. So that's our story! I'm sorry in advance, it's a LOT to read but it's hard to try and condense seven weeks into a few words here! I hope some of the takeaways above are useful or valuable to someone.
  15. 4 points
    Hi everyone, just wanted to share a good experience to obtain confirmation of drivers license letter in Midrand. Call (011) 2662000 speak to David, who requires an email request of confirmation of drivers license letter sent to davidm@rtmc.co.za with copies of iD and drivers license Fetch from him by next day from WATERFALL OFFICE PARK, Bekker Street, Vorna Valley. hope this info can help some of you. Thank you
  16. 4 points
    This was my list and I had them all digital. There were (possibly) more. Basically anything that passed my hands on my last few months in SA were scanned, copied and put on stick. No document escaped me, even my old car registration (the one I sold prior to leaving). I had/still have my whole submitted package to CIC on digital to this day. I may have overdone it a little bit but it served us well. Birth certificate Marriage certificate Divorce certificate, if applicable Passports (last 10 years) Copies of IMM visa Goods to follow list South Africa IDs Degree/Diploma/School Certificates Transcripts School report cards Immunization records Baptismal certificates Work reference letters Work employment certificates Work contracts IELTS result WES result Bank statements Title deed Bank certification letter confirming balance Police clearance certificates Drivers licence International licence Medical records Prescription RTMC letter House valuation Credit history reports, if you have this Copy of lease/rental agreement, if you have this Insurance confirmation letter (to say they will pay out if you are not in SA) Tax clearance certificates, if you have this Power of attorney documents History of insurance for auto and home All cancellation letters to services (Telkom, internet, TV, etc. etc. etc.) and if you have, confirmations of cancellation Good luck and happy landing!
  17. 4 points
    So, we're finally back in S.A after completing a successful landing and 10 day stay in Windsor and Toronto. The people, culture and cities are simply fantastic and I'm happy to have chosen Canada as our new home and thankful for Canada for choosing us worthy candidates to contribute to their beautiful nation. The Canadian society is not perfect and they to have their issues, but coming from S.A one cannot help but appreciate how well things function. It was very difficult flying back to S.A but we know its just for a short time while we sort our affairs. Reality has set in for my wife and I, knowing that our next flight out will be our last, is both exciting and scary at the same time, but in the end it is worth it.
  18. 4 points
    Sooo... After submitting on 11 June, and getting IP1 on 11 July or so (too lazy to check the exact dates now...), I have received my PPR email. It came through at 03:10 this morning (26 September). I have been waiting for IP2 to begin, and have started thinking something was wrong with my application haha. So yea, logged in this morning and I see IP2 status. Guess it happened over the long weekend when I didn't check every day. Anyhow. Will be taking my passport to the processing centre in Pretoria this week. Hopefully they still take the photos there.
  19. 4 points
    Hi all,@Hopefully Yours, how long did it take for your passports to be processed from the day that VfS received them to the day that you could collect them? We are over the moon! Got our amazing YES last night! Planning to personally take our passports in on Tuesday!
  20. 3 points
    It definitely sucks not to have family close by. No question. I used to drive home weekends when I was at university to visit with my family. We are very close. Now, my dad is in SA, my brother is in New Zealand, and I am here. We still know what is going on in each other's lives. We talk every Sunday, we have a WhatsApp chat group that we talk about general stuff (ha, I see it is still raining there , type of thing). My kids were both born outside of SA (one in NZ, and one in Canada). We finally went back for a visit when they were 7 and 3 (I believe). It freaked them right out All the things that they are allowed to do without question in Canada were being restricted. No opening the window when you drive, no running around outside unsupervised, no running ahead in the grocery store. It struck me then just how much you get used to the restrictions in SA. We were at a park next to the river the other day. My 9 yo was out of my sight for 80% of the time there. She was playing down by the river, or going ahead somewhere, or playing somewhere else. I can go shopping in the dark of night by myself without a second thought. I have two huge windows without any burglar bars (I now notice when a building has it on, rather than the lack of them ) The difference in the possibilities of their future is like comparing different universes. Less and less countries are accepting SA qualifications. Hard as this sounds, one day mom and dad will no longer be there, but kids will still have to make a future for themselves. And I believe that when our kids try to get out of SA it will be like someone from Somalia applying. How much weight would you put in a degree from a university in Somalia? Here they can go to university, or get a trade, or start a business, or go travel overseas, or... the possibilities are only as small as what they apply themselves to. Family can always come visit. You can still chat online. It is not the same, but it is enough most of the time.
  21. 3 points
    @everyone My wife and I have struggled with this for a longer than a year. Finally, June this year we arrived at a decision to start the process. Next week we'll get our IELTS results and apply via the EE programme. Family is important to both us, but in different ways. I'm ok with just sending a message to my brothers once a week, but my wife needs to communicate daily. We're not very social people, so the friends we have here is from year and years of contact. These two thoughts weighed heavily in our minds while considering the move. The information we found on this forum proved to be the tipping point in favour of applying. Most prominent in our thoughts are our children (3 and 5 years old). We are afraid for them. I don't want their potential capped. I don't want them to live only 80% because the other 20% is too dangerous. We realise that the comfort we currently experience will not last, but we're going to redefine what comfort means. And from what I've read here, determination and patience will get us there. Good luck! (And stay away from paranoid thoughts! "What if something bad happens in Canada and by staying in South African it could have been prevented!" We act with the knowledge we have now and we believe immigration to be the best decision.)
  22. 3 points
    Hi and thank you to all the wonderful people on this forum. I have been reading the interesting topics and info for a few months now and it's been keeping me up late at night! We are a family of 5 busy with the Immigration process. We've done WES and IELTS, only waiting for our unabridged Marriage certificate and getting the Proof of Funds ready. We are hoping to create our Express Entry profile soon. We are working through an agent that we're happy with although I realized through this forum that we could've done it without an agent, but I must say I do appreciate the extra help and guidance. Our CRS score is on 411 which is a bit low and I am getting a bit worried... My husband might have to re-do his IELTS, he made a few stupid mistakes. And we're not getting younger so age is starting to count against us, but we're still hopeful that the path we are on will take us to Canada. Would be nice to know how many 40+'ers there are on this Forum that had a sucessful journey or are still on their way. And yes we have thought of Australia and New Zealand but our hearts are set on Canada. Thanks again for everybody's input.
  23. 3 points
    The company I work at are advertising some open positions. You need to have status to work in Canada (PR or OWP etc) in order to be considered. The link below will take you to the job specs http://myjob.io/97jyg
  24. 3 points
    Hi guys, Just an update: we moved to NA2 today. I'm really feeling like there's hope for us PNPs for much quicker processing times than in the past.
  25. 3 points
    @PR0718 Men’s clothes. $$$$ Women’s clothes. $$$$ Kid’s clothes. $$$$ Or you can go with just Clothes. $$$$$$ Women’s cosmetic, toiletries, and accessories. $$$$ Men’s shoes. $$$$ Women’s bags. $$$$ No-name Laptop Serial # $$$$ Kitchen utensils. $$$$ Pots and pans. $$$$ Toys. $$$$ Books. $$$$ You can go as complete or not as you want on some of the items. It’s up to you on those. Higher-valued items and electronics might require more details than others. Jewelries may need accompanying photos.
  26. 3 points
    So we just passed medicals today and status changed to IP1. We are so excited! MEP in less than a month, wow. That's super fast for PNP. If this time line keeps up we will have PPR before the end of the year.
  27. 3 points
    So I just received an update on the CIC website. My application was approved, and my document is valid and I have an expiration date (14 June 2018) for my visa. Also received an information letter under my application, telling me my visa is affixed in my passport, and it has a table with my name, validity, UCI, type, and visa number. Also, my name is listed twice, with only the type being different (IMM1346 and IMM5688). Googling those, seems like the former is a temporary resident visa, and the latter COPR. I should be getting those back with my passport, right?
  28. 3 points
    @IreneBez, @Reibtseb, @CandD, @SuzieQ Firstly, where are you guys heading? Looking at adverts I have seen that Ontario posts the most adverts, then BC. Quebec is maybe third and then the rest seems a bit quiet, probably Alberta next.....I am planning on heading to the Maritimes - but jobs there seem limited. I have found a tonne of websites and facebook groups that do some amazing work (conservation, invasive species management are my two areas of focus). And then there are of course a stack of jobs in the consulting sector - not of interest to me though. So if you let me know which areas you are looking at going to, I can maybe dig up a few of the websites/Faceook sites I have come across. General job websites include: Stopdodo (https://www.environmentjobs.com/) - they post internationally, but sometimes have Canadian jobs https://www.goodwork.ca/ Subscribe to their newsletter and you get the jobs sent yo you - here they have anything from highly specialised jobs to Admin for conservation organisation, volunteer, all kinds of eco-jobs, including sustainable farming, etc. Probably currently my first point of call currently to gauge what the market is doing http://www.workcabin.ca/jobs/ Not as many jobs on here, but still good to see what is out there - they have a Facebook page too. Also training etc. http://www.eco.ca/viewjobs/ They seem to focus a bit more on consulting, but have a lot of job adverts on there too, plus they have training and webinars online - some free, some not. Explore these sites, and through these sites you will also see who are the big players in the environmental sector in the province you want to go to. And if you find anything cool for the Maritimes - please send it on to me!!! Secondly, this is what an ex-colleague of mine wrote to me a while back. She works in London Ontario, but she has a PhD. She struggled to find work for quite some time, and these are some of the lessons she learnt: " I work for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (for almost 9 years now). One good way to get in the door with them is to apply for a summer internship, but also keep an eye on our website in general to get a sense of what comes along: http://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/who-we-are/work-with-us/ I have found that, in general in the conservation sector here, people are looking at your experience and skills first, and academic qualifications second. So although whatever educational background you have is important, successful applicants tend to have "sold" the skills they acquired in close relation to the job description. So once I learned to sell my phd as an exercise in time management, volunteer management, data collection and management, and communication, things went better! Also, I had no experience in Canada at all when I started, so I really pushed the fact that I had transferable skills, and that I had worked in several different ecosystems elsewhere in the world, and that I could probably work it out. Depending on what you apply for, you'll want to develop some sections of your CV accordingly, but also do so in a cover letter. For my sort of job/ my previous job, being able to demonstrate experience with different taxa (birds/ plants/ mammals, rather than just one of those, for example) is good. We do a lot of invasive species work here - mostly plants, and are starting to do a bit more beyond just the lands we own. There are also several volunteer opportunities which, if you end up here without work and are in a position to do them, are valuable to gain and demonstrate local experience. We run a conservation volunteers program - also available via our website. There are also a lot of smaller land trusts in Ontario, and in some other provinces, with volunteer opportunities. In London here, there is the Thames Talbot Land Trust for example: http://www.thamestalbotlandtrust.ca/" And lastly, remember that environmental jobs can be very seasonal in Canada. So there are tonnes of openings for the summer, but not so much for the winter. But a summer job/summer volunteer position might be a good entry point....well, at least that is what I am hoping for Happy to share more if you have any further questions, comments or if you give me a bit of info on what you want to do. But just note: this is my own research and experience, I am by no means an expert! Just sharing my experience so far!
  29. 3 points
  30. 3 points
    It was fantastic to meet everyone in person and put a face to a name: I loved how as soon as someone gave their forum name, there was instant recognition and it just broke the ice - you felt like you knew so much more about them . Thanks for sharing your experiences and research and tips - it is so helpful to have more things to investigate (like google flights), hear how people are approaching the move (pets, belongings, landing strategies, job hunt), to hear that other people had/are having similar struggles (glad I wasn't the only one who couldn't see the eye test letters!), and most importantly, to just have a lekker kuier. @Christelle- thank you again for organising! Will definitely do this again, and look forward to hearing how the next steps go for you and @Djaak, and @SunshineGirl, @Mheynes456, @chayne @Conrada @Nala and @DandilionSA (I am missing someone in the tags above - don't know his forum name, only his 'real world' name ) but I hope you put in your application soon and join us all on the other side).
  31. 3 points
    Firstly I would like to apologize for starting most of my posts by apologizing for not posting often. Secondly, I would like to apologize for not posting as often as I should. Everyone on this forum has been of so much help in the past. sacanada was my place of refuge before arriving in Canada. I was on here multiple times a day, sometimes venting, sometimes trying to give advice and sometimes just being the virtual shoulder to cry on for fellow forumites. A wise man tried to explain a concept to me when we visited Canada in 2012. This wise man tried to explain to me that there is so much to do (work and leisure) here in Canada that you have to prioritize everything. And, if you are fitting a new hobby/sport/extra work/volunteering/social event in to your life everything else on that list moves down one spot. I did not think much of this idea at that time but when you live in Canada, you will relate. Time is precious here and you have to spend it wisely. That being said, I usually receive an alert if someone sent me a message but if you need to get hold of me in a rush just send me an e-mail andre_d_t@hotmail.com and I will respond as soon as possible. Right, with that off my chest I am ready to give some feedback that will hopefully fill some of the gaps since my last post. Weather, the hot topic (sometimes not that hot) on everyone's lips here in Canada. Summer has come and gone, fast but oh so good. We had days from 33-20 degrees celcius all the time. Visited stunning places, Grand Beach, Gimli, Hekla and some other ones I cant remember right now. The cabin life is a big thing here in summer and I get why. When you ask people what their plans are for the weekend you will often get the same answer, "we are going to the cabin/lake". Now, summer has officially ended and we have had a few days where the lows were 7-9 but most days are still great. Sun comes up at 7am and sets at 7:30 pm so the days are still nice and long. My innings at Birchwood Honda ended in June. I still had some left in me but an opportunity at Xerox opened up and I gladly made the move. Wow, what a great company to work for. The people are great, everyone still loves my accent, honestly, I don't know why. Better hours, I have the weekends to myself, and by myself, I am actually referring to my wife and daughter. I have taken up a business to business sales role as Services and Solutions Executive. And no, I am not only selling copiers, Xerox is changing the way everyone works and I am so excited to be a part of this, it is much bigger than copiers, but yes, I still sell them as well. We miss family and friends, as anticipated when we made the decision to come here. Some days are good and some not so good. It's true, you never know what you have until you don't have it anymore. Luckily we are fortunate that my in-laws will be visiting for the festive season and we will probably visit SA next year or the year after. "En met die vrou en kind?" like they will ask in SA, everything is going great. School started in September after the LONG holiday, sheesh. My daughter just loves school so that's a good thing. She has picked up some of the Canadian accents and now we have a little Afrikaanse Cannuck in the house And the Mrs? Well, what can I say other than, she is busy. Watch this space, I expect big things from this talented lady in the near future. Cant reveal anything now, but hopefully, in the near future, I can tell you guys a little more. I have so many blessing and stories that I want to share but like I said, time is of the essence. There are abundant opportunities to live a fulfilling and prosperous life here in Canada. You just have to have an open mindset and embrace the opportunities. Put up your hands in the air and shout, "I am a YES man/woman!". Say YES, get out of your house, meet new people, play, laugh, explore and be grateful for what this amazing country has to offer you and what you can offer Canada. PS - don't hesitate to comment or ask questions.
  32. 2 points
    @tanchett Welcome! We arrived in Toronto this week, so I can only talk to what we have experienced, to say it is a rollercoaster ride is an understatement. It took us about a year to get here, and this is actually only the start of it all. It is MOST DEFINITELY not only smooth sailing (at least not for us). It is tough to "leave family behind", to leave your comfort zone, and to start something new. I think most people on here will attest to that. Most people will however also attest to the fact that is was for the best, especially for the next generation. Hang in there and good luck! Shout if you ever need anything, there is a lot of knowledgable people on the forum, and almost guaranteed, someone else has gone through or experienced what you are, so you are not alone.
  33. 2 points
    Now you can change your location bit under your name. It's funny the things you get used to after living here for a while. I forgot to renew my vehicle registration, and it ran out on a Saturday. So, on a Sunday I went to a registries that was open, and had to wait *gasp* like 30 minutes On a Sunday. When I got to the front the actual registration bit took about 1 minute to do. Though, now I notice if a building does have burglar bars on
  34. 2 points
    If you need anything, please don't hesitate to ask.
  35. 2 points
    Welcome in Canada.
  36. 2 points
    I remember the last day like it was yesterday. It's a tough day to say goodbye to family, friends and the country you were raised in. All the best on your landing and remember to be patient with yourself. Landing and settling in takes time. Sometimes it involves a step or two backwards as you advance. And this weekend coming is Canadian Thanksgiving with Monday the official holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!
  37. 2 points
    Hi All, I read this on at least 3 different places...but there is an official one also (which I cant find now). Its basically a report to the government stating that the Canadian economy will "suffer dearly" if they don't UP the intake... this report suggest several scenarios but they advised at least up from 300 000 immigrants a year to 450 000. It also states somewhere that they should even look at 525 000 a year in the very near future. This does not mean it will happen ...but I think its great news to come! Apparently well know on 1 Nov 2017 ! Where there's smoke there's got to be fire.... The immigration Minister also announced that the 300 000 a year would be a base number ! here is one article I found... https://globalnews.ca/news/3782202/450000-immigration-target-canada/ http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/450-000-Immigrants-Per-Year-Could-Boost-Canada-s-Economy-if-Newcomers-Have-Better-Job-Outcomes-1002912940
  38. 2 points
    Hope it stays around here for a while or even drop a bit
  39. 2 points
    @LiezelJ the arrangements of IELTS in Windhoek is very "deurmekaar". We were 65 people when we took our tests. The lady that read the instrutions could barely speak proper English and the instructions on how to complete your answer sheets were very vague. I did a leave a comment on this when we were handed out satisfaction questionnaires. I hope there has been some improvement. Our listening test was based on a a few telephonic conversations between customers and call centres. Reading was about the history of the calculator (this was quite difficult). Writing was about saving for your old age vs spending when you are young Speaking was about the mix of architecture (old and new) in cities. No one has the same topic for the speaking test. My husband (he was just before me) was asked about tv commerials and the impact.
  40. 2 points
    Went to VFS this morning, in at around 8:20, out by 8:50. Simply printed the PPR email, filled in the table in the email, and took it along with my passport. Had my pictures taken there. All in it cost me R424.10 (Processing, photos). Well, yay for the last visa-related costs (that I'm aware of...), now for flights and the really expensive part.
  41. 2 points
    You're on! I'm feeling positive about it. May we both cross the finish line soon!
  42. 2 points
    Congratulations @Reibtseb! That's excellent! Enjoy the feeling! @Linda G, yours will come this week, I'm sure of it!
  43. 2 points
    @Nelline we are very privileged to have been invited by a Canadian friend ( dogs and all) to stay at her house at first
  44. 2 points
    Thanks everyone! Was great to meet people in the same boat Made me realize I still have tons of research to do! All the best for everyone's journey at all the different stages!
  45. 2 points
    Can I start off by saying I am not "for" the debarking operation as I believe it does not address the underlying behavior that may be causing the barking or crying. I've never yet met a behavior in a dog that cannot be addressed effectively through either training, management or a combination of both. This includes nuisance barking as well as roaming etc. Your dog nuisance barks? Manage it by effective positive training, distraction, lots of exercise (the "training" part of the solution), or by keeping it inside when you're not home (the "management" part of the solution). Your dog runs away from home? Train him to come to a perfect recall, use whistle training (which is what we do - no fences where we live). We just visited two sets of friends on the mainland over the weekend, sleeping over at one set the Friday evening and the other set the Saturday evening. Neither property had fences, and were much less rural/ more urban than where we live. Guess what, our dogs still didn't roam and when they went exploring a bit, one whistle was enough to recall them straight back. Go figure. Having said that, in some cases debarking may be the only lifeline between a dog and being put down or ending up in the pound. Looking at the operation itself, it does not "remove" the vocal cord, but rather, parts of the tissue to "soften" or "quieten down" the bark. This last sentence comes from doing research on the internet - I've never met a debarked dog in person. I also have no experience with using a training collar to manage nuisance barking, but I will say this - the hysteria surrounding this training tool is excessive and needless. The "shock" the dog receives is more like a vibration, causing discomfort and not pain. I've used one of these on myself, to test - therefore I know. Training collars have their place in the training environment, they're a TOOL, and in the wrong hands can cause harm - harm in the sense that they can reinforce negative behavior if not used correctly. Use them effectively and sensibly, and they can be a big help to reinforce positive effects. OK, I'm kicking that soapbox under the sofa again!
  46. 2 points
    @Ilzedp as @Painter lady said you have up until your medicals expire - I have however also read of some people having even less time as their occupations are on the critical skills list. Further, in order to keep your PR you need to live in Canada for 2 out of the 5 years. See below quoted from http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?qnum=727&top=4: To maintain your status as a permanent resident, you must live in Canada for at least two years within a five-year period. During this time you must be here physically. The two years may not need to be continuous. An officer can confirm if your time in Canada counts when you: re-enter Canada, or apply for a permanent resident card. Time spent outside Canada may also count towards the two years if you are: travelling with your spouse or partner who is a Canadian citizen, a childFootnote1 travelling with his or her father or mother who is a Canadian citizen, an employee of (or under contract to) a Canadian business. It may also count if you are: travelling with your spouse or partner who is a permanent resident and works full-time for: a Canadian business, or the public service of Canada or a province, a child travelling with his or her father or mother who is a permanent resident and who works full-time for: a Canadian business, or the public service of Canada or a province. an employee of (or under contract to) the public service of Canada or a province and you are on a full-time assignment to: a position outside Canada, a partner business outside Canada, or a client of the Canadian business or the public service outside Canada. Learn more about calculating the number of days (PDF, 629.95 KB) to comply with the residency obligation (Operational Manual ENF 23, Section 6.4). Good luck!
  47. 2 points
    We leave our dogs outside lots. But they are big (150 lb and 110 lb)(Boerboel and a Bouvier), and I would like to see the predator that tries to carry them off You have to find somewhere that is securely fenced, and, as Nelline said, if they are barkers, that would not be tolerated. You can have a heated dog house (or a doggie door) in the winter in Calgary. It will add a fair amount of cost do put up a properly insulated, heated dog house, though. And if you are in a rented house a doggie door is not really an option. I stay home with the kids, so that is not really a problem for us, but we have had times when they were left by themselves all day. This year we had to go away for the day unexpectedly when it was around -30 in Calgary. I left the back door open a little, and added blow heater pointed at the door to try and keep the bulk of the cold from coming into the house. That way they could go in and out. We did get a visit from pet police (can't remember their real name now ), because someone called in a complaint that we left our dogs outside in the cold. Funny thing, they showed up the next day, so if the dogs were really outside in the cold, they would not have been much help to them, but there you go. In our new place the plan would be pretty much the same. There is a lower floor door that is a little sheltered. We will leave that open just enough for them to come in, but cover the rest of the opening with a thick curtain to keep as much of the cold out as possible. I don't like to leave them on their own in their crates for more than 3 hours if there is a need for it. They are fairly big, though, and if you buy a big crate (like this https://www.amazon.ca/OxGord-Double-Doors-Folding-Divider-Designed/dp/B00IGEP52K/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1506092562&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=dog%2Bcrate&th=1 ) there is a fair amount of space to move around in. Or, as Nelline said, make a space in the basement where they cannot do any damage. There are dog walkers that will come to your house and take your dog for a walk, or let him out into the back yard, at agreed times.
  48. 2 points
    We lived in rented accommodation in Ottawa with two staffies and a Vizsla. Their beds were crates and they felt safe and secure in there, no chance of any damage to them or the house. I once had a puppy chew an electric wire and get shocked so I am not prepared to even risk a loose, unsupervised dog in the house. I work flexi-hours plus have the option of working from home so the are rarely in their crates for more than 4 hours or so, except at night when they complain if we interrupt their 8 hours beauty sleep! Outside when no-one is home is not really an option, either, except for the weather (too cold in winter and too hot in summer), nuisance barking is not tolerated and secondly, there are large predators out there who love an unsupervised snack. Other options are: make/enclose a safe, secure area in the basement or bathroom with a bed and toys. Even the garage if this is heated. I have also heard of people paying teenagers to exercise dogs after school or for a professional dog walker to come in at lunchtime.
  49. 2 points
    Hello everyone, just wanted to let you know my husband cancelled his tv licence and I was ready for a fight. Sent them the completed affidavit every week and asked for a confirmation of receipt of some sort so we would know this matter has been finalised. After a month I gave up as no one was responding, but then we got a letter in the post from the SABC that the licence has been cancelled, so very happy to say we have successfully canceled the tv licence.
  50. 2 points
    I definitely would use the word "selfish" in relation to your needs and wants and wishes. This is about YOU and what YOU need, not just the baby. I also didn't have the whole baby shower thing which kind of suited me fine as I'm really a very shy person (believe it or not ha ha!) and all my friends came round at various times after the baby was born and brought gifts and moral support. My dad came over for a long visit too, and then my parents in law came over for the christening. If I were you I'd weigh up all the practical considerations mentioned because they are important, and try and balance that out with your own personal needs and feelings. More easily said than done though