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    Here's the deal: if you take Canadian citizenship without prior approval from SA home affairs then you automatically lose your SA citizenship. Using an unexpired SA passport afterwards is a criminal offence. But it is true that SA has no way of knowing you became a Canadian citizen... so you could operate in the grey area and use the SA passport but you use the passport at your own risk. If you are greeted by an official at the airport who asks too many questions you could get caught for a criminal offence and your vacation becomes a nightmare. Remember you need your Canadian passport to reenter Canada so any search of your personal possessions for any reason will mean they find your Canadian passport... When I land in SA I do it with my Canadian passport. When they ask for my SA version I politely say I never applied for retention of SA citizenship.
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    The Lower Mainland is pretty amazing too...just putting it out there haha. So many Maritime posts lately, I feel lonely here
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    The first visit to the US was a bliss on my Canadian passport.
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    All you need to do is ask and if it's within reason, it shall be done... Good luck on your journey.
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    Hi All, Been reading this forum for a while, very nice site. My wife and I are already in the Express Pool (both of us) and our score is high enough that I hope to get an invite soon. I was curious about a few points that I think I know the answer to, but have not found any confirmation. If my wife's application gets accepted (as she has a higher score), am I also granted Permanent Residency as I am a dependent? Can I look for work without needing to get a Work Permit or LMIA If we receive our Permanent Residency, I am guessing looking for work will no longer require a LMIA when looking for work? I am assuming if my Wife gets an Invite I can simply pull my application as I am a dependent on my wife application. thanks everyone. Look forward to joining many of you
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    A job offer will raise your points, and that will get you selected quicker, which will start the process quicker. It will also get you into Canada quicker, since you can start working here while the PR is in process. Getting a job offer is pretty hard, though (read, possibility is as close to zero as you can make it, unless you have some pretty extraordinary skills). Plus, the LMIA can take months to do.
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    You have two profiles in the pool? Why not just keep the higher one? Yes, if your wifes profile is selected, you get full PR just like her. You can legally work in Canada without any other paperwork needed.
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    I can chime in with my idea: Look at NZ. Getting a job offer is a whole universe easier than in Canada. It depends a lot on what is available, though. I would seriously consider it before I would consider Canada, if I were you. Your lack of experience is a big problem, no matter where you go, though. Even NZ will probably have a minimum experience that you need to have to get a job offer. If you want to think about continuing your studies, as Anelle suggested, have a look at Germany. Even international students study for free in Germany, and you can do it in English. You are allowed to work 20 hours a week on a study visa, plus you can work 40 hours a week during holiday times. You have to pay for your own accommodation and living, but you don't pay for studies. The idea behind it is to allow people to be trained in the German way, and to be able to work there afterwards. Ideally, you would be able to find some apprentice type job at the company that you would like to work for in the end, and do that during the studies, and then afterwards go work for them.
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    Here is a link which i got from another forum. They compare the average salary to the average home price across Canada: http://timescolonist.com/business/here-are-the-best-and-worst-places-in-canada-to-buy-a-home-on-one-income-1.23209282
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    I went to South Africa last year. I LOVED my lay over in the UK and then again on my way back in Germany. It was SO easy on my Canadian passport
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    Welcome Driaan! I'm going to share some thoughts from my limited experience. I will preface this by saying that my DH and I talk a lot about his work stuff and about employing foreigners, etc. He has also via PM helped a few people with suggestions regarding engineering in Canada BUT I'm not in the field myself. My husband is an engineering manager (and Chem Eng himself ) I'm assuming your looking at moving to Canada via EE but maybe don't have enough points because you don't have much work experience? And you're hoping that maybe there is an opportunity for a job offer in Canada? Where are you in the process? What have you already done to look at immigration to Canada? I'm going to be upfront and tell you that it is TOUGH (not impossible but REALLY, REALLY hard) to get a job offer if you can't legally work in Canada (don't have Canadian citizenship or Permanent Residency). It is usually reserved for those with many years of experience and with expertise in a particular area. It is really expensive for companies to go through LMIA to prove that they couldn't find someone locally to do the job. It is also a long and arduous process and one most companies don't want to take on. Although engineers are on the skills shortage list there are many entry level engineers coming out of university. They have the advantage of a local degree and possibly Canadian work experience through co-op work or vac work. Some things you can do: - Take any job in South Africa remotely in your field (even as an operator or in the lab) and make a name for yourself to get into the engineering dept when a position opens up. I know that job market is tough in SA, too. - Look at studying further in Canada (this would be a GREAT option for you, in my opinion). If you do post grad studies here it would really help you tremendously to get a foot in the door. The only thing is that this is an expensive option. You could also get local experience through co-op work and you will have the advantage of a Canadian qualification when you complete your studies. - Look at the Atlantic Pilot Programme. I don't know enough about it regarding work experience to say whether it is a good fit for you. Hopefully someone else can also chime in with some other ideas. I hope this helps Anelle
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    Number 2 would be good news for you. Import permit is only needed for restricted firearms. Number 3: It would cost less to replace this side (seriously) than shipping over UNLESS there's sentimental value involved. As an example, for a wedding present my hubby gave me a brand new .243 - I chose to leave it behind and replace it over here. Still hurts me. (PS .243 is still my favourite caliber ... )
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    Hi Everyone, I'm Jaco, I've just started looking into possibly immigrating to Canada, My reasons are the same as most of yours I believe. Anyway I thought it was going to be easy... Contact an immigration firm and pack your bags LOL. NOT. Thanks to this great forum I am a lot wiser now. I also don't believe that Ill need a firm to help me, thanks to all your shared experience. So I'm an electrician by trade and have been specializing in Medium and High Voltage underground cable and Accessories for more that 10 years now, (http://noc.esdc.gc.ca/English/noc/Profile.aspx?val=7&val1=7243&ver=11&_ga=2.217694290.534773876.1521030580-808196608.1521030580) In 2014 I started my own company and I'm still on it today. With its ups and downs I must add, I'm not a millionaire yet but we make a decent living, though SA just isn't ringing my bell the last few years and I truly fear for the worst. My son is 12 and with that in mind, moving makes all the sense in the world. So at this point I'm thinking AINP will be my best bet but time will tell. Again thanks for accepting my profile, thanks for all the info and hope to see you soon in Canada. Jaco.
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    Sorry. New immigrants no longer have to file their first tax return with CRA as paper return. This was true quite a while back (circa 2013) but they’ve changed this since then. New immigrants can now file their first tax return online. You will need a SIN number for filing.
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    Hey @Eric N, hehe, I don't think the proof of funds was the only intention of the interview. Please do let us know what all they ask in the interview, maybe they want to verify that the proof of funds is not a loan..etc? As they mention in the start that for proof of funds it shouldnt be borrowed etc, I'm not sure, I'm just speculating.
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    https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/australian-minister-dutton-is-an-out-and-out-racist-20180316 There seems to have been a lot more reporting in Oz and NZ on the farm murders since the land grab thing has gone through (https://www.facebook.com/dirk.steyn.718/videos/10155530774636378/) It will be interesting to see if they proceed with this, or if it is just political grand standing
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    I have a bit of time before I need to go to my next appointment..... so I will ramble for any feeling like a long story: 5 years on and I get sent away to the UK again to take care of company stuff. I have a UK passport, so the company uses me as I can work freely in the UK, and also because I am part of the design team Yip, I have a great Canadian Job now. It's back into a right hand drive manual, it's like I never drove on the right. The left hand finds the gear stick and does all the right things, except I wipe the front windscreen when I indicate, and flash the people infront when I try to squirt the window. (Darn controls are opposite.) It takes some getting used to driving on the narrow windy roads and mega roundabouts. Luckily I know the rules so I do not die, but It's intimidating with all those lanes and the speed and taking the correct exit - especially as google seems to have a delay announcing the exit point a bit late. Or simply just getting confused and saying something completely different - GPS gets lost in tall buildings. I can still zip up and down the gears much to my surprise. Funny, I'm the slowest driver away from the robots in Canada, but the fastest in the UK?! So how darn fast do Canadians pull away you have to ask ???!!! Pommies are as different to Canadians as day is to night - even looks wise. Drivers are probably a little less forgiving and polite here - I managed to get a good five minute bollocking from a hooter from a 3 ton truck because I dared ask to move to his lane in bumper to bumper traffic - if not, it meant I was going to get funneled off to goodness knows where and I was late for a meeting, so I just kinda worked my way into his lane and he refused to give way, so I worked some more - hey, it's a rental with full walk away cover - you want to run in to me... then do it. He did not despite a terminal rage - phew - you can't take me anywhere. The hooting was great, ha,ha , and then I was gone and it was all over - what a waste of rage. As much as Canadians are also aggressive, they will often make a gap - except in Markham. But that's not a rule for UK as further away from London in non rush hour traffic, they can be very accommodating. I never got stuck in a big roundabout going round and round, but sometimes it came close ! The next thing you need to do is unlearn all you techno-Canada words, as everything in the UK is SA techno-speak. So that's a pain, aluminum... aluminium,....set screw...grub screw.....wrench....spanner.... gas..petrol... ; that's ok, my next port of call was SA, so relearning all the lingo was good. After Uk success and surviving the M4, M25 and roundabouts (though the M4,3,25 are not as terrible as the 401) and there are millions of speed cameras and speed averaging areas so apart from the ubiquitous Speed-Beemers , most other people are more sedate. I'm not sure how well the camera systems work - but imagine getting a 100 fines a month. I think they must work as people seem to be more careful of speeds. So, off to SA... ah no longer home sweet home. Not horrible, but not home. JHB is just as nutty as ever. - taxis's and pause streers, or simply ignore streets. But what I did notice is a new generation of people of all races that seem to be kinder and more tolerant of each other - criminals excluded. That was nice. Then to PE where I lived much of my adult life. I studied there, met my awesome wife and had my girls - it was a time of treasures and terrors. Living near the sea with endless beaches was a privileged that never grew old for me. I never wasted a sea/beach day in 25 years. But all things good have to change or come to an end. The bad moved in and we eventually moved out. It was awesome to see old friends, and it was as if I'd never left. (Amazing). The first morning I was there, I took a walk on the beach at about 7am - the sun was in my eyes and I was looking down - a runner approached and called my name, I was completely caught off guard. After 5 years of being away, a few hours into my first morning and I am noticed - what are the chances? Later I went to my favorite biltong spot (the stadium butchery) it's gone from a tiny shop to quite big - good for them success ! And then the girl behind the counter gives me that knowing smile - no fat she says, it's been a long time ! Wow, that's 2 people - i'm infamous ! Driving in Pe is not terrible - taxi's suck and do as they please, the town is busier and the people that live there are concerned about crime and money. There are new street camera's and gizmos to curb crime - all innovative stuff. Some area's are worse than others. Water is dire -PE's under the radar, but day 0 looms for them too. There are tanks and bottles for sale everywhere and companies with trucks watering. And grey water schemes by the zillion. Ever the entrepreneur the South African ! Walking where you had your children, met and loved your wife and enjoyed happiness and heart break is a powerful aphrodisiac - The sensation of acute loss was powerful, not loss for the town and the place so much, but loss of times gone by - younger fitter bodies and little girls with giggles and tricks. Old pets who were the best mates ever. We brought our pets to Canada, but one has since passed. PE is a pretty town and can be an idyllic place to raise children if you can evade crime. Many of my friends are successful with good jobs and good income, some have cottages and other houses. It's the South African way, as it is the Canadian way, everyone has a cottage ! For me, I did not want to be back, but I did feel the pang of loss. Many of my friends expressed regret at not leaving, but that was to be expected. The thought of leaving is easier to digest than actually leaving. If you're going to do it, do it sooner than later. Emigration is hard, and harder still for the older of us. One big worry I noticed was parent now realising that their kids would probably leave, leaving them behind and that would be very hard. I left my parents too. If they leave early enough the could import their folks. Chat's and reminiscing are great, but it's then that you realise just how much a Canadian Kid has over a similar aged SA kid. Canada simply has a million times more opportunities for kids than SA does. Competition for courses in Canada is stiff, discrimination in SA is a problem. For me, I think competition is something I can deal with more easily - at least it's fairer. In SA you pay 2 arms and 3 legs and a spleen kidney and liver for a "private" school - in Canada you can too - but public school generally compare extremely well with private SA school. Stop frothing at the mouth I say. My kids had more course choice in school than I could shake 10 sticks at, as well as advanced calculus and functions and killer science etc. There was photography, food, business, mechanics, electrics, cooking, catering, and and - each forms a credit towards your high school diploma. The big issue I have with SA is everyone I know that has a half motivated kid gets 6 A's. Statistics tell me there is something wrong with that distribution.... But then I'm not a boffin. So then it was back to JHB, and London and soon back to Canada. And now I am a citizen, I feel warm and fuzzy looking at my boarding pass for Canada. I love the snow and the life there now - it took a bit of time to get used to. Here in the UK I have been constantly cold - never warm like in Canada. It's a cross between SA no insulation and Canada's crazy insulation - the place I am working here is not heated, so you are cold and you breath steams - other places (except shops) are like that too. No place I have been to in Canada is not heated in winter. My family seem to be happily settled. The girls are doing amazingly well at school and university - Canada rates 2nd in the world school rankings - behind Switzerland - when I last checked. So I am confident my children have a good education. They are both in "STEM" science,technology engineering and maths. If you can steer your kids this way, the world could be their oyster. There is lots of money to be had for university aid. Government aid too. Although, it seems that SA is not about to go over to free university for people earning under R350 0000. That's pretty high salary isn't it? How the heck are they going to manage with all those new applicants vs spots? And as I understand it the university are already financially crippled. Perhaps Cyril can fix it - hope so. Also I believe there are no longer trade tests? That's odd - how do you know the "appies" are competent? But I digress.... Both girls can drive now - insurance is no fun, but that's just the way it is. Getting a licence here is painless and fair - and no bribes needed. Emergency service & cops are brilliant (just don't be a di*k to the cops!) The roads are pretty safe and even girls can move freely without much fear of crime. (There is always an increased risk with girls - better here than SA!) If you come to Canada, you need to lose that SA mindset that private is the only way to go. I have a public school child getting 80-90% in second year BioMedical. That a simple public school education. She works hard, very hard. But the school provided the tools. I used to help with her work from GR9, and I was amazed by the exponential increase in (both their) abilities from when they left SA to now. I'm sure it's a growing up thing, so It would have probably been the same in SA. The teachers here are not perfect, but generally they are great and helpful and supportive - if you can read between the teen bluster and puffing. I'm not sure what the younger one will do - she's taking stem too - but ultimately she'll have to find something that interests her - forensic science is currently on her radar. So I am a lucky parent. I moved from SA for a better future, I struggled as did my family. The first years were difficult and hard on the family and marriage. 5 Years on, I am literally on the edge of my seat in London, looking forward to that first embrace of my lovely wife and 2 grown up girls. And the new pesky Canadian stoep-kakker - ha, ha. I'm going home ! Yay ! What more could a person want than the success of his kids and partner.... I hope it grows and grows. I guess I'm bragging again - but I am also trying to say, that if you chose this life, it can work out no matter what the people in SA say. You might not have a house on the river, or a place in plet, but you'll have your family and a new life with different wants and needs. And it's amazing how those alter too. People trash the Canadian health system, it's not as easy as in SA where you just go where you want. It's harder here and the rules of engagement are different. The Canadian doctors (UOfT) are an odd bunch, times have changed and training methods seem to have mutated in ways I don't recognize. Restraint in prescriptions are the order of the day. Very frustrating if you are in extreme pain. Fear of addiction can make doctors leave you wondering what the hell your going to do.... then if you see another, you go on the substance abuse watch list - because you double doctoring.... ie got prescribed pain killers from 2 different doctors.... I was't looking for a high, I was looking for the pain to go away. But then they did a Cat scan without a wait - and it's all for free and now I know my insides are normal and no cancer and lumps. You win on the swings and lose on the roundabouts. The trick is to learn to work the system as the SA rules just don't apply here as they don't apply for anything else... We're learning - fast. I'm growing to appreciate my new home more and more, In see SA a place of potential and now excitement - post zuma - I'm just glad that I have Canadian issues to deal with and not SA ones. This will be my first election - and boy am I looking forward to "anything but Wynne " And that is where you might be in 5 years if you managed to settle and become part of the system.. Some days I still feel like a stranger - but year that improves and hopefully one day it will be gone.