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  1. 2 points
    Thanks for sharing so much info. I’m a firm believer that when a door opens in life then it’s safe to assume it opened for a reason. I would take the job offer and figure the rest out as you go along. Its that simple. We tend to overthink too many things and we complicate uncomplicated opportunities. You have a job offer in Canada - take it. 🙂
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    I have "6 months" in my mind... so I think your Jan 2020 one should be good to go. Hopefully someone else can confirm
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    If you are coming over on a visitor visa then it is my understanding that you cannot work or even look for work. If they inspect your bags and find evidence that you are going to be looking to get a job offer you may end up banned from Canada for 2 years. One other thing that I have noticed and this is not necessarily directed at you so please don’t take offence, but when ever something happens in SA (Gupta, load sheading, maybe something bad happens to a friend or family member) people suddenly have a sense of urgency to leave. I got that that feeling when you said you are looking for a job “ANYWHERE in Canada”. What I can tell you is that pretty much everything to do with getting/staying here moves slowly. From the PR process, finding work, building up a credit score to getting citizenship (I am going through this now) and so on. There are exceptions but for the most part these things take time. So my 2c is take your time and decide where you WANT to live and work and then go for it. Have a plan B, C all the way to Z but set a specific goal and go for it. One other thing I have noticed is that the HR field in Calgary is rather saturated. When I was struggling to find work I was looking at doing a course to at least get a foot in the door and HR was one of them because I performed most of the HR functions at my job in SA. I quickly realized by looking on LinkedIn that the “applications submitted to jobs offered” ratio for these jobs was huge. Granted that many of those applicants were probably newly qualified people without your level of expertise but I’m just saying that it appears to be a very competitive field.
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    Morning all Tickets booked for our two-week trip to activate PR and as an LSD. Arriving in Toronto on the 16th, renting a car and driving down to Sarnia to stay with friends of my wife's family for a few days. Then road-tripping Ottawa-Quebec-Montreal and back to Toronto before flying back. Madly trying to pull the goods lists together, battling a bit because half my stuff is in a storage unit in Durban. Going to have to go down at least one weekend and catalogue it between now and then. Best Perry
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    Hi all. Thanks for accepting me on this Forum. We have just recently received out passports and COPRs, so now the real work begins. We are opting to move to Calgary, open to other locations of course depending on work opportunity. A little about me and my family: My name is DeWet Louw, Namibian Citizen for the past 24 years but was born in South Africa. My wife, Nelize is South African and we have a little girl named Wenelle (1 1/2 years old), the sole purpose of our move to Canada. We currently reside in Windhoek, but will move to Alberta in July. We have two miniature Pomeranians that will join us on this journey. I am super excited to meet any fellow South Africans after our arrival. To all those yet to finalize their applications and travel plans, best of luck and hang in there! See you soon and have a blessed day.
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    Keep in mind that not everyone listed as designated employers, may currently have vacancies, but it's a good start.
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    I agree with @Nelline, 6 months sound about right. #2 is definitely possible. You should be able to request for the PR visa to be affixed on the new passport. I did it for one of my kids when we applied.
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    JaQ

    WES

    @magicelixir Hi, I have looked into this myself and you have a lot of options both local and international. Here is a few to look at: University of Johannesburg has new online learning diplomas, degrees and masters, UNISA has a lot to choose from and then international options that I have looked at: Edinburgh Business School: Heriot-Watt University, University of Leicester. https://online.uj.ac.za/ https://www.unisa.ac.za/sites/corporate/default https://www.ebsglobal.net/ https://le.ac.uk/school-of-business/study/distance-learning There should be a lot more out there. I'm struggling to find the list of WES recognised institutions although when I looked at it in the past it was incomplete.
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    This helpful hint was posted in 2015, a little dated, but most still hold true. You should add more points where relevant. Good luck!
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    It just drives me nuts that everyone gets the "aanhouer wen, moenie moed opgee nie" speech, instead of some reality. (not pointing fingers at anyone in this threat, since it was started by someone that already had PR, this is about telling that to someone in South Africa) The system as it stands now is certainly not set up for certain people. If you have enough points, then by all means, come over and see what jobs you can find. But I think it is criminal to tell someone that don't have enough points that "oh, I did not have enough points, and then a year later I was selected for a province", or "I send out many resumes, and did LinkedIn stuff, and blah blah blah, and look, I made it. You can too." Those stories are certainly true, but they tell the story of the 1 in a million. They don't tell the story of the other 999,999 people that are still stuck where they started. I get it, NZ is not Canada. And people get an idea in their head about where they want to go. But for someone that don't have enough points, or for someone that don't have formal qualifications, or even school teachers (!! they are on the long term NZ skills shortage list, I am pretty sure not even Canadian born school teachers are getting much work in Canada these days), then NZ is as close to perfect as you can possibly get. But, like most countries, NZ is making it progressively harder to immigrate there. There are a lot more hoops now than when we immigrated there. Telling someone to hang around for another year to wait and see if the seriously small chance of them getting into Canada if they don't have enough points pans out, means that that is another year that NZ has to change their system and make it even harder for that person to get in, potentially closing the door to getting out of South Africa completely.
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    Hey guys. So we have already been in Calgary over a year already lol this post was form 2017 but i do really appreciate all the comments and good advice. We did move to Calgary and came without jobs. I found a job super fast and got the first job i applied for and am still there... Im working at a great company as a Design and Sales specialist and am very happy. im doing freelance photography and video work on the side and maybe one day as it grows it'll become my sole income and my own... for now things are great. My wife isnt working as we ended up falling pregos LOL (birth was completely free by the way didn't pay a cent towards the birth and the hospital and staff were amazing and super efficient. we even had a midwife free of charge for the duration of the pregnancy, gotta love Canada!) so she is at home looking after the baba for now and will be looking at jobs again in the near future... we'll see how that goes i.e. AHS, a couple biotechs/labs and of course the universities. There are a few options here for her so hold thumbs when the time comes she finds the right thing. The amazing thing about Calgary is the cost of living is really good, and the mean family income super high in the country compared to other provinces and I am luckily enough to be able to support the family on my salary alone for now. We just loving life here, the safety, the efficiency, even the weather :) Wouldn't even contemplate moving back to SA my goodness! Good luck ya'll
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    @ElmarieBoesenberg I would suggest looking at New Zealand. It's pretty much the only place you can move to that I can think of. This is what I get on the NZ website when I search videographer: http://skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz/camera-operator-film-television-or-video The system in NZ is set up that if someone is willing to give you a job, 99% of the time the government will give you a Work Visa (if you look at the points you need to immigrate directly, it is very hard. Once you have a job you have enough points). Work permit takes about 5 days to process, it is really quick. Look on https://www.seek.co.nz/ for jobs in your field. If there's enough demand, then you should be able to get a job offer. It is exceedingly difficult to get a job offer in Canada, even when there exists a shortage of people. It takes at least about 3 months (closer to 6 in most cases) to get the LMIA that you need to be able to process a job offer and give a work permit. Very few employers are willing to wait for that amount of time, even for highly skilled, highly in demand people.
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    Massive difference between an expat and a permanent resident. Expats eventually go back home - PRs eventually become citizens in the new country that becomes their new home.
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    In my experience Canadian employers do not care about the experience in my field. They want the papers (qualifications) first and then you can get your Canadian experience. It's like being a new grad who needs experience for the job. (It's just the opposite from other places I've worked and lived.) Especially, being from SA is often a deterrent to employers because they have no clue what your background is. I was going to say @Annique that if you're husband is the main applicant, you could probably start your own business and market yourself as a Life Coach, which is gaining momentum in North America. However, I see you're the main applicant and companies will definitely want Canadian experience, before they offer you a position in Leadership Development. This is because the Canadian job market is so different and believe me, you'd like to have that experience too, before stepping into a leadership role in Canada. We were also not sure where we were going to get work, but we had a plan and that was to make Ottawa our destination. Like you, we would have gone anywhere for a job. However, you want to convince your prospective employer that their job is the only job you want and their company is the only company you want to work for and their city is the only one you want to work and live in. This is why each resume and cover letter is different for each position. You need to sell those points to land an interview and then know enough about the company and city, areas to live in, during the interview. They will ask why their company and why their city out of all the other options out there. It is correct that you cannot enter Canada, the UK or the US on a visitor visa and look for work. I'm not sure about New Zealand and Australia. Best of luck with the process.
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    I agree with @MaryJane. 440 would be a good score. Did your husband/partner also do the IELTS? Or get his credentials assesed? Maybe look into doing some serious TEFL (french) courses? Good luck out there.
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    @Shado can it really be that bad to get HOLY chicken OK just ignore me