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  1. 5 points
    Here’s my full timeline below guys: AoR: Apr 9 MEP: May 17 BIL: May 17 Biometrics Complete: May 23 July 4th called CIC: VO CPC Ottawa Jul 30th Ordered GCMS Notes (Criminality passed, eligibility and security not started) Last update on file June 19 16 Sept called CIC: No update RPRF Request: Oct 18 RPRF Paid: Oct 18 Ghost Update: Oct 21 PPR: 22 Oct Passport Submitted: Oct 28 Application Approved: Nov 6 Visa Stamped: Nov 6 Return Tracker Activated:Nov 7 CoPR/Passport Received: Nov 8 Landed: Nov 11 I’m still at the airport waiting for my ride, just went out for a quick smoke in the snow (might be my motivation to quit haha) Landing was a breeze, took less than 10 minutes, I have no goods to follow and nothing to declare so it was a smooth process through immigration and customs. It’s Remembrance Day here today so Service Canada and Banks etc are closed, I’ll apply for my SIN and all the other stuff tomorrow.
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    @Kitcatwe got our PPR email on Friday afternoon! Thank you so m so much for your advice and encouragement
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    @Clarence, @GeneeP AIPP is all about being proactive, you have to job hunt like there is no tomorrow. At least 5 applications a day, all customised😝😝, and contact people directly on LinkedIn as well, i.e. CEO's and HR people in your field. NB: Look for jobs from designated employers as well as non designated ones (who will have to become designated to go forward) NB: At the same time take IELTS and get ECA (ECA takes at least 2 months-ish so get it done sooner rather than later) Get a job offer. With the job offer your employer endorses you to a settlement service provider who will help you with getting a settlement plan etc. and all your documentation processed Send settlement plan back to employer Employer uploads all info - endorsement plan, job offer etc. to AIPP Get certificate of endorsement (needed to apply under AIPP) Apply for PR for whole family under AIPP - it's paper based application, i.e. you send it in via post (documentation similar to EE just with lower thresholds, e.g. IELTS score, Proof of funds) Wait for PPR - (supposedly faster than other streams) OPTIONAL -> Apply for Temporary work permit at the same time OR after submitting PR application so you can arrive early and begin work. This permit can be gotten in as little as 1 month. PR application will still continue. If an employer you get a job from is not yet designated they can apply for designation and from there the process follows normal AIPP. If you convince them you are an asset they are willing to go through the process of designation, so market yourself and sell yourself as the next best thing, better than sliced bread. This youtube video is VERY helpful especially showing how to look for job offers
  4. 2 points
    Good Day to the Forum, So this story has been long over due and I hope you at least have one laugh reading it. We started our journey in June 2018 with our EE application and getting all the required paperwork in place, finally by end Feb 2019 we received that coveted golden email as you say. At first you talk about immigration and as the process follows you start informing family of what is to come... but when that email hits your inbox, you suddenly have an epiphany: "What the hell should I do now? I am so not ready for this". Then you start working through a list, one by one ticking off the items. Suddenly you don't own a car, you live with family and frankly to everybody else you stuff is worthless, but you sold all of it. You have reduced you life into 8 suitcases and 4 backpacks. Ahead of us lies the next step, saying goodbye to family, some of which we will see for the last time, and you limit the gathering at airport. Don't care how tough you are...it hurts saying goodbye. Holding back the tears you wave as you pass through security. Wow... it hits you again, now what. The twins (almost 2 year old boys), they are going nuts in this big building with trolley rides and escalators. We take a seat on a bench to check our tickets again and then make our way to the boarding gates. The lady asks for our boarding pass before we can enter the staging area to wait to board the plane. We had all our paper work neatly in a flip folder, I put my backpack down and suddenly get that cold, scared and shock feeling from my ears to my heels. Where is the folder...passports, COPR, tickets, proof of funds, etc.. its all in there...THE BENCH... I flip around and bolt through the airport, I skip two three steps up the stair case hoping no-one has taken it... as I turn the corner approaching this bench I see two security ladies have just noticed our folder, out of breath I am trying to explain to the ladies that they can check the folder, my passport is in there with a terrible photo this guy in it. Ok got it back... Walk back to find my boys all over the place, and my poor wife trying fruitlessly to get them to sit still... but wait we went the Doc a week before our trip and he prescribe some awesome stuff to calm the buys down. Don't get me wrong I don't give my kids anything other than medication when they are sick and vitamins...but we are about to spend 27hours on a airborne box with two year olds that are hard to control at home... gave them a dose and 45mins later being boarded they were a lot more docile. Flying emirates, we had a stop over in Dubai 8hours later (Stop over 19hours)...boys slept the entire flight... we get out of the airport to go to a hotel, just to break the trip up and give the boys a bath and rest a bit before we continue our trip. Back on the plane, dosed again... 14 hour flight to Toronto... 3:30 hour stop over (enough for landing paperwork)... then on to Calgary... Oh no, no no no... Flight delayed in Dubai... All landing paperwork took as expected 1H30 including S/N numbers... but now our bags were offloaded, we need to get them, get on a mono-rail shuttle train and get our connection with westjet to Calgary... get there... O sorry, booking closed they cannot except more baggage... really? Now I leave the wife, kids and bags there... because the emirates counter is back on the other side of the airport... back on the rail... looking for one small emirates desk in the airport terminal. I finally found it... no more flights today... What? after I calmed down... ok next step... explain... O first flight in the morning...We are on it. Good, let me spend some more money to book into the airport hotel. Get back to the wife who is now livid with the boys because we have no communication between us... ok everybody calm down... hotel... there we go... nice room... had a good bath and rest. Next morning first thing we are at the gate...bags and all... "O, my apologies sir. You tickets have the kids booked as on-the-lap infants, this does not correspond to your original bookings and they will need to rebook your tickets again"............I go silent....... then..... what the do you mean... "Sorry Sir emirates will have to rebook you again"... Now... Wife, Kids, Bags...all of it back on the mono rail... other terminal... where the is emirates... O no sir they only have a desk person when there is a flight, only this afternoon there will be someone....bbbbbbbbbbbblllllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeppppppppppp.... my heart just skipped a beat from the frustration... Ok... phoned them... through a airport link phone... booked us Air Canada to Calgary in departing in 30min... there we go. Finally we land in Calgary... no hassle... I got a bag with some prized cutlery, my pocket knife collection and so one... No-one stopped us once to check any of it... Awesome. We get a cab, get to the Airbnb and finally stretch out... we have made it. Since then everything has been great, awesome support from the communities, met some wonderful South Africans. Helped us a lot. Found a good job and we are enjoying Canada very much. The boys are still alive, we have settled... enough... have a place to sit, sleep, eat and watch the rugby... Well done Bokke! Glad we went through it all, it will be worth it in the end... I truly believe that.
  5. 1 point
    Dreaming of a White Christmas @OHCANADAAA
  6. 1 point
    It's certainly not as active as here on the forum @graciax452, but yet another way to connect with fellow South Africans!
  7. 1 point
    hahaha determination 😃
  8. 1 point
    Here's the link to the advert on Indeed: http://ca.indeed.com/job/qualified-dental-technician-dd106cb6e141cd19?fbclid=IwAR3j36r8i0PpJUvx_v1UkgY6eNLdLam1sc810naZ5jUeaNaDW4keTbvQVIQ
  9. 1 point
    Hi Everyone So I finally received my golden email. Will do the photo's today and prepare the documents. @GuyRussy you mentioned you filled out a VFS consent form (link in the ready for visa email). I can't seem to find this form/link. Is it on the VFS website? Also do I need to make an appointment to go submit my passport in PTA? The system only has appointment options for biometrics. @Kitcat Don't want to drive there and realise I need an appointment.. Thank you everyone for the help through this process!
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    Sorry to hear that, @DC85, id take it as business days. I always maintained during our wait that no news is good news. I don’t believe they would waste your time by asking you to redo medicals if they weren’t prepared to take your application further. Holding thumbs for you!
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    Good Day @Zanah, We found it challenging to find jobs in our field in Canada (wife still searching, I got lucky), so I don't know how easy it will be from SA. Knowing that we sent out a couple dozen CV's after we received our paper work. That said, here are a few tips: 1) Tailor your Resume for every job you apply to. Reason (Most companies use tracking software to weed out resumes before it even hits a desk), if your resume does not contain corresponding key words to the job posting it will not make it through ATS to begin with. 2) Your resume should contain no personal information, except name, surname, location and contact details. ATS does not care if you are married or how many languages you speak or how many kids you have. 3) Don't include a header or footer - ATS cant see it. 4) Its worth researching ATS software, some of them give you 3 to 5 free resume scans to see if you are hitting the right key words. (Not something they generally use in SA yet) 5) Keep LinkedIn profile up to date... have a reference or three in you profile... people will contact you. Once here it will be easier, because they do consider location when weeding out applications. To find a transition job for the coveted Canadian experience is also not hard, depends on what you are willing to do to make it. You can pay basic bills on minimum wage here... but you will still hemorrhage savings until you settle back into your profession. Hope it helps a little bit... Good luck and Don't give up...
  12. 1 point
    Great topic...... it's great to hear what is required from the job applicant from the perspective of an employer, this is great advice. I just want to share through my own experience of how important the cover letter is. My strategy was a little different as I was headhunting prospective employers and not applying for specific positions. I made a list of a number of canadian companies in the same industry, tracked down the owner/s, CEO or HR Manager's contact details and started approaching them directly through email and LinkedIn. I knew I had to have a killer cover letter otherwise the message / email will just be ignored...... The fourth person I approached responded, I went for an interview and was offered a position The cover letter is a deal maker/breaker
  13. 1 point
    Hi there. I managed to get an offer in Canada while in SA. Yes, it's true alot of companies are reluctant to go through the process, however if you are a specialist in your field or can market yourself as a necessary assets they'll take the chance. I'm in the IT field toovbut I worked for a very specialized software company and the work I did was very particular to the product, the company I'm working for works with the same software so it was a great match for us. We applied directly with the employer from their website and I sold myself in my cover letter mentioning that I would be willing to relocate. I always say, you won't know if you don't try. Good luck.
  14. 1 point
    Hello everyone. My first post here. Been a follower on the Facebook group for a while now. I plan to travel to Canada during the South African school holidays over June/July this year. What complicates things is that I'm in my final year, Matric (grade 12) and write my finals a month or two after i get back. After that i need to go to University. Which ushers in my reason WHY i want to go to canada later this year We have a flight-plan and tickets sorted; accommodation; And So far it's set for me to start travel around London in Ontario from University to University and College to College applying for further studies after i finish Matric end of this year. Granted i pass... I get about a 80% average so far across the board and have Maths, Business, Accounting and Computer Tech (CAT) as my subjects. I'm aware that I can apply online at most of these places, But this way i can see if it is really everything I hoped it'd be. (I've been planning to immigrate after school since i was a kiddo) Now what i need help with : * What documentation must i bring with me when going to apply/enrol on the spot at the universities and colleges for next year? (Grade 11 Report card + Term 1 and 2 Grade 12 report card?) * Is residency a better option for university than finding private-housing like rent? * What sort of VISA I need to get * Where to get the VISA in South Africa * How long it will take to receive the VISA after applying * What is the best (cheapest) form of public transport to make use while there? (Uber? Bus? Walk? Train? Plane?) * What payment form to take along with me? Is there some sort of Credit Card/Debit Card/Master Card i can use while i'm there? (Because Cash Passport only supported US Dollars last time my brother traveled) * Is it necessary to take an English Proficiency test to apply for VISA? * How does the school terms work there compared to South Africa? Sorry for this textbook of info. I appreciate it Thanks, Sorry if i posted in wrong place. Flashie