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  1. Hi All, We are South African an living in Aus (immigrated Nov 2018) at the moment as my hubby got a job and we managed to get a PR visa. Aus was not my first option but that is was our option at the time. We used to own a farm in the Drakensberg, but safety became a huge issue. We had threats on our daughter and stock theft galore! We have been in Aus 14months now and are still wanting to move to Canada. I have looked on the Canada immigration site but find the whole process very confusing. My husband is turning 48 this year and is a heavy duty mechanic (Diploma in Mechanical engineering through tech in South Africa). Unfortunately our IELTS have expired that we used for Aus so will have to redo those. From what I have researched the Express Entry is not an option as we don't get enough points because of hubby's age, and none of my studies es are recognised as a "skill". Any suggestions on where we start the process and which is the best option to apply for that will give us PR? Where to look for jobs (those that I have looked up won't even consider unless you are Canadian or already have a visa)? What sort of captial is needed if you want to start your own business in Canada ect? Hubby did his skills assessment for Aus and they gave him an equivalent qualification for here, so how would we go about getting this skills assessed for Canada and what is the cost in Rands? Who does he get it done through as it is a trade and does the skill assessment expire? We owned our own business in South Africa, but he is now working for an employer in Aus, whilst running a small mobile mechanic business on the side! Any South Africans that have moved from Australia to Canada? I have looked at the Alberta or British Columbia regions as options - anyone cane give me more info on these areas or pics please? I studied Kinesiology in South Africa which is know as Applied Kinesiology in Canada and I'm an Equine sports massage and equine animal behaviour, so my field is alternate therapies with humans and horses. Thank you all in advance:)
  2. HeidiPatrick

    PNP process advice?

    Hi All So I have done loads of reading and am still confused. So hubby gets very low points for EE when we do the calculations as he turns 48 this year so no points for his age. Do we apply for a PNP first and then try for EE? Can you submit PNP application to 2 different provinces at the same time and see which comes through first? Once you PNP is accepted what does that actually mean and give you? Would you still need to apply for a work permit ect? Does it help to secure a job first before applying for PNP? Husband is a heavy duty mechanic / mechanical engineer, would Alberta or BC be a better option job wise and availability? Does IELTS and trade assessments have to be done before applying for PNP? Or when does that all get done, as I know they expire after a period! Thank you in advance
  3. LislB

    Vaalie to Canada hopefully!

    Good morning all! I thought I'd come introduce our little family here. My husband's parents and sister (and her family) moved to Canada in 2008/2009. He has been trying to convince me for 10 years that we should go too. I have been dead set against it for all that time until January - it is as if my heart changed. I will still be extremely sad to leave my parents behind (but hopefully they can follow at some point) but I do feel that this is what we're supposed to do next. Hubby is an electrical engineer (WITS) with a PrEng in SA and will hopefully be able to register as at least an EIT in BC. I have a music degree and have experience (a few years ago now) as a music teacher. We have submitted docs to WES (mine are taking forever to be processed here at MIE in SA) and we're writing IELTS on 13 April... Once we have those two certificates we will apply online for EE (also hoping we can secure a job offer for hubby before then as that will help with CRS points). Any advice is welcome! So very grateful for this community!
  4. Hi everyone, Does anyone know of or had experience with health insurance for immigrants for the three months preceding the issuing of the health insurance card? Is it worthwhile getting it and what insurance companies should I look at? I appreciate any advice you guys may have.
  5. Mossie

    BC PNP

    My sister in law has a job offer in BC and the employer says she should go the BCPNP route. Can anyone tell me how long this proses takes from start to finish and what docs they should get ready? Also can one use that job offer fir EE?
  6. I arrived in a miserable, rain swept country. In the first four months I was stuck in a job I took out of sheer desperation. I woke up in the dark, left on the bus at dawn, and watched the lethargic sun rise out of the horizon. I worked in a hardware store all day. Often on my lunch hour I had to wade through the angry rain and the frigid air into the toasty Tim Hortons a block away. Sometimes a single slurp of coffee and the sugary bite of a doughnut can kindle a little more life in your eyes. After six months I began to realize the reason Canadians love their coffee. It feels like a weapon in the cold weather. A swig of magic potion to banish the evil spirits swirling in the wind. I quickly started to figure out that using coffee shops as landmarks helps you learn the layout of a city. Another thing I figured out...winter was miserable. Some say that hindsight is perfect sight. Looking back at myself in the first Vancouver winter, part of me thought “Oh sh*t, this is forever.” I'm now writing this in my second winter and the fondest memories I have were sitting outside in the sun on my lunch break. I remember my step mother sending invisible prayers into the sky, asking the sun to come back. Ok, she wasn't actually praying, although I could feel the urgency in her voice whenever she spoke of it. For some reason I denied missing the sun at first. Perhaps, I felt stress from too many other areas in my life. Now that the sea of stress is slowing down to a trickle, I can process more of the details that were so bewildering to me in the beginning. I can be a little more honest with myself at the same time. Ladies and Genitals, here it is...I crave the sun. Allow me to rewind the storyline a little... I'm from Durban, South Africa. For those unfamiliar with the place it has amazing weather. The sun is as plentiful there as the rain is in Vancouver. It's not the safest city in the country, but if you took away the crime it's very close to being a warm, balmy, idyllic one. You have very warm and wet summers, and cool dry winters. The summers were way too hot and humid for me, but one thing I now realize is the sun was always around. The sun (in South Africa) felt like an angry mother-in-law. In comparison the sun in British Columbia feels like an excitable nephew. In Durban if you stayed outside for too long in summer you'd often get burnt, maybe even garner a few blisters in the process. In Vancouver you stay out too long...the most you'll get is a bigger smile on your face. My advice to other immigrants can be summed up in three words...it gets better. It really does. In my second winter I no longer feel hopeless because I now have the radiant memories of summer swimming inside me. I have fantasies of lying in the sun, soaking it up again. While I write this and have multiple sun-fuelled braingasms, I'm reminded of a memory... It happened last summer. Having just arrived home from work I took the graphic novel I had been reading and took a short walk to the local park, about 5 minutes away. Once there I sat in the balmy sun and read for a bit. It turns out my brain was too weary to read a great deal, so I closed my book and lay down on the grass. I closed my eyes and began to listen to the fragments of chatter all around me. It seemed like I lost track of time after a while. It must've been about an hour I was lying there. What stuck me afterwards was that “half sleepy half calm” feeling that seeps down into your bones. Some memories are worth listening to, this is one of them. Blog post: http://wp.me/p7AHk-tF