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When I wrote my first blog post in October, I had every intention of continuing to detail every step of our process on this platform. I hoped that it would prove helpful to others and also, that sharing my fears and concerns would help keep me sane. Funny how things don't always go according to plan. If you read my first post, you'll remember that I was at that all-too-familiar stage of doubt. Doubts about why we're doing this, doubts about whether we can. And then - something completely unexpected happened that threw our lives into absolute chaos. So there we were, getting all our documents in order and all the boxes checked before submitting our application. Our WES documents were complete, we'd done better than expected on the IELTS - all was going our way. We'd made a booking for our medicals to be done in Pretoria, with no real concerns for the outcome. Aside from a previous, but treated, heart issue with my husband, my 7-year old son and I were in almost perfect health. How wrong we were. Looking back now, and as crazy as it may sound, we have nothing but our Canadian PR application to thank for saving our son's life. Without it, we would probably not have noticed that something was wrong until it was too late. Within ten minutes of seeing my son, the amazing doctors at Hatmed were able to sense that something was not quite right. To this day I still ask myself, "how could we not have noticed?" What followed was a weeks worth of appointments, MRIs and tests. For the first time in months, our Canadian application wasn't even a thought. Without going into too much of detail, it was eventually discovered that my son had a large, extra-rare type of tumor growing inside his spine. It had probably been growing for years. We had no idea. He presented no previous symptoms - just a healthy, normal little boy. Within the space of two weeks, we had found a specialist, completed his surgery and were on the long road to recovery. It doesn't sound like much as I write it down, but there are no real words to describe the rollercoaster of emotions that we went through during that period. Life, in a sense, stopped. Canada, South Africa - none of it mattered anymore. We were just constantly thankful that we started the process to begin with - without it, we never would have known. Life works in mysterious ways. So where are we now? I'm happy (ecstatic, panicked, stressed out, over the moon) to report that this morning we received our golden e-mail. We submitted our application in December 2017. It's been a long, difficult, life-changing road to get us here and we'll forever be thankful to the long list of people who helped us along the way, who held our hands and wiped our tears when it all got too difficult - who reminded us that it all brought us here. Canada - we're here, we're healthy, we've got so much life to look forward to. We'll be seeing you soon.
Hi All, This is by far the best forum I've come across....I'm excited to have found it! My hubby and I are on our second EE profile (the first having expired) and I'm not sure if it's because we've only listed Alberta as our choice destination, or the millions of hoops that I, as a rehabilitation physio, have to jump through....or if we're missing something really huge! We're now putting our home on the market in blind trust that it WILL happen for us (this will also make my hubby applying for jobs more logistically possible) Please could someone out there reassure me that it is, in fact, possible to emigrate from SA to Canada All jokes aside, I have three questions burning a hole in my soul at the moment... 1. Should we be involving an immigration lawyer? It's R100 000 but if it's the only way then I guess you just do it right? 2. We are going over in June 2017 for me to do the practical exam (last step to registration as a physio in Canada) and thought of setting up some meetings/interviews while we're there...any advise on anything else we should be doing while we're physically in Canada? 3. We have a 5 year old daughter (and another surprise on the way?❤)...I'm sure our new little boy won't know the difference and will be fine but Zoë already has strong friendship and family connections. Could other parents who have managed to make the move please share their experiences with us of how their kids coped with the move and how they're doing in Canada. sorry for the Chronicles...brevity is not my strong point? thanks for reading this far and have an awesome day?