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  1. Accomodation available in North Vancouver (Feb 26-April 22) Hi guys, We're looking to rent our our suite in the neighborhood of Lynn Valley, North Vancouver while we are back in South Africa (Feb 26-April 22) The right fit is essential for us as you'll be living in our home. We're willing to offer reduced rent for the right couple/family. Please send a DM if interested. - fully furnished - 2 bedrooms (King-sized bed, 2 single beds plus crib, if needed) - 15 minutes walk to mall/grocery shops - 5 minutes walk to bus stop - close to rec centre/forest/trails Thanks, Monique
  2. tanchett

    Life works in mysterious ways...

    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.
  3. tanchett

    To new beginnings...

    What are we doing? This is the question that runs through my head most days. When it's been a long day and I pop off to the shops on the way home from my comfortable job because I can't find the energy to dig through my mess of a freezer for something to cook. When my mum offers to babysit my son on Friday night so that the hubby and I can enjoy a date night (which is just a fancy way of saying we lie on the couch in our pajamas and binge watch whatever's on Netflix). When the entire family has a braai and we play 30 Seconds until our stomachs hurt from all the laughing. Those are the moments when I stop and look around and think, what are we even doing? Can I give this all up? And then the guilt comes trip trapping on my door. Life's easy here and comfortable but I know what the end goal is. My mind knows why we're doing this, my heart sometimes puts up a fight. Still, I long for car trips that don't include me scouring every inch around that robot (traffic light) before I dare to stop my car. Trips to coffee shops where I don't have to make sure I can physically feel my handbag at all times. Days when I don't get snippy with my seven year old for taking too long to get out of the car in the mall parking lot - just in case someone is watching and ready to pounce. My son's seven and so full of innocence and wonder. He has big dreams of being a robotic engineer even though I think he no idea what that really means. I close my eyes and see a day when he finishes high school having worked his little heart out, only to not be accepted into the university he wants to attend. I think even further to the day he's qualified and interviews for a job he's perfect for, that he will never ever even be considered for. And that's when the question arises - what are we even doing? Am I just being a paranoid mum? Do we have what it takes to make it through this? Is it normal to feel this way or is it smooth sailing for people wanting to leave? So here we are. We've spent years researching countries we could maybe get into, with no luck. Canada was always the mirage in the window, beautiful but untouchable. Then the Express Entry changes came into effect, and here we find ourselves: ITA received, application in the process of being completed. This forum has been an eye-opener. So many amazing stories of strength and perseverance and hope. It's exactly what we need during this time when we question our every decision. We're ready for this. Ready to face every hardship that gets thrown our way. Ready to start from the bottom. Ready to fight to make it work. To new beginnings... To new adventures.
  4. MoMo

    Help completing EE Profile

    Hi All I tried searching the forum but came up empty (hope I searched properly). 1. I have a cousin who is citizen in Canada. We share the same grandparents. How do I declare this in my EE application, there's no option for cousin? If I say she is an Aunt ... would that be incorrect? How does CIC verify family? 2. Qualifications: I know there was a forum topic on this but I need clarity understanding my WES report. A Bachelors degree (3 years) and an Honours Diploma (1 year). My degree was a 3 year degree but by not passing all my exams, it took me 5 years. Fortunately my Honours was completed in the required time, 1 year. So Bachelors + Honours 6 years all together. My WES report shows the following: CANADIAN EQUIVALENCY SUMMARY Bachelor's degree (three years) and bachelor's degree (four years) - Honours = Canadian Equivalency: Bachelor's degree (three years) - Bachelors = Canadian Equivalency: Bachelor's degree (four years) Should I select on 1 degree of 3 or 4 years or, select 2 of more degrees, diploma with 1 being 3 years or more? If I do have 2 "degrees", does it matter whether I enter these degrees separately or as 1. They are both the same discipline. Thanks in advance.
  5. M-N

    Sharing/breaking the news...

    Hi there SAcanadaland, So we've been busy with the Work permit application since May 2013. We are now waiting for the LMO results which we were told can take between 2-3 months if the strike does not affect us (which we were informed would be unlikely). When I signed my employment contract at my new company in Canada we decided that it's time to share the news with close friends and family (not Facebook yet) but not the office. We didn't want to share the news with the current employers until the LMO results came back. My questions is what was or is your decision regarding telling your employers (not talking about resignation)? Did you wait until a certain phase in the process or did you inform your employer at the beginning? My thinking is that because we have a lot happening in our department right now that involves a lot of planning and them relying on me. I feel I need to give my boss lady a heads-up on the 50/50 chance that this might or will happen just to prepare her for the possibility. Is this the right approach?Any advice or shared experiences?