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  1. Part 1 - Getting everything ready! WES, PCC, IELTS Our journey started in May 2020 during lockdown. Myself (28) my wife (28) and my son (1) made our decision to make a move, at first, we decided on Australia, but due to the difficulty in applying and cost, it never sat completely well with us. We just kept on reading and talking without actually doing anything. But through our research, especially in regards to my wife’s occupation, we came across possible opportunities for her in Canada. We started reading and watching as much as we could, and something about Canada just sat well with us. The process cost was a lot cheaper than Australia, and the process simpler. So, in just two weeks of starting we decided to start our process by ourselves. The following steps are as thorough as possible to help others in the future. We decided that we would pay extra wherever we could to make things move along, for example, DocAssist etc. in order to reduce stress somewhat and perhaps make things as quick as possible. I will add in the steps as we go along. I hope you enjoy! Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) - 2 Adults We decided to start with his step due to possible delays in getting them granted, and rather get them out the way first thing. I contacted PostNet Pretoria in regards to their assistance, and they sent an email with all the steps and costs in this regard. This is how our process went: Printed out form SAPS 91(a) and went to Durban North Police Station bright and early at 8 when the lady started work, paid our R300 (R150 per applicant) to the cashier and received a receipt, took our fingerprints on the form and took back both the completed set of prints and receipts. In and out in 30 min. Printed out the Application for Police Clearance Certificate and filled out all info. Made certified copies of both ID’s, and marriage certificate and scanned all above documents. Dropped off the following at PostNet for courier to Pretoria PostNet, Cost R113: • Original form 91(a) • Application: Police Clearance Certificate • Certified ID’s and Marriage Certificate • Receipt of Payment for PCC Timeline: 1/07/2020 - Did fingerprints and couriered to Pretoria 20/07/2020 – Email to say our certificates are ready to be sent back. 28/07/2020 – Collected from PostNet Total Cost: R1 213 Application - R300 Courier to Pretoria - R113 PostNet Pretoria Fees - R800 IELTS: 2 July 2020: We were both really nervous for the English tests, due to the extreme difference in possible points if it goes bad, plus the cost of R4 429 per test. But this was the first real step in making this all come true. So, I hopped on to the IELTS website and booked my wife’s test for the following month (8 August) and made payment. I then went to book a test for myself, but there were no more dates available for August. Now I generally like to get things done as quick as possible, so my first instinct was to book in JHB and catch a flight for the day for early August, but my wife convinced me to rather book in September in Durban, and save a possible flight if one of us needs to redo the test at short notice (smart lady I married). In the end both tests booked: • Wife: 08 August 2020 (Cancelled Due to Covid) • Myself: 12 September 2020 Little did I know how frustrating IELTS would become, 1 week before my wifes exam, the dreaded email arrives, cancelling her exam until a still to be announced future date. At this point you become frustrated, because form here on out, every week lost is another week added to the process, and the question of draws and points and limits start to play on your mind. The communication from the British Council was poor at best. No updates, the same generic answers to your queries, you feel like you are left in a void, just waiting for them to grace you with their decisions. 2 days before my exam, I receive an email to rebook my exam. At literal lightning pace, I follow the link and am relieved to find a new date in Durban the following week, so I was able to rebook for both my wife and myself for the 17th September, and at the end of the day only 5 days lost through the whole ordeal, not bad in hindsight. Total Cost: R8 858 2 x Tests - R4 429 each. Results: Reading Listening Writing Speaking Overall Wife 8.0 9.0 8.0 8.5 8.5 Myself 8.0 8.5 7.5 9.0 8.5 As you can see from above, unfortunately there is now clear proof that my wife listens better than I do, and that I speak too much. However, we were both ecstatic with our results, knowing that we now had guaranteed our points were going to be enough for the next draws. We received our provisional results on our IELTS profile on the 9th October, but had to wait until the 19thbefore we got our couriered results. You have to wait to get the TRF as you need the certificate number and date of results on the certificate in order to submit your EE application. WES Assessment: Next on our list was applying for our ECA through WES. We decided to get both my wife’s education assessed as well as mine in order to get maximum points. Wife’s Assessment: • Bachelor of Arts (UNISA) The easiest way of getting the official stamped transcripts from UNISA was to go to our local UNISA office, for us that is Bram Fischer Road in Durban. They would put them in a sealed envelope, stamp and sign the seal and I would then send them to WES. However, due to lockdown, no UNISA offices in Durban were open, so we had to do it the hard way. I managed to track down an email address for someone at UNISA who knew about WES and their requirements etc. and WES had instituted a process whereby they were accepting digital documents, as long as they came from the University directly. He was immensely helpful, replied to my initial query at 7AM with exactly what we needed to send to him, which consisted of: • Completed WES form (WES Provides) • Copy of Degree Certificate Received an email back at 7PM Friday Night letting us know that our documents had been sent to WES. Timeline – Enquiry 7am 10 July Documents sent 7pm 10 July WES Confirmed receipt and acceptance 14 July. Completed Evaluation – 21 July If I hadn’t found this gents email, we would still be floundering around with UNISA until their offices reopened. • Bachelor of Social Science Honours (Psychology) (UKZN) • Master of Social Science (Health Promotions) (UKZN) UKZN tended to be more difficult, due to their alumni offices being closed due to lockdown. However, we tried our luck and sent off an email with the WES forms attached and hoped for the best. 2 days later we received an email back from UKZN informing us they had digitally sent off the transcripts. My Assessment: • Bachelor of Law (UNISA) See above, followed the same process as my wife’s application. Cost: UKZN Transcripts x 2 - R140 UNISA Transcripts x 2 - Free Courier to WES – No cost, all digitally sent. ECA Assessment WES x2 - R2 976,44 each (230 CAD) = R5 952,88 Total Cost – R6 092,88 Total Cost: R16 163,88
  2. jncilliers

    June/July AOR 2019

    Hi Everybody I've been a silent observer to date. Enjoy reading everyone stories and the challenges we all face. Since the June/July applicants are approaching that potential home stretch I was wondering if anyone would be interested in joining a Watsapp group for us to share any updates or changes with regards to our application progress. Our details as follows: AOR: July 2 2019 MEP: Aug 2 2019 Biometrics: Aug 12 Aug 12 - Now: Silence I ordered GCSM notes end of September and got a reply in about 20 days that they need an extension of 90 days to complete my request. To date I have not tried calling IRCC, I figured I will wait till end of the 6 months. Let me know if anyone is interested.
  3. Stefan1274

    Common law/joint FSW application?

    Hi everyone, My girlfriend and I are starting the process, hoping to enter on FSW. Speaking to an agent earlier in the week, I was told that we could enter an application as a couple, with me being the principal member. We do not have any supporting common law docs (e.g. joint lease agreement 12mths etc), yet the agent brushed this off as 'not a problem'. Can I trust the agent on this, or do we definitely need to prove common law first? Thanks! S
  4. Deanne

    Express Entry

    Express Entry What is Express Entry? Express Entry is not a new immigration program, it is a new application mmanagementsystem. No More Eligible Occupation List With the opening of Express Entry it has been implied that there will no longer be a list of eligible occupations for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Instead, anyone with experience in a NOC O, A, B category occupation could put in an application under this program. Shorter Processing Times Once an applicant is invited to apply for Permanent Residency, their application is expected to be processed within six months. Educational Credential Assessments Under the Express Entry Program only those applying under the Federal Skilled Programs will require an educational credential assessment report Points System Applicants will continue to be assessed based on their scores in a variety of categories including skills, work experience, education and language ability. Documents Required The required documents for the various programs will remain essentially the same, although applicants will be required to submit all of their required documents within sixty (60) days of being invited to apply for Permanent Residence or risk losing their invitation. Job Offers Not Mandatory While those who have a valid job offer from a Canadian Employer will be invited to apply for Permanent Residence, those who have the highest score in their category may also be invited to apply for Permanent Residency. Existing Programs Staying Open Under the new Express Entry Program the following immigration categories will still remain open: Federal Skilled WorkerFederal Skilled TradesCanadian Experience ClassProvincial Nominee ProgramsThe selection process for the above mentioned categories may change as well as the applicable points system. We will notify you once these changes have been announced prior to the Express Entry launch in January of 2015. Contact us if you need assistance Tel:+27 (0)11-326-4996 E-mail: deanne@canadaabroad.com Canada Abroad 260 Kent Avenue Ground Floor, Left Wing Ferndale, 2194 South Africa www.canadaabroad.com
  5. Guest

    New member (well not really!)

    So I have been a member for over a month but haven't introduced myself as my partner (Wernerc) has already posted on the forums... But hello everyone Ash
  6. Guest

    New Member

    Hi Everyone. Just joined this forum. Thank you for accepting my request. My partner and I decided in April 2014 (over dinner), to look into Canadian immigration, went to Toronto in May and when we were there decided to meet with an immigration lawyer, Niren and Associates (visaplace.com). We really did this to ensure that the company which we hired were not a "fly-by-night" operation and to safeguard ourselves. By meeting with them we could see their offices, their credentials and their infrastructure. Before meeting with them, we did research on them on the internet and they seemed legit, which was confirmed during our meeting with them at their offices. They took the time in our meeting to run through both our credentials and to find the most feasible way to ensure our immigration is a success. So on 13 May we retained their services to assist us with FSW immigration on NOC 2241 with my partner being the main applicant. (So far only 27 applications for this NOC was received - so it looks positive) Then the process started of documentation gathering etc. Our application was sent to CIC on 26 September 2014 with a self calculated results of 70 points (which was also the score the immigration lawyers came back with). Therefore we are now in the process of waiting to PER, which I believe takes 90 days, which means a result will be forthcoming middle to late Dec 2014. We faced a few hiccups along the road - for instance I am still waiting for my unabridged birth certificate from DOH although my partner's was received within 2 weeks of application. I've been waiting for 4 month now.... But it doesn't seem to be a big deal breaker as I have supplied an abridged Birth certificate along with partner's unabridged certificate. Lets hope DOH wakes up and supply mine which I can then sent on to Pretoria once our file reaches them..... And oh yes, SAPS lost our PC applications which delayed us by a month...... But all turned out well... PS - We flew Air Canada via London (SAA JHB - LHR and AC LHR - YYZ) and found their service SHOCKINGLY bad (SAA as brilliant by the way!) I would be interested in hearing any suggestions on how to get to Canada and not to fly Air Canada..... So far I have seen BA, Lufthanza and Etihad as possibilities. Any other suggestions? Hope to hear from you guys.... Regards Werner
  7. Hi there, Hope everyone is well! I was hoping someone could help me with some information. My husband`s profession was capped last year so we had to wait to see the 2014/ 2015 FSW`s list released in the last week of April 2014. His profession was on the list (and the number of visas allocated had been increased.... all good news for us!) so we got our docs together, triple checked them and sent them off on 2 May 2014. My question is - does anyone know at what point your application gets acknowledged? We didn't use a representative and we haven`t received any sort of application number so can not even look on the CIC website under "Check your application status."( http://www.cic.gc.ca.../status.asp?s=3 ) Can anyone help us? Thanks a mil.
  8. Rachelwb

    Ielts test scoring

    My husband and I are preparing to submit under FSW and just got our ielts test scores back. He is the main applicant. My question, I looked closely at cic website and it states that you have to have clb level of 7 with 6.0 per category. His average is 7.5 but he scored a 5.5 in one category. What to do? Is it adequate to submit or (dread) will he have to redo? It is so close but I dont want to submit and then it is not adequate. My scoring is fine but i am just the dependent. Please advise... Rachel
  9. LilyZA

    2014 FSW Global Spreadsheet

    Hi I thought I'd share this spreadsheet we found on the international Canada forum yesterday: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11gAbKSoDoOr1s8_raB1qwz0i-ZH0NyNWhhn18O6kHwQ/htmlview?sle=true#gid=1627896255 It shows how many people from the international forum have applied this year so far, and whilst I'm sure that it isn't 100% accurate in any way as the spreadsheet isn't official - it might help to see how quickly your NOC cap is filling up. Also worth adding your own application to help keep count.
  10. StephenBreetzke

    Application Mystery - Where to go and what to do?

    Hi all... Stephen here (or for those that prefer, Steve). I am new to these forums and find myself unsure of what I should be doing concerning the application to immigrate to Canada. To give you a bit of background of who I am and the position I am in, here is my story. I am a 36 year old male that is in a common law partnership with my 29 year old girlfriend (Melissa) and her 4 year old daughter (Roxanne). We are not married as of yet, but will be pursuing that in the future. I have been wanting to immigrate to Canada for many years now, and now that I have a family of my own, I find it even more important to get this application on the go ASAP. I qualify for the FSW program and have more than enough points for the application. I have a B-Tech (Hon) Degree as a Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist (CPO) in the medical field with about 9 years of experience. Melissa (my girlfriend) however does not meet the standards to apply on the FSW program, but might possibly be able to get a job offer in her current field, but we have not pursued this option to it's fullest as of yet. I have been waiting for the applications to open for the FSW program to see what changes might have been made, and now I find that my job is not one of the 24 that is being accepted at this time. I think the NOC code that I should apply for is 3219. I feel I have encounted a spanner in the works. Where do I go from here?... 1) Do I wait for my NOC code to become available for the next application? 2) Do I try and find a job and go through on a work permit? 3) Do I apply anyway on the FSW program now, in hope that at a later stage my application is accepted? I feel Canada will be a great move for us as a new family. I would like to land in Canada before Roxanne starts primary school, or at least within the first year or so of her starting school so that she follows the same curiculum as the rest of the kids. Basically, I would like to make it as pain free for her to move with us. Any advise and guidance would surely help me tread water in the right direction. With my best regards, Steve.