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Hi Is there anyone who has recently immigrated that can maybe help me with a list of things to handle/finish in SA, things to sort out, documents to get, stamped, certified etc, what to pack, etc. Basically a full a to z list of 3 months prior to immigrating to 3 months after. What you did, what worked for you, things you should have done, taken care of, banking authorisation, quotes you got, etc. Any list would be highly appreciated, even if it is not comprehensive, a good starting point for me as I am totally clueless at this moment. I know we have to cancel our medical aid, stop debit orders, look for a house to rent, buy a car, petport for the dog, insurance letter to show that we haven't claimed in the last 5 years and so forth. Hope I make sense. Thanks in advance
I prefer to prepare for the worst and/or familiarize myself with the negatives of any situation beforehand. In this way it does not hit you too hard and you already have a plan of action in place. I am not a pessimist, but a realist. The good and positives things will look after themselves. People who have been staying there for a while will obviously be able to give more input than us other pleps. It can be items that affect your everyday life and is purely a Canadian phenomenon. So here goes: I will make a list and you are welcome to add as we go along - I will update from time to time. The most obvious first: Cold long winters - harsh temps (location dependent) Shoveling snow from your driveway in winter Cabin fever in winter No garden engineers No house cleaning fairies Cant buy raw milk High insurance premiums Small road signs / no cat's eyes / bad road lighting Cost of food in general Pricey art galleries No fences higher than 1m allowed (area dependent?) Bonkers road rules Weird label pricing rules/ways - never shows all the cost upfront Low water level toilets - (non floater friendly) Telemarketers Daylight savings time Imperial unit system Capiche? Ok, gooi.