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  1. Theron

    Sept 2019 PR Applications

    Hi everyone. Let's keep in touch if you applied for PR during September 2019. Also checkout the Consolidated e-APR Tracker (Express Entry Permanent Residency Application) on myimmitracker. Good luck to everyone!
  2. Seth

    Proof of Funds after ITA

    Hey all, So we received our ITA not two weeks ago (YAY!!), and basically everything is ready to go - Medicals, SAPS clearance, Reference letters etc. One issue... So I'm aware there is the minimum $16 000.00 that we need to have (My wife and I). We currently have the $16 000 in my savings account - problem is, when we submit we need to pay the application fee $2250, (R24 000) which then takes it below that threshold. We both keep our jobs, so salaries are going to be saved, and we do have a car that is fully paid off that we intend to sell, but it's not going to happen now, as we still need it to get around here until, hopefully, we get our PR. So what should we do? Try to sell everything as fast as possible or borrow money or can we write a letter that states our incomes, valuation of the car and planned savings for the next 6 months or...? Any advice? ***PS: Not sure if I posted this in the right place, sorry if it's not 😳***
  3. Carla9xx

    Best time to complete each step

    Hi everyone, Please, can anyone give me some advice on when to do what in this process because I am afraid we have to redo things a few time before we actually go? I have completed my IELTS test last year already and i am very aware they are only valid for 2 years, we have finally gotten to a more stable financial situation and would really like to get things going, should i complete my medicals and police clearance along with the work experience reference letter before I do my online application. Any advice on when the best time would be for each step would be greatly appreciated
  4. We submitted our PR application on 4 April 2018 and we're now (not so) patiently awaiting a decision. Just wondering if anyone else here is an April application member - would be interesting to learn about your timeline and how your application has progressed thus far. Our timeline: 7 Feb 2018 - ITA 4 April 2018 - PR application submitted and AOR received 2 May 2018 - Medicals passed
  5. Received a job offer in Kamloops BC and employer submitted LMIA application. Job has been advertised for 3 months and should have a positive result. What is the suggested immigration route? Work visa first then PR/EE once we landed and settled or PR/EE from the get go? Family of 4. Any guidance/suggestions will be appreciated.
  6. tanchett

    Activation questions

    Hi everyone - so excited to say that we've finally received our passports and are now planning our activation trip. I've been through other posts and comments regarding activation trips, but am still a little unclear on the process and what's really allowed or not. I've heard of people who've landed and provided a friend's address for delivery of PR cards, and alternately, people who've indicated at the airport that they're going back home and will return in a few months. I'm still very unclear on what's allowed or not. Is one supposed to indicate that they're only there for an activation trip - is that allowed? If so, what does that mean in terms of your PR card and reentering Canada when you arrive permanently? I thought that you were allowed to provide a friend's address but saw someone in another post indicate that they were not allowed to do this.
  7. SeraphimSpawn

    Pregnant with PR (having baby in SA or CA)

    Hi all, We have been granted PR and hope to go to Canada to activate in July. We initially thought that we would then come back to SA and make the finial move next year. My wife was given a great opportunity to start as a lecturer the 1ste of May at a university and would like to give her a years experience before moving. We received good news that we are pregnant with twins . The dilemma we are sitting with is that my wife's due date is the 22nd of December and I am scared of having the babies in South Africa as I do not know the process of getting them PR or to Canada. I do not even know how to start searching the subject on the CIC site. Has someone gone through this, what information do you have and what would be the best option (be it go before the birth or after)? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for you assistance and time much appreciated.
  8. Hi All I am relocating my family from Pretoria to Canada - PR Visa should come through any time from October 2018. Looking for vacancies in Labour relations, Industrial relations, specialist in Labour law with 10+ years experience in this field (Corporate) - if anyone can link me with sector specific employers / recruiters / if anyone in Canada, of anyone that is working in companies currently, with similar openings / company needs, please advise - I would like to secure job offer from here if possible please Many Thanks - Grant Joubert
  9. 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.
  10. Hi all, I have PNP but I applied for it on my current employer, I am not bound to them as I have an open work permit. Applied for PR in November 2016 which is currently in the process. What happens if I get another job at a different company and also if it was to be a different title, like going from admin assistant to Executive Assistant. Would this make my PNP invalid? Or worse, affect my PR application? Thanks in advance.
  11. Hi everyone. Like I said in my introduction thread, I am looking to emigrate to Canada through EE FSW. I don't have a job offer or a PNP, but if I do the CRS points calculator from with all of my info as it is today, I get a score of 403. If I do it as it should be in 18 months time, when I have finished my post graduate diploma and refreshed my French sufficiently, I can get to 440, 460. So the question is, should I create an EE profile now with that score, and hope for/apply for PNP so long, or should I do the decorous thing and wait the 18 months I need to to get the higher CRS score and the greater chance for an ITA? Keeping in mind that the IELTS is vrek expensive, to have to repeat in 2 years' time. I am really interested in your opinions and thoughts on this matter. The other question I have is: if you get an ITA, and all of the information you gave on your EE profile is 100% true and you have the documentary proof of all of it, is it very likely that your PR would be declined? If so, on what grounds, do you think? I'm really, really scared of this happening, although I can think of no reason it should.
  12. scorpion

    OID Paper Based Timeline

    Hi All Any OID/Paper based applicants here? I see most of the applicants are from express entry stream.
  13. Hi everyone, We are landing and activating our PR in Vancouver soon and I just have a question. My husband and I will each have a laptop and 24 inch computer screen with us. These belong to the company that we work for. Will it be sufficient if we have a letter from our boss stating that we are allowed to bring these with us as well as their serial numbers and value? Do we need any other documentation or need to do anything else with regards to this or is it not something that I need to worry about? I would appreciate any information, thanks! :-)
  14. QueenOfHeartsZA


    Hi all Thanks to @Boptor the following website was brought to our attention a few weeks ago and I feel it is a very valuable tool however due to the lack of South African data, it is not very reliable. I think we can help turn this around by encouraging others to put their PR application process on it. There are 5 of us thus far, which is a great start compared to cases loaded last year, where there was one to none loaded each month. It takes a lot of the unknown out of the process as you can see where you are in the process compared to others that have submitted at the same time.
  15. Jaco M

    Six month mark EE PR

    Hi everyone, So today is the 6-month mark after submitting my PR application via EE. Was wondering how many people - if any - waited longer than 6 months for the final decision on their applications? I heard the CIC website had trouble handling the traffic load after the US election results. Don't know how true this is, but hopefully, it doesn't delay my application. I'm really keen to kickstart this adventure and hope to receive good news soon. Thanks for all the friendly help I have received on this forum. Jaco
  16. Raymond Chown

    PR application

    Good day everybody I hope someone can provide some advice. My wife received an invite to apply in January from the EE pool, and we submitted all our documentation in early March for our PR application. In the meantime, my family and I have relocated to Canada via work visas and permits through a transfer with the company I work for. We have recently received an email stating our visas are ready, and we should submit our passports and so forth to the VAC. Problem is, we are in Canada already, and we cannot determine whether the email is a duplication with regards to our work visas we received. The immigration lawyers who arranged our work visas think it is a duplication. The Application number is as per our submitted express entry profile. The application number starts with an "E", whilst our work visa number started with a "W". My wife's online CIC express entry profile does not indicate that we need to submit our passports, it just states that the medicals were "passed" and the rest of the items were still "in progress", "under review" or "no other document required at this time". The email we received is as below. Can anybody tell me whether the approval emails look like the one we received, or are they different? Does CIC not issue a letter with a barcode with which they request your passports? We received letters like that with our work visas which we had to take along to the VAC. Thanks Raymond UCI: XXXXXXXX Application: E000XXXXXX August 24, 2016 Dear XXXXX XXXXXXX: YOUR VISAS APPEAR READY TO BE ISSUED Your file appears to be complete and ready for visa issuance. Before we can issue your visas, we require: 1) Duly completed Annex A; 2) Two (2) recent passport size photos of all family members accompanying you to Canada (these photos must not have any holes, (i.e. not be stapled, glued, pinned, etc…); 3) Valid original passports of all family members accompanying you to Canada. Please ensure that your passports have at least one (1) blank page. The validity for all visas will be the same. Visas will be valid for one year from the date of your medical exam or for the validity of your passport, whichever is less. Sending your passports, photos and completed forms Passports should be submitted via the Visa Application Centre nearest you: Pretoria : Canada Visa Application Centre Block D, Brooklyn Office Park 1109 Jan Shoba Street Brooklyn, Pretoria South Africa Harare: Canada Visa Application Centre 100 Prince Edward Street Milton Park, Harare Zimbabwe Port Louis: Canada Visa Application Centre International Organization for Migration (IOM) St. James Court St. Denis Street, Port Louis, Mauritius Please note that there may be additional fees charged by the VAC. Please consult their websites or contact them directly for further information. Thank you for applying for immigration to Canada and we wish you success in your establishment in Canada. Annex A File: E000XXXXXX 1. ENSURE THAT YOU PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FOR YOU AND ALL FAMILY MEMBERS ACCOMPANYING YOU TO CANADA CONTINUE THIS INFORMATION ON A SEPERATE SHEET IF NECESSARY FAMILY NAME FIRST NAME HEIGHT (IN METERS) EYE COLOUR Your Name XXXXX XXXXXXX Spouse Child 1 Child 2 Child 3 Child 4 Child 5 Child 6 2. YOU HAVE ENCLOSED PASSPORTS FOR EVERYONE IN YOUR FAMILY WHO IS ACCOMPANYING YOU TO CANADA. 3. YOU HAVE SUFFICIENT PAGES IN YOUR PASSPORTS SO VISAS MAY BE INSERTED 4. YOUR PASSPORTS ARE VALID 5. YOU HAVE ENCLOSED TWO PHOTOGRAPHS FOR EVERYONE IN YOUR FAMILY 6. IF SENDING PASSPORTS BY COURIER: HAVE INCLUDED A PRE-ADDRESSED ABD OREOAUD AURWAY BILL. Photograph Specifications TAKE THIS WITH YOU TO THE PHOTOGRAPHER · Immigration photographs are NOT the same as passport photographs. · Two recent photographs of each family member will be required. · Do not write on the back of the photographs. Use labelled envelopes to identify individual family members. Notes to the photographer The photographs must: · show a full front view of the person’s head and shoulders showing full face centred in the middle of the photograph; · have a plain white background; · be identical (black and white or colour) produced from the same untouched negative, or exposed simultaneously by a split-image or multi-lens camera. The photographs must: · measure between 25 mm and 35 mm (1” and 1 3/8”) from chin to crown; · have a 35 mm x 45 mm (1 3/8” x 1 ¾”) finished size.
  17. Hennie vdB

    Premature PR Renewal?

    Is it possible to renew the PR say, a year in advance, as long as the 730 days in country rule is satisfied? I just realised that my planned Mexico vacation for next April is doomed if I wait to submit my renewal application until 6 months prior to expiry (August 2017). My apologies if this is answered elsewhere, I honestly tried to google and search the forum for this, but all I found was @GrantM's brilliant BBM-speak email to Joo$y , May this year. Still ROFLing.
  18. MaryJane

    IRCC PR Application Statistics

    After a while, it's no longer exciting to watch the EE scores going up and down (or staying the same really). We need some other information to get our teeth into. The open data on IRCC information offers some more insight. Here's some (maybe not that fun yet still) interesting fact: PR visas issued in 2015 for South Africans = 958 out of 295,700 (total PRs issued in the world) PR visas issued from Jan to Mar 2016 for South Africans = 320 out of 89,712 ***See, Pretoria is doing something*** But where do most South Africans choose to settle? PR admissions into provinces and territories in 2015: South Africans seem to like Alberta (AB) a lot --- 265 of them went there. Second place is British Columbia (BC) with 245, and Ontario (ON) a close third with 240 PRs. The rest had the following: Manitoba (MB) - 30; Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) - 10; Nova Scotia (NS) - 15; PEI - 5; Quebec (QC) - 25; Saskatchewan (SK) - 120; New Brunswick (NB), Northwest Territories (NT), Nunavut (NT), Yukon (YT) - all had 0 For 2016 Q1 so far: AB - 105; BC - 35; MB - 10; ON - 70; SK - 45 If you wanna do some other stats, here's where you can find the rest of the open data information - The reports are updated regularly.
  19. M-N

    Travel history

    Hi Everybody, Does anybody know if there's a way you can obtain your travel history from South Africa? I've done quite a bit of travelling for work in the past few years I have the stamps from the last year or so in my current passport but I don't have my old passport to check. Is there a report or something I can get from the SA border agency? If not, any suggestions on how to handle the missing information on the PR application? I really can't remember the exact dates I traveled for all the destinations. Any advise would be appreciated. Thanks, N
  20. Guest

    Express Entry information For those of you thinking of applying for express Entry (EE) the link above has a wealth of information cic shared today. Good luck.
  21. DJW

    AINP recent experience

    Hi Guys I was wondering if anyone had any recent experience with AINP PR? We were approved as AINP nominees and sent in our PR application via Sydney, NS last year October/November. We got a request for medicals about a month later (which was great!) medicals went fine, and they have also been "received" according to our online tracking. We are actually already in Canada on WP's. We are now waiting for final approval and I suppose the passport request. Any idea of how long one would wait after the medicals for a passport request on an AINP PR application? I suppose the processing centre would also make a difference in terms of time, we put Pretoria CHC as we had not been in Canada for a year at the time of the application, but now I wonder if perhaps we should have put Ottawa CPC? Touch wood, that wasn't a massive mistake! Any advice would be appreciated! DJW