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Once I resigned at work and people found out that I am immigrating to Canada, I have been inundated with people asking about where to find information and links on immigration to Canada. I put together a list of links which I have shared with people via e-mail, but also thought it pertinent to share that information here.

CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) Website - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/index.asp
EE - points explained - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/express-entry/grid-crs.asp#a1

EE Automated Points Calculator: http://www.canadavisa.com/comprehensive-ranking-score-calculator.html

Foreign Credential Assessment for Canada - https://www.wes.org/ca/
South African Police Clearance Certificates - http://www.saps.gov.za/services/applying_clearence_certificate.php
Canadian Noc Codes - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/noc.asp
English Tests - http://www.ielts.org/
Alternative option - USA Diversity lottery: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/

Reputable immigration lawyers as referred to by various members of this forum:
Matrix Visas - http://www.matrixvisa.com/
Deanne Acres - http://www.canadaabroad.com/

I hope that the above links helps newbies which are looking for further information on Immigration to Canada.

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Guest

Very useful Links. Thanks for sharing Werner. Can our Forum Hosts please pin this topic? Thanks.

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W-T

Very useful Links. Thanks for sharing Werner. Can our Forum Hosts please pin this topic? Thanks.

Great idea. I also vote for this.

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Raquel

Agreed! ;)

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Helanie

Very useful Links. Thanks for sharing Werner. Can our Forum Hosts please pin this topic? Thanks.

Awesome idea!!

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Hi All.

MagdaO suggested I also create a list of Immigration Acronyms which is widely used together with their meaning. See below for your reference:

>J26 An applicant whose application arrived at CIO on or after June 26th 2010
AOR Acknowledgement of receipt letter.
BDEC Background Decision
CC Credit Card

CEC Canadian Economic Class
CHC Canadian High Commission - refers to the Canadian embassies, Visa offices, and Consulates.
CIC Citizenship and Immigration, Canada - the umbrella body which governs both CIO and local CHC offices
CIO Centralized Intake Office in Sydney Nova scotia - where you sent your application. Sometimes it is mentioned as CIU (Centralized Intake Unit).

CRA Canada Revenue Agency
CRS Comprehensive Ranking System
DD Demand Draft (Bank Draft / Certified Cheque / Money Order)
ECA Educational Credential Assessment
ECAS Client Application Status, an official CIC service which allows to view the status of your application on-line
EE Express Entry

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
FD Fixed Deposit
FILE BF'D TO File Brought Forward date
FINDEC Financial Decision
FOSS is a central database of applications

FSW Federal Skilled Worker
GCMS Global Case Management System
IMMCAT Immigration Catergory
JD Job Description

LMIA Labour Market Impact Assessment (Formerly known as LMO Labour Market Opinion)
M01-M07 level of Medical assessment. M01 means perfect
MEDDEC Medical Decision
MR Medical Examination Request
RPRF Right of Permanent Residence Fees
NCR No Criminal Record
NER Negative Eligibility Review
NOC National Occupation Classification
OREQ Other Requirement PA Principal Applicant
PCC Police Clearance Certificate
PER Confirmation of Positive Eligibility Review from CIO
PI Principle immigrant
PNP provincial nomination program
POF Proof of Funds
PPR Passport Request
PPS point at paper screening stage
PS Prescreen (another explanation is Paper selection)
PSDEC Paper Selection Decision
SEC CRIM Security criminal
SELDEC Selection Decision

SIN Social Insurance Number
SS spreadsheet
SW1 Skill Worker 1
UCI Unique Client Identifier, an 8-digit identification number. People usually get it from CIC in a PER confirmation

VAC Visa Application Center - Centers approved by Canadian government to officially accept passports and assist with general visa information EXCEPT immigration
VO Visa Office

WP Work Permit
RBVO Received by Visa Office
XREF cross referenced applicant

This list is by no means extensive, however you will get the gist from it.

Edited by WernerC

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Helanie

Wow Werner!! This is awesome for newbies and even for some of us that forget / don't always know the acronyms!

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Some people also lived in the UK for more than 6 months, in which case you require a UK PCC. (remember you require a PCC certificate for EVERY country in which you have lived for more than 6 months since age 18)

Below are links to UK (United Kingdom) PCC service:

FAQ - https://www.acro.police.uk/Police_Certificates_FAQs.aspx

UK PCC Application - https://www.acro.police.uk/police_certificates.aspx

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For people requiring assistance with documents when abroad, you can make use of Doc Assist. They can assist with (in some cases within a limited capacity):

Notary services

Apostille of Documents

Police Clearance

Birth Certificates

Drivers Licenses

Academic Documents

Translation Services

Matric/School Certificate

Marriage Certificates

Death Certificates

Divorce Certificates

SARS

E2 Visa (South Korea)

Nursing Qualifications

Embassy Verification

British Documents

http://www.docassist.co.za/

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MagdaO

Wow Werner, had no idea there are so many, great job! Thank you so much.

Going to print this out and keep it in the 'Canada' file. :)

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Ingrid Brunkhorst Hurrell

Hi All.

MagdaO suggested I also create a list of Immigration Acronyms which is widely used together with their meaning. See below for your reference:

>J26 An applicant whose application arrived at CIO on or after June 26th 2010

AOR Acknowledgement of receipt letter.

BDEC Background Decision

CC Credit Card

CEC Canadian Economic Class

CHC Canadian High Commission - refers to the Canadian embassies, Visa offices, and Consulates.

CIC Citizenship and Immigration, Canada - the umbrella body which governs both CIO and local CHC offices

CIO Centralized Intake Office in Sydney Nova scotia - where you sent your application. Sometimes it is mentioned as CIU (Centralized Intake Unit).

CRA Canada Revenue Agency

CRS Comprehensive Ranking System

DD Demand Draft (Bank Draft / Certified Cheque / Money Order)

ECA Educational Credential Assessment

ECAS Client Application Status, an official CIC service which allows to view the status of your application on-line

EE Express Entry

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

FD Fixed Deposit

FILE BF'D TO File Brought Forward date

FINDEC Financial Decision

FOSS is a central database of applications

FSW Federal Skilled Worker

GCMS Global Case Management System

IMMCAT Immigration Catergory

JD Job Description

LMIA Labour Market Impact Assessment (Formerly known as LMO Labour Market Opinion)

M01-M07 level of Medical assessment. M01 means perfect

MEDDEC Medical Decision

MR Medical Examination Request

RPRF Right of Permanent Residence Fees

NCR No Criminal Record

NER Negative Eligibility Review

NOC National Occupation Classification

OREQ Other Requirement PA Principal Applicant

PCC Police Clearance Certificate

PER Confirmation of Positive Eligibility Review from CIO

PI Principle immigrant

PNP provincial nomination program

POF Proof of Funds

PPR Passport Request

PPS point at paper screening stage

PS Prescreen (another explanation is Paper selection)

PSDEC Paper Selection Decision

SEC CRIM Security criminal

SELDEC Selection Decision

SIN Social Insurance Number

SS spreadsheet

SW1 Skill Worker 1

UCI Unique Client Identifier, an 8-digit identification number. People usually get it from CIC in a PER confirmation

VAC Visa Application Center - Centers approved by Canadian government to officially accept passports and assist with general visa information EXCEPT immigration

VO Visa Office

WP Work Permit

RBVO Received by Visa Office

XREF cross referenced applicant

This list is by no means extensive, however you will get the gist from it.

Some more immigration acronyms here: http://www.sacanada.org/topic/11088-immigration-acronyms/?hl=%2Bimmigration+%2Bacronyms

This was compiled before the Express Entry-days etc. :)

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I thought I would add a To Do list to this thread for those tasks that need to be done before leaving...

  1. Book flights and accommodation for landing
  2. Sell house / cancel rental agreement
  3. Cancel bond (notice should be given to the bank of sale of house 3 months in advance)
  4. Collect all refunds from councils / deposits
  5. Cancel internet / Telephone / mobile phone
  6. Get RSA mobile phone pre-paid roaming SIM for 1st week in Canada
  7. Appoint power of attorney for banking etc.
  8. Open an International Bank Account from SA eg. HSBC - makes it easier to transfer money to HSBC Canada
  9. Arrange for forex (how much are you taking with you? and how much is coming afterwards?)
  10. De-register company / tax
  11. Obtain Credit History from TransUnion and Experian (useful for renting / financing things and proving you are credit worthy)
  12. Cancel PO Box / Redirect mail / Update address details and convert to email for correspondence
  13. Cancel SABC licence
  14. Cancel insurance policies - if you are not cancelling life insurance just yet (I know you mentioned you are but just so if you are not), get a letter from insurer that they will pay out should something happen to you in Canada
  15. Get medical records from doctor
  16. Go for checkups (medical, dental), get prescription meds for a couple of months (keep copy of prescription)
  17. Give notice of cancellation of debit orders
  18. Get RTMC letters for driving licence
  19. Get International Driver's licence (if you need it or deem it necessary)
  20. Sell odds and ends
  21. Draft inventory of goods to follow for border control
  22. Get proof of funds docs ready
  23. Prep car and documents for new owner
  24. Get a "history of insurance" for car insurance and home insurance from Insurance company
  25. Book removals / relocation companies
  26. Make copies of important documents and get them certified / notarised
  27. Reformat CV
  28. Pack
  29. Order wife / hubby / partner around like a drill sergeant :hug:
  30. Spend a few weeks with parents.
  31. Fly with a smile!
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Awesome. Thanks Ash.

Perhaps someone that have done an EE application also wish to add an EE to do list for the application?

I can't be of assistance on this one I'm afraid.

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Tracey22

oh G-g. No 13 is so very tricky. The hardest thing to do here is to cancel your SABC licence. Up until a year ago, i was still getting lawyers letters for my licence, which I cancelled.

Now no 29 - interesting.

Where is your farewell party on the list?

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Good point Tracey...

I suppose because WernerC and I are low key people, we don't like send off's etc. so therefore it is not on the list :D

oh G-g. No 13 is so very tricky. The hardest thing to do here is to cancel your SABC licence. Up until a year ago, i was still getting lawyers letters for my licence, which I cancelled.

Now no 29 - interesting.

Where is your farewell party on the list?

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MaryJane

Good point Tracey...

I suppose because WernerC and I are low key people, we don't like send off's etc. so therefore it is not on the list :D

We had send-offs every weekend on our last 2 months in SA. I wasn't particularly into big parties and preparation (and plus, seeing that I didn't have furniture in the house anymore for entertainment :P ). We opted for more intimate time, to spend a day/night out with different set of family and friends (at their houses) and that was our send-off.

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That's currently our modus operandi.

We don't want a million people at the airport either :)

We had send-offs every weekend on our last 2 months in SA. I wasn't particularly into big parties and preparation (and plus, seeing that I didn't have furniture in the house anymore for entertainment :P ). We opted for more intimate time, to spend a day/night out with different set of family and friends (at their houses) and that was our send-off.

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M-N

We also had a garage sale / farewell. Then had dinner later on with those who couldn't make it. Just ended up having our close family, mom, dad, sisters and inlaws see is off at the airport.

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Tracey22

Only my mom came to the airport. We said our goodbyes when she came to fetch us. It was so emotional. It was so difficult to not cry in front of the kids - we had to try make this as much of an adventure as we could.

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AlidaJ

Thank you so much Werner. Will keep all of this in my Canada file.

Can you assist on how to open a international bank account from South Africa?

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Hi alida

The only bank that I know can assist is HSBC. You can open an international account with them, although you can't open an account in Canada with them.

So if you want to do this from SA, you have to open a HSBC international account, move funds there, land in Canada and then move funds to Canada.

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Sideline

Hi alida

The only bank that I know can assist is HSBC. You can open an international account with them, although you can't open an account in Canada with them.

So if you want to do this from SA, you have to open a HSBC international account, move funds there, land in Canada and then move funds to Canada.

And pay exorbitant fees etc. you generally have to be a fairly HNWC (high nett worth client) to do this. HSBC premier account requirements:

The minimum balance required for HSBC Premier is £60,000*. (That's roughly R1.1 million ZAR)

A £35^ monthly under funding fee will apply for any month where your Relationship Balance falls below £60,000*.

The exchange controls and reserve bank rules are what prevent SA citizens from opening international bank accounts without reason.

The reason also is that the international institution needs to verify you as a local resident, thus preventing laundering and criminal action of moving monies around.

It's easier to use someone like Capitec bank (maximum account balance can be R5 million) and then open an account in Canada when here. You then simply Skype Capitec to close the account and it's finished and done.

Before leaving SA contact Exchangeforfree http://www.exchange4free.com. Set up and sign authority forms with them. When you are ready simply transfer the monies over through them as an exchange broker. They do all the SARS and reserve bank clearances for you so it's Very easy, very cheap (much cheaper than the convention fees etc to get monies into HSBC etc) and super fast. Their rates are also infinitely better than you will get from any SA Bank exchange or forex broker.

The process is you book a trade (exchange rate for the day etc), they complete the trade, you transfer monies to their bank (so it's safe) they verify the money is there and electronically transfer the money to your bank account in Canada. They are just the broker and the banking is done through banks so remains 1000% safe. Very convenient actually, you can even do a live internet chat with them so you don't need to phone from Canada.

Hope this helps.

Many have used them, we have used them and continue to use them and it's always a pleasure dealing with them.

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