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That all depends on when you have a permanent residential address. In other words how long it takes for you to lease an apartment / home. The lease is proof of residence and thereafter you can apply for your PR card.

Thank you very much MaryJane.........if i may ask how long does it take to obtain the PR card after landing in Canada?

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Mae

You can also apply for a PR card when you land and give a friends address. The address must be in Canada. We applied when we landed (at the airport) and gave a friend's address. We returned to SA and when the PR card arrived at my friend's house, she sent it to us by courier to SA and we used it when we finally came back to Canada.

You don't need proof of address for the PR card. We needed proof of address for the OHIP card.

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Miskalo

Thank you guys for the prompt response. I wanted to be sure that the information at my disposal is accurate as i heard that one might not be able to re-enter Canada without the PR card if peradventure you need to attend to something urgent outside of Canada before the PR card is received. :ilikeit:

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Druce

Hi guys, not sure if this is the right place to ask my question. Please relocate it to the correct forum if it is not :holy:

I did not need to have my National Diploma Martketing (UNISA) certified/documented by WES as it was not needed for the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program or for the application for PR at CIC/CIO. My question is if I should do this anyways if I want to study further in CA of for worke related purpouses?

How do I go about sending it to WES and what other insitutions can do the same as WES?

Thanks in advance for the great advice and replies you guys always give, it is highly appreciated :ilikeit:

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MaryJane

I did not need to have my National Diploma Martketing (UNISA) certified/documented by WES as it was not needed for the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program or for the application for PR at CIC/CIO. My question is if I should do this anyways if I want to study further in CA of for worke related purpouses?

Most likely, not for work purposes. I have not ever been asked for my WES results when applying for a job. It's probably nice to know what the equivalent is for yourself. You might need it for further studies, depending on the institution. Some institution have their own assessment department so you'll need to check.

How do I go about sending it to WES and what other insitutions can do the same as WES?

Check WES website on how to do it - link provided....

Other institutions:

You can get your assessment from:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/assessment.asp

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Druce

Like always, MaryJane, to the rescue - you are a superhero when it comes to Q&A on all CA immigration related topics. Give this woman a Bells!

So, if needed I'll just do in in Canada once we are there.

Once again, thank you for the prompt response and advice - I dont think you always realise how much you help everyone on this forum. Hats off to you :cowboy:

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MaryJane

Thanks, Druce!

Just to forewarn about that bit of doing it in Canada....

You might want to consider it carefully. I know that one of the requirements for WES is that your transcripts need to be sent by the institution itself (I think it needed to be stamped by the university and it can't come from you). It might be more difficult to arrange this when you are already in Canada. I know there have been many frustrations spent over this on some SACanada threads.

Having said this, I've never had issues with getting stuff from UNISA, even now that I am in Canada.

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Druce

Thanks for the heads up MaryJane. Will go through the links and if its not too pricey I will do it now. I am considering studying further in CA but will decide when we get there.

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Mad about Canada

Awesome info, can definitely vouch for it!

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reshie108

Thanks AshB.. great links

im enjoying the reading now that things have slowed down at work .

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Yellow Lady
On 6/20/2015 at 4:04 PM, WernerC said:

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.

Hi hi...very useful links thanks....but how necessary do you think it is to do the credentials assessment. They charge about R2800 to check BCOMPT degree from UNISA?

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Raquel

You cannot apply for your PR visa to immigrate without the assessment. You will have to spend the money unfortunately. It's part of the process!

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FaithFUL
1 hour ago, Yellow Lady said:

Hi hi...very useful links thanks....but how necessary do you think it is to do the credentials assessment. They charge about R2800 to check BCOMPT degree from UNISA?

As Raquel said, you need the WES assessment done to enter the EE pool & you need the EE number & the WES number in most PNP's. If both spouses have degrees then get ALL the degrees assessed. It REALLY helps with the CRS score & is well worth the money.

The applicant must do the IELTS test & the spouse doesn't have to, but again, this can be up to 20 extra points so it's also money well spent. Last year the IELTS cost were about R2,400 per entry.

All the best with your application xxx

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@Yellow Lady as mentioned by WannaB and Raquel, it is not possible to proceed without the basics of IELTS and WES assessments. Don't look at it as a cost but rather  an investment. Change your mindset to this is my future I am taking control of and it will be an easier pill to swallow.

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At the request of @reshie108 here is the link to the Employment Reference Letter, use it wisely and don't use exactly the same format / wording for each employer.

 

In addition ensure that it is on the companies letterhead and ensure that the Duties make use of key words from your NOC Code.

Edited by AshB

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Some Settlement Online Pre-Arrival courses: 

Courtesy of Druce.

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MaryJane

I just realized that the forms that came with the Welcome to Canada package is not listed under the Newbie Immigration links so I'm just linking them up....

After landing, here are some forms you might want to fill out... (for landed immigrants, especially with kids)

RC151 - GST/HST Credit application - http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pbg/gf/rc151/README.html

RC66 - Canada Child Benefits application - http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pbg/tf/rc66/README.html

These forms are to start getting credits and child benefits, if they are applicable.

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