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Silvrav

Hi All

 

thanks for accepting me.

We have decided it is time to leave SA and settled on canada as we know some people and they all settled in quite well.

The wife and I(and soon to be baby boy - due 19 march) is here tolearn as much as we can to start the process.'

First question...i see there is a lot of talk about points and IELTS and ICC and and and...

 

Hope to speed the process along as we not keen to stay in SA much longer.

It is funny how one starts looking at this when there is a little one that you have to raise.

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Guest

Welcome to the SACanada family. 

Feel free to grab your favorite beverage and start reading here as this link will answer a lot of your questions. 

 

 

Good luck with the prep and feel free to ask if you need help. 

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The Burts

Welcome to the forum and best of luck with your application process.

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Silvrav
12 minutes ago, WernerC said:

Welcome to the SACanada family. 

Feel free to grab your favorite beverage and start reading here as this link will answer a lot of your questions. 

 

 

Good luck with the prep and feel free to ask if you need help. 

Hi Werner'

 

Thank you very much for the above.

 

My biggest question...work...I currently work as a portfolio director\general manager and manage a listed funds property. Where on earth do I start looking for work?

 

before i emigrate or once I have all my paperwork sorted?

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@Silvrav Naturally job's and money is on top of that list of things that people worry about when they decide to immigrate. However in Canada things work differently than SA. 

Of course things are different in every type of industry. I'm not clued up about your industry and it could very well work differently here in Canada. So here are some more links for you to read:

On Finding a job in Canada:

 

On Cost of Living in Canada and how much do you need to make:

 

For Job sites:  www.monster.ca www.workopolis.com www.jobbank.gc.ca www.indeed.ca www.linkedin.com, and http://canadianimmigrant.ca/guides/moving-to-canada/canadas-most-popular-job-search-sites

And naturally - LinkedIn

Like I said - grab that drink and pull up a chair. Or perhaps you're an insomniac - there is enough here to keep you busy! 

About your last point you mention - before your paperwork or once you have everything done? That really is up to you. Some people (some on this forum) was successful in getting work and a work permit, however this is a challenge and most employers will not look at candidates that is not in Canada already. Having said that, it's not impossible. If you are a specialist and there is a shortage in Canada, then a potential employer might very well be willing to sponsor you and go through the LMIA (Labor Market Impact Assessment) which effectively means the employer have to prove that there is no Canadian Resident that is able to do the job. 

Most people however, come over under Permanent Residency, which is covered under Express Entry (EE). 

 

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Druce

Hi @Silvrav, welcome to the forum. Start by reading through the newbie link that Werner posted above. You will find a heap of great information and links to job sites etc. on there.

I believe the biggest hurdle is getting the Permanent Residence first. After you have this done and dusted you can apply for a job from South Africa or when you get to Canada.

Getting a Job Offer and positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to obtain a Work Permit (WP) is not impossible, but seems to be quite the challenge. If your occupation is highly specialized and in demand in Canada you might want to consider this route. If not, I suggest you go by the EE (Express Entry) route.

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MaryJane

Welcome to SACanada @Silvrav!

You'll definitely need to assess how much your CRS points will be (an estimate) so you can look at a plan of action. If it is high enough (anything north of 450), then you stand in good stead of being drawn on the Express Entry.

If your score is low, then you might have to look at various ways to get it higher....like getting a job offer (difficult), getting a provincial nomination (if you qualify), studying (expensive), looking for long-lost relatives in the right places (this might just surprise you), etc.

All the best for the application.

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GrantM

@Silvrav are you the Silvrav from Carbonite?

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GrantM
9 minutes ago, AshB said:

Hehehe @GrantM @Silvrav was going to ask the same question :D

LOL!

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Silvrav

@GrantM @AshB Indeedo it be me from carbonite....so come help a fellow carboniter out.

@WernerC @maryjane @Druce Thanks for all the info.

I have read and read and read and drank and drank and drank more coffee....Information overload.

I did the quick assessment for me and my wife and we seem to get to 471points.

Now my question is....When i tried to apply it asked me my score for the IEFS but i see some only wrote it much later in the application?

 

Point of actions:

1. Register with CIC

2. fill in and complete CIC (do you recommend using a broker/representative? 

3. awaiti feedback from CIC for EE?

 

Any comments?

 

 

 

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Raquel

@Silvrav Firstly welcome to SACanada.

I see you are in good hands with all the info that my fellow forumites have provided. :D

29 minutes ago, Silvrav said:

I did the quick assessment for me and my wife and we seem to get to 471points.

Now my question is....When i tried to apply it asked me my score for the IEFS but i see some only wrote it much later in the application?

 

Point of actions:

1. Register with CIC

2. fill in and complete CIC (do you recommend using a broker/representative? 

3. awaiti feedback from CIC for EE?

 

Any comments?

So 471 is a really great score :ilikeit: you should theoretically receive an ITA on the next round of invites once you are in the EE pool as the last draw was around the 450 mark.

On the IELTS point - I assume you made some assumptions on the score you'd (and partner) would obtain while completing the CRS points tool? You cannot complete your EE profile until you have your IELTS and WES evaluation results. So your next step would be to book and write the IELTS test and obtain the WES report. Then apply for you unabridged birth and marriage certificates and passports... Once you have all this, complete your EE profile and enter the pool, and the WAIT for your ITA :D

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MaryJane
34 minutes ago, Silvrav said:

I did the quick assessment for me and my wife and we seem to get to 471points.

@Silvrav, @Raquel is correct. 471 is quite the score. And that you'll need to get the results of your IELTS and ECA (WES). I believe you'll need to key in the reference numbers on these results to finalise the creation of your EE profile.

If you do not have much of a complicated case/scenario (i.e. criminal record, divorce and kids, etc.) then we normally would suggest you to do your own application. Seeing at how you fared so far with reading and researching, you should be fine to do so.

Shout if you need us ;)

Best of luck!

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Silvrav

Right, so IELTS and ECA(WES) first on the list to complete...only problem....funds for now.

Soon to be mommy us going on maternity leave in 4weeks thus no funds for 6months (as she wants to be with babba atleast 6months)

After she has gone back to work we will right the IELTS and get the WES sorted (as I see there is a cost involved there as well)

When is the best/closing date for the EE? When is the last draw?

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MaryJane

Best date to enter EE...as soon as possible, as soon as you can.

The last draw happened on Jan 27. It's likely that there might be a draw this week as well (knock on wood). CIC seems to like 2-week intervals, but then again, very difficult to guess because they also like to prove us wrong.

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tarinerk

Hi Silvrav. Good luck with the process that's ahead! Keep in mind the Ielts test only has a limited numeber of dates to write it and it's usually booked up in advance. The cost is around R2400 pp.

Enjoy the journey and the new baby!

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Silvrav
1 hour ago, MaryJane said:

Best date to enter EE...as soon as possible, as soon as you can.

The last draw happened on Jan 27. It's likely that there might be a draw this week as well (knock on wood). CIC seems to like 2-week intervals, but then again, very difficult to guess because they also like to prove us wrong.

ok, dam....so canada might see us next year only :(

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CilliersC

If you have a look at the timeline in my signature with regards to EE, its pretty much a few days off of a one year process for everything; not bad considering the much longer timelines of some of the lovely people here have been :) 

All the best :)

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JanineK24

Hello , we just booked our test date for the IELTS for the 19th March 2016 , the prices have gone up to R 3200.00 Per Person

 

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CilliersC
2 minutes ago, JanineK24 said:

Hello , we just booked our test date for the IELTS for the 19th March 2016 , the prices have gone up to R 3200.00 Per Person

:blink: "Well that escalated quickly"

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Silvrav

I think I will start with the WES so long to get that process out the way and see if I can book the IELTS for atleast me this month and maybe mamma to be in 2 months

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Silvrav

Another question for WES.

What do they classify as :

1. Higher education - is this high school?

2. Further education and training colleges - is this as per our college 

3, Secondary eduction - is this university/university equivalent?

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PsyCLown

Welcome @Silvrav

Quite sure I know you from Carb, NH and TUP?

 

Seems as if things are looking pretty good for you so far if you score 471.

 

With regards to WES, I understand it as follows however I might be wrong:

 

1. Higher Education - University

2. FET - Seems to be training for certain jobs from what I can gather... Maybe Diploma and colleges as well? (Perhaps someone can clarify this?)

3. Secondary Education - Like High School in South Africa.

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Silvrav

@PsyCLown indeed!

 

You also making the jump?

Once I have confirmation I can submit my WES application

 

 

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About proof of funds,  if you are a home owner,  you could use your house for proof of funds purposes.  And some people also used their retirement funds and provident funds from work successfully.

 So you do have options..... 

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