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Anybody have experience with moving to Canada?

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Hey all,

So I’m currently a producer and work in game dev. Been doing it now for about 7 years.

Problem is, I’m looking to start a family and realistically, South Africa won’t be able to help me follow my passion while keeping me financially stable enough to support a family. So I’m thinking of moving to Canada!

Anybody have any experience with this? I have some contacts in a few companies up there, but just the visa applications, what agency did you go through, etc would help a bunch!

Thanks!


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Canada works on a point system called the CRS. You get points based on education, age, etc. based on that you could get an invitation to apply for PR. Every draw they work of a average and everyone that has mor that the draw average then gets an invitation to apply.

Your option for a work permit is to find a company that will give you a job offer, however they company needs to go through a rigoreous process to prove that there is no suitable candidate in Canada for the role. So this is a difficult road in as a lot of companies dont want to go thought the hassle.

Then you have the provincial and regional skills programs.

All the info is on the Canada website and you can even check what your scored would be for potential PR. They even provide you with all the draw info, what the cut of scores were and the number of people that were invited to apply.
 

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Canada works on a point system called the CRS. You get points based on education, age, etc. based on that you could get an invitation to apply for PR. Every draw they work of a average and everyone that has mor that the draw average then gets an invitation to apply.

Your option for a work permit is to find a company that will give you a job offer, however they company needs to go through a rigoreous process to prove that there is no suitable candidate in Canada for the role. So this is a difficult road in as a lot of companies dont want to go thought the hassle.

Then you have the provincial and regional skills programs.

All the info is on the Canada website and you can even check what your scored would be for potential PR. They even provide you with all the draw info, what the cut of scores were and the number of people that were invited to apply.
Hi there,

Thanks for the reply and sorry for a late response. Work has been a bit on the hectic side.

I had a chat with a company that would love to hire me last night, but they mentioned that they don’t really like to do the paperwork for the Visa application and mentioned that I should do it on my end.

One thing I am unsure about is the money requirements. I’ve been told that I need to have a certain amount of money in my bank account before I immigrate? Is this true??


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Hi there,

Thanks for the reply and sorry for a late response. Work has been a bit on the hectic side.

I had a chat with a company that would love to hire me last night, but they mentioned that they don’t really like to do the paperwork for the Visa application and mentioned that I should do it on my end.

One thing I am unsure about is the money requirements. I’ve been told that I need to have a certain amount of money in my bank account before I immigrate? Is this true??


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you need $25000 CAD in your bank account after tickets, visa, etc
 

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Morning guys,

I’ve recently been looking into Canada as well, hassle is, I have no idea where to start. I’m a qualified mechanic with 10 years experience. I’ve lived in the same small town my entire life, so the prospect of moving is daunting but I am keen on the idea of change.


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Morning guys,

I’ve recently been looking into Canada as well, hassle is, I have no idea where to start. I’m a qualified mechanic with 10 years experience. I’ve lived in the same small town my entire life, so the prospect of moving is daunting but I am keen on the idea of change.


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do you have family there at all? if not you must have a job offer to get a work permit.

People I know recently went over with their family and dogs and it cost around R100,000 to go for them. So these absolute crooks in SA that tell you its R1m to go with your family must voetsek.

So yea start doing your passport and visa, then apply for a work permit if you have a job offer there, and buy your tickets. They will interview you and it will take some time, but it's quite possible to go.
 

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do you have family there at all? if not you must have a job offer to get a work permit.

People I know recently went over with their family and dogs and it cost around R100,000 to go for them. So these absolute crooks in SA that tell you its R1m to go with your family must voetsek.

So yea start doing your passport and visa, then apply for a work permit if you have a job offer there, and buy your tickets. They will interview you and it will take some time, but it's quite possible to go.
Hey man,
no family in that part of the world but a friend recently went over and he assures me it was super easy. It is, as you say the job offer that's my hurdle at this point.

Anyone have decent employment sights that are worth using?
 

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Best thing to do is search online for what you want to do specifically. It’s what I’ve been doing and I actually got a Skype interview on Friday!

Best of luck!


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Best thing to do is search online for what you want to do specifically. It’s what I’ve been doing and I actually got a Skype interview on Friday!

Best of luck!


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Thanks will keep at it. All the best for your interview, let us know how it goes.
 

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Morning guys,

I’ve recently been looking into Canada as well, hassle is, I have no idea where to start. I’m a qualified mechanic with 10 years experience. I’ve lived in the same small town my entire life, so the prospect of moving is daunting but I am keen on the idea of change.


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You are on a skills shortage list if you have Diesel papers.

Petrol mechanics are not as sought after.

I was looking at it quite seriously not so long ago. Visa's, air tickets and other bits for my family of 6 was going to cost R280000. We were only taking clothes that could fit into airline luggage, no furniture or other belongings.

If it's just you and an SO it will cost lots less. If you have a job waiting for you even better. If you are on the high demand list of skilled workers, an employer may even sponsor your relocation. If this happens it usually comes with some sort of contract to work for the sponsor. There are some downsides to that particular deal, but it does get you there at minimal cost to you.
 

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My brother went in January. Did all the applications himself online. Sold it all. Pre-approved for permanent residency.

Arrived with no job. Took his wife 4 months, and him 8 to find a job. Have a nanny from Durbanville lol. Doing really damn well now. Ironically doing the same job they did in SA, just being paid double for it, with good promotion possibility. More holiday days, too.

He says their quality of life improved drastically, house vs flat, space, safety.

Not all is amazing, of course. Snow is kek, miss SA, but not coming back. Life is safer, better.

Two years from now he will have a Canadian passport. Bloody hell, Citizenship in three years is amazing.
 

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