It's finally happening! After many years of research and planning, I'm ecstatic to say that I'm officially permanently emigrating to Ontario, Canada.
2-3 years ago, I decided that, while I had family and friends in South Africa, and a lot of what I was used to was there, I wanted something better for the rest of my life. After much research, I set my sights on Canada, a country known for welcoming skilled economic immigrants from all over the world, and having a strong, diverse economy (not to mention safety and democratic stability unparallelled in a South African context).
I was happy with my choice, and I even found out my two closest friends were keen to move to Ontario too. I am truly lucky! I completed my Master's degree, gained some more years of full-time experience, built up a small work network of folks already in Canada, and began spring cleaning so I could travel light.
After submitting my Express Entry application, the wait began. And boy, was it a wait. With COVID delaying processing, many application timelines were extended. But, that proved a valuable opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends, and visit some old, but still beautiful sightseeing spots in Cape Town before leaving.
And then, finally, I recevied the green light from IRCC. I can finally say that I'm officially permanently emigrating to Ontario. The next chapter of my life begins. I will updat this post as my journey progresses.
Update (7 Jan, 2022): I've made it! After undergoing all the requisite PCR tests, flight rebookings, and packing, I had the wonderful moment of seeing my lovely partner waiting for me with a bunch of flowers at Toronto Pearson International. I've been in Ontario for just over 2 months now, and I've managed to settle in nicely and get a lot of things sorted thus far. I've done snow driving, found my favorite supermarkets, and the local job search has begun. More updates to come.