It's finally happening! After many years of research and planning, I'm ecstatic to say that I'm officially permanently emigrating to 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 unparalleled 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 Canada 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, has it been a wait. With COVID delaying processing, many application timelines were extended. But, this has proven to be 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.
Update (June 20, 2022): I've arrived in my new home city of Edmonton, Alberta! I'm officially a permanent Prairies resident now. So proud! The most important activity now is resting. But then I'm really excited to explore my new city in this gorgeous summer weather. Check back, as there's definitely more to come! :)