ohcanada wrote Reply to CACA re: Canadian new hires. I am in Edmonton and my timeline is posted as ohcanada. Glad to see you finally got an offer! Mine came right after the Feb. job fair. Let me know if you want any more info - I am at the medical/BI stage right now.
@ohcanada - Thanks a lot for your reply, please check your PM. Regards
Area: Public Relations Interview- Feb 4 Reply from ASC- Feb-27, email about pending offer, Request to send 2 payslips, passport info Orientation: Completed in Nov. 2011, during interview for different PR position Offer: Emailed Feb. 29, FedEx March 1 Acceptance: March 1, ASC confirmed receipt March 2; assigned relocation advisor March 9; told it will take 45-60 days to get to Saudi, from Mar. 9. March 22 - Sent to Aramco: background check and medical forms, notarized, plus Saudi visa app Medical: April 11 - Email tequest for more information on doctor's letters Background: Checked in with BI contact in Houston; BI is in process but no contact from my BI investigator yet Visa: Departure: estimated June 2012
Aramco contacted him: Feb 3 Interview: Feb 10 Offer email received: Feb 21 FedEx offer package received: Feb 23 Acceptance: Feb 29 Paperwork turned in (medical, background, health forms): March 15 Orientation/Medical (Aramco/Visa) (Medical = TB test, Urine, Blood, Stool sample, Chest xray): April 12 Medical Clearance: ? Background Clearance: 5/29 Visa/Passport: 5/29 Household move date: leaving it all behind :wink: Departure tentative per relocation advisor: June 14th
I updated my timeline as well in the first post. Something interesting I found out is that after submitting all of my background/medical forms my relocation advisor told me my "ETA" is end of June. That's one month later than what was stated on my offer letter. This is even after I filled out all forms and returned them within a few days without delay. I guess the only guarantee is that "there is no guarantee" :wink:
In case anyone is wondering if the process is still rolling for those of us that had Feb interviews, the answer is yes. I have updated my original post several times. Others have also. Just finished a pile of paperwork, next stop is Houston for my medical.
Thanks to everyone who has been up......... their posts (specially mapleleaf, Speedy53, Key West, newpath2012, texas108, Overland, avi8er, Arkansas5).
I have had to be very proactive, as well, calling/emailing and checking on my status atleast 2 times per week.
The newest update is that there is a housing shortage in Dhahran and departure dates may be pushed back (or possibly be assigned to a near by camp/compound and move you to Dhahran main camp over the next few months as houses free up). The "2 week" visa process is taking 3 to 4 weeks. From previous topics on this forum by other members, it appears that they don't issue the visa until you have a house assigned. Anyone have more info on visas and Dhahran housing situation?
My original date to leave was June 14, but due to housing not being available my relocation adviser did move my date back to July 5. I did get worried about the housing sitution, but she has assured me that a house has been secured for me in DHA and the Saudi Consulate did stamp my passport this week.
Field/Dept/location: environmental protection/Dhahran Online Application: July 2011 Interview: Feb 3, 2012 Contacted via email to submit pay slips: Feb 7 Reply from ASC: March 28 email that offer is being prepared Offer: received hardcopy via FedEx April 5 Acceptance: April 10 Relocation Package (medical, BI, School, benefits,etc.) received: April 13 Paperwork turned in: April 23 (medical, background, school) Background Investigation: May 10 contacted by Background Investigator Medical Approval for myself, wife, and children: May 14 Orientation/Visa medical: May 30 at ASC Houston (Visa applications and Passports turned in) Background Investigation Approval: June 18 School Approval: June 29 Visas: Stamped August 10 and received stamped passports on August 17 Packing Day: August 28 Loading Day: August 29 Departure: August 30
From what I hear from those who know on the ground in DHA:
Yes, there is a current DHA housing shortage. Some may be temporarily placed in RTA...maybe even ABQ. However, there are a number of departures scheduled from DHA shortly that should free up some housing. This current wave of new hires may be intended to replace outgoing staff. In the next few years there will likely be some new construction of housing. Put yourself on the relocation list and you may benefit from that influx in a couple of years.
Found out today that departure is being pushed back 2 weeks. Submitted passports for visa on May 18. Was supposed to depart end of June, now it seems like mid-July. This is for Houston to Dhahran. Atleast they were nice enough to call me and ask if it's ok to delay it :wink:
Post by almostcheerful on May 29, 2012 19:02:45 GMT
Texas786 wrote Found out today that departure is being pushed back 2 weeks. Submitted passports for visa on May 18. Was supposed to depart end of June, now it seems like mid-July. This is for Houston to Dhahran. Atleast they were nice enough to call me and ask if it's ok to delay it :wink:
May be this is part of reason that 4 weeks have gone by after submission of paystubs and no offer is being made as of yet? I called the ASC office today and they told me that there is no response from SA about job offering.....I know patience is a virtue. :?