At Intergate we pride ourselves on being able to assist clients in 8 different languages. One of those languages is Dutch, with two of our senior immigration consultants being Dutch. They’ve been through the immigration process themselves, so they have first-hand knowledge and experience to share with our clients.
This month we’re introducing you to one of our Dutch consultants – Vincent van der Waal.
Vincent has been part of the Intergate team since 2012. Here he tells us more about himself…
Q: Why did you choose to work for Intergate Immigration?
Being a former client of Intergate Immigration I was very impressed by the dynamics of the company. The moment you step through the door you can feel the vibrant atmosphere; you can feel things are happening and being done.
Q: What does a typical work day look like for you?
To be completely honest, there is no typical day. Of course we plan as much as we can, but if the situation dictates, the plan goes in the bin and we adapt.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
I am a ‘people person’. I am very interested in what make people tick, what makes them make certain choices and decisions in life.
And to have the opportunity to assist, all these different people with different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities, with one of the most intense changes in their lives by moving to another country or continent, makes me excited. This is definitely what I love about this job.
Q: What has been your best moment working in immigration so far?
Well this is not an easy question. I have been working here for more than 5 years now and I actually can’t remember every single day. But I especially like it when young people, who I have been guiding step by step through the immigration system, come back with their newborn son/daughter, wanting to apply for a visa for the little one. For me it has come full circle then.
Q: What do you find frustrating about working in immigration?
Sometimes we just can’t help. We encounter very sad situations, and your heart goes out to these people. But we are not a humanitarian organisation, we just do not have the resources to take on these cases. I just try to point them in the right direction, to pro-bono agencies. But sometimes I know there is little hope of success.
Q: From your experience, why do our clients move to South Africa?
There are so many different reasons. All motivations are important and unique. Mostly you hear the ‘kind people, nice weather and better quality or balance in life’ reason. I personally think it is also a sense of more freedom. In comparison to Europe I mean. Not every little detail is already set in stone. If you want, you can really make a difference here.
Q: What is the most important piece of advice you can give to someone who want to move to South Africa?
Be patient……. And then be patient again 🙂
Q: What do you love most about living in South Africa?
The sense of freedom, like I mentioned above. You have a feeling of ‘anything can happen’ here.
Q: What is your favourite destination in South Africa?
My wife and I really like the Kwazulu-Natal province. You can combine good game viewing, the beautiful Drakensberg and relaxing on the beach into a perfect road trip.
Q: How can prospective migrants contact you?
Email me any time – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even if you just want some advice on practical things. Big chance I have already encountered the issue you are struggling with and I am happy to help or point you in the right direction.
Describe yourself in 3 words… Open, humoristic and a pinch of sarcasm
The one thing I can’t live without is: Liquorice 🙂 (And my daughter of course)
If I had a warning label, it would say… “Engage before 9am at your own risk.”