Preparing to leave
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On receipt of the posting order your soldier needs to complete an application for SFA. This form, MOD Form 1132, can be found online on ArmyNET or from your unit’s admin staff.
Your soldier needs to complete the flight applications for all of you; these should be completed online with their HR Administrator.
The contractor for removals is Agility, who sub contract in Canada to a company called Premier.
To begin the process your soldier can access the Agility website direct, or make arrangements through the Unaccompanied Baggage Storeman in the BATUS QM Main. The storeman will need a copy of the posting order to start the removals process, and will require the storage reference for the release of any household goods in storage in the UK.
It takes six to eight weeks for unaccompanied baggage to reach European destinations from the collection date in Canada.
Once you have a date for moving you must contact the Housing Estate Manager on 403-548-1681 to inform them of the planned departure date and to arrange a pre-march out. The pre-march out is normally completed between six and 12 weeks prior to the planned handover of your SFA; the handover is normally on the day you leave Canada.
Your family will be taken to Calgary International airport and will fly out the same day; in certain circumstances you may need a hotel prior to departing Canada. In this case you will be booked into the Delta Hotel opposite the airport.
Whether you have been working in Canada or not, as a Service spouse or civil partner you will be able to claim National Insurance credits to maintain your National Insurance record for time spent accompanying your soldier in Canada post 6 April 2010.
These National Insurance credits will protect your entitlement to the basic state pension and certain contribution-based Social Security benefits such as Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance.
So, if you are leaving Canada soon (or at any time in the future) we encourage you to apply for your credits by completing the form which can be found at www.hmrc.gov.uk/forms/modca1.pdf and having it verified by your welfare office.
Some spouses have been led to believe that they do not have to apply for the credits if they have been claiming state benefits whilst in Canada, for example Child Benefit, but that is not the case; irrespective of whether you have been claiming any state benefits or not you will still have to make a separate application for your National Insurance credits.
If you have any questions, please contact AFF’s Canada Co-ordinator – email@example.com.