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Posted on Aug. 2nd 2011 by expatriatemind
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I'm in pretty good shape. The pictures have been taken, the lists are ready to commit, I've even packed a bit. But the stress is coming.
"Where are we going to put this stuff?" "Do you need to bring that now?" "We still have things to figure out before we add anything else to the mix..." When the rubber hits the road, sometimes there are skid marks.
So we're working it out, this coming together and this moving across the continent and from one country to another. It's not easy. But immigration isn't easy. If you're on this path too, then keep this fact in mind and be patient, be slow to get excited and be deliberate in your thoughts and responses.
When couples or families are kept apart, the normal, organic way lives come together does not apply. Lives in this situation are held apart by the process, then thrown together when its all over. I have to be reminded of this and to be extra thoughtful of my Love, who has been building a life in Toronto all these years we've been waiting; one that from her point of view I am being suddenly thrust into the middle of.
As happy as we are that this is happening for us, there is no getting past that reality.
But we'll be fine.
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Posted on Jun. 17th 2011 by wendymr
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I want to introduce you to an invaluable new resource to help you find out what assistance is available to you when you actually land in Canada. This is the Settlement Road Map, a searchable directory of non-profit resources offering help with settlement, language training and employment. All of these services will be free, or with a low cost for any parts which aren't covered by existing funding.
You can find the roadmap website at http://www.settlementroadmap.ca/
Just click on the road sign in the picture for the language you want to use: English or French. Then choose your province, and then you will be able to choose a region of that province. If you want information for Vancouver, choose British Columbia and then Lower Mainland. If you want Toronto, click Ontario and then Toronto Region.
You can select the services you need from the three covered: Settlement, Languages and Employment. Just for now, I recommend NOT selecting these and clicking through anyway; we are told that agencies themselves must add information about their services and until they do this they won't appear under a specific search. So just ignore the boxes and click Submit. When you click on an agency name, you will get their address and a link to their website, so you can explore the services offered and see if they meet your needs. As agencies add information about services, you will also see a summary of services offered.
This website is a project of the Canadian Newcomer Magazine, a magazine I've recommended on this website previously for its excellent articles on settling in Canada, finding schools, looking for work, building communities and so on (http://www.cnmag.ca
). I am not associated with the Newcomer Magazine in any way, but like to recommend it as a useful resource. Canadian Newcomer founder and president, Dale Sproule says, “We have compiled the best database of settlement sector information in Canada. The newcomer population in this country grew by over 400,000 in 2010 – including students, foreign workers, refugees and landed immigrants – so there is huge need for information that makes the settlement process easier and faster – and a huge opportunity for service providers both inside and outside the settlement sector to reach out to new clients as they arrive.”
If you use the website, tell me what you think!
Posted on Jun. 13th 2011 by expatriatemind
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Academics. Sometimes they just get it wrong. According to a recent report in the National Post (http://www.nationalpost.com/news/Immigration+long+view/4800391/story.html
), The Fraser Institute, in its just-released report on the impact of immigration in Canada, concludes that immigrants no longer represent a net economic gain to the country, and in fact, represent a cost of $25 billion per year to the Canadian economy.
But the National Post wisely points out the many flaws in the limited logic of the report's authors, as well as posing the question of how the recommendations of the authors for curing this deficit would play out if they were applied to native Canadians as well.
"What of the many people born in Canada who never pay any taxes, yet use our healthcare system? By the logic at play in the Fraser study, a stay-at home mother or elderly married woman who was born in Canada but never worked outside the home should also be regarded as a drain on our economy. In fact, if state benefits were tied to income taxes, 40% of Canadians would not receive them, because they don't pay any. Yet these Canadians generally contribute to society in other ways -by raising children, doing unpaid work inside households or as future taxpayers."
Read the article here - http://www.nationalpost.com/news/Immigration+long+view/4800391/story.html
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Posted on May. 8th 2011 by expatriatemind
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One of the big issues I'm facing as I prepare to immigrate is what to bring into Canada with me to start and what to follow later. Upon landing, a new immigrant is required to present:
•Two (2) copies of a detailed list of all the personal or household items you are bringing with you
•Two (2) copies of a list of items that are arriving later and their money value
These must be items that you already own and not things you bought just prior to moving to Canada. You account for these items on Forms B4 and B4A.
So I've got my lists together now and I'm looking at them and the question comes - do I really need to take all this stuff? Where are we going to put it? Should I sell what I'm not taking? Will I want it later? These are not decisions free of stress. I'm finding most of what I really want to take with me isn't stuff like blenders and TV's and such - most of it is like my history - photos and archives and all that. The other stuff, if my love doesn't already have it for her (our) place, it would be fun to get it together, rather than have her inherit my old things.
So tonight I'm feeling like I'm leaving this land and I can't take much with me, so I'm asking myself, what's really important? It's a tough question. It's part of the adjustment.
You know how you read about the classic immigrants tale - "he only arrived with one suitcase...." Well, there's a reason for that. It's near impossible to bring your life with you. What you can pack in a suitcase may be all that fits. I'm going to have to pack carefully.
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Posted on Mar. 23rd 2011 by expatriatemind
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Now I know the title of this blog entry is a bit deceptive...and it's purposefully so. You may have chosen to read it because you're here on Loon Lounge looking for the inside scoop on Canadian immigration, and you're hoping to find a few hints that will assist you in jumping ahead.
Let's assume you've done your homework and you clearly meet the minimum qualifications to apply for immigrant status. Let's assume you have already, or are in the process of carefully gathering the materials that the CIC requests in order to evaluate your application.
Let's assume that if you have a complicated situation, that you have retained assistance with experience in immigration matters that can help you navigate the challenges of the process.
Assuming all that, what are two things that every potential immigrant needs?
The answer? Patience and persistence.
The one question I get asked all the time, and the question I asked all the time (until very recently, believe me), is "How long?" How long does it take to process this, or get an answer to that, or make a determination, or schedule an interview? How long. I can tell you the honest answer: No one knows. Sure, the CIC publishes average wait times for certain of their procedures, but in reality, your situation, my situation - they are not the same. They are different. And isn't it actually comforting in a way that they are. Because they are unique - they take the time they take. That's the way it is.
How do you cope with that waiting, always it seems, waiting? Patience. Like it or not, if you are committed to the immigration process, you have to have it.
Something else you will probably discover is that there are times where it pays to be the squeaky wheel. You know, the one that gets the grease. I can't tell you when you should call your lawyer, or the CIC office, or contact your MP about your application, but I can tell you from experience, that if it is done with tact and at an appropriate interval, it can help move you forward. It makes sense to be persistent in pursuit of your goals. If you communicate this persistence with care, the impression you give is a positive one: that you sincerely care about your application, because you sincerely want to make Canada your home. That's not a bad message to send.
So let me encourage you from experience - be patient, and be persistent. Developing these qualities will go a long way to making the sometimes difficult and complicated immigration process easier to bear.
Posted on Feb. 15th 2011 by expatriatemind
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My Love and I heard from the CIC a few days ago. What we heard moved us to tears.
The days in your life when things change are rarely dramatic within themselves. They are just another day: work, chores, errands, meals. I was tending to my day when the phone call came and everything changed. Wonderfully changed.
We were informed that CIC has approved our (my) Permanent Residence application. After a couple routine (hopefully) final steps, we can expect that I will be a landed immigrant, reunited with my Love in Toronto! Those of you following this blog know how long we have waited for this day.
So starts what we hope will be the beginning of the end of a long immigration process. So starts what we hope will be the adventure of leaving the U.S. and relocating in Canada. We are excited and overjoyed with the possibilities.
I'm also excited to migrate this blog away from issues of the immigration process and onto the logistics of moving to and getting settled in Canada.
I hope you will remain with me as we start this new adventure. God willing, this is the beginning of the end. We won't be ending our prayers until I am standing on Canadian ground; until I am on the other side of that silver door at Pearson. But we have great faith, and God has been faithful to our prayers.
I'll continue to pray for all of you who are involved in this process, and wondering if you will be able to make it through. Have faith, have patience, believe.
Please pray for my love and I that the final steps go smoothly and quickly.
Thank you all for your support.
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