Over the next year and a half, my family will be dealing with Citizenship and Immigration Canada quite a bit. We’ll become frequent acquaintances, if not good friends.
No, I couldn’t say friends. I personally don’t like dealing with government agencies. In the past, they’ve been rude and arrogant towards me. When I originally applied for my passport in 2004, they were snippy and had an I’m-better-than-you attitude regarding my questions on the application. I didn’t appreciate that. In 2007, they sent me a letter asking why I hadn’t filed my taxes for 2006. I called them to tell them I didn’t live in Canada and they thankfully told me I was correct, I could disregard the letter. They actually said it had been sent to many people by mistake.
But it hasn’t all been negative. Five years ago, I renewed my passport, and the staff at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo were very polite and did a wonderful job.
My friendship is about to be renewed with the Embassy and the entire CIC. Today, I’m getting my picture taken. Why? I’m renewing my passport again next week. I’ll be going to the Embassy to submit the form (short form, yay!) and pay the fees. I could do it by mail, but I’m paying in Japanese yen, so I have to do it in person. But this isn’t the end of it.
Next month (maybe), we’ll be going back to the Embassy with a lot of documents, some translated, to get my daughter’s proof of citizenship, her citizenship certificate. According to CIC, she is considered a Canadian citizen now because I’m Canadian, but she has no certificates to show that. So that’s what we’ll be doing. According to the website, it takes 12-14 months to process the application for a child living overseas. After that, we’ll apply for her Canadian passport, which takes a whopping 20 days.
Also very soon, we’ll be getting my wife’s family class visa application going. This involves far more paperwork, and probably the biggest headache. My passport is the easiest, my daughter’s citizenship is lengthy, but not difficult to fill out the form. But my wife’s visa application and my sponsorship application are very involved with lots of writing. Not fun. I hate paperwork. And there’s no guarantee it’ll be successful.
I’m going to be chronicling this adventure into the land of CIC on video, as well as on this blog. I hope it’ll be informative for anyone who is trying to do the same.
Anyone have experience with this?