Immigration – The Wait Begins

Well, it’s done. We’re off to mail the visa application to Canada.

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The actual address it’s going to! Note the wonderful shadow.

If things go well, we’ll hear from them with a case ID so we can track the progress. However, the length of time it’ll take to process can be up to 17 months, though I’ve heard of them being done within 9 months.  The package will go to Mississauga, Ontario, then will be forwarded to the visa office in Manila, Philippines. Why Manila? Well, that’s where visa applications for East Asia are processed (except China).

Things that may happen include my wife having an interview at the Embassy. And there’s a possibility that we’ll be in Canada before the visa is approved. In that case, we’ll have to get my wife a visitor visa, though she may be allowed a temporary work permit (new rules as of last year!).

So now, we just wait. And try to enjoy our last year in Japan.

8 thoughts on “Immigration – The Wait Begins”

  1. Crossing my fingers for you.

    When we first moved to Cornwall, a friend’s daughter, an immigrant to Australia, told us that the first year was the hardest. For us, it was, and it helped to know that it wouldn’t always be that way. So I pass on her wisdom in the hope that if things get hard it helps.

    1. I’ve already been through the immigration process, since I moved to Japan from Canada 10 years ago. The first year definitely was the hardest. After 2 months, a wave of culture shock and homesickness. After 10 months, another bout of culture shock. Paranoia wasn’t fun. But after that, no problem!

      I think I’ll go through reverse culture shock, I’ve been here so long.

  2. Good luck! My husband got his green card easily. We did get an immigration lawyer to handle the case, but we didn’t have any problems. At the interview I came out with a personalized story that would be impossible to make up. I don’t even remember what it was now, but it had everyone laughing. My lawyer was so proud, and said that after my story there was no way they could deny him. I know in America it’s easier for Japanese people to get a green card than other nationalities which is kind of sad :/ We had that working for us, but it’s sad that other couples have their nationalities working against them. . . My husband doesn’t want to be an American citizen though, which is fine.

    1. It’s nice to have a story like that. Must be memorable for them 🙂
      We wouldn’t have been able to afford a lawyer for this. Would’ve been nice, though.

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