At the moment, we’re at ten contributors for Authors Answer. We were at a peak of thirteen at one point, though. But three members have since retired from the group, and with this month’s absences due to various reasons (busy publishing is the biggest reason), I thought it would be good to have some more contributors.
So, if you are an author, published or unpublished, I’d love to hear from you! Please go to the About page and send me a message through the contact form. Let me know anything you’d like about yourself, and I’ll reply with some interview questions. Depending on how many people apply, I may not be able to accept everyone. However, I will send everyone interview questions to determine who I’m looking for. Last time I asked for contributors, I added three people. So, if you’re interested, please send me a message!
Well, it was bound to happen. We have our first problem with the immigration process.
We received an email today from the Manila office today. I guess that’s the good news. They got the application package. And they looked through it quickly. And they immediately told us they most likely would not approve it because they don’t believe I’ll be living in Canada.
When we applied in the beginning, they needed proof that I would live in Canada when the permanent residency began. Of course, permanent residency starts the moment my wife receives the visa while we’re in Canada, or the moment she arrives in Canada after receiving the visa. So, in either case, they need proof that I’ll be going to Canada with her or before her. They have that in the form of a rental agreement for where we’ll be living. I guess that’s not enough. But, fear not, we do have something else. Proof of my flight to Canada! We have 45 days to get it to them in Manila, and once that’s done, they will resume processing the application.
I’m not terribly worried. This is just a little setback that can be quickly resolved.
Just a quick update. A very important one, too. The UCI for my wife’s visa application has arrived! This means that the application has been received, but it hasn’t started processing yet. It also means that we aren’t missing anything in the application. Processing will take several months. So now it’s just a waiting game.
To celebrate, we had McDonald’s for breakfast. No, that’s not true. We got the McDonald’s before we found out about the UCI.
I haven’t mentioned before one thing about the difference between living in Japan and Canada for me. In Japan, I have a very specific visa that allows me to work in a handful of industries, including teaching English (which I do), international sales, translation, interpretation, and any other international services. This does not include writing. That’s under a totally different visa. While I’m in Japan, I cannot legally get paid for writing fiction. I may be able to get paid for writing for an English magazine or travel website based in Japan, but targeted toward foreign tourists coming to Japan, though. Something to think about over the next nine months.
What this means is that now we have an opening. Just one opening. If you’re interested, please go to the About page and send me an email through the form there. I’d like to say that the first person to send me an email will be the new member, but I’ll make this a competition. So, if you’re really interested, tell me briefly why you want to join Authors Answers in your email. Also mention what you write, published or unpublished. But you only have about 24 hours, 36 at most. I’ll make the decision in about 36 hours and contact the winner.
If you are the successful applicant, I will ask you to write a brief bio and send you June’s questions. If you can get them answered soon, you will be included in the June Authors Answer.
So, is this something you’d like to do? Then let me know!
Well, it’s done. We’re off to mail the visa application to Canada.
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.
Feels good to say this. My wife’s visa application and my sponsorship application have finally been finished. I just need to put the finishing touches on it (organising photos) and making sure it’s all in a nice order, and it’s ready to go!
We’re getting all the documents finished for my wife’s visa application for going to Canada. There’s a lot to fill out, but it’s all pretty much done. Just a few things to print out, including photos, and I need to get some photocopies certified at the Embassy next week. Then it’s all off to Citizenship and Immigration Canada!
Sorry about the lack of a significant post tonight. Been busy.
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