Good news! My wife’s permanent residency has been approved. Well, they still have to do the final assessment by an immigration officer, but it’s basically been approved.
We need to respond to their email, then print out our reply and the attached file to send to the Manila office. After that, they review it and let us know when landing is possible. As far as I know, my wife can either exit the country and return, or go to the immigration office downtown and officially land.
The full implementation of the eTA (electronic travel authorization) for foreign nationals from visa-exempt countries is being delayed by six months. This comes as a surprise, but it’s a good thing for us. You’ll find out why in a moment.
My wife is required to get the eTA for her to enter Canada by air because she’s from Japan, a visa-exempt country. It costs only $7 and takes only a few minutes to be authorized. There are several questions regarding job, criminal background, amount of money available for use while traveling, marital status, and so on. It’s electronically linked to the traveler’s passport. While my wife isn’t required to get it for now, it’s supposed to provide a faster way of getting through immigration. Basically, she’d be pre-approved.
However, the problem arises when the rules are applied to my daughter. She’s a Canadian citizen, so she can’t get eTA. It’s not needed. However, she has a Japanese passport, not a Canadian passport. They’d be wondering why she doesn’t have an eTA attached to her passport. There may be difficulties with her entering the country. But she can’t get an eTA, and getting a Canadian passport in Japan is a rather complex process involving four people who have known her for at least two years. And those people may be required to have an interview with Customs and Immigration Canada, even though they most likely speak little to no English. It’s a complete pain. Sure, she’ll get a Canadian passport in Canada, where it’s a rather simple process.
So, I’m very happy to say that the eTA has been delayed for my daughter’s sake.
Last time, I mentioned that my wife’s immigration process has stalled a bit, thanks to immigration not believing I’ll live in Canada when she arrives. Well, we got a couple documents that should help prove to them that I will in fact live in Canada.
First of all is our itinerary. We know exactly what flight we’re taking to Canada. It’ll show them that we are going to Canada. The entire family. Secondly, I got a letter from my company stating my intention to return to Canada and resign from my job. I’ve already given them my resignation, even though it’s still more than six months away. It’s official, though.
Well, that’s the update. Hopefully, we won’t need to do much more other than wait, clean, pack, send things, and throw away what we don’t need. But we need to clean up for my sister’s visit next month, anyway. I’d like this to go smoothly. But this is government we’re dealing with, which always tries to make things difficult for people it seems.
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.