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Permanent Residency Decision Made

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.


Canada’s Electronic Travel Authorization for Foreigners Delayed

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.

Immigration Progresses Again

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.

Obstacles in the Immigration Process

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.

The Immigration Process Moves Forward

As you may know, my family is moving to Canada next year, and I’ve applied to sponsor my wife for permanent residency under the family class visa. Nearly two months ago, we received the notification that the application package had been received in Mississauga. Today, we received another email.

Good news! I have qualified to sponsor my wife for the visa! That was the quick part of the process.  Now, the visa application goes to Manila, where they will process the visa. This can take several months, or it may not take so long. It’s up to the officer handling her case.

So, that is my update. It’s just a waiting game now.

Immigration – The Wait Begins

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

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.