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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.

Immigration Fun

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.

My Future Relationship with Citizenship and Immigration Canada


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?