The Road to Immigration Canada
Deciding to embark on the road of Immigration Canada came when
we were still unaware of the upcoming
deportation notice (for the first part of this journey, click
started to take shape after George W. Bush won
his second term as president. After
9/11 the atmosphere soured in the States and things were
not going to get better with Bush getting re-elected. I had had enough
of the country. This is how
we did it. My husband, who had the skills needed to pass the Immigration Canada test,
started sending out job applications to several companies in Canada. We
eventually received a reply from one company in Saskatoon that was
him and was willing to go through all the paperwork necessary to help
us with this quest of ours.
Armed with this letter, and at the advice of a friend to
contact the Congress Woman's office in our area for help to
our deportation from the USA extended (and with yet another
lawyer to help us get through the first meeting with the deportation
officer), we were able to proof that we would leave the country on our
own after being given some time to get our Immigration Canada
started. Thank God for giving us a deportation officer who was
work with us, as long as we would be reporting back monthly, with proof
of progress in our Canadian immigration process.
In December 2005 we finally received a letter from the Citizenship and
(CIC) office which was an invitation for
interview... in Trinidad. Yes, Trinidad. We couldn't have the interview
in the States, because we were still citizens of Suriname. Therefore we
had to leave the United States to go to Trinidad for the interview with
the Canadian Immigration officer. The Canadian Immigration office in
Trinidad, which is the Canadian
High Commission, represents Suriname too.
We left the United States with high hopes of getting our Permanent Resident status.
Our future depended on a successful Immigration Canada
Though we were quite nervous about the possibility of not getting the
permanent resident visa, we knew we were doing everything that was
required from us. Still, the possibility was there...
And in that case we would have to stay in Suriname. I love my home
but I always knew I would one day leave for another country. It is way
too hot there, and it's still a developing country.
However, the five months we spent there while waiting for an answer
from the Canadian Immigration office after our interview, was a
time I'll remember for a long time. After all it had been fifteen
years since we had last seen it. It was also the first time our
daughters saw the country their
parents came from. They enjoyed their stay a lot as well. Suriname
country full of warm people who love to party and have fun!
The food is
second to none! It's like
that in most of the Caribbean. No wonder tourists like to visit the
Caribbean, but Suriname is not an island, and it's fairly unknown yet
in the western world. (If you like the Caribbean, then you'll like Suriname
and its capital city Paramaribo.)
In April 2006 we finally received the long awaited letter from the
Canadian Immigration office. We were very nervous as we opened it. The
relief and joy we felt when we saw our passports stamped with the
Permanent Resident visa is simply indescribable... it was an emotional
moment. We felt a real connection with Canada. I have to say, while
going through the whole Immigration Canada process we noticed the
attitude of Canadians
vs. Americans. Canadians
really are friendlier, happier and more relaxed
When I started looking for help on discussion boards and
about information on Immigration
Canada, I met several very
Canadians, and I even became good friends with one of them whom I'm
still in touch with. They all did their best to answer my questions
concerning Immigration Canada. Most Canadians are very helpful and
friendly. They have a "live and let live" attitude and are very laid
back. I am so happy to have moved to Canada!
May 2006 we finally arrived in Toronto as landed Canadian immigrants.
feeling of gratitude that washed over us was overwhelming! Just
imagine: the USA had kicked us out, but Canada had embraced us.
Immigration lawyers in the US had robbed us, but with the extensive
information found on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Web site,
we didn't even need to hire a lawyer, except for a few questions we had
that were answered for free by the lawyer we had contacted. However,
your case may be different and you may require an immigration
attorney's extensive help in your Immigration Canada efforts.
To think that we were devastated when the deportation notice arrived,
we now realise that it was actually a blessing
on this path to Canada.
Had we not received the notice, we would probably not feel the pressure
of working hard at getting our Canadian Immigration papers. We might at
have given up on the Immigration Canada process, since it is a
process and at times quite frustrating.
Today we are close to
citizens! Soon we will have completed
three years as permanent residents or "landed immigrants" in Canada,
which means we can apply
for the citizenship status. We can't wait to officially become
Canadians, or as they also say: Canucks!
Now that the vague idea of Immigration Canada (that came to my
mind after reading about British
Columbia in that book I bought in 2003) has become a reality, and we
have settled in Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan (where the job offer came from)... my
step is to relocate to
British Columbia! It will be my final journey, for that is
the paradise of my dreams!
Immigrating to Canada is not a decision to make in haste. You have to
consider several questions such as:
Carefully consider the answers to all of these questions and any others
you can think of before embarking on the road of Immigration Canada.
- Will the Canadian Health Care System meet my needs?
- Will I need a Medicare Supplement Plan like the ones they offer in the USA?
- What type of work will I perform and is it available
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