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Oh, Canada!

by Michael Nielsen on October 28, 2008

I became a Canadian Permanent Resident, just a few hours ago. I should crack open the maple syrup, and down a few Tim Hortons donuts!

Update: Uh-oh. I’ve been told that I spelt donut in an un-Canadian fashion. Could be a problem here…

From → Canada

  1. Congratulations! Did you go to Buffalo?

  2. Eva – Thanks! I did it in-Canada (was told it was faster). The final confirmation was just down the road, in Kitchener.

  3. I didn’t know that was possible. Of course I’m in a different situation, but I had to physically leave the country and come back. And then again, because I didn’t know I had to bring bank statements with me the first time. (Bank statements needed because I was coming from a study permit. Nobody else needs that. The rules are random and weird.)

  4. Eva – Yeah, there seem to be a lot of variations possible, and whether you can do it in-Canada may depend a lot on your particular situation. I found the whole thing pretty bewildering, but I was lucky to have a lot of help from someone who knew a lot about the process.

  5. You forgot the “eh” at the end of the post that is clearly required for true Canadianess…

  6. The Vlad permalink

    But are you still true blue, Mike? πŸ™‚

  7. Mick – Damn! Two errors… I hope it’s not three strikes and you’re out, eh?

  8. Vlad – What’s that, eh?

  9. Congrats! It is a really dumb process but having help makes it less annoying. I had not heard that applying from within Canada was faster though, they use to delay internal applications just a few years ago.

  10. Congratulations!

  11. Jesse – Thanks! Stuff about timing is really complicated, and there don’t seem to be many general rules of thumb. The Immigration website does have lots of useful data on the processing times for different types of application; the way to go seems to be to look at that data, and decide the best route.

  12. Thanks, Bee!

  13. I could never become a Canadian, as being Canadian Bacon would be very…odd. Congrats and welcome to the 51st state πŸ˜‰

  14. Dave – I would have thought that being Canadian Bacon would have been an advantage from your point of view!

    “Congrats and welcome to the 51st state”.

    Thanks! Hope it’s nice and warm down there in the 11th province; it’s the first day of real snow up here in Waterloo.

  15. Lucky you!

    Now, the important question: comment va-t-il ton franΓ§ais ??? πŸ˜€ (Just a joke from a QC-lover!) πŸ™‚


  16. Congratulations, Michael!

    Given the many fine links that Michael’s blog provides, it’s pretty amazing that no one has yet posted a link to a “Canada Jokes” page … this lack is hereby remedied! πŸ™‚

  17. Alysson – Not only did I misspell doughnut, I also don’t speak any French. Obviously, I need to work on this!

  18. Thanks, John!

  19. christine permalink

    Congrats, as a fellow Aussie who also went through the system in Kitchener. I’m pretty sure that Australians also spell it ‘doughnut’, but Tim Horton’s shouldn’t be allowed to use the word for their inferior pastries.

  20. Christine – Are you still in Kitchener-Waterloo? If you are, and are up for a drink, I’d enjoy a chance to meet!

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