I was reminded the other day of an album I bought on vinyl, 30 years ago. Apart from it being as brilliantly sounding today as it was back then, just hearing the opening bars to each track – took me back to when I would play it endlessly on the second-hand record player in my bedroom. Some tracks I haven’t heard in a very long time – yet, I still know all the words and the nuance of every line and song. Sometimes I can’t remember what I was told last week, and yet this album from 30 years ago, I can recite verbatim. I also wonder, that as a teenager listening to this in my bedroom all those years ago – what would I have thought if I’d have known that 30 years later I’d be listening to it again living in Western Canada? I wouldn’t have believed you if you’d told me.
Three years ago, I started this blog after being asked if we would move to Canada for a year or so. Back in 2014, being issued with temporary work permits for 3 years seemed a long time in the future – and yet, here we are. They are due to expire in September. For those of you who have been keeping up with our antics, you’ll know that about 18 months ago we started the process of applying for permanent residency as an option to extend our time over here. It’s certainly been a long time in the making and by no means, is a simple process. We’ve had the ‘delights’ of sitting an English test (part 1 and part 2!), demonstrating our education credentials, applying for police checks, taking medicals, proving job histories – the list has been endless. Not to mention the cost. Anyhow, as you’ll know, we finally submitted the full application back in February (click here for that saga) – and this culminated in an interview with Canada Border Agency last Thursday. During which, we were all granted permanent residency in Canada. Success!
I was expecting some trumpets heralding the news, a few fireworks to mark the occasion – but alas, no. We have a piece of paper as confirmation, but now have to wait until our formal ‘PR’ cards arrive in the post which will then act as our main source of documentation proving our status here. In the meantime, all other temporary permits, study visas and work visas have been taken in lieu of the cards arriving – which means that whilst we can leave Canada, they won’t let us back in – until the PR cards arrive. Thank goodness, we’ve got no overseas trips planned for the next 2 months …
I’m also slightly relieved that we don’t have to worry about having to pack everything back up to return, and even more so, our cat (yes, she’s still here at nearly 22 years old) equally can continue to reside in the manner to which she has now become accustomed. I was starting to panic that she wouldn’t last the flight back across the pond ….. mind you, I had the same concern 3 years ago when she first flew across here. She’ll outlive me at this rate.
So what does it all mean? Well, it never prevents us from returning back ‘home’ – but at least it allows us to continue residing and working in Canada for the foreseeable future. It provides options and choice – and that’s what we wanted. And for my British friends reading this, no need to rush about getting a trip over to visit in the next few months! Take your time – we’ll be here for a while for those venturing over this side of the pond. Feel free to sample the harsh cold of the far north with lots of winter skiing and skating – or bask in the blue skies, constant sun and high temperatures over the summer months. The choice is yours ….