Archive for the ‘Immigration’ Category

The Job Ain’t Over…   1 comment

The job ain’t over until the paperwork is finished.

– Graffiti commonly seen above rest room toilet paper dispensers

Moving into Canada from outside the country requires preparation of reams of paperwork for presentation upon arrival at the border.  Getting started in Canada heralds a fresh batch. Read the rest of this entry »


The Eagle and the Beaver Have Landed!   Leave a comment

Welcome to Canada.

With that greeting came instructions to park Donovan and go inside the Canada Border Services Agency office just behind the Pacific Highway checkpoint booths for processing. Read the rest of this entry »

The Point of No Return   Leave a comment

Monday morning, April 11, 2011.  Our time was now.

Paul and I were a bundle of nerves.  Neither of us enjoys dealing with often snarky immigration and customs personnel.  Today promised a double dose that filled me with dread. Read the rest of this entry »

The Court of Star Chamber   Leave a comment

First, a history lesson…

Once upon a time in a kingdom far away, there existed a judicial body known as the Court of Star Chamber.  Despite its charming name and surroundings (a chamber having a ceiling painting of the night sky, complete with stars), the Court was anything but.

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“You Have the House!”   Leave a comment

Every now and then, Paul and I find ourselves trying to maintain a course of action and  make what appears at the time to be a mistake.  In short order, the mistake reveals itself as the better solution.

We call it ‘screwing up in reverse’. Read the rest of this entry »

“You’re fired!”   1 comment

Tension built as March began.  Only a month to go and still so much to do.

The paperwork required on both sides of the border for an international move could fill a ream.

It starts with item lists and box labels, the general details of which, for items sent on the moving truck, make their way onto the shipping manifest, and continuing with the jewelry, electronics and hobby supply lists in varying levels of detail…in duplicate. Read the rest of this entry »

Suspended Animation   1 comment

Maybe I was too soon in pulling the trigger.

Six weeks after Paul’s layoff, my nerves were frazzled, though the well was not yet dry.  Our only consolation was that we had yet to hear from the INS.  A decision had to be made on vacating our lease. Read the rest of this entry »