Some of you may know, that I have recently received my Permanent Resident status. Now that I do, I decided to get a US visa (because, why not). I have already made a post about getting a US Visa for non-canadians, so this time I will outline the similarities and the differences.
This Saturday, I have received an e-mail from CIC I’ve been long waiting for: a passport request, implying that the only thing that needs to be done in order for me to receive my Permanent Residence is for me to mail my passport in to get the Landed Immigrant Visa stamped in. Once I have it, I need to leave Canada (from what my friend, who got his PR a few months ago, told me, I can go to Point Roberts, notify the border staff I just need to “activate” my PR, leave the transit zone, make a circle and walk right back in).
GCMS (Global Case Management System) notes are essentially all of the notes that CIC will have on your file. Regardless of the type of your application, under the Access To Information Act and Privacy Act. There are lots of people who would do this for $10-50, but in reality, a request costs either $5 administrative fee (under the Access to Information Act), or free (under the Privacy Act).
I have found myself in a situation, where I may have to renew my work permit in order to maintain my legal status within Canada. My current Post-Graduate Work Permit expires in April 2014, and my PR application is nowhere near to be approved (my estimate is that it will take 6 to 12 more months, depending on how fast my medical examination will reach them, and how long it will take for a background check). Luckily, there is a “Bridging” Open Work Permit Program for applicants under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).