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).
Here is what the top part of the email I received looks like:
They (CIC) want to know whether I got any additional dependants (no) or if I am going to get married (and, no) before getting the PR. They have also asked for the prepaid envelope for the courier, or otherwise my passport will be shipped regular mail.
It is a little too early to be clapping hands and jumping around in excitement, but I got a lot of weight off my shoulders with the relief of knowing I’m almost there. Now to make a plan for the near and not-that-near future:
1. Decide on when will I be visiting home again (last time I went back was in Summer 2009).
2. Finalize and start registering our small enterprises (the ideas were long in the making with a group of friends, and now are closer to being accomplished than ever).
3. Get the documents in order: and, as such, get the prolonged US Visa (Permanent Residents usually get visas for 10 years).
4. Find out how I can officially invite my parents to visit, in regards on how to aid their Canadian Visitors Visa issuance process.
5. Decide on whether I will be going back to school (I’ve been considering Database Administration for the longest time now, and just need to weigh online education vs. classroom education with a completion certificate).