PR Card Never Received
As you know from my previous post, I finally became a Canadian Permanent Resident in the end of February, 2014. It was a long(-ish) and a little stressful wait, but I made it to the end in one piece, and I couldn’t be happier.
However, little did I know, the headache was not over. With the residency, I needed to get my Care Card in order. My driver’s license was about to expire, so I needed to get a BC Services Card, which essentially is a fusion of a Care Card with a BCID. To my surprise (but not really) I was informed that in order to get a BC Services Card a Confirmation of PR was not good enough, and they needed an actual PR card.
This is where the things get fun: I have not received a PR card, despite the noted 6-8 week deadline. So I went home empty-handed, wondering where on Earth it may be. Tried to contact CIC’s toll-free support line, only to be told numerous times that the line was too busy and I need to call back again.
So I went to Google, and found an applicable declaration form. It ended up being a lot easier than expected: I filled the form out, photocopied my confirmation of Permanent Residence (it was not required, but I figured it would add some extra weight and credibility). There was an option to either mail or fax the form, and with my passion for over-performance I did both.
And, what do you know, 3 weeks later I had an unmarked CIC envelope (sent by non-registered mail) with the shiny new PR card inside! Luckily, I did not have to pay any extra processing fees (other than the mailing costs).