Landing and after experience

Old May 22nd 2005, 10:59 pm
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Timeline:
Submitted application May 2003
AOR May 2003
IA- Interview waived June 2004
Medicals, RCMP, ROLF June 2004
PP request March 2005
PR Visa March 2005
Landed 14th of April 2005

RCMP took 8 months to be processed
Full points for language proficiency -no IELTS necessary due living in Canada 3 + 1 years and England 5 years

Occupation titles and NOC’s :
4212 Res. Social Worker -UK
4212 Assistant Manager – Canada
1236 Customs Broker –Finland

Points: 77 total

Passed medical with heart condition: AV Block with pacemaker

After I received my COPR and Visa, I booked my flight to Vancouver. I was going to fly 6.40 am and had to be in the airport 2 hours earlier. I was well prepared, but things do not always go as planned. In the morning on 13th there was a fire in our building. It damaged all the wires, and I soon realized there was no phone line or electricity. I had to order the airport taxi well ahead by using a phone booth, and at night I had to take a shower with candlelight. I was beginning to hope that no more surprises were in store, such as the plane being hijacked…..

All went well anyway, and I arrived at Vancouver airport very tired but safe. I then wondered how to fill in the customs form as I was not a visitor nor was I yet a permanent resident???? Soon I was directed to Immigration, where I chatted with one immigrating British journalist. We both had to have our pictures taken, cause for some reason the one’s in our COPR were no good. I said that we now have a proof how we looked when we landed (tired from long sleepless flight). I offered my “goods to follow” lists to customs officer, but he gave me a sheet of instructions instead. When I phoned the customs few days after to arrange my lists to be stamped they said they no longer do that. When all my stuff arrives, I have to contact them and prove that all items are used and not new. OK.

Next day I got myself a cell phone contract without having a permanent address. They were perfectly satisfied for me using one of my friend’s address until I get one. I then applied a status change for my SIN card, and changed my driver’s license address (I have managed to keep my BC class 4 license valid).

When I was looking for a place to live I bumped to some people I used to know in the past. That is Vancouver, with over 2 million people you still coincidentally bump to someone you know, even you have been away for a while. I then saw one place I could have moved to. They wanted references and I could only offer them one former landlady, who said she does not remember me, but asked me to phone. When I did she offered me a better place where I live now. This is an old character house with a sundeck on the rooftop. Location is excellent in the heart of Kitsilano. I have all those Broadway, and 4th Avenue cafes and shops in walking distance as well as the beach.

After being here for a week, I took a trip to Banff, where I saw my favorite band at Sunhine Village ski resort. Skilift up to the mountains, and it was a great concert. After getting a playlist from the band ‘backstage’, I went out in the evening in Banff. Someone invited me from Rose and Crown to join him to this private ‘Coors Light - after concert party’ in Wild Bill’s, where the band members arrived later too. There was also a great other band playing in that joint. I soon got to know some other people with whom I ended to another popular nightspot later. After taking many shots with my new digital camera, I came back to Vancouver through Nelson. Now I have just been shopping all the necessities like laptop, printer, clothes…..

My PR card came really quickly but I had to wait four weeks for the SIN card. So all has gone well, and first weeks were even really nice and sunny. Now I just wait the monsoon season to be over so that I can go to the beach with friends.

Good luck with your applications – remember there is light in the end of the tunnel.
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Old May 22nd 2005, 11:09 pm
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A nice happy ending, and very encouraging experience!
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Originally Posted by eila
Timeline:
Submitted application May 2003
AOR May 2003
IA- Interview waived June 2004
Medicals, RCMP, ROLF June 2004
PP request March 2005
PR Visa March 2005
Landed 14th of April 2005

RCMP took 8 months to be processed
Full points for language proficiency -no IELTS necessary due living in Canada 3 + 1 years and England 5 years

Occupation titles and NOC’s :
4212 Res. Social Worker -UK
4212 Assistant Manager – Canada
1236 Customs Broker –Finland

Points: 77 total

Passed medical with heart condition: AV Block with pacemaker

After I received my COPR and Visa, I booked my flight to Vancouver. I was going to fly 6.40 am and had to be in the airport 2 hours earlier. I was well prepared, but things do not always go as planned. In the morning on 13th there was a fire in our building. It damaged all the wires, and I soon realized there was no phone line or electricity. I had to order the airport taxi well ahead by using a phone booth, and at night I had to take a shower with candlelight. I was beginning to hope that no more surprises were in store, such as the plane being hijacked…..

All went well anyway, and I arrived at Vancouver airport very tired but safe. I then wondered how to fill in the customs form as I was not a visitor nor was I yet a permanent resident???? Soon I was directed to Immigration, where I chatted with one immigrating British journalist. We both had to have our pictures taken, cause for some reason the one’s in our COPR were no good. I said that we now have a proof how we looked when we landed (tired from long sleepless flight). I offered my “goods to follow” lists to customs officer, but he gave me a sheet of instructions instead. When I phoned the customs few days after to arrange my lists to be stamped they said they no longer do that. When all my stuff arrives, I have to contact them and prove that all items are used and not new. OK.

Next day I got myself a cell phone contract without having a permanent address. They were perfectly satisfied for me using one of my friend’s address until I get one. I then applied a status change for my SIN card, and changed my driver’s license address (I have managed to keep my BC class 4 license valid).

When I was looking for a place to live I bumped to some people I used to know in the past. That is Vancouver, with over 2 million people you still coincidentally bump to someone you know, even you have been away for a while. I then saw one place I could have moved to. They wanted references and I could only offer them one former landlady, who said she does not remember me, but asked me to phone. When I did she offered me a better place where I live now. This is an old character house with a sundeck on the rooftop. Location is excellent in the heart of Kitsilano. I have all those Broadway, and 4th Avenue cafes and shops in walking distance as well as the beach.

After being here for a week, I took a trip to Banff, where I saw my favorite band at Sunhine Village ski resort. Skilift up to the mountains, and it was a great concert. After getting a playlist from the band ‘backstage’, I went out in the evening in Banff. Someone invited me from Rose and Crown to join him to this private ‘Coors Light - after concert party’ in Wild Bill’s, where the band members arrived later too. There was also a great other band playing in that joint. I soon got to know some other people with whom I ended to another popular nightspot later. After taking many shots with my new digital camera, I came back to Vancouver through Nelson. Now I have just been shopping all the necessities like laptop, printer, clothes…..

My PR card came really quickly but I had to wait four weeks for the SIN card. So all has gone well, and first weeks were even really nice and sunny. Now I just wait the monsoon season to be over so that I can go to the beach with friends.

Good luck with your applications – remember there is light in the end of the tunnel.
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Old May 23rd 2005, 6:59 am
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Originally Posted by eila
Timeline:
Submitted application May 2003
AOR May 2003
IA- Interview waived June 2004
Medicals, RCMP, ROLF June 2004
PP request March 2005
PR Visa March 2005
Landed 14th of April 2005

RCMP took 8 months to be processed
Full points for language proficiency -no IELTS necessary due living in Canada 3 + 1 years and England 5 years

Occupation titles and NOC’s :
4212 Res. Social Worker -UK
4212 Assistant Manager – Canada
1236 Customs Broker –Finland

Points: 77 total

Passed medical with heart condition: AV Block with pacemaker

After I received my COPR and Visa, I booked my flight to Vancouver. I was going to fly 6.40 am and had to be in the airport 2 hours earlier. I was well prepared, but things do not always go as planned. In the morning on 13th there was a fire in our building. It damaged all the wires, and I soon realized there was no phone line or electricity. I had to order the airport taxi well ahead by using a phone booth, and at night I had to take a shower with candlelight. I was beginning to hope that no more surprises were in store, such as the plane being hijacked…..

All went well anyway, and I arrived at Vancouver airport very tired but safe. I then wondered how to fill in the customs form as I was not a visitor nor was I yet a permanent resident???? Soon I was directed to Immigration, where I chatted with one immigrating British journalist. We both had to have our pictures taken, cause for some reason the one’s in our COPR were no good. I said that we now have a proof how we looked when we landed (tired from long sleepless flight). I offered my “goods to follow” lists to customs officer, but he gave me a sheet of instructions instead. When I phoned the customs few days after to arrange my lists to be stamped they said they no longer do that. When all my stuff arrives, I have to contact them and prove that all items are used and not new. OK.

Next day I got myself a cell phone contract without having a permanent address. They were perfectly satisfied for me using one of my friend’s address until I get one. I then applied a status change for my SIN card, and changed my driver’s license address (I have managed to keep my BC class 4 license valid).

When I was looking for a place to live I bumped to some people I used to know in the past. That is Vancouver, with over 2 million people you still coincidentally bump to someone you know, even you have been away for a while. I then saw one place I could have moved to. They wanted references and I could only offer them one former landlady, who said she does not remember me, but asked me to phone. When I did she offered me a better place where I live now. This is an old character house with a sundeck on the rooftop. Location is excellent in the heart of Kitsilano. I have all those Broadway, and 4th Avenue cafes and shops in walking distance as well as the beach.

After being here for a week, I took a trip to Banff, where I saw my favorite band at Sunhine Village ski resort. Skilift up to the mountains, and it was a great concert. After getting a playlist from the band ‘backstage’, I went out in the evening in Banff. Someone invited me from Rose and Crown to join him to this private ‘Coors Light - after concert party’ in Wild Bill’s, where the band members arrived later too. There was also a great other band playing in that joint. I soon got to know some other people with whom I ended to another popular nightspot later. After taking many shots with my new digital camera, I came back to Vancouver through Nelson. Now I have just been shopping all the necessities like laptop, printer, clothes…..

My PR card came really quickly but I had to wait four weeks for the SIN card. So all has gone well, and first weeks were even really nice and sunny. Now I just wait the monsoon season to be over so that I can go to the beach with friends.

Good luck with your applications – remember there is light in the end of the tunnel.

Ciao Eila!

we already know each other by chatting over the email...I am very happy for your new life in Vancouver, I can feel your excitement!

I'm still waiting my case to be finalized...can you believe it?

Good luck again!

Cry
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