Thursday, March 4, 2010
so you have plans, do you?
This is what it looks like outside our living room window on a nice February day here in Portland. Our place is tucked into a section of Forest Park and what you see are scrub maple trees covered in moss, ivy and ferns. It doesn't snow much here in winter and what does come down never stays long. Spring arrived about three weeks ago and I'm reveling in it even more than usual because this time next year we're planning to be in Halifax, NS.. yes, where it gets cold early and stays that way a long time. I'm a little nervous.
After more than 30 years in the US, half on each coast, I'm more American than Canadian in spite of having spent most of the first 30 years there. I like this country and I like the people. What I don't like are the politics of war and economic devastation. We've done what we can and it's time to move on since we may, hopefully, be able to do so. It's a much more complicated process than we imagined.
The documentation required to sponsor my husband's immigration is enormous. After perusing the 60 page manual and the 20 or so multiple page questionnaires we decided to hire an attorney in Halifax to help us with the process. They're a bit laid back. Every so often I'll get an email from them with questions and requests for attachments of birth certificates, passports, citizenship papers, proof of marriage, bank records etc. They require job, address and salary histories going back to the year dot. They want to be sure we have no hidden dependents. There's an FBI background check that takes 18 weeks and only one doctor in the state qualified to do Canadian permanent resident visa physicals. There may be an interview at the nearest Canadian Consulate. Talk about taking the fun and spontaneity out of something that used to be simple.
I'm not ready to resign from my job quite yet and I don't want to think about inventorying and packing all our stuff. The process can take a year. Will we drive or ship the car? I don't want to think about that yet either. It will be nice to be near the sea and it will also be nice to be closer to our son in New England. We're taking it one step at a time.
Speaking of taking steps I did buy myself a nice pair of boots - the green ones ☺