The Big Question was the expiration date of the visa - how much time we'd have until we had to move (first mentioned here). We had a possible answer, but also learned that it varies at different times and for different countries of origin. We figured it wouldn't be less than six months, but we never really knew.
Now this question, once so central to our plans, has been made moot (mootified?) by our great fortune at finding a place to live so quickly. Who would have thought we'd have a house before our passports came back in the mail? Amazing!
Here's that timeline again, including one future date.
March 22, 2004 - applications submitted for first time
April 3 & 23 - corrected applications resubmitted
June 3 - applications declared correct and placed in queue
Jan 18, 2005 - initial assessment complete, request for additional documents
Feb 1 - medical exams done
March 21 - FBI clearances received*
March 23 - second round of documents sent to CIC
May 11 - applications are complete [WE'RE IN!!]; request for passports
June 4 - passports returned with visas; we now have permanent resident status
August 30, 2005 - we move to Canada. For real.
I'm happy, stunned, nervous, impatient, thrilled, anxious, sad, overwhelmed and completely under control.
* This has changed, CIC now asks for FBI certificate with initial application.