11.06.2008

citizenship update

Our applications for Canadian citizenship are in the mail! And may I say:
WHOO-HOOOO!!!!

In my last post about our status in Canada, I said:
The only potentially tricky part is the number of days you have actually been physically present in Canada.
To be eligible for Canadian citizenship, you must have lived in Canada for at least three years (1,095 days) out of the four years (1,460 days) preceding your application. Please note that you cannot meet the residence requirements for citizenship without a minimum of two (2) years as a permanent resident.

The counter takes in the last four years, so those of you who moved to Canada before becoming Permanent Residents, a full year of that time counts.

You also deduct any time spent outside of Canada. Day trips don't count, so we don't deduct time for picking up friends at the Buffalo airport or picking up Tala in western New York State. But our little trips to New York and Vermont, our US Thanksgiving in New Jersey, vacation in Peru, my trip to Southern California - all that gets deducted.

The CIC site has a very useful and user-friendly online calculator, where you can input all your info, and it tells you exactly when you're eligible to apply for citizenship. You can save it online, and you can also print your results to submit it with your application.

After deducting our various trips out of Canada, we determined we can submit our applications on November 1. Only two months away, not bad! Allan is eligible sooner than me, but we'll submit our applications when we're both ready.

I was out of the country 65 days in the last 3 years; Allan had 49 days. We had forgotten a wedding in Vermont, so my eligibility date came out to November 3.

This week we had our pictures taken in the back of a video and novelty store, one of the zillion citizenship-photo places in Mississauga, where the man taking your picture is a new Canadian himself. We checked everything twice, paid $400 online and printed a receipt, and sent off the whole shebang.

The CIC website says the current processing times for routine citizenship applications is 12-15 months. I hope it comes through while Hazel McCallion is still Mayor of Mississauga, because I want to be sworn in by her on Canada Day. I don't know if that's possible at this point, but I'm hoping.

30 comments:

Bob's Blog said...

Congratulations to you. I am so envious. My wife is still so afraid of moving, and she says that now that Obama has won, there is hope. I agree, there is hope. However, the racism and homophobia in the U.S. will take many more generations to decline. It will never disappear completely. Again, my congratulations.

M@ said...

Awesome! I'm so happy for you guys.

richard said...

Welcome in advance:-)

Mayor Hazel McCallion is a gem, isn't she? Just wonderful.

L-girl said...

Thanks, all! I guess it will be a while before it comes through, but it still feels like a really big step.

Mayor Hazel McCallion is a gem, isn't she? Just wonderful.

I really dig her. Since we've been in Canada, I've seen her swearing in new citizens on Canada Day, and I've had my eye on that. Now that she's announced that this is finally her last term, I'm not sure if we'll get there before the next mayoral election or not.

richard said...

I knew she wasn't likely to carry on for much longer but I'm sorry to hear she's going. May her tribe increase.

Thefinalhalo said...

Congratulations!

Jen said...

Yay! Congrats!

BCSpike said...

Congratulations. I wish my quest for eligibility was going as well. My job takes me out of the country too often, and I doubt that I'll ever reach the three-outta-four threshold. I'll have to plead my case before a citizenship judge and hope for the best.

Ryan said...

Congrats.

Are you going for dual citizenship?

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Good for you! Canada rocks.

L-girl said...

Thanks everyone!

Are you going for dual citizenship?

We have no choice. You can't just give up your present citizenship. Canadian citizenship is just added on.

In the future, if we want to give up our US citizenship, we can look into that. For the moment, tho, we'll be both. (Or we hope to be, after our apps are processed.)

gito said...

Congrats L!!! We'll be looking at your updates on the process!

JakeNCC said...

But..But..BUT I thought you were moving back to the States now?

Mohamed Taher said...

Wish you God speed (lets forget the time they say when they want and blah blah blah)!!!

FYI. Our site has today Canadian eh to zed video: Watch

MSEH said...

"Woo-hoo" is right!!

Scott M. said...

YAHOO!

Nancy said...

Congratulations!

I have some news too...I've just gone for my medical exam for the Permanent Residency, so my 'clock' will start ticking before the end of the year!

May you have a real celebration this time next year, if not earlier.

mister anchovy said...

hey, good for you.

pg said...

Welcome! (We seem to be getting all of the "good Americans.")

:-)

ErinOrtlund said...

Congrats! I'm surprised at the possible wait though--somehow I imagined we'd apply, take the test, and be citizens!

L-girl said...

Thanks everyone! (Thanks for the welcome, pg - we've been here 3+ years. :) )

Nancy, good news! Keep us posted on your progress, eh?

Erin, I know, it's a bit of a disappointment, I was thinking more like 6 months or so. But we're here for the duration, so I guess it's no rush.

Nancy said...

I am a little surprised to hear that you will have to wait nearly another year after you take the citizenship exam. Then again, they have to grade them, don't they?
How much cramming in Canadian history do you have to do?

tornwordo said...

Congrats. Keep on top of it though. I didn't receive my notice to go to the ceremony (never found out why) so I missed my date. It was because they told me 12- 15 months and then sent my notice at 8 months. It wasn't a big deal but I'm glad I checked my status, or I might have had to start the process over.

L-girl said...

I am a little surprised to hear that you will have to wait nearly another year after you take the citizenship exam.

We haven't taken an exam yet. We've just filed our application. The exam comes much later.

Tornwordo, thanks for the heads-up! I will definitely keep checking the status of our apps. And good to hear it took about half the estimated time. I was wondering if the 12-15 months might be over-estimated.

Ann said...

Congratulations!

Nikolas said...

12-15 MONTHS!!!!

Good Lord, they put us through a long wait during the Immigration process and now we will have to go through it again for citizenship???

Oh well, at least we can live here during that wait ;-)

Francis said...

YAYY!!
We'll be glad to count you as one of us. The more the merrier as they say ;)

Jen said...

re: dual citizenry: As a dual citizen (Cdn/Irish) I like it just on principle. Even if one doesn't agree with the governmental issues held by one or the other of your citizenships (e.g.: like me and Ireland's appalling stance on abortion). But who agrees with everything their government does? No one, not even the various heads of state.

You may feel differently considering your views are at such odds with those held by the US govt and seemingly the majority of the populace. I'd be interested in what you think.

Cheers, Jen

L-girl said...

As a dual citizen (Cdn/Irish) I like it just on principle. Even if one doesn't agree with the governmental issues held by one or the other of your citizenships (e.g.: like me and Ireland's appalling stance on abortion). But who agrees with everything their government does? No one, not even the various heads of state.

You may feel differently considering your views are at such odds with those held by the US govt and seemingly the majority of the populace. I'd be interested in what you think.


Yes, my views are different than that. I'm not just opposed to what a current government does. I'm at odds with all of it, and I have been ever since I came into my own.

My guess is you love Ireland, and have pride in it despite certain laws. I don't feel that way about the US.

I know there are great and beautiful things that came out of that country - music, food, architecture, many great people - but one could say that about any country.

I'd like to give up my US citizenship for all reasons but one: ease of travel back and forth. My mother, my siblings, my nieces and nephews, and many dear friends are all in US. I want to be able to see them when I can. Having a US passport facilitates that.

It's a purely practical and utilitarian reason, but it's a big one.

redsock said...

But who agrees with everything their government does?

The people who yell "love it or leave it" must by definition love 100% -- or at least support 100% -- of what the government does.