Monday, March 03, 2008

I Did It!


Because I am the master of procrastination, I made a promise to myself in January that I would take the month of March and apply for my Canadian citizenship. I am quite intimidated by forms of any kind. I did try to do this online about a year ago and gave up. This time I ordered the forms and received them in the mail. I took them out this morning, gathered all my documents, sat down, read all the instructions and began. Long story short...I finished in one hour. I only felt like banging my head a couple of times. What I thought that would take me weeks of frustration with many phone calls to Immigration Canada, I completed in record time. After I signed the last page I said to myself "Is that all? Have I been putting this off for years and this is all there was to it?" All that is left is to go and get my citizenship photos, go to the bank, pay for the processing fees and mail. I can get the pictures at London Drugs for about $12.00. Processing fees are $200.00. After that I guess I wait. They will send me a book to study. I have to write a test. If I was 55 years old I wouldn't have to write the test. Rats! So close but so far. After that I have to have an interview. When all has passed, I get to go to a ceremony. Then I think we should all have a party. Any way...I did it...I kept my promise to myself. I feels good.

12 comments:

The Invisible Mo said...

Ummm....I beg to differ! I'M the master of procrastination. haha! So we have something else in common.
I always think I hate paper work, too. Then I sit down to do it and find I actually enjoy it. I'm not why I think I hate it.
Congratulations on getting that done. My friend in Canada (pictured in one of my blogs standing next to her box refrigerator) emmigrated to Canada not long after we got out of high school and has been there ever since.
I used to go up all the time when they lived in Chilliwack. We used to cross country ski together. Since they moved up north I don't see them as often and now I have to get a passport to even consider it. I guess that is something I should put on my to do this year list. We have an option, now, to put it together so it is on our driver's license.
Good luck on your studies and the test. Sheila

footsack said...

Good for you! Melanie and Peter spend days trying to get through the paper work for Peter's landed immigrant status. Now they are waiting too but the wait is about 6-8 months for that.
Good luck on your studying!

Becky said...

I'd wait till I was 55.

Christine said...

It won't hurt to stimulate my brain. I think I can do it.

Sue said...

Way to go !!! For myself I'd wait till 55. I don't think I could pass the test though it would be interesting to try. I think the party would be great. Another theme party!!!

sweetisu said...

Sounds easier than the US citizenship process.

Good luck with studying and interviewing etc.

Avaelyn said...

YEAH!!! I think I also may have just waited til I was 55, but that's just me. I'm lazy. Haha. AWESOME FOR YOU! I think a party would be good. I may have to find a way to come.

Margaret said...

Way to go, Chris. I wouldn't wait till 55. Just to prove that you can do it, I'd do it.

Eve said...

I didn't realize you aren't a Canadian citizen already. I'm past 55 already, so for me I guess there wouldn't be any choice to make. :) Congratulations on making this big move forward! I'm sure you'll ace the test.

Sandy C. said...

Woohoo! Congrats on taking this leap. I'm sure you'll pass with flying colors :)

John said...

I am not sure I am ready for this. I have always taken a weird sense of pride in being able to say that I am married to an alien. Oh well, I guess I will be able to take pride in the fact that you an I can now do another thing together. Vote.

jientje said...

I thought you already were a Canadian citizen. I thought you had lived in Canada all your life?
How long do you live there?
Where did you live before then?
Am I too nosy?