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When I applied for my Working Holiday Visa (WHP) way back in early 2009, the steps were pretty simple.  Fill out a form, send it to Sydney and wolla.. a couple of weeks later you received a Letter of Introduction to enter Canada for the purposes of a working holiday.

Alas I left my run a little too late to be able to apply for a second visa (critera requires that you be under the age of 31….and WELL past that now), so in order for me to gain an extention to stay I had to do on of the following:

a)  A wrangle me a cowboy (option preferred!!)

b) Apply for the Candian Experiance Class Visa

or

c) Find an employer to sponsor me

Time was fast running out for option a. (even though my nieces are still hoping to be flowergirls…. well bridesmaid’s now at least!) but I was lucky that my boss was happy enough to proceed with option c so earlier this year we started the process of ensuring that I could stay just a tad longer and enlisted the help of an immigration agency to help smooth the process.

Step one of my visa extention required that my boss obtain a Labour Market Opinion or LMO.  Basically this simply says that there is a shortfall of Canadian’s able to do my job and that I am the best candidate (which of course I was!!), however my job was required to be advertised for 6 weeks (Do you know how daunting it is when you are receving resumes’ for your position??).

Step two was for me to lodge a request to extend my current work visia and hope that the LMO was approved, all before my current visa expired on March 13 this year and to remain on ‘implied status’ until my new visa was approved or denied.  This basically meant that I couldn’t leave the country.. I know right.. I hear you.. Canada is a HUGE country.. but being ‘grounded’ because someone else says so.. well it doesn’t really sit right with Nean … AT ALL!!

Sorry.. did I say smoother earlier… No…

Our first application for our LMO came back ‘rejected’.  Yep.. imagine my suprise when I opened the Fax and read “Labour Market Opinion # ************* Rejected”.  It certianly caused a flurry of events to take place, especially as I was in the middle of quarterly reports and my boss in the middle of tax preparation .. we really didn’t have time to deal with it..

Thankfully the following week we recieved confirmation that the resubmission had been ‘Accepted’.  Phew!!

So stage one complete… we now had the LMO..

Now for the ME factor and to get my visa extended… I had sent numerous emails to my immigration agent asking about an update on the progress.  Nothing out of the ordinary, all I really wanted was confirmation that everything was going to plan and that nothing ‘wayward’ was going to happen.  Instead all I got was a ‘we just have to wait’.

Now those that know me, know that I’m not really this kind of girl. Being brought up on a farm and with four brothers, it usually meant, if you want something done.. you have to do it yourself.

So I did. I rang Citizen and Immigration Canada (CIC) to find out on the progress of my application, only to find out that they were simply waiting on the LMO approval to finalize my visa..

WHAT!!!! that was approved over three weeks ago!.. yep.. my immigration agent had failed to provide them with my approved LMO…so I did!

Fast foward a month and numerous more emails to my immigration agent and finally I received a ‘Congratulations’ email from her confirming that my new visa had been approved.  WHOOOOO HOOOO.. eligible to stay till 2014!!

How do I feel?  That question is about as confusing as putting a blonde in a circle and asking them to sit in the corner…

 

 

 

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Since I arrived in Canada I have had a fascination with trains.  I know I know.. ‘WHAT.. but I’m a girl!’..

I don’t know what it.. but it’s true.. everything about them fascinates me..

Perhaps it was the after work relaxation that I got watching Jase and Will lie on the floor most nights and play with the entire Thomas set that Will owned (or was that Jase owned!!) or perhaps it’s the memories that they provide to me and the reminders of those I miss back home… but anyway, Saturday was not my first encounter with trains on this side of the world, but it was definitely the first time that I actually got to climb over them (yes I felt like a kid again) and wander through the carriages of some of the old majestic first class trains originally owned by Canadian Pacific Railways.. and YES… I also saw my first real live round house…. and had a ride on a steam engine…

Lucky me I managed to score a free ticket with Fi to her work family day at Heritage Park.  For you Victoria’s think more Pioneer Settlement than Sovereign Hill!!.. but it was still a free day and Fi and I wandered through the old-fashioned midway, complete with old style ferris wheel, amusement games and boat swings.  Across into ‘Laggan’s’ farm, complete with Cinnamon and Oreo the potty calves, Tom the turkey and numerous little pigs.  Even further into the unknown were we found a RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) post, a saloon and a school and an outpost church… but by far the most fun we had, was exploring the trains and taking a ride on the old steam train (even if it only included two loops around the park)…

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Wow.. what an experience to wake up this morning and see this email in my inbox:


Date: Fri, 18 May 2012 00:01:01 -0700
To: mclean12103@hotmail.com
Subject: Congratulations – your photo, Quite Sunday, is featured
 From: members@viewbug.com

Your photo, Quite Sunday, is featured on the home page.

Needless to say I was pretty happy to have a photo that I’d only uploaded early this week end up on the feature page.. esp out of sooooo soooo many others…

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to view my photo please click on the link below  ….. i hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed taking it!!!

http://www.viewbug.com/photo/1838776

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