As the November rains have started, so also has a shower of gloom come upon us. Without going into a lot of detail, it seems that our failure to get Landed Immigrant Status has had a domino effect on our situation; These days, new workers in Canada usually have Permanent Residency (Landed Immigrant status) by the time their first year’s Work Permit is up for renewal. That obviously wasn’t the case for us.
Because our problems with Pam’s fingerprints, I’m now having to do the unusual step of trying to get a renewal of a work permit. We thought this would be a simple rubber stamp on a form at the border or some other office, but at this point, it does not look either simple, or even likely, in that it involves lots of more paperwork, and some other details involving my employer that I’ll leave out for the moment.
At this point, there’s a strong probability that a month from today we’ll both be out of the workforce, back where we began again. Pam is even in the midst of a contract, and will be forced out of it, and this pains her a great deal. While a brand new Work Permit (for Pam, this time) will solve most of our problems for the time being, that will also require processing (about 55 days, our Lawyer reports, and we haven’t even submitted that yet), so there will be an inevitable gap before we can work again. In addition to waiting for this new work permit, we are also waiting for the fingerprints (still barely readable) that we sent to California and Connecticut to be accepted and for them to send us Police Certificates, along with Massachusetts, who for some reason didn’t need fingerprints.
It’s a hell of a way to enter into the Holiday Season, but it’s as if those unreadable prints have thrown us right back to the starting line. That’s not entirely accurate, but it sure feels that way.
I don’t think that words can express our level of frustration and disappointment.