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Dec. 30th, 2008

inigo montoya


Passport renewal

So it's time for me to renew my passport, and I'm debating whether to take it down to the Toronto consulate in person or pop it in the mail. Here are my pros and cons of taking it in person:

Possibly faster turnaround (do they do it same-day, or is it still a couple of weeks delay?)
Don't have to worry about my passport being lost by the geniuses at Canada Post

Consulate is very scary and difficult to get into (I've been there three times and have yet to make it through the front door)
Consulate is kind of a pain to get to
Consulate is open very limited and strange hours

Also, where is the best place to get photos taken? Will they do that at the consulate, or do I need to get it done someplace else?

My next question is regarding my PR card. I'm finally changing my name on my passport to my married name, and obviously I need to change my PR card as well. Can I send off the name change for my PR card now, or do I need to wait until I get my passport back so they'll match? justcari, how did that end up working out for you? I'm planning a trip to Africa in April/May, so fast is better than slow!

I'm probably way overthinking this, but it's best to be on the safe side!

Dec. 10th, 2008

Awesome Vendetta Mask


Hi. I just joined, Interested in making new friends

 It's been quite a struggle living here without OHIP. I've been waiting for almost 4 years to get my residency. Has anybody else had such a long wait. Does anybody have a cheap alternative for OHIP that won't cost us $1500.00 a month? I'm running into frustration at every turn.

Any ideas?

Nov. 30th, 2008


SWAP and working in Canada

Hey everyone! Im new to live journal and to this group but I do have a quick question. Has anyone ever used the agency SWAP before? I am planning on doing that for the spring and summer months while I'm in school near Vancouver so I can just drive to and from work but I am just wondering if anyone has had any experiences with it or has known anyone who has. Just email me directly if you have input or suggestions! Any help would be stellar! THANK YOU! 

Nov. 3rd, 2008


(no subject)

Does anyone know where I could purchase Newports in Toronto? Or some way I could legally have them shipped to me from the States? I can't get used to these Canadian cigarettes..


Oct. 15th, 2008



Let no vote go unrocked

My coworkers are gobsmacked (gobsmacked!) that in the US, one's party affiliation is printed on everything vote related, including your registration card, absentee ballot, absentee ballot mailing label, envelope that holds the completed ballot...

EDIT: Apparently lots of states don't do that. NY, get with the program!

Yesterday was my first Canadian vote, and it's so simple and private! You go behind a cardboard thing, mark an x with a pencil, put your ballot in a cardboard box, and that's it. Easy, fair, unhackable. Scalable for a population the size of America's? I'm not sure.

Anyway, back to the absentee ballot. Although I called my election office in Podunktown, Podunk County, NY twice to make sure they were sending a ballot to the right address, they still messed it up. The preprinted sticker over "Residence from which vote is being cast" is my NY address from five years ago. Man. Who can I complain to (other than LJ, of course)?

I hate to be all tinfoil hat, but when my party affiliation is all over everything, and the elections office in a very politically different county screws my ballot up twice in a row, I do have to wonder... Is anyone else having ballot troubles?

Sep. 19th, 2008




I have a bit of a situation and I don't exactly know where to begin, so I apologize now for the length

My moms family is from Vancouver. I live in Washington state.
I'm eighteen and saving up to move to Vancouver in the spring and go to AIV next fall.

My little 'issues':
I'm eligible for dual citizenship and I want to at least have it filed before moving but I have no idea how to get ahold of the appropriate papers.

I can't get a hold of financial aid papers for next year and I'm confused about how to file!
I know that it takes 6 months to be considered a resident, which is why I'm moving in the spring, but that also means I wont be able to file as a local until my second semester. How big of a difference in tuition am I looking at here?
This is all probably something someone at the school can help me out with but its been bugging me for a long time.

I don't exactly live near the border right now, where can I go to get immigration papers?

Sep. 13th, 2008



Rock the vote, eh?

Whatever your political stripe, don't forget to send in for your absentee ballot ASAP!

And if they're like my voting office, and they screw it up every time, don't hesitate to call your county seat and gripe about it. :-)

Jul. 11th, 2008




Just a heads up for those of you who need to make a stop at a US Consulate in Canada (I went to the Toronto location yesterday - I assume this is true for all of them): Make sure you don't have any electronic devices on you. They won't let you in. This includes cell phones, iPods, cameras, etc. They also don't allow food or drink, so leave water bottles at home.

Perhaps this is common knowledge, but I had no idea and ended up wasting a good hour of my time because I had to take transit to my husband's office to drop off my cell phone. Getting my passport renewed took much longer than it should've as a result.

Jul. 10th, 2008



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Okay, I have been fighting for weeks to figure out how to report my entirely Canadian income to the stupid IRS, and it is to the point where my head explodes when I even think about it. How crucial is it that I do this? Will anybody notice if I just don't file? 'Cause seriously, it's to the point where I'm just about ready to go set things on fire.

Jun. 26th, 2008



Name Changes, Citizenship, Etc

I worry I'm overcomplicating things, so bear with me.

I finally got my official name change certificate a few weeks ago and need to get a number of things changed (Heath Card, SIN card, driver's license, passport, etc etc etc). I'm going to send in my (US) passport application/renewal with the new name as soon as I get photos done. As I understand it, the wait time for a US passport is about 4 weeks.

I would also like to get my PR card changed to match the new name. The current wait time for a new PR card is nearly three months - I'll be traveling into the US before that - so I called the CIC help phone, and they told me if the passport/PR card don't match names, I can simply show my name change form at the border and that is ok.

So that got me thinking... I am a few months away from being eligible for Canadian Citizenship, which I plan on applying for as soon as I can. I called the citizenship help line and asked if it was ok if my PR card name didn't match the name I'm applying for citizenship with due to a recent name change... they said that was fine and that there is a place on the citizenship form to indicate name change. I then have to include the name change documentation in the application. Citizenship processing currently takes about 15 months to process.

Bottom line question: Can I just not change my name on my PR card? It seems like all that means is that while I wait for the citizenship stuff, I will always have to travel with my old name PR card + new name passport + name change form. I typically drive and/or fly into the US 2-3 times a year. Has anyone else dealt with this? Does the border hassle you if your passport/PR card doesn't match?

xposted to canadabound...

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