Monday, January 19, 2009

On the Way to Immigration: Fingerprinting

I was fingerprinted today. My wild life finally caught up with me.

For the past 4 years, we've lived as visitors in Canada. Today we took the first step to becoming landed immigrants: fingerprinting. This process normally takes 2 years, but Wes recently learned through a visit to an immigration lawyer that there is an expedited program that reduces this time to less than a year, and it costs less, too. The lawyer gave Wes the information we need to get started, and our first step along the way was being fingerprinted and having a background checked run by the FBI.

I got tickled while the man was doing my fingerprints. I was getting my fingers tangled up, even though he held each one and told me to just relax. It was very obvious that I had never done this before! LOL But he said that's a good thing, and I think so too. When there's a crime here, you might hear the newsperson say that "this person was known to police" which is what we'd call in the States "having a record." So I'm not known to police. That should be a plus.

We won't be citizens of Canada, and we aren't giving up our American citizenship. This is just saying "we like it here and want to live here indefinitely." Actually, Wes and I plan to live here the rest of our lives, Lord willing. Canadians love to hear that we love living here, and becoming landed immigrants is an action that speaks as loudly as our words!

10 comments:

  1. Amen! We feel the same way about Mexico! It's funny, though, no one believes Ryan when he tells them he's a Mexican citizen; he has to show them his voting card.

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  2. whew....I am glad you don't have a record...and I am glad you are in for the long haul....looking forward to seeing you more...
    Deby
    you should have offered him some choice of ink colors, sure you have a few ink pads sitting around, eh?

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  3. Congratulations! Glad you all are landed immigrants! Love to have you here serving the Lord in North Van.

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  4. Sarah, it's pretty neat how the Lord gives you a love for the place He's called you!

    Deby, I think they prefer black! LOL When we first met Pastor Conner, before we ever moved here, he said that if we come, we should come with the mindset that it's for life. Too many Americans come and go.

    Deanna, we aren't landed yet - we just started the process today. Hopefully by the end of the year we'll be permanent residents.

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  5. I guess that fingerprinting isn't as painful as getting your finger pricked to check your blood sugar. :)

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  6. How exciting to start the process, Susan! I've been fingerprinted before, I bet the state of California still has me on record. :-) Our church went through a screening process for all the people who work with children, and since I worked in the nursery I got to do that. It was awkward, because they roll your fingers. Oh, and it was "Livescan" so they actually didn't use ink - it was just over glass. I don't know how that all works, but it goes right into the computer that way. Anyhow, I'm rambling...I'm very happy for you and your family and you are so right, actions speak louder than words! :-)

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  7. Congratulations~ isn't it wonderful how God gives such peace even in a foreign land when we're in the center of His will?!
    Happy Day to you and yours.

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  8. You have a point there, Mrs. C! ;)

    Tammy, they used LiveScan and ink on us. There was a sign giving the price of the LiveScan, which was more expensive, so Wes said we'd just do ink, but when the man started taking our prints, he did both. That rolling action was what was getting me so flustered.

    Liesa, I have been amazed over the years at just how much missionaries love the country and the people they're called to. My in-laws feel so out of place when they are home in the US, and they are always itching to get back to Jamaica (they've been there 24 years). God has given us a love for Canada; we always breathe easier once we're back in country - it's just a natural reaction now. Can't explain it! LOL

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  9. That's neat to hear. Our Lord is so good!

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  10. Interesting, your starting the immigration process from INSIDE Canada. Years ago I had applied for residency from the States, then ended up moving there with a team to help "mature" a church in east Van (near PNE). I was the only Yank with the pink paper, so I could stay, work, etc, none of the others could. They were all just temporary visitors, subject to the whim and mercy of M&I. Within a month, half were politely asked to head South again, the one elder and his family had to leave ten months later, the last but me. I stayed on another five years, had SUCH a hard time finding any wholesome fellowship, and headed south on my own. Since I never told "them" I was leaving, I suppose I could come back and stay again..... don't know how that works.
    Things have changed a lot, then, as it was then impossible to apply once IN Canada; I do not recall fingerprinting, ever; the only costs involved were the required medical exam (I suppose they were wanting to make sure I wasn't deathly sick, coming to take advantage of BC Medical.. or importing any "livestock" as disease-causing microorganisms.

    I enjoyed life in Canada, except for the lack of healthy fellowship, wouldn't mind coming again, but these days am thinking more along the lines of heading further south. (I now live about two hundred miles south of you on I-5) and have pretty much had done with the cold, wet, miserable winters. These past few have about done it for me. Somewhere warmer beckons... just not sure WHICH one yet.

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