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Anyone else missing Canada? I miss my family and Canada in general....its really bumming me out since I'm not working yet...I have lots of time to stay at home and miss everything. Grass is always greener right?


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Interview Date : 2011-08-24

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Married: 2011-09-30

AOS filed: 2011-10-17

NOA1: 2011-10-25

Biometrics Appt: 2011-11-09

Case transferred to CSC: 2011-12-23

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Husband secretly pulled I-864 thus cancelling I-485 application 2012-05-10

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Anyone else missing Canada? I miss my family and Canada in general....its really bumming me out since I'm not working yet...I have lots of time to stay at home and miss everything. Grass is always greener right?

It is :) And I think the approaching holidays makes it harder. I miss them both, Canada and Nz.


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Anyone else missing Canada? I miss my family and Canada in general....its really bumming me out since I'm not working yet...I have lots of time to stay at home and miss everything. Grass is always greener right?

Well, it sounds as though you need to get out and do things. Begin volunteering and cultivating a circle of friends. Moping around at home is wasting your precious little time on this plant. There's so much to see and do for free.

One always misses their home, but the goal is to create a new one better than the last. That's what I did.

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Anyone else missing Canada? I miss my family and Canada in general....its really bumming me out since I'm not working yet...I have lots of time to stay at home and miss everything. Grass is always greener right?

I think volunteering is a good option and it helps you to meet people too. I know volunteering can sound overwhelming.. but there are some nice and not too taxing volunteer things around, for example, the local library (friends of the library) public parks and gardens, church.... it depends what you mind find really interesting and maybe you could just do it a few hours a day or month and that would get a different outlook happening.

Just a thought. Have you moved to a city or a small town?

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AGree with Kathryn 1000% - it's a rough go no matter what. No matter what we think we know before we move down, it's harder then we thought. First Christmas away was a hard thing for me especially.


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03/28/11 - FP

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06/20?/11 - received physical interview letter

07/13/11 - Interview in Fairfax,VA - easiest 10 minutes of my life

07/19/11 - Oath ceremony in Fairfax, VA

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Removal of Conditions

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As mentioned on the other recent "homesick" thread, it's different for everyone. There are surely some people out there who have terminated their relationships, just so they can come back and live in Canada. Likewise, there are people (like me) who have never had any inclination to go back to Canada. It's funny -- my wife and I just moved to the Norfolk / Virginia Beach area a month ago, and I find I miss D.C. a lot more than I ever missed Canada.

There's no shame in feeling homesick though. Just remember that no one can ever take your "Canadian-ness" away from you. There are 197 countries in this world, and there's no problem in identifying with just one. And a damn fine one at that. :)


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Thank you for your replies everyone. I am in a city. I've lived here before, in fact, i went to school here, but all my friends have moved on and just having a hard time adjusting to it all. So many things I love about the US. I think I miss my family the most. Its hard for them to come here. I will try to get some friends to visit, but I managed to lose some during my misery of waiting so long to be reunited with my SO. Hopefully a few of the remaining will come some time.

Thank you again for your encouragement. :)


I-129F Sent : 2011-01-20

I-129F NOA1 : 2011-01-24

I-129F NOA2 : 2011-06-08

Packet 3 Received : 2011-07-02

Packet 3 Sent : 2011-07-03

Packet 4 Received : 2011-07-21

Interview Date : 2011-08-24

Interview Result :Approved!

POE: 2011-09-12

Married: 2011-09-30

AOS filed: 2011-10-17

NOA1: 2011-10-25

Biometrics Appt: 2011-11-09

Case transferred to CSC: 2011-12-23

EAD approval: 2011-12-28

Husband secretly pulled I-864 thus cancelling I-485 application 2012-05-10

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I think Kathryn41 summarizes it best. It was so surprising to me how different our countries really were when I actually moved here to live full time and became an "immigrant"...and I had travelled for years and lived part time in the USA for 2 years. I don't know why I was so surprised when it is a different country, after all! It isn't home. Most Canadians have grown up with so much American television and travel that we think we're just about the same. Nope.

I miss lots of things about Canada, especially the employment opportunities in Calgary which are amazing compared to Phoenix and where my education is recognized in any province without redoing Board exams 20 years later IF they'll let me; our Canadian health care and our more socialist love thy neighbour mind set. We just don't have people dying because they don't have and can't afford heath care. I can understand how someone in a troubled relationship might end up choosing to go home.

I am doing my best to make Phoenix feel like home but I will always hold my Canadian citizenship close to my heart. Thank heavens we don't have to give that up!

Now if they could just sell All Dressed Potato chips here for the Hockey Night in Canada game nights, I'd be set. ;-)

Caro


Caro

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2010-07-07 visit to my 2nd home in Phoenix, US
2010-07-24 got married!
2010-09-17 filed AOS
2010-09-23 NOA
2010-10-19 BIO
2010-12-14 Interview Phoenix, AZ
2010-12-15 Approval notice received
2010-12-24 Green Cards received for me & son
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2012-09-15 I-751 sent
2012-09-25 I-797, NOA received
2013-01-16 BIO

2013-06-13 Approval notice received

2013-06-27 10yr Green Cards received for me & son

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2013-09-27 N-400 Naturalization application sent

2013-10-03 Priority Date

2013-10-07 N-400, NOA received

2013-10-11 I-797C, NOA received

2013-10-25 BIO (notice bio done last 10 months ago)

2013-11-14 In line

2013-12-13 online status changed to "Scheduled for Interview"

2013-12-18 letter for interview

2014-01-21 Interview date that I had to request change due to travel

2014-02-18 Interview in Phoenix

2014-02-22 Naturalization Oath Ceremony - I am officially a dual citizen Canadian/American

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2015-11-04 N-400 Naturalization application sent for SON aged 20

2015-11-09 N-400, NOA rec'd for son

2015-11-20 I-797C, NOA rec'd for son

2015-12-02 BIO for son

2015-12-04 In line

2016-01-29 online status changed to "Scheduled for Interview" for son

2016-02-03 letter for interview for son

2016-03-07 Interview in Phoenix for son

2016-03-25 Naturalization Oath Ceremony for my son - he is officially a dual citizen Canadian/American

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geez, I find it hard to even find places that play the hockey game, and NOWHERE on basic cable! Go FLames!


I-129F Sent : 2011-01-20

I-129F NOA1 : 2011-01-24

I-129F NOA2 : 2011-06-08

Packet 3 Received : 2011-07-02

Packet 3 Sent : 2011-07-03

Packet 4 Received : 2011-07-21

Interview Date : 2011-08-24

Interview Result :Approved!

POE: 2011-09-12

Married: 2011-09-30

AOS filed: 2011-10-17

NOA1: 2011-10-25

Biometrics Appt: 2011-11-09

Case transferred to CSC: 2011-12-23

EAD approval: 2011-12-28

Husband secretly pulled I-864 thus cancelling I-485 application 2012-05-10

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