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Hey guys. I heard this site can be pretty helpful and it has a whole portal for Canadians so of course I had to join.

I'm a Canadian from Kitchener, Ontario who is living in New Jersey. My husband was from NJ so I moved here to be with him. Now I'm just waiting on my AOS application like every one else.

I miss Canada dearly and have not been home in 7 months. :blush:


"...My hair's mostly wind,

My eyes filled with grit

My skin's white then brown

My lips chapped and split

I've lain on the prairie and heard grasses sigh

I've stared at the vast open bowl of the sky

I've seen all the castles and faces in clouds

My home is the prairie and for that I am proud…

If You're not from the Prairie, you can't know my soul

You don't know our blizzards; you've not fought our cold

You can't know my mind, nor ever my heart

Unless deep within you there's somehow a part…

A part of these things that I've said that I know,

The wind, sky and earth, the storms and the snow.

Best say that you have - and then we'll be one,

For we will have shared that same blazing sun." - David Bouchard

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Hey guys. I heard this site can be pretty helpful and it has a whole portal for Canadians so of course I had to join.

I'm a Canadian from Kitchener, Ontario who is living in New Jersey. My husband was from NJ so I moved here to be with him. Now I'm just waiting on my AOS application like every one else.

I miss Canada dearly and have not been home in 7 months. :blush:

Awe.. welcome to the forum...

We're in CT so we're not very far away!! I know how you feel about missing home.. I've gotten back 1 time, and plan on another time in September.. *sigh.. I miss my family so much, but my hubby is well worth it all!


AOS:

2007-02-22: Sent AOS /EAD

2007-03-06 : NOA1 AOS /EAD

2007-03-28: Transferred to CSC

2007-05-17: EAD Card Production Ordered

2007-05-21: I485 Approved

2007-05-24: EAD Card Received

2007-06-01: Green Card Received!!

Removal of Conditions:

2009-02-27: Sent I-751

2009-03-07: NOA I-751

2009-03-31: Biometrics Appt. Hartford

2009-07-21: Touched (first time since biometrics) Perhaps address change?

2009-07-28: Approved at VSC

2009-08-25: Received card in the mail

Naturalization

2012-08-20: Submitted N-400

2013-01-18: Became Citizen

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Welcome to VJ. :)

I'm still in Canada, and I miss my fiance. But I know that I'll miss Canada once I'm with him permanently. There's a lot of missing happening on this journey.

If you'd like to tell us what you're missing, you'll find lots of people here to commiserate with you.


K-1, AOS, ROC
2007, 2009, 2011

Naturalization

2016-05-17 - N-400 package sent

2016-05-21 - NOA1 (IOE receipt number)

2016-06-15 - Biometrics

2016-11-08 - Citizenship interview in Detroit: approved
2016-12-16 - Oath ceremony

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Hey guys. I heard this site can be pretty helpful and it has a whole portal for Canadians so of course I had to join.

I'm a Canadian from Kitchener, Ontario who is living in New Jersey. My husband was from NJ so I moved here to be with him. Now I'm just waiting on my AOS application like every one else.

I miss Canada dearly and have not been home in 7 months. :blush:

Some of us aren't at the AOS process yet... we're waiting on backlogged Montreal for our interviews... lol!

Edited by Melyssa

March 6, 2007 - I-129F package sent

March 21, 2007 - I-129F NOA2

October 17, 2007 - K1 interview - approved

October 19, 2007 - K1 arrived in mail

October 21, 2007 - US entry

October 23, 2007 - Wedding day

November 27, 2007 - AOS, EAD, AP package sent

December 7, 2007 - Received all 3 NOA's for AOS, AP & EAD

December 10, 2007 - Received letter for biometrics appointment

January 2, 2008 - I-485 transferred to California

January 3, 2008 - Biometrics

January 16, 2008 - RFE for I-485

January 22, 2008 - RFE for I-485 arrived

January 23, 2008 - AP approved

January 25, 2008 - Case status finally updated: AP approved January 23!

January 31, 2008 - EAD card production ordered

February 2, 2008 - AP arrived in mail

February 5, 2008 - Sending a letter/RFE to CSC

February 5, 2008 - EAD card production ordered (again?!)

February 7, 2008 - RFE/letter arrived at CSC

February 7, 2008 - EAD approval sent

February 9, 2008 - EAD card received, dated January 23rd!

February 25, 2008 - CSC finally acknowledges receiving RFE

February 27, 2008 - I-485 APPROVED!

February 27, 2008 - Online case status: notice mailed welcoming new permanent resident.

March 3, 2008 - Received welcome letter

March 3, 2008 - I-485 approval letter sent

March 6, 2008 - Green card arrived in mail.

November 2009 - Removal of conditions...

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Hhaha yes I have seen that! Sorry you guys are backlogged but know that while you are back logged, I'm sitting here in the US not being able to work or leave the country! haha. I think we are both in crappy situations! :(

What do I miss about Canada? Mostly my family and friends of course. I miss the geography of the place. When you are used to this spread out landscape and then move to New Jersey suburbs, it is like night and day. I'm a writer ..a CANADIAN writer (haha) and so this move in landscape has really affected my writing psyche as well. I had spent a christmas in new jersey in 2005. There was no snow on the ground. When I got back to Canada afterwards, driving home into my parents neighbourhood, it was night time and there were kids playing pond hockey by these big lights and it was snowing. That was the first time that it truly hit me; that I am part of something bigger than myself and that I am a part of a culture that is really special.

I miss the calm nature of Canadians. I miss our people's patience. People can be very rude here. There have been times that I have really wanted to get out of here and return home because no matter where you go, the attitudes that people have are different. I went to university in Ottawa, Ontario which was such a beautiful city. I walked every where and enjoyed all it had to offer. Now I'm stuck in a town where there is no where to walk! haha Also, it's new jersey so there are a lot of unsafe places where I live.

Of course I miss the stuff that every Canadian misses....Tim hortons, smarties, shreddies, kraft dinner...etc. haha

I never realised how much I would value someone saying "can i have a double double?" haha


"...My hair's mostly wind,

My eyes filled with grit

My skin's white then brown

My lips chapped and split

I've lain on the prairie and heard grasses sigh

I've stared at the vast open bowl of the sky

I've seen all the castles and faces in clouds

My home is the prairie and for that I am proud…

If You're not from the Prairie, you can't know my soul

You don't know our blizzards; you've not fought our cold

You can't know my mind, nor ever my heart

Unless deep within you there's somehow a part…

A part of these things that I've said that I know,

The wind, sky and earth, the storms and the snow.

Best say that you have - and then we'll be one,

For we will have shared that same blazing sun." - David Bouchard

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Hello and welcome. Glad to see you made it over here to the Canada forum... we're the friendliest bunch around. :)


K3 Timeline - 2006-11-20 to 2007-03-19

See the comments section in my timeline for full details of my K3 dates, transfers and touches. Also see my Vancouver consulate review and my POE review.

AOS & EAD Timeline

2007-04-16: I-485 and I-765 sent to Chicago (My AOS/EAD checklist)

2007-04-17: Received at Chicago

2007-04-23: NOA1 date (both)

2007-05-10: Biometrics appointment (both - Biometrics review)

2007-06-05: AOS interview letter date

2007-06-13: AOS interview letter received in mail

2007-07-03: EAD card production ordered

2007-07-07: EAD card received! (yay!)

2007-08-23: AOS interview (Documents / Interview review)

2007-08-23: Green card production ordered!!!

2007-08-24: Welcome notice mailed!

2007-08-27: Green card production ordered again... ?

2007-08-28: Welcome notice received!

2007-09-01: Green card received!

Done with USCIS until May 23, 2009!

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You guys are definitely friendlier than some other immigration websites/forums I have been on. Some of them I have found the posters to be nasty and holier than thou on immigration issues. I'm looking to talk to people about their experiences, not legal advice so much. I have a lawyer so am not looking for someone to tell me certain things Im doing are incorrect or something.


"...My hair's mostly wind,

My eyes filled with grit

My skin's white then brown

My lips chapped and split

I've lain on the prairie and heard grasses sigh

I've stared at the vast open bowl of the sky

I've seen all the castles and faces in clouds

My home is the prairie and for that I am proud…

If You're not from the Prairie, you can't know my soul

You don't know our blizzards; you've not fought our cold

You can't know my mind, nor ever my heart

Unless deep within you there's somehow a part…

A part of these things that I've said that I know,

The wind, sky and earth, the storms and the snow.

Best say that you have - and then we'll be one,

For we will have shared that same blazing sun." - David Bouchard

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Hhaha yes I have seen that! Sorry you guys are backlogged but know that while you are back logged, I'm sitting here in the US not being able to work or leave the country! haha. I think we are both in crappy situations! :(

What do I miss about Canada? Mostly my family and friends of course. I miss the geography of the place. When you are used to this spread out landscape and then move to New Jersey suburbs, it is like night and day. I'm a writer ..a CANADIAN writer (haha) and so this move in landscape has really affected my writing psyche as well. I had spent a christmas in new jersey in 2005. There was no snow on the ground. When I got back to Canada afterwards, driving home into my parents neighbourhood, it was night time and there were kids playing pond hockey by these big lights and it was snowing. That was the first time that it truly hit me; that I am part of something bigger than myself and that I am a part of a culture that is really special.

I miss the calm nature of Canadians. I miss our people's patience. People can be very rude here. There have been times that I have really wanted to get out of here and return home because no matter where you go, the attitudes that people have are different. I went to university in Ottawa, Ontario which was such a beautiful city. I walked every where and enjoyed all it had to offer. Now I'm stuck in a town where there is no where to walk! haha Also, it's new jersey so there are a lot of unsafe places where I live.

Of course I miss the stuff that every Canadian misses....Tim hortons, smarties, shreddies, kraft dinner...etc. haha

I never realised how much I would value someone saying "can i have a double double?" haha

Welcome to the Canada forum its a great one :P

I totally understand. I have been here just over a week and i do miss Canada. I have been in HK for a while and when i first moved there i didn't miss home and much as i do now. It was an adventure, and every day was a new day were i would discover or experience something different. Here is similar to Canada but the difference are huge. But the biggest key is not working. I have always worked since i could. I am a preschool teacher and in hk last year I was a supervisor/Coordinator. So I have gone from having pens and files in my purse to dog chews, plastic bags and shopping lists.....lol But i have to say that i do enjoy being back in a country that i can speak the language well and understand what everybody is saying.....lol

Edited by Nancy and Ramos

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Yeah not being able to work stinks! I'm competely able bodied and spent lots of money on a university education to get a BA. Right now if feels like a waste. One day soon though I hope to get my EAD so I can start working. Some days I just don't know what to do with myself. I try to fill up my day with stupid things but sometimes it leaves me feeling pretty low. I went from having a full time job, going out with my friends and finishing my degree to...well...not doing any of those things! lol. It's been a hard transition.

It's great I can speak the language, I will agree with that. It must be extremely hard to come to a new country and not speak a word of the language spoken there.


"...My hair's mostly wind,

My eyes filled with grit

My skin's white then brown

My lips chapped and split

I've lain on the prairie and heard grasses sigh

I've stared at the vast open bowl of the sky

I've seen all the castles and faces in clouds

My home is the prairie and for that I am proud…

If You're not from the Prairie, you can't know my soul

You don't know our blizzards; you've not fought our cold

You can't know my mind, nor ever my heart

Unless deep within you there's somehow a part…

A part of these things that I've said that I know,

The wind, sky and earth, the storms and the snow.

Best say that you have - and then we'll be one,

For we will have shared that same blazing sun." - David Bouchard

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You could spend your days online here in the Canada forum like the rest of us. :D

I know you have a lawyer but the best advocate for your case is yourself. Spend the time reading through all the guides so you know what to expect next, and start prepping stuff for your upcoming interview (photos of you and your spouse, getting both your names on rental agreements, utility bills, etc., etc.). Reading up on the AOS process and what others have been through gives you an edge if you feel your lawyer starts to slack on things.


K3 Timeline - 2006-11-20 to 2007-03-19

See the comments section in my timeline for full details of my K3 dates, transfers and touches. Also see my Vancouver consulate review and my POE review.

AOS & EAD Timeline

2007-04-16: I-485 and I-765 sent to Chicago (My AOS/EAD checklist)

2007-04-17: Received at Chicago

2007-04-23: NOA1 date (both)

2007-05-10: Biometrics appointment (both - Biometrics review)

2007-06-05: AOS interview letter date

2007-06-13: AOS interview letter received in mail

2007-07-03: EAD card production ordered

2007-07-07: EAD card received! (yay!)

2007-08-23: AOS interview (Documents / Interview review)

2007-08-23: Green card production ordered!!!

2007-08-24: Welcome notice mailed!

2007-08-27: Green card production ordered again... ?

2007-08-28: Welcome notice received!

2007-09-01: Green card received!

Done with USCIS until May 23, 2009!

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You could spend your days online here in the Canada forum like the rest of us. :D

I know you have a lawyer but the best advocate for your case is yourself. Spend the time reading through all the guides so you know what to expect next, and start prepping stuff for your upcoming interview (photos of you and your spouse, getting both your names on rental agreements, utility bills, etc., etc.). Reading up on the AOS process and what others have been through gives you an edge if you feel your lawyer starts to slack on things.

Don't worry, that is what I have been doing for a long time now. While I did say in another thread that I was "new" to this, I meant the specific question on the medical exam. I don't know much about the K-1, K-3, CR-1, etc because I did not go through that process. I spend a few hours a day it seems finding stuff out so that I am prepared. I have already started preparing for my interview (even though I have no clue when its going to be). I've started to get all my proof of a bonafide marriage in order. I do find though that sometimes the more I read, the less I know! I read one thing and then I can read the exact opposite in another thread so I am a bit weary of what I read.

I do like this forum, though. It's the best one out of all the ones I have found. It seems people are out to help you instead of get their panties in a bunch over what you are saying or doing is wrong.


"...My hair's mostly wind,

My eyes filled with grit

My skin's white then brown

My lips chapped and split

I've lain on the prairie and heard grasses sigh

I've stared at the vast open bowl of the sky

I've seen all the castles and faces in clouds

My home is the prairie and for that I am proud…

If You're not from the Prairie, you can't know my soul

You don't know our blizzards; you've not fought our cold

You can't know my mind, nor ever my heart

Unless deep within you there's somehow a part…

A part of these things that I've said that I know,

The wind, sky and earth, the storms and the snow.

Best say that you have - and then we'll be one,

For we will have shared that same blazing sun." - David Bouchard

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Hhaha yes I have seen that! Sorry you guys are backlogged but know that while you are back logged, I'm sitting here in the US not being able to work or leave the country! haha. I think we are both in crappy situations! :(

Sigh yes, I agree on this one.

I wish I could go home and visit my family. My grandpa couldn't make it to our wedding, doctors orders - he couldn't fly. I am afraid he is going to pass and I wouldn't be able to see him before he does.

These restrictions can be very taxing, here's hoping the process ends in a good light for us soon.

Welcome to your Canada on the internet. :)


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July, 2011 - US Citizen

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