Congratulations and thanks for sharing your experiencefupsik said:So starting today, I'm a Permanent Resident of Canada!
Here is how it went:
We arrived a bit too early, 7-40, and waited outside of the building till 8. We presented our invitation letter to the security guy and entered. On the second floor we showed the letter once again, the security/receptionist guy took it from us and told us to sit down and wait in the hall. In 10 minutes or so we were invited by a nice lady and followed her inside of the CIC open work space, to her desk. She took all the papers from me: passport - old one with my initial entry stamp and a current one, CSQ, photos, visitor visa record (she asked for all the records that I had and never gave them back to me - she said they should be destroyed), receipt for $490. She never asked for any other papers or proofs. Here are the questions that she asked:
1. Are me and my sponsor still together
2. My current address
3. She asked my sponsor if he still wants to sponsor me for the next three years
4. If I ever committed any crimes
5. If I have dependent children outside of Canada
6. She asked my sponsor and me about our jobs, not sure why she asked me (she asked if I was in HR), because she knew I couldn't work yet.
She didn't ask anything else at all. Actually, she had quite a lot of information about me prepared: my height, my eye color, my first entry, my profession, etc.!
Then she left for about 10 minutes to prepare a confirmation of permanent residence paper (the one she prepared for our interview contained my old passport number, and though I sent a new passport to CIC, she didn't get it). My husband supposed we could be filmed and watched during this time and got angry with me for a joke I've made (about our possible fraud, which we are not))). But anyway, she returned with 2 copies of the paper, I signed both and got one of them. She said to keep it safe because I will need it through out my life, even when I apply for pension... She congratulated me many times, told us about citizenship, SIN, medical insurance and answered the questions we had. She said that it will take about 3 months for my resident card to arrive in the mail, because they have a lot of requests right now. She also said that the laws for citizenship changed recently and they only count years now starting from the date when you become a resident... She was pretty warm and welcoming!
She also said I could travel now, even without my PR card, just to get back to Canada I have to go to Canadian embassy and they will stamp my passport with visa in an hour or so.
This is Montreal office. No dress code needed, come in slippers and jeans! Everything took us about 30 min.
I wish everyone good luck!!!!!
Very common.Maciej said:Hi Group,
We are April 14,2014 applicants.
My wife(sponsor) received AIP this morning,along with her I received email quoted below.
Did any of you were requested to resend police certificate??
We are 100% sure we attached police certificate along with initial application.Hmmm??!!
This refers to the Application for Permanent Residence you made under the Spouse or Common-Law
Partner in Canada Class.
It has been determined that you meet the eligibility requirements to apply for permanent residence as
a member of the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class. Please note that a final decision
will not be made until all remaining requirements for becoming a permanent resident have been met.
These requirements include medical, security and background checks for you and, if applicable, all of
your family members, both in Canada and abroad, even if they are not applying to join you in Canada
at this time. You cannot become a permanent resident until you and all your family members have
met these requirements.
In order to continue processing your application, further information is required. You must
complete/submit the following to this office:
UCI - XXXXXXXX:
> Police Certificate: From each country/state where the residence period has been six
months or longer since the age of 18, provide an original police clearance certificate. Please visit
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/security/police-cert/index.asp or contact the Call Centre, toll
free, at 1-888-242-2100 for further information on how to obtain a police certificate. Please send the
original police certificate to this office as soon as you receive it. All documents that have been written
in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by an official translation. If your
police certificate indicates any charges and/or convictions, you must also provide court documents
detailing the disposition of each charge and the sentence of each conviction. This must be received
at this office by: 2015/08/13
There are a lot of applicants on the spreadsheet who have received SA, AIP & DM. It seems that the spreadsheet isn't being updated as regularly. There are person's from Jan, Feb, Mar & April, who's data hasn't been recorded (From the FB group). For example almost all April (to the 25th) from the spreadsheet have either received requests for docs or AIP's, with the exception of you and 1 other person. I would say roughly 65% of the spreadsheet from Jan to Feb has received some form of correspondence from CIC.GustavesF said:CIC has had their first 1-day-of-progress week in a while now.
Oh how we've missed those.
Hopefully they don't mess up everything again. We're above 490 days of backlog again, getting closer to 500 which I'm sure we'll break before the month is up.
I am a November 3rd applicant. I called CIC on Monday and was told that my application has not even been entered in the system! So no access to ECAS.kelephant said:Have any more October/November applicants been able to login to ecas lately?
Unfortunately no one volunteered for a long time to monitor the facebook group and most of the members don't let the editors know about their progress in PM or email. If you are an active member maybe you could put the word out.jamique said:There are a lot of applicants on the spreadsheet who have received SA, AIP & DM. It seems that the spreadsheet isn't being updated as regularly. There are person's from Jan, Feb, Mar & April, who's data hasn't been recorded (From the FB group). For example almost all April (to the 25th) from the spreadsheet have either received requests for docs or AIP's, with the exception of you and 1 other person. I would say roughly 65% of the spreadsheet from Jan to Feb has received some form of correspondence from CIC.