Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Canadian citizenship for Christmas


One of the reasons why we had to return back from India is because husband-ji got assigned a Canadian citizenship test date and time, right before Christmas.

We were a little shocked because we had only just submitted his Canadian citizenship application this Summer, and were prepared to wait for up to 2 years for it. So, when we got a letter in the mail with the test date, we were quite surprised and thrilled.

For those of you who don't know, it is extremely difficult to travel with an Indian passport. Because husband-ji has an Indian passport, he requires visas for every-friggin'-where, not to mention he is constantly being stopped or questioned for having an Indian passport. It is a huge hassle when you have to travel for business, and also because we enjoy traveling for tourism as well. So, for traveling conveniences, he wanted to get a Canadian passport like the two of us have. It is easier to travel with a Canadian passport, but have a PIO or an OCI in your back pocket. Husband-ji has been eligible for citizenship for a while, but we kinda forgot about it because we are brain-dead new parents (well, not so much "new" anymore...) So this Summer, we finally buckled down and just submitted the citizenship application, and by the grace of God, it went through very swiftly!

Then, the government sent us the Citizenship test study guide, which was quite serious. The stuff about Canada were things that I didn't even know! I was a bit nervous for husband-ji because I had never seen him study before. Like, ever. Even though we went to college together, it was all Arts courses. Although, one time he did have an Art History test that he cheated on! Being in India and on holiday, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for him to study - especially with being stuck in so much traffic every day. He refused, as much as I kept pestering him.

Finally when we got back, he pulled out the study guide and he crammed the night before the test. I stayed up with him and quizzed him, giving him little word-play tricks to remember the answers.

And the next day, he passed - with a perfect 100% score! I was so proud of him and what a great job he did. They said he will be having his citizenship ceremony within the next 3-5 months. It's the beginning of a new era!!! And next time, with his new Canadian passport - we can fly to India through the U.K. - the fastest and most convenient way to get there, rather than going on all these crazy routes to get there. 

Hallelujah! Citizenship....just in time for Christmas!


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  1. Congratulations!

    I keep hoping one day I will get one too ;)

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    1. Ha ha ha! I think there is a skilled worker category in the immigration, if I'm not mistaken. The more educated you are, the more points/likelihood of getting in!

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  2. Wow! That is great news! I am really happy for you :)

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    1. Thank you! We were so happy and relieved!

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  3. Wow! Great news! I am so happy for you guys :)

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  4. It sure is tough to travel with an Indian passport! But then, we are so use to it. It's kind of taken for granted that if we have to go somewhere, we will have to go to an embassy first.
    Not that we won't like hassle free entry everywhere in the world :)

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    1. Ugh yes......so much time making visa appointments! I never realised until I traveled with my husband.

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  5. Husband-Ji and Alex,

    SO HAPPY for you passing your Canadian Citizenship test, that is great! No more worries of having to get VISA's every time you leave the Country. This is fabulous! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Melissa

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    1. Thank you Melissa! Merry belated Xmas!

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