So we traveled to Buffalo NY on Saturday because my daughter had a baton twirling competition at one of the local schools. Getting over, no problem. Coming back home, a different story. When we were waiting in one of the several line ups to cross, I had a feeling that we were going to encounter a problem because it looked like everyone else's line was moving at a good pace except for the one we were in. Then, as we got closer, I noticed it was a female border crossing guard who was clearly being more thorough with all her questions than everybody else. Was she new? I dunno.
Anyways, when it was our turn she started off with the standard questions. Where do you live? How long have you been in the US? How much did you spend? What are your citizenships? What is your relationship to each other? Then came...Did you file Immigration papers? ding ding ding ding ding......Here we go!!! This lady started with her note taking. It was explained to her that my husband is VISITING. When he got here, when he was going back. All of that didn't matter. She gave us the yellow paper and sent us inside to Immigration. We went to the side and waited for them to search our vehicle to their satisfaction before they sent us inside. Then, we spoke to another lady about what we spent where she clearly realized our issue was not our spending, but the American I was importing. lol Makes me think of Sesame Street - One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other.
Now we are at the Immigration desk.
- Copy of Marriage Certificate
- Copy of Furman's bank records or something to show that he can afford to support himself while he is here (Cause I guess the wife he is married to is expected to not do shit for him?)
- Copy of Immigration Application sent to apply for his Permanent Residency (They expect that people would photocopy everything sent to the office although the application requires you to send original documentation. Why? I don't know. Because it's not like if the documents got lost that you could send them the copies) - Yeah, we don't have this so I will say that it's a damn good thing that when I did send the application that I paid to send it ExpressPost to the Case Processing Center. Although Canada Post stressed me for a period, I now have proof that I sent something to Immigration along with the receipt we already showed the Immigration Agent for the filing fees paid.
- Copy of Furman's itinerary showing his return flight in August (They didn't care about that on Saturday)
- Copy of rental car agreement to show arrangements to travel to U.S in July like we told them
- Evidence showing that I've spoken to others previously about the Immigration Documents being mailed (Since cannot give them copy of documents that were mailed)
LESSON TO ALL: Honesty is the best policy. I will still say that, although it is proven time and time again that sometimes being honest just causes more stress than its worth. What we've learned from this experience so far....The key to coming into Canada is to FLY. Fly in and out. As long as you don't get arrested, you got no issues. Visitors to Canada shouldn't cross the border by land if you are planning to return to Canada....because they will hassle you!! Be prepared. lol They want your life story and then they might even request that you drive another two and half hours back to see them to prove it! Yup, you gotta cross the border into the U.S just to pay the $3.25 fee to return to Canada and see the Immigration Agents.
While they may not have gotten to our application received in January, we can say that Furman's name is now in their computers. lol Hopefully it will help us, somehow. Not sure when before the 15th that we will return with what they are asking for but I will say, it would be awesome if we could all of a sudden receive that letter with our Client ID before we did. Stay tuned for more updates.
|At the start!|
I completed the Toronto Yonge St 10K with a time of 1:05. I didn't stop! Not once! So proud of myself for keeping up with Furman. I didn't want to let him down or myself down for that matter. Lord knows that I wanted to stop for just a minute a few times. lol There was a spot where Furman made a quick detour to use the washroom while I was running and would catch up with me as long as I stayed on the same side of the street. When he left, I was soo tempted to walk for a second but I didn't. Around the 5k mark I was hurtin but kept at it. And....I will say that it was as cold as expected outside. My oh my. I think i'm paying for it now because I woke up with a sore throat. But, I got Bling! It was an awesome surprise to find a dear friend at the finish line. She wasn't alone either....she came with her entire family and it was such a great feeling to have that support. Thanks again Girl! You know we love you all!!
Now....what about Another Run? lol Register?
I think I can, I think I can.
To top off the weekend we went to watch the movie THINK LIKE A MAN with my mom and one of my closest cousins. Oh man....the movie was sooo good. Kevin Hart is a trip. I actually read Steve Harvey's book too...lol I would definitely recommend others to check it out for some good laughs. It's not a Tyler Perry movie but was awesome. Look forward to more movies by Tim Story.