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March 4, 2015

How the Canadian government helps me to save money

Filed under: Canada — K2 in Canada @ 8:46 PM

On Monday, Jeff and I had the great idea to go on a last-minute trip to Hawaii this spring. Felt like we needed some beach time 🙂 The timing isn’t perfect as the US dollar is high but we were able to find some reasonable good air fares and car rentals. I was almost ready to hit confirm booking when Jeff asked innocently “Did you get your permanent resident card back yet?” I paused. I had sent in the application in September right after we got back from Tanzania (already on an expired card). And a couple of weeks ago I got a letter telling me they needed some additional info:

  • Complete pages (including blank pages) of your passport(s)/Travel document(s) held in the last 5 years. Ensure all pages are in color and clearly legible.
  • Personal immigration entry/exit record or movement certificate issued by the countries where you have traveled.

The first bullet kinda makes sense except finding a colour scanner/copier is a bit more tricky (the color portion and blank pages request is new from last time I did it). But I totally didn’t know what the 2nd one meant. So I finally talked to CIC (Citizen and Immigration Canada) today. Maybe there is a way to get all this sorted out for April. Ha – here is where the ranting part starts. I am NEVER gonna be able to get my PR card in time. Without it I am officially not allowed to get back into the Country. And there are no temporary documents that would allow me to get back into the country UNLESS I apply for one from outside Canada – not feasible on a 1 week trip to Hawaii. I don’t know how on earth they make up their rules. Maybe by “how can we inflict the most pain on permanent residents who should really become citizens”. Mind you I could cross the border by car and re-immigrate on my original immigration visa….not worth the hassle. So we will save a few hundred bucks by not going.

But that’s not the worst of it. As for the 2nd bullet above, I have to contact ALL the countries I traveled to in the past 5 years to provide me with a certificate of when I entered and exited the country!!! This seems ridiculous as the passport clearly shows entry and exit date. Now I know why when staying on the line with CIC waiting for an agent they tell you over and over again that “agents may end the call if you use abusive language”. I was close!!! At the end I thanked the agent politely and I could hear in her voice that she felt sorry for me :-).

Don’t even know where to start to get the exit/entry info! Historically countries are pretty tight on sharing that information. I did some google-ing and there seems to be a new process with the US and maybe some agreement with Australia but when searching Germany not much came up. Not to mention Tanzania. Need to do more research.

Maybe it is time to hand in my German passport and become a Canadian citizen? Not that I would not like to become a Canadian but it just does not feel right to give up my German passport…



  1. Comment by K2 in Canada — March 5, 2015 @ 8:18 PM

    • Keep your German passport…don’t let the bastards win…just keeping paying their salaries with your taxes, follow their rules, give them the finger, smile then let’s go play outside!

      Comment by Jeff — March 7, 2015 @ 4:35 PM

  2. That’s crazy! Many times I don’t understand the rules that the government imposes, and I’m pretty sure that the people who have to enforce the rules don’t understand the rhyme or reason for them, so just execute on them without thinking. Shitty for you! Have you checked lately on if Germany has relaxed their rules? As you know – the Dutch changed their rules sometime in the last ~10 – 15 years!

    Comment by Krista — March 8, 2015 @ 9:37 AM

  3. Can you keep both passports and just be a duel-y?

    Comment by cmtrask — March 13, 2015 @ 9:08 AM

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