Yesterday I said to Mr T over breakfast “Today we will get drawn”.
He didn’t believe me. I pointed out it was Wednesday – they always draw on Wednesdays (this hasn’t stopped me checking for new draws every other day of the week though!), and it had been 2 weeks since the last one. “No” he says. The points wont be reduced again. And that was that!
Until 3:48pm… when I checked my Canadian Express Entry app and saw THIS…
447!!! We are 450… WE’VE BEEN DRAWN. But for real this time!
Could I get hold of Mr T? I tried: phone, text, messenger, facebook messenger, Skype call, facetime, snapchat, email… and probably a thousand other ways. No answer. How do you contain this excitement and panic? even worse than that though.. his phone was actually off!?!?
An hour, maybe an hour and a half later he turned his phone on. He had been for a run. Honestly! This was no time for Strava!
So I got to deliver the news this time. “We’ve been drawn. It’s happened. And nearly as important.. I was right”!
And so the process begins… and the lovely Andrea at Cando Immigration in downtown Kelowna has sent me the Invitation to Apply to prove it. I am back to panic and fear and excitement and a hundred other feelings. Some good. Some bloody fantastic. And some which I hate to say are awful! But hey! I’m a complex creature.
2 weeks ago today!
I had been in meetings all afternoon and knew Mr T had been ringing me. Using my sixth sense I knew it wouldn’t be anything urgent. Not really… I left my phone on my desk so had the calls vibrating on my watch. I was finally released, and he rang again. Here is the conversation..
Me: “Where’s the fire?”
Mr T: “I need you to go somewhere very quiet. Where no one at work can see or hear you… We’ve been drawn”
Woohoo!!!! Couldn’t believe it! We have 455 points and the draw was 453. A mixture of excitement, nerves, cold fear kicked in. Oh my god this was it. We’ve been waiting. We’ve had a bottle of champagne in the fridge chilling for this!
I managed to make it through the last hour at work feeling like my ears were full of cotton wool. Mr T was messaging our pals in Canada saying this is it – we are on our way. I was in a blind panic how to tell my mum!
This was short lived and we came back to earth with a bump. We got in touch with Cando Immigration to find out what to do next, and they had the tough job of breaking some pretty bad news. When we went in the draw we got 455 points. I have had a birthday since then… making me a year older… which reduces our allocation by 5 points. so actually we have 450 points which isn’t enough for this round. WOW! It certainly wiped the smile off our faces.
I can’t put my finger on how I felt. Sick – definitely. Upset – yes. Disappointed – yes. Relieved – a little bit and I can’t explain why.
Anyway. We remained in the draw another day. And Mt T and I switched roles for 2 whole weeks. The dreamer became the pessimist – Mr T went back to looking at pubs in the French Alps and sulking. But the scaredy cat became optimistic – the dream was not dead yet.
We have been toying with the idea of living in Canada for a while now. I’ve thought for a few years now I would like to live overseas, get stuck into another culture and learn a bit. and if this is in driving distance of a ski resort then all the better.
My husband is a dreamer. He has had his heart set on Canada since day 1. And France. And Australia. And New Zealand. What about the US? Is Japanese really that hard to master? I’m a bit more… errmmm… sensible? No. cautious is the word. And I don’t like being far away from my family.
To be honest it has taken a long time to get ourselves moving. I wanted financial security in the UK. So insisted we brought a house here first. Then we needed to wade through the confusing ream of paperwork which is immigration. It took me a good 9 months (9 whole months!!!) to realise that we needed and expert on the case. So we got one in Kelowna, Canada. An outfit called Cando Immigration who have been very very patient and helpful! When I was in the mood, I was returning information almost immediately. when I was having a wobble it would take me months.
Last September we decided bugger it! Lets go for residency! I don’t want a short term visa tied to a job. I don’t want to be unsure after 12 months where I will be living in 12 months time. (I’m not a student any more). So Cando Immigration held our hand to the point where we have completed all the paperwork ready to go into “The draw”.
I’m no expert, but basically you get scored on your suitability for Canada. Things like your age, years of work experience in particular occupations, your education etc all gets scored. and you come out with a number. Then every 2 – 3 weeks, the Canadian Immigration folk draw a number, and if you are higher than the number they have drawn, you are invited to apply. Simples!
So at the end of October/ Early November we found ourselves in “the draw”.
YOU’VE GOT TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT!