Sunday, July 31, 2011

Visa period for parents and grandparents with sponsorships in process prolonged up to 10 years

On July 20, 2011 Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced prolongation of the period of a multiple-entry visa provided to parents and grandparents with sponsorships in process up to ten years. Currently, the maximum validity period of a multiple-entry visa is five years. I believe that it will lessen the bureaucracy. The original of the news is here.  

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Current and old Calgary

Just found a video about Calgary of 1962. It was interesting for me to compare old and current Calgary. Lots of changes can be noticed. Posting this videos here.
Calgary of 1962:

And current Calgary:
So, you can feel the difference and development.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Cost of immigration for my family (before the holy day)

Being an accountant I have pernicious habits to keep recording of my capital expenses. Thus, I have recorded all my costs related to the immigration process. Hope it will be helpful for potential immigrants. Please see below list of expenses I have already incurred for the immigration process. Please note that these fees are for a family with two infants and relates to the period before moving (e.g. no airfare, accommodation are included).

Police certificates       43 CAD
Application fee           1,235 CAD
English tuitor              293 CAD
University charges      42 CAD
Translation of doc.s    149 CAD
IELTS                       172 CAD
Medical exam            542 CAD
Visas                        1,137 CAD
Courier expenses       173 CAD
TOTAL                     3,786 CAD

Thursday, July 14, 2011

We got the visas

As a final stage of the formal immigration process our visas are already glued to our passports. So, we need just to enter to Canada. After long suffers now happy days for me and my family. Hope to survive until April, 2012 here.