Kiki (2/3)

“Extremely nerve-racking and incredibly unwelcomed”

I arrived in Vancouver in November 2012. When people asked me why I like to live abroad I would always say ‘I don’t want to live in Germany. Most people are not relaxed; most people are –in comparison to other countries- often quite negative. I want to live somewhere else – where people are friendlier and more open-minded about other lifestyles.’

The longer I lived abroad the more I was able to let go of social expectations. Vancouver became my home and I enjoyed my time there – a lot! After living in Canada for almost two years I started the immigration process and it turned out to be a nightmare!

I applied for Permanent Residency and because of one missing document, my application got rejected. I wasn’t allowed to submit it afterwards (it would have been a minute of 5 minutes to upload the missing document), so I applied a second and a third time.

But because the BC PNP (British Columbia Provincial Nominee Progam) office didn’t confirm my nomination within 4 weeks the CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) cancelled my second application (You get extra points when you are nominated by the province where you want to immigrate and with that you can apply online for the permanent residency/Express Entry)

My third application got cancelled because 3 weeks later my nomination expired and the BC PNP suddenly was able to confirm within 2 weeks (!) that my nomination had expired.

So the BC PNP office was not able to confirm my nomination within 7 weeks but it only took them 2 weeks to confirm that my nomination expired? Wow! The joke of the story is: The CIC knew from my first application that I have a nomination…

I was tired of fighting for living in a country where I’m not welcomed. My third year in Canada had been a big struggle and hassle. Besides the immigration stress I worked full-time in a job that was quite challenging (one-on-one with a non-verbal boy who has autism), where I didn’t have a break for 10 months.

I had to do a course to get a Canadian license to work in childcare (although I have a german master degree in pedagogy).  I published a children’s book (yes, positive stress 😉 ). I had to have a minor surgery and I was lucky that BC Health Care extended my MSP (Medical Service Plan) at the time where I had no official document that I am allowed to stay in Canada (it’s called ‘implied status’, so you are legally allowed to stay until you get the next work permit, you just don’t have any written proof). My third year in Canada was extremely nerve-racking and made me feel incredibly unwelcomed.

Your whole life just consists of gathering and filling out documents, being worried that your work permit expires and you don’t have a new one yet, and you automatically start reflecting on your life, what it looks like and you ask yourself

‘Is it really worth it?’

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