As promised in my previous post “Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Calgary” I am writing this post about my experience in undergoing an interview for permanent residency in Canada, made possible through the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP).
Warning: this is a long post yet worth your time. I scoured all my documents/archive. (I still have all my application starting from my LCP application in the Philippines.
It took me three and a half months to receive the open work permit through the mail. As for the permanent residency . . . it feels like forever.
I received a letter of confirmation that my permanent residency application in Canada was received then came the long hibernation.
Or maybe not. I wouldn’t sit still and wait.
I kept checking my application online and it always says “in processed” nothing more. Sadly, you can’t do that online anymore. The CIC website has changed; you can only check for permanent resident card and nothing about the residency.
At least it will save you the trouble of constant checking . . . and worrying.
I also sent a copy of my new Philippine passport.
That’s right! You have to keep tracking if the submitted documents are still valid such as passport.
So I did a lot of things besides being anxious (which you should avoid). But what I didn’t do is to call the CIC Call Centre regarding my permanent residency application.
I did call regarding my open work permit. I was patient but when it was already more than three months of waiting, I had to call which is my least favorite of doing among the mundane tasks.
Then amidst chaos, the hibernation ended sooner compare to other applicants.
I received three letters; the last one is a letter of invitation (through mail and email) for the interview for permanent residency in Canada . . . after a year.
“It has been determined that you meet the eligibility requirements to apply for permanent resident status as a Member of the Live-in Caregiver Class.”
The second letter says “We are pleased to advise you that processing of your application has been completed.”
The third letter is about the schedule for the final determination interview.
The wait was longer than winter; nonetheless, it felt like spring when I read the letters. Here comes the new beginning.
What to Bring in the Interview for Permanent Residency
Don’t forget to come to the interview with all the requirements:
- Valid passport
- Two photographs
- Receipt of the Right of Permanent Residence Fee ($ 490.00) which I paid online. (Three business days to process.) You can pay the fee at the centre but it’s better to accomplish all the requirements prior to the interview
- Letter that says “Your final determination interview has been scheduled at the above address on . . .”
OK so it wasn’t a long list of requirements after all. I was all set till I remember that I’m still waiting for my passport.
What to Do If You Have to Reschedule the Interview
The interview location is at the CIC office (Harry Hays building) in Calgary . I chose to send an email to reschedule the interview for the permanent residency. If you like you can call; as for me, I always prefer the email.
Here’s the information about CIC office in Calgary:
Fax: (403) 292-6843
If the information is incorrect, can you leave a comment. The information came from the letter I received years ago so I cannot vouch for its accuracy.
Now back to the email. I received a quick reply from CIC office in Calgary. I had to choose among the suggested dates and I was all set.
With all the setbacks dealt with I was so relieved.
You don’t have to go through this especially if you’re reading this blog post before the interview or you’ve just submitted the application for permanent residency.
Spare yourself from all the trouble. And keep reading. Next stop is the interview.