January 13, 2014


Tonight I am breathing a sigh of relief.

I am officially a permanent resident of Canada.

I actually was a permanent resident before this evening, but, well, it's complicated. I was issued permanent residency a few months ago, as well as a social insurance number (the canuck equivalent of an SSN). But it was in the form of a paper document, which only acted as a temporary way of leaving the country via car while I waited for my proper permanent resident card. My rights were limited.

I applied for this card more than three months ago.

After so many hiccups and moments of sheer hopelessness throughout the course of this process, as of 5:30 p.m. today, when I unsuspectingly opened the letter from Citizenship & Immigration Canada, my journey is finally complete.

I received my Government-Issued ID Card that makes my immigration finalized. With this card, I can leave the country via plane. And not only that, I can leave as many times as I want. From here on out, I can come and go freely without worrying that I'll be subject to interrogation by a border agent, or even be denied entry back into the country.

In a nutshell, I now have a right to be here.

My ID card lists USA as my "Nationality" which brings me endless joy. But I can also say that I now rightfully belong in Canada, and in a weird way, that will help me sleep easier at night.

The only direction to go now is forward.

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