Chronicles of one girl's journey to London - from conception to eventual migration.

Monday, March 29, 2010

5 AMAZING WORDS

I sign in to Hotmail and see 1 new message in my inbox. It's from the Ottawa Visa Center and it says . . .
"Your visa has been issued."

Prepare yourself London!

Friday, March 26, 2010

THE TIER 5 VISA PROCESS

Right, so the visa has been submitted and I am a ball of nerves as you can tell from the post below! So, here's a post I wish I could have read before I went into this . . .

Just in case the Worldbridge website isn't clear, here's what you're going to need to do:
  1. Fill  in your application online - it is savable so don't worry if you can't finish it in one sitting. Once the application is complete you must print it.
  2. Pay your visa fee at the end (currently at $219 CAD) - save the receipt they email you and print that as well for your records.
  3. Set up your biometrics appointment at your nearest Visa Application Centre (VAC). You don't need to print out their confirmation email as long as you remember the appt.
The appointment is where you're going to submit all your papers. Here is what you will need to take with you (NO EXCEPTIONS!):
  • A printed copy of the application. It will have a page saying you have paid your visa fees as well.
  • Appendix 7 filled out by you (I forgot this the first time and they told me to come back. Really.)
  • A recent photograph that measures 35mm x 45mm (any passport photo place can do this for you)
  • A bank letter stating your available funds (as you need the equivalent of 1600 GBP). This letter must be on original letterhead (no faxes or photocopies). A note: I am with PC and their letters come with a digital signature not an original one in pen. The VAC stated it may not work but, in the end, it did because the letter was on original letterhead.
  • Your passport and (if you want) your citizenship card. Your passport is obviously the important thing here as it is where they will paste your visa. So don't make travel plans while this is being processed.
And that's it! When you get there, hand it all in and if everything looks right, they'll scan your fingerprints, take a digital picture and send it to Ottawa to be processed. It shouldn't take more than a few days for you to hear back!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

PLAYING THE WAITING GAME

Where to start? My mind is a jumble; it is a mess. It doesn't know left from right at the moment.

I am at a point where all I want is a good hug to tell me it will all be OK - and even if it isn't going to be OK that I am smart enough to find a way to make it work.
So . . . the point of this whole thing? Let's try and lay it out here: This whole process is making me nauseous.
Almost 3 weeks ago, I submitted my visa application online. I paid the required $219 for admin and processing of this visa and then I made an appointment for Wednesday March 17th to submit my documents (passport, proof of funds, etc.) and my biometrics enrollment. At that appointment, they said my proof of funds letter was not sufficient as it was a fax and they wanted a proper letter - an original from the bank. And I am also missing a document from the Worldbridge website: one Appendix 7.

I had to reschedule my appointment. I wasn't disappointed though - I EXPECTED THIS. I knew, from years of my desires not working out on the first try, that this would not happen. This ws just the first step in making it so. So I called my bank and asked for the letter. They said it was on it's way already because it was policy to send the letter even if they sent a fax. Lovely, one thing going for me.
So, I go online, reschedule for Thursday March 25th and . . . wait. The letter from the bank arrives. Excellent! I print and fill in Appendix 7. Everything goes into my trusty manila folder and I wait until the appointed hour.

It comes and I race to the Worldbridge office in Toronto. Could this be it? I might finally make this happen!
They look at my bank letter and say: Oh the signature looks printed, not original. And there is nothing I can do  because this is the only letter the bank will give me. I call them from the visa office and they verify that, indeed, that letter is the only kind they give to customers. I explain that it is for a visa application and they say: That's the only one!

So I decide to go ahead with the application anyway. But now I am terrified that they will reject me . . . and then I will just have to find a new way to get this bank letter. 
And then when the woman sees my passport photo and my visa application photo, she thinks they look too similar . . . which means the visa application one was not taken within the last 6 months. I tell her I've just changed my hair recently (I have) and so she says OK.

But all this . . . it makes me nervous. And anxious. And upset. And I feel like I could throw up if I let myself and that I will burst into dramatic sobs if I let myself.
Help.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

THE START OF SOMETHING GOOD

I submitted my visa application today! Will keep you posted on how it all goes down.
The biometrics appointment (ooh, fancy!) is for next Wednesday and I believe I get my plane ticket this weekend!

It's happening people . . . it's really happening. Pray that I can follow through and make it work the way I want.

:)