Travel nursing and living in the USA was definitely a time of learning, growth, and experiences, and I will continue to write about those stories as long as they last; however, when we started to talk about moving back to Canada and what it would take to get there, I was very motivated!
Because my spouse is American, moving back to Canada wasn’t going to be one of those moves that you just pack your things and head to the next spot.
Our first step (beyond the deciding) was to apply for Jerad’s immigration and permanent residency. Immigration requires lots of paperwork, attention to details, and is somewhat expensive; however, it can be done without a lawyer. We managed (struggled at times) to get what we needed in the order we needed it all on our own! As his sponsor, I submitted my request to sponsor, he submitted all his papers and fees and we waited for instructions for the next steps.
- Sponsor applies to sponsor (pay the fee)
- Apply for immigration (pay the fee)
- Obtain fingerprints & background check details (pay for those services)
- Get medical clearances (pay for the service)
- Wait for all final papers, travel to border, and wait for it…pay the fee!
There were a couple of surprises for us during the application and waiting process but what really confused us was the need for Jerad’s youngest son (16yrs at the time), who had no intention of immigrating, who did not reside with us, but required a medical clearance. In order to obtain this medial certificate, it required us to travel to the east coast, pick up the boy, travel 2 hours to Raleigh NC and subject him to an exam and blood work, Oh, and of course “pay the fee”!
But all is well, and the application was approved! The next steps figuring out how to move our junk and where to take it! We decided on mid-October, not too late in the year for the road conditions, but closer to the end of our housing lease to avoid costly fees for breaking our lease!
Where is the farthest you have moved? I’d love to hear your comments!