No easy task…

Moving from one country to another is no easy task and we know this from firsthand experience! There are jobs to obtain, living arrangements to make, and stuff to haul, plus, plus, plus…

Once we received the official letter of approval and decided on a date, we had to decided what “stuff” was worth shipping, hauling, and/or keeping. We ultimately decided that not much of our belongings were going to make the trip back to Canada. We had about 2 months to get ready, I started right away with the sorting, selling, and packing started to ensure all tasks were completed and reduced the stress. Basically, everything needed to go except for personal items such as clothes and toiletries, and a few keepsakes. I started with the stuff we had in storage, if it was stored, did we really need it? I shipped a box or two of Christmas decorations (of which plenty broke and now I have one box worth, I shipped off season clothes and a couple of boxes of keepsakes. Much of the rest was sold (couches, chairs, tables), donated (dishes, kitchen items, clothes) or trashed (9-year-old mattress). When it was time to leave, we could fit what we kept in each of our cars, his & her carloads!

Now that we are packed, where will we live? Knowing that the Vancouver BC area was having a housing crisis, I wasn’t sure what we were going to be able to do. I know I haven’t mentioned it often throughout this process, but we also had a 103lb German Shepard that needed to travel with us. We did end up deciding that the doggo needed to stay with grandpa for a few months until we could get settled but we were still looking for accommodations that would allow for this dog, who would join us is a few months. I made many attempts at reaching out to landlords and apartment complexes, but no one would even give me the time of the day to ask questions because I was not in town to meet with them or discuss rentals. Trying to find a rental that allowed big dogs made our search even more difficult and frustrating. I had tried on a few occasions to have my daughter (who was local) meet with landlords, but still, the lack of responses was discouraging. There would be no way that I was going to find housing from long distance. So, we couch surfed for a few weeks in October and rented an Airbnb for November, which gave us some time to search while we were local.


Jobs, well that was the easy part of this whole adventure. As an RN who has worked in the local health authority before, it was easy enough to contact some people I knew and step through the process; although there were a few hiccups (which I’ll highlight at another time) being an ED trained RN, pretty much ensures that the jobs will always be there when I need it! Jerad on the other hand, although he looked for work, he wasn’t hard pressed to find anything right away. He was incredibly lucky that his employer in Denver agreed to have him work remotely until mid-November as he was in the middle of a few projects that they needed completed, this bought him some time to get settled and find work!

Ok, so we have a plan, a short-term one, but a plan none the less!

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Pay the fee…

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.

janine-carney-immigration_1280x800.jpgOur 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.

  1. Sponsor applies to sponsor (pay the fee)
  2. Apply for immigration (pay the fee)
  3. Obtain fingerprints & background check details (pay for those services)
  4. Get medical clearances (pay for the service)
  5. 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!

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