Have you ever been on a treasure hunt? I belonged to a car club once and we went on a treasure rally. It was an absolute blast! Each driver was allowed to have one partner/navigator. On the day of the rally everyone showed up and at precisely at noon, we were all given a list of “hard to find” items and a point value for each. The farther away things were, the more points they were worth. Each team had seven hours to drive around central
The list included things that weren’t impossible to find, but were tough. Items included the road-sign used in the “Legend of Boggy Creek” movie, grave-stones from certain small country churches that were reputed to be haunted, roadside bbq shacks, mechanical bulls, etc. We had an absolutely incredible day, screaming around central
I’ll never forget the recent list of items I had to assemble for an upcoming trip to
I could probably lie to the customs agent in
To apply for a Canadian work permit, you need to convince them that:
A) You’re not coming to steal a Canadian’s job
B) There’s not a Canadian already in place that can do the job as well as you can
To convince them of this, you will need to send in the following:
- Forms. Lots and lots of forms.
- Paper copies of your passport, and every passport from every member of your family, whether they are going or not.
- If nobody else from your family has a passport, you still must account for who they are and for the fact that they’re not going.
- A copy of your Resume
- The fee, which is somewhere between $1500 and $2000
- Information about your most advanced degree earned and from what College.
- Proof of your graduation and degree including a picture of your diploma, a copy of it, or a paid reference to it from some website that will look up your credentials for you.
You’re still not quite done. Let’s say you get all of this done and submitted in time, you still must carry the resulting paperwork with you when you cross the border… AND, you will have to go over all of it with the immigration agent that gets assigned to you. You’ll have to explain who you are, who you work for, and exactly what you intend to do.
Yes, I know it’s crazy.
You can help your odds though… Scan all of the customs agents when you arrive and pick the friendliest one. If you communicate will with older women (for example), pick one and get in her line. If you see one who’s smiling (yes, it’s rare), pick that one. If you want to be roughly handled and “rubber gloved” by a tall surly man in a mustache… you get the idea.