This is more complicated than I thought.
The post-graduate work permit I am getting is most definitely not an
entry document, which means that if I step out of Canada, I'm going to
need to apply at an embassy for a temporary resident visa to get back
in. If I had applied for a work permit outside Canada, then the visa
would be automatic, but I don't have the time.
I can apply for a temporary resident visa outside Canada. However,
this involves mailing my passport off. Which I'm going to have to do
anyway, so I might as well do it as soon as I've cleared the
requirements for my post-graduate work permit. Buffalo, NY is
reasonably fast - 43% of cases in 2 days or less.
I can apply for permanent residency through the consulate in Buffalo.
However, the process takes a while. Buffalo will only respond to
status checks after 18 months. Manila is even worse: "Applications can
be expected to be reviewed only 48 months (four years) from the date
we acknowledge receipt of a complete file."
Other people have done it. I have to find them. Sometimes I'm tempted
to just throw my hands up in the air and take the easy way out. I can
build a life in the Philippines. It will be a pretty good one. It
might even be easier. I can't fully explain my reasons for wanting to
explore to build this life bridging Canada and the US, but I *want* to
have that kind of life, so let's make that happen.
So here's what I need to sort out:
- Post-graduate work permit: that's the first thing I need
- Temporary resident visa: good to have
- Permanent residency application: as soon as the ink dries on my IBM onboarding papers
- Renewal of work permit (two years)
- US visa: good to have
Okay. I can do this.
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