Well, the landing process went so smoothly yesterday it is almost unbelievable. The whole process took 20 minutes, which included having new photos taken. Apparently our "home-made" photos were not up to CBSA's standards as there was a shadow on each of them.
Our painstakingly-prepared B4 and B4A forms denoting goods we were taking into the country upon landing and goods that were following later were not even looked at. Since we landed without any goods to speak of and would be towing a U-Haul trailer in late spring, the friendly agent advised to just wait until that time to do the inventory process. We are crossing our fingers that the trip through the Peace Arch crossing will be just as uneventful as the YVR airport experience was.
Today we went to a Service Canada Centre in downtown to apply for and receive our SIN (Social Insurance Number, not a reflection of morality!) numbers. The cards themselves should arrive before we head back to Florida next week.
So, the only bureaucratic items we have remaining are to get our BC driver's license and MSP (Medical Services Plan) cards. Both of these items we have been advised to apply for when we are actually residing here later in the year. Just another incentive to get back up here ASAP!
Tonight we are meeting another couple that have contacted us via this blog. We've been emailing back and forth for a couple of months now, and tonight we're all going to dinner in the West End. One of the guys is a USian recently landed here and his partner is Canadian. The blog family keeps expanding - Gotta love it!
There have been suggestions from Bloggerpalooza friends here in BC that we will need to change both our blog name and my posting ID due to our change in status. I have been thinking about that, and would appreciate any and all suggestions.
I have a couple in mind. Let's see how ya'll do . . . .