April 30, 2013

Saturday - Tuesday - Passport

Tak dneska mi prisel pas zpatky! Oficialne mam pracovni povoleni do Kanady az do listopadu 2014! Neuveritelne jak na den presne jsem se trefila a alespon toto se mi podarilo :-) Za letosni rocnik zadosti o program Working Holiday musim rict, ze se kvota vycerpala neskutecne rychle. V pulce dubna bylo zazadano o vice jak 1000 WH viz na ambasade v Praze. Podle vsech informaci byly rocniky, kdy se tato kvota naplnila v zari/rijnu. Dalsi kvota bude snad Ceske Republice pripsana na pristi rok v lednu/unoru. Proc pisu snad? Protoze koluji zvesti, ze snad bude zruseno povinne turisticke vizum pro obcany Ceske Republiky, coz by mohlo zmenit pravidla i na poli programu Working Holiday pro rok 2014!

Takze ted vizum cislo 2. Spise bych to mela prejmenovat na cekani cislo 2 :D Tenhle rok je nejaky zvlastni! Neustale na neco cekam a doufam, ze 2. 6. se dockam konecnych verdiktu, protoze jinak to bude smutne...

I have received my passport today! I'm officially allowed to work in Canada until November 2014! It's unbelievable how I managed it to maintain the visa process exactly on the right date. Oh well at least something went good :-) This year of the Working Holiday program went pretty fast with the visa process. The quote for the Czech Republic went by pretty fast. By mid April were more than 1000 visas requested at the embassy in Prague. There were years when this quantity was taken by September/October. The next visas are probably going to be released next year in January/Februray. Why am I writing 'probably'? Because there is a gossip about the waiving of the need of a travelers visa for the Czechs which could change   also the rules for the Working Holiday program for 2014!

So now I need to get the visa number 2. Maybe I should call it the waiting number 2 :D This year is pretty strange! I'm constantly waiting on something. I hope that by June 2nd I'll know all my end verdicts, because if not then it's going to be pretty sad ...

Lake Ontario and a small beach in downtown Toronto

April 28, 2013

Game changer

Nase rozhodnuti nekdy dokazi nadelat peknou paseku. Jedno takove jsem udelala i ja! Jsem v poslednim rocniku navazujiciho magisterskeho studia na vysoke skole a za celou dobu jsem si nikdy nepretahovala predmety mezi rocnikama az do lonska, kdy jsem kvuli brzkemu odletu vzdala jeden predmet s tim, ze si ho dodelam v druhaku. Bohuzel jsem ho na 2 pokusy nedodelala... A tak s hotovou diplomovou praci cekam na rozhodnuti kdy me pusti ke statnim zaverecnym zkouskam. Blbe co? Posledni tyden se snazim prijit na to jak dal a toto rozhodnuti je v mnohem velky skrt pres rozpocet pro me. Nicmene kvuli jedne zkousce se vzdat titulu pred jmenem je nemyslitelne, takze bojuji za tuto prioritu.

Ted vas muzou napadnout moje viza a co s nima udelam... No tyden se s tydnem sesel a vcera jsem obdrzela vyjadreni kanadske ambasady o schvaleni me zadosti. JUPI!!! (jo jasam :-) Trvalo to presne 27 dni v mem pripade - od podani zadosti do prichodu potvrzujiciho emailu o schvaleni. Ted jeste musi dojit pas domu. Mezitim cekam na formular DS-2019, ktery mi umozni ziskat J1 vizum do USA na prazdniny. Takze v tomto ohledu jsem to stihla, i kdyz to vypadalo dosti na odrene usi. Otazkou zustava jak se nakonec tento rok vyvine!

Our decisions can sometimes be a huge game changers. I did one like that! I'm in the last year of getting master's degree in university and for a time I never overtighten subjects between two school years until last year, when I was due to an early departure. I gave up this subject with the fact that I can finish it this year. Unfortunately, I didn't after 2 attempts ... So my diploma thesis is finished and I'm awaiting the decision when my university allows me to attend the state final examinations. Pretty bad, huh? The whole week was I trying to figure out my next steps and this subject is truly a huge game changer for me. However, to give up my degree because of one exam is unthinkable. Therefore I'm fighting for this priority.

Now you can ask how about my visa and what will I do with them ... Week passed since my last post. I received confirmation from Canadian embassy with an approval of my request. Yippee!! (yeah I'm still happy :-) It took exactly 27 days in my case - from applying for the visa until receiving the confirmation e-mail with approval. Now my passport has to arrive at my doorstep with an additional sticker. Meanwhile, I'm waiting on a Form DS-2019 which will allow me to obtain J1 visa to the USA for the summer. So in that case I made ​​it, though it seemed rather unbelievable to obtain both visas in time. Can't wait how this year will develop!

The view from Guaymas Restaurant in Tiburon, CA - Angel's Island on the left/ San Francisco on the right

April 20, 2013

MY visa process

Byt v procesu cekani na viza je neskutecne ubijejici. Tedy alespon pro me. Aby toho nebylo malo, tak cekam na viza rovnou dva :-) Ne najednou, ale po sobe do dvou sousedicich zemi - USA & Kanada nebo taky Kanada & USA. Svuj vizovy proces jsem zapocala odeslanim pasu na kanadskou ambasadu skoro pred tremi tydny s zadosti o vydani viza "Working Holiday" (WH):
Program Zažijte Kanadu umožňuje občanům České republiky ve věku od 18 do 35 let:
  • žít v Kanadě až po dobu 12 měsíců,
  • legálně v Kanadě pracovat,
  • poznat odlišnou kulturu.
3 tydny! Jsou to pro me muka, protoze ambasada ma az 8 tydnu na projednani me zadosti, coz se nesmi stat, a tak se modlim (mimo jine i za toto), abych uz vedela na cem jsem. Zda-li mam priklepnuto nebo ne.

Tento uzasny program je na 1 rok. Snad budu mit po skole v lete a od listopadu bych se chtela vydat do prekrasneho Toronta zpatky a vyzkouset si to jake je to zit nekde jinde na delsi dobu nez leto (jako tomu bylo doposud v USA). Samozrejme i pracovat :-) Idealne neco v me IT skupine, ale po prostudovani par blogu a Facebook stranek je mi jasne, ze to nebude jednoducha zalezitost a cizinci v tomto programu nachazeji praci v restauracich a resortech jako vypomoc bez sance na karieru. Zatim se me drzi vidina uspechu, i kdyz skutecnost bude mozna jina, ale nepredbihat. Vizum stale nikde!

To be waiting on a visa is incredibly debilitating. Well, for me. And to make it even worse I'm waiting on two visas :-) Not at one time, but consecutively to two neighboring countries - USA & Canada or Canada & USA. My visa process started when I've sended my passport to the canadian embassy three weeks ago along with 'International Experience Canada' (IEC) visa request:
International Experience Canada enables Czech citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 to:
  • stay in Canada for up to one year;
  • legally work in Canada;
  • experience another culture.
3 weeks! It's a huge torture for me, because the embassy has up to 8 weeks to consider my request which should not occur. And so my prayers (among other things) go to the embassy to deal quickly. That I know if I'm going to get it or not.

This amazing program is for 1 year. I hope to have my school done by end of this spring and from November on I plan to go to the beautiful Toronto back to live there for a whole year, not only for a summer (as it was the past summers in the USA). Of course I'll be also working :-) Ideally somewhere in my IT section, but after reading numerous blog posts and Facebook pages I know that the internationals are mostly hired to work in restaurants or resorts to help out without any chance for carrier. Right now I'm still staying positive with my sight of success. Maybe the reality is going to be different but let's stick to what I have now - Still waiting on my visa!




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