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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