All the Canadian Cards – Part 1

Bonjour mes amis!

Good news to share: Z and I received our PR cards on Monday (8 July 2019), alhumdulillah!

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We have received the PR cards through mail exactly 11 days after CIC sent us the email acknowledging the update for our permanent mailing address (our apartment address). Please note however: it took the CIC 5 working days to acknowledge the web form request I submitted to update them regarding our address. So technically we received our PR cards 16 days after updating our address. Still, I’m not complaining. 16 days is much better than 6 to 8 weeks, which was the normal processing time for PR cards up until a couple months ago.

Receiving the PR cards really is a relief for both us, as carrying around our passports and CoPRs everywhere as a proof of identity was not something we wanted to continue doing (in case we lost either one or both, somehow).

Having the PR cards means we can now travel to the USA (the state of Maine is about 2 and half hours away) and other countries if we wanted to, without worrying about applying for a PRTD (Permanent Resident Travel Document), and getting stuck in the process of having it approved. Yay! πŸ™‚

Although currently we are still waiting for our government health cards, we should most probably receive them by next week or the week after. We had applied for the health cards around the same time as we updated CIC with our apartment address, as Service NB requires you to have a permanent mailing address to apply for the cards, as well.

Luckily, I received my medical insurance card from my employer on Monday too. The employer insurance covers Z as well, so if absolutely necessary, we still have an option to get healthcare. How awesome is that! πŸ™‚

Since we want to get a (second hand) car in the near future (preferably before winter, in Sha Allah), we are in the process of converting our UAE licences to Canadian licences. First thing we need to do is the written road test at Service NB. The problem has been the timings, since they are only open on weekdays between 9am and 5pm. And after we pass the written test, we need to book the road test to receive the G2 licence. We have set ourselves a deadline of the end of August for this.

The only other card Z and I got in this time, is the NB Public Library Card. This card is absolutely free. All you have to do is show them a proof of address. You can get the card without that as well, but it will only allow you to borrow 3 things at a time. Once they have your proof of address, you can borrow up to 50 items for 3 weeks at a time (and this includes books, DVDs, and even musical instruments). You can renew your items 2 more times, provided that no on else has put in a request for them. The library also offers free internet, a board games area, a puzzle area and a music room. I have a feeling I will be going there pretty often. πŸ™‚

I’m pretty sure that in the next few weeks, we will probably add more cards to the ones we have right now. Probably cards from Tim Hortons, Walmart, Atlantic Superstore, Costco, and who knows what else. Hahaha.

But for now, we are just going to enjoy having our PR cards (the one card to rule them all πŸ˜€ ).

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