FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Common-law partner proudly welcomes Canada's newest permanent resident ... just in time for Christmas!
Vancouver, B.C - December 18, 2006 - Canada's citizenship and immigration council has granted permanent residence status to Mr. Darrin, an American national born in Miami, Florida. A software developer by day, social hacker by night, Eden currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with the brother of his long-term partner, Elaina.
Since relocating to the Pacific Northwest in the Winter of 2002, Eden has developed a sincere appreciation for the abundant mountain biking opportunities in the province to the north. "With Whistler and the world's finest whiskey awaiting my arrival, I simply cannot arrive at my new doorstep fast enough," Eden stated at a recent press conference distributed via podcast to family and friends.
Spring, a professional event planner, obtains citizenship in Canada from her father. She graciously sponsored Eden under Canada's family class immigration policy. Spring relocated to Vancouver this summer to become involved with the pre-planning efforts of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The happy couple was introduced by a mutual friend nearly four years ago.
"All said and done, we submitted the CIC with a novel that gave War and Peace a run for its money," Spring noted. Their application packet was over seven centimeters thick and included an elaborate photo journal carefully documenting every month of their time together. They also prepared twenty-some government forms and a notarized statutory declaration of common-law union. Additionally, they submitted all other requirements including medical records, HIV tests, fingerprints, photos, more photos, differently sized photos, bank statements, proof of employment, evidence of income, tax records, personal and professional references, and multiple FBI background checks. Spring estimates that at least four cases of wine were consumed throughout the entire process.
Canada offers a public health-care system that provides insurance coverage for health services to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Pending the required three month waiting period in British Columbia, Eden will be eligible to apply for BC HealthCare once he arrives in the country. This coverage will allow him additional freedom to explore more advanced trails on future biking excursions. He will also have legal authority to work in the country.
Family reunification has long been a key objective of Canada's immigration policy. The Canadian government allows citizens and permanent residents of Canada to sponsor members of the family class, but it requires that arriving immigrants receive care and support from their sponsors. Long story short, Eden is indefinitely indebted.
When asked about the 1,500 loonies it took to bring him here, Spring responded with a smile and the following comment, "The way I see it, they're payin' us for him to be here."
Additional information regarding the immigration process to Canada can be found online.
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