It’s hard when you have found the place you truly want to live and yet you need to a get a piece of paper to let you stay and work there. When I came last year for two days in August I knew I wanted to live in Vancouver and after spending 5 weeks there I am more determined to fulfill that dream, but for now I have had to leave and I am heartbroken.
I had the most wonderful trip and I have met some amazing people along the way, the Vancouverites been made me feel so welcome. I attended French lessons practically every day with an awesome french teacher, I tool a trip to Whistler and Deep Cove. I ran every other day down the seawall and have made some amazing friends. The only annoying thing is that I can’t stay there permanently, yet.
On the eve of my departure I had tears streaming down my face, a knot in my stomach and overwhelming sense of dread as I returned to the UK. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing remotely wrong with the UK, but it is not where I want to be. It is not where I call home anymore. I am not sure whether I have just simply out grown it or that from all my traveling I just need a change, but all I do know is that Canada is calling every fibre in my body to come and live there.
Some of you will be like “What, this girl is crazy she has only spent 5 weeks and a couple of days there how can she tell?” They say when you buy a house that you know which one is the right one from the moment you walk in and that is exactly how I feel about Vancouver. I know it is a silly thing to say especially as I am from the countryside but I feel I can really breathe in Vancouver. The air is clean like nothing I have ever experienced before it is like I am breathing in pure oxygen. I can be myself, I am happier, fitter and healthier. I just really need to get back as soon as I can not just for my physical well being but for my sanity.
I am well aware that getting my visa is going to be tough, I am no spring chicken and cannot get a working holiday visa anymore, so I am having to go straight for express entry which is hard. I am not even sure that I am going to have enough points to even make it into the pool. The best way of course is to get a job offer or sponsorship but with changes to employing foreigners, very few companies are willing to take the risk or foot the $1000 LMIA cost. It’s really frustrating when you see all these jobs advertised that you could do but because you have no right to work there you can’t do anything about them. I pride myself in being a hardworking, focused, loyal individual when it comes to working for someone and I know if I was employed in Vancouver I would put 110% in because I want to live here.
All in all it is all so frustrating and I guess I will have to wait and see if the CIC (Citizens and Immigration Canada) are kind to me and let me in.