We Are Canadians!

Today marks the first day of Autumn/Fall... Today also marks the day we appear before the Judge to take oath of our Canadian citizenship!

We got there just in the nick of time, as we know that they won't let us enter the courtroom before the scheduled time. We were assigned seat number 108 to 111. And waited for about 45 minutes while the CIC staff checked all of our documents... Court in session at 2:10pm, Judge gave a speech and then we took our oath (both in English and in French):

I swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen.

By 2:30pm they started calling us one by one as they handed out our Citizenship card and certificate. Total of 134 candidates from 23 countries in our city became Canadians today! By 3:30pm, we ended the ceremony by singing O'Canada (our national anthem).

Tagging our kids along wasn't easy as my son has been sick since last Friday but is much much better today... likewise, my daughter is also sick since yesterday. Our kids are not required to appear before the Judge but because we don't have a babysitter, we brought them along with us.


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After the ceremony, we had an early dinner at Il Fornello.

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The Time Frame / Process

June 2004
We submitted our Citizenship applications to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

July 2004
We received acknowledgement from CIC. The letter said it will take approximately 8-10 months to process our application. Also attached is a book called "A Look at Canada" for our reference.

May 7, 20005
CIC started processing our applications.

August 4, 2005
We received letter informing us of our upcoming citizenship exam on August 20 at 1pm.

Hubby and I take turns in studying the book called "A Look at Canada" where the multiple choice questions for the exam will be based on.

August 20, 2005
We took our first step.

September 9, 2005
After 3 weeks, we received yet another letter - this time its a "notice to appear" before the Judge on September 22 at 1:15pm.

September 22, 2005
After 1,629 days of making Canada our home...
and 33 days after our Citizenship Exam...

We are now Canadian Citizens!

This doesn't mean that we are turning our back on our birth/home country... in fact, we have every intention of maintaining dual citizenships.

19 comments:

Kevin Lam said...

CONGRATULATION !!!

Ha ha ha! I'm the first one here to greet you!

Pao said...

congrats! my hubby & i also have plans similar to where u are now. but we still have a long way to go. hay! :)

Linnor said...

Congrats to you and your family JO!

atoy said...

What year did you migrated to Canada? Siyanga pala saan ba kayo diyan. marami kasing uncles and aunts and first cousins ni mrs. ay nasa Toronto. Dito sa NZ more or less ganyan din katagal ang procesing kung nais maging citizen and Queen Elizabeth II or whoever is the ruling monarch in Britain recognized as the symbolic head of state.

JO said...

Hi Lam and Linnor... Thanks!

Hi Pao, are you in Canada too? what city?

Hi Atoy, 2001 kami ng migrate. We live in Mississauga, lapit lang sa Toronto.

denden said...

congrats to you and your family. your citizenship ceremony is grander than here.

when i pledged my allegiance to QE2, it was over and done with in 5minutes. hehe. :)

Vanessa said...

CONGRATULATIONS to you and your family, Jo! It must have been an exciting experience for all of you. I never pledged any allegiance to any member of the royal family here nor to any official anyone, all I got after a 3-month waiting period is a very expensive looking official paper that stated "Congratulations, you are now a Swedish citizen! (Too far from the grandeur of your ceremony there!!) But, like you, I'd never ever give up my Filipino citizenship. It's who I am and proud of it.

evi said...

This is great news, jo! I'm happy for you and your family.

JO said...

Hi Denden, hmmmm... it seems like being a canadian is very important to these people that's why we had an 1.5 hours of speech/ceremony. And if you can't make it to the ceremony, they take it away and you will have to re-apply and justify why you didn't appear the first time.

Hi Vanessa, we'll always be Filipinos wherever we are!

Hi Evi, thanks! hope everything is well with your family!

kai said...

Congrats....congrats...

I bet you fully memorize the Canadian national anthem by heart now, eh.

But still, keep in your heart our Philippine anthem you've learned since kindergarten and our good values as well.

JO said...

hi kai, you'll be next soon...

Junnie said...

Mitzi and I cant be happier.

We now can tell people we have Canadian friends too! :)

enjoy the day that you can travel without the hassles of a Visa! plus more blessings, di ba?

thescrubsfamily said...

Jo,
I need to send Junnie's camera to you. What is your email addy?

Email me...jo7baggs@yahoo.com

kuiipo.blogspot.com

Lynn said...

CONGRATULATIONS Jo and to your family...

JO said...

Hi Junnie and Lynn... Thanks a lot!

Hi the other Jo... sent you an email already. wow! excited na ako...

MrsPartyGirl said...

hi jo, congrats on your citizenship :) do enjoy the perks of being a citizen of two nations, it's a blessing :)

JO said...

Hi Meeya... thanks for dropping by.

Agring said...

Congratulations to you and your family Jo.

JO said...

Hi Agring, thanks!