Life, Permanent Residency

Military Records

With my Medical barely complete and out the way with, hopefully, a clean bill of health. I got the next email alert from CIC yesterday informing me there was an unread message waiting for me. These messages are always presented as downloadable pdf documents. In this instance, it’s a request for further and more detailed information about my Military Service. Service I completed over 40 years ago!

Yes, that long ago; I was 17 years-old when I joined the British military. I did, however, find the right online British Government website and downloaded a ‘Request’ form for my records. No fees but no guarantees on content or, how long it will take.

I have till May 25 to get these records to CIC. I wonder if being water-boarded by the CIA would be any less torturous?

Added to that, I also saw that they were requesting a background check through the RCMP (though no notification was given). This one asking for a more thorough, fingerprints included, criminal check. Which, of course, entails an appointment with a certain department at only one police station certified to do the task, because, after all, my fingerprints have to be done by a specialist, electronically and yes, for a fee. All this so the file can be sent (separately, I might add) than the paper form I will have to fill out and also send to the RCMP (with fees).

Though neither myself nor my partner, for the life of us, could find said form to download, let alone fill out.

Go figure. I guess I now have to play a game of CLUE on the RCMP website and hope I find the right link.

Drip, by drip, by drip I’m gulping for air while drowning in paperwork!


  1. Kenny Harrison says

    Ah, the joys of 21st century living, becoming a documented, finger-printed, scanned, barcoded citizen. I salute you, Alexandra, for displaying patience and resolve while securing permanent residency. 🙂

    • La Blonde says

      Going through this process, Kenny, has just highlighted for me how hard, complicated, and heartbreaking it is for Asylum seekers. If this is how it is for me, what’s it like people fleeing war-torn countries who have little or no paperwork, or paper trail to follow?

      I have a new found appreciation on so many levels, for these people.

      But yes, patience is a virtue I’m learning fast.

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