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I’m In Central Holding

Today saw my follow-up visit to the doctor for the results of my blood test, which were done at the end of March. But, because of all the problems with the nurse and then, according to said nurse, a problem at the lab, a simple blood test took a handful of visits. And, after all this, the doctor sits there bemused and informs me he hasn’t had the results back. What? We are now over the midway point of May. And the doctor is telling me he hasn’t had the results? I’m confused and, yes, a little annoyed. He does, however, reassure me that, because I’m not a card-carry citizen of Québec, as yet, that the results are probably in Central Holding (like I’m suddenly in an episode of Hill Street Blues, and being booked for a crime I didn’t commit). This database apparently holds all non-residents medical records and he will have to request my results. Request them? A simple email he tells me. But it will be another delay, though once he’s in …

I’m Fully Certified

They said we would have to wait anywhere upwards of three weeks to hear back from the RCMP, when I had my fingerprints done here, in QC. So I was surprised and very happy to find notification in my mailbox, late yesterday afternoon. My application for a background check was done on the same day we uploaded my details to the RCMP, which is kind of impressive. It took three days for results to come back in, and another three days for the certificate to be cleared, signed, and yes, certified with a very impressive embossed seal. So now I’m in receipt of my very official looking Police Certificate. Of course, we uploaded it straight away to the CIC website. As the sooner they are in receipt of all the relevant documents, the sooner my application can be assessed, vetted and a decision made, one way or the other. Reading posts on the Forum Boards give mixed reviews of what happens next, at this point. All based I’m guessing on the case load of any …

I Have Fingerprints

Well, it seems I need not have fretted too much over having my fingerprints taken. Or trying to figure out what form I was supposed to download and fill out for the RCMP. There is no form. And the fingerprinting is done digitally. So no inky fingers. No storage in a system that might be hacked either. The whole process took less than ten minutes from the second we walked through the door, till we left. I guess having an appointment helped. I literally waited longer for the officer to fill out the on-screen request—that was submitted on my behalf—than it took to do the rest. And then, I was joking with the guy and walking out the door reassured that neither police force keeps my fingerprints on file longer than is necessary to do the background check. Which is a relief to know. Also, the fees are all inclusive. Meaning, we paid a single fee at the Police Station for the whole process, which is inclusive of the RCMP fee as well. So now …

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 …