So after spending the past couple of weeks traveling all over (mostly for work) I’ve now ended up at home (just in time to celebrate my birthday with my family!) My goal had been to submit my application prior to my birthday. Sunday and Monday were spent going over everything one more time. I split apart my overview letter into a series of discreet documents. I went through the checklist to make sure I had everything and to organize things.
The final application was likely a bit over-done. Every page was inserted into a sheet protector. These sheet protectors were in turn included in a 3″ binder. The front of the binder had both our names and pictures on it. Each critical section of the application had a separate tab, independently labeled to make it easy to find each document. I also included a complete copy of everything in the application in a separate envelope – no staples, no paperclips, nothing. Just in case they don’t like the binder approach to things.
Receipts for the fees are included (application fee plus right of permanent residence fee.) Completed original applications, supplementary materials, original IMM 1017 EFC form (as completed by the DMP) and my original FBI clearance letter (which is printed on a special paper that when copied exposes a watermark saying “unauthorized copy” on it.)
The entire package was 5.2kg (11 lbs). It was shipped out on Monday March 5, 2012 right at the wire – 4:45 pm (cut-off time.) It was delivered on Tuesday March 6, 2012 at 10:35 am to the mail room of the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga, ON.
Currently, the CIC website indicates that it takes 55 days before they open a new application after receipt (8 weeks) although that’s certainly subject to change. But assuming that schedule, they should open the application around May 1. Hopefully we will hear that the sponsor has been approved by the end of May and the file then transferred to Buffalo, NY. So, let’s hope they log it in by the middle of June.
In parallel, the judicial review should be moving forward. Decision on whether to grant review or not would be due in roughly the same time frame: early to mid June. At this point I’m not expecting review to be granted (it seldom is) and if granted a positive determination seems unlikely (looks like about 20% of review cases result in a determination for the applicant.) So, 20% chance of being accepted review and a 20% chance of success would yield a 4% chance of success this way. Not outside the realm of possibility, but not the kinds of odds on which one should base one’s life.