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    Update: We are still here in Quebec, it has been over a year now and we have settled in nicely. We gave up on getting our US car into Canada, as the paperwork just to get it legally exported was too much, and in the end I would have been the only one allowed to drive it. Not worth it for a 2002 model car, so we sold both US cars last year and leased a new Ford Escape from a Quebec dealer.

    We also found a nice apartment in Laval, which is a Montreal suburb that has the size and amenities we wanted. Size, indoor parking and walking distance to the Metro (subway) being the main requirements. While we miss having a house sometimes, I don't miss cutting the grass, and certainly didn't miss having to showel snow this winter. We also adopted a dog from a shelter last year, since my wife stays at home while I work and we now have enough time to properly take care of a dog. His name is Rupert, he is a 3 year old Black Mouth Cur who was rescued from a northern community in Quebec.

    My french is improving, too. We have free french classes at work, which i have been taking advantage of. The two biggest challenges in that area is that my vocabulary isn't as large as it needs to be yet, but that's improving daily with practise. My french speaking colleagues are being very patient and helpful with my attempts to hold conversations in french with them... And i help them with their english in return, of course. That's a win-win for everyone. The other challenge is the difference between international french (which we are being tought in class) and Quebec french which is based on 1700 french, quite different. Some of the native french speakers in the office (from France) has problems understanding Quebecois, too. But I'm getting there. I know some of the Quebecois swear words already....

    Immigration wise, it's time to think about permanent residency now, since we have been here for a year. While I am familiar with the process in the US, i have found that the process in Canada is similar, but different - and Quebec has it's own rules. So i am going to follow my own advice that I have given to people here over the years, and hire an immigration attorney to look at our case and figure out the best strategy, since there are several routes to permanent residency, and I don't want to make a costly mistake. A good attorney is a worthwhile investment. Stay tuned for immigration updates.

    This is Rupert, the new addition to the Discoviking family:


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    I am not a lawyer. Anything I post is not - and should not be taken as - legal advice, as I am not qualified to give legal advice. Anything I post is my laymans opinion only. Consult with a qualified immigration lawyer should you require actual legal guidance. Please do not PM me with immigration questions they will not be answered., Ask your questions on the board, as the public question and answer sessions may benefit someone else in the same situation as you.

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    Glad to see that you're settling in! Good luck with permanent residency and learning Quebec French!
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    Another update: I consulted with the immigration attorney my company uses, since he handled my work permit and is already familiar with our case. He also was a canadian immigration officer before becoming an immigration attorney, so he is familiar with the system from both sides. There are two routes one can take in Quebec, points based or language based. The points base route is complicated, time consuming and requires a lot of documentation, while the (french) language based route basically just require you to demonstrate intermediate to advanced knowledge of french. I decided to go with the language route, and enrolled in a continuing education french program at Concordia University last summer. I will finish my last level in the middle of November, and as long as I pass I will receive a certificate from Concordia showing that I have met the french requirement. This certificate is recognized by Quebec, and I should receive a Quebec Selection Certificate stating that Quebec has accepted me (and my wife as a derivative) as immigrants to Quebec about a month after my lawyer files our application. There is a federal part to the process after that which takes around a year, but it is pretty much a formality (background checks etc.) once I have the Quebec certificate. This should be no issue, as there is nothing in my history except a couple of traffic tickets from years ago. Same with my wife. So this is where we are in the process now.

    Other than that we have settled in, are making friends, and are getting used to life as french canadian americans...

    I also checked another item off my bucket list this year, and got myself a motorcycle driving license. The instructors in the motorcycle course i took spoke mostly french, but I managed to learn how to drive a motorcycle without killing myself and passed my driving test, so i guess the french classes i have been taking are working!
    I haven't bought a bike yet, but I am hoping to have one by spring before the 2018 motorcycle season begins.
    Last edited by discoviking; 10-15-2017 at 04:00 PM.
    I am not a lawyer. Anything I post is not - and should not be taken as - legal advice, as I am not qualified to give legal advice. Anything I post is my laymans opinion only. Consult with a qualified immigration lawyer should you require actual legal guidance. Please do not PM me with immigration questions they will not be answered., Ask your questions on the board, as the public question and answer sessions may benefit someone else in the same situation as you.

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