January 2012's ARCHIVES

Visitor Visa

Time flies, I have just been in Canada on this weekend for 1 year since I arrived so that my visa will be expired and got a Visitor Visa recently. That is temporary plan to wait for result of LMO which my company made application end of last year. The term is for 2 months. I can stay in Canada by end of March certainly. But I need to leave my company temporary because I can't work on visitor visa. It is hard to expalin my status, no jobs or on temporary vacation lol

I made application for that visitor visa by myself as working & holiday visa. Although there is no difficult point especially, I would like to write some of regards to apply.

The first, I need to make to apply...

-Application to Change Conditions
-Documents Checklist
-Receipt for Application Fee($75)
-Photo Copies of Passport
-Photo Copies of Your Current Immigration Document
-Certificate of Your Financial Balance

Download link for documents of application is here.

It is the application for extending your condtions because you already are in Canada. At the point, You must fill the reason why you would like to entend in. And It is better to write the reason as definite as possible. Like When, Where you would like to visit or... Here is my case which I write with definite reason, "I already had studied English and got an experience in Canada. I would like to have a trip in Canada. I am planning to go to Quebec/Montreal or Vancouver on February and March. I couldn't have a trip in this year because I was busy to study and work." I heard you shouldn't write the thing that you would like to wait for getting your LMO or find a job as "visitor" visa.

You need to apply for it before 1 month from the current visa you have is expired at latest and I did before 1 month and a half in my case. There are two ways to apply, mail and online. I made application on online at last. Actually I sent first application by mail. But I changed my application to online thing immediately because I knew that it needed to take for 111 days for getting the visa when I found the processing time on mail out lol At the time, The processing time for by online was 46 days. And I got it on middle of January, took for almost 1 month, safely. The processinf time is changed by season. If you find the time now, 44 days is by mail, 13 days is by online. It is difference from my case totally! I think the processing time makes fast because Canada is just in the season when is getting cold so tourists doen't want to come. As It seemed to worry about illegal overstaying for a while, that was the thing I unexpected fortunatelly.

The processing time is here.

The Visa which I received

In this connection, if the application is by online, you need to make documents, Photo Copies of Passport or Certificate of Your Financial Balance, by the file like image or PDF. I changed the way to online suddenly so the time was not there to make the files  properly as using scanner. So I took pictures for each copies and sent PDF files which I made forcely. In addition, it was so hard to see exact characters on picutres of Certificate of Balance so that docments became kind of careless as just separate it for four peices and scale up... Although it was in success, I can't recommend that way...

In this way, I will stay in Canada by a visitor visa from next month. For a while, I will try to do the things I couldn't do since my job was started as busy, take free English class or develop apps by myself... It is hard a little bite to wait for the result of LMO which nobody doesn't know how response is but I will spend daily with staying positive and keeping looking for variety of possibility.

Anyway, I mention to develop apps, I hit it on Android Market below. Please download this app if you are smart phone users and give 5 stars!!!

Simple RSS Widget

Talk to you soon!

Snowboarding in Canada

I went to snowboarding end of last year! I hadn't been in Canada. The mountain was Blue Mountain. You can get there for around 2 hours from Toronto by car.

The mountain is almost like Japan. I can know some of different parts from Japan things. There are lists which is for 6 people. The mountain has special lift like escalator on beginner course which rage is short.

Lift and Escalator

Restaurant has Burgers and Pizza for main deals as I thought lol There is no Curry Rice and Ramen! By the way, They just call "Mountain" instead of "Gelände" in Canada(Japanese calls "Gelände" to snow mountain). Japanese people says "Let's go to snow mountain" as well. I found the wards "Gelände" and it is in Germany.

Blue Mountain is not much big. It has wide and the height is you can get to the top by one lift. I feel one course is about 400m(it may be different on best season). Also it has snow park which set up rails and boxes. No kickers yet because of status for snow. There were great boarders in the park! It seems to be watching Snowboarding video.

I was with Coworkers, Canadian and South Korean. Canadian friend is great snow boarder as he has skied since 3 years old. In addition, he loves to get speed so he uses his favourite goggle which has speed meter. I couldn't pass him over lol

Here is a lift ticket for Blue Mountain. Just sticker and seal with a wire. They don't use a chip ticket like Japanese and don't need to keep a ticket in case. But that is alway bareness. If it is snow, you can't see exactly at last as a picture below.

Ticket after

Although I started snowboarding 15 years ago, it was first experience I did with some of nation people in foreign mountain. I unexpected that I enjoyed it in Canada at the first. Moreover the our car fell into the shoulder of a snow road on the way to return. I could get an experience that we pushed the car with a old bird who just went through. That made one great memory for me!

Talk to you soon!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! 2012 started! I unexpected that it was opened with my family lol

I would like to be keeping the best with the theme I put "Keep Going" on!

I am going to do the best to be able to keep this situation as much as possible. Also I would like to keep going to work out in the gym which I joined right away if it is possible! I want to lose 5kg at least(though no weighing machine).

Don't give up. Just keep trying!

Keep in touch each other and I wish you all the best for this year.
And I really hope Japan is well for this year.



Hi I'm Shinya Hasegawa
I was born in Kanagawa,
Japan and 30 years old.
I'm IT Engineer of year 8th.
I'm challenging globalize
by IT engineer.
I arrived in Canada on February 2011.
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