Citizenship Test

I took my Canadian Citizenship test yesterday. The scheduled time for the test was 3PM, so I left work at about half past 2 to walk up to the Citizenship and Immigration office and be there in plenty of time.

I neglected to check the address on my paperwork before I went- I went up to 29 Duke, which is where the letter came from, and the office that I’ve been to before, but citizenship tests are held at 15 Duke.  So I was confused for a few when I was faced with a locked door and an hours sign saying that the office was closed on Wednesdays.  I figured it out momentarily after a closer read of my letter.

Once inside, there was a small waiting room, attached to a small room with a desk and two CIC people who were asking questions of the test attendees.  They called us in one by one, and we went in there, and were asked to present various paperwork, and they asked a couple questions, basically just getting a quick assessment of our grasp of English (French would have been fine too of course, but there didn’t seem to be any French speakers at my test).

We had to show our passports and landing documents and various other things.  The lady had my application there, and mentioned that I had a lot of vacations to the States- while looking through my passport for stamps. My passport is pretty much never stamped- I got stamped once on my very first trip to Canada, and once each for my Study Permit and my Permanent Residence, and that’s it.  Plus, now that I use a Nexus card, I almost never have to show my passport at all when I cross the border.

Once they were satisfied with my paperwork and english, they gave me an answer sheet- basically a photocopied legal-size sheet with numbering to 20, and A B C D after each number.  I was told to go sit in the next room (the citizenship court room) and find a chair with a clipboard, sit, and sign my sheet.

After I sat, I could sort of hear the test-writers coming in after me going through their questions/paperwork stuff.  One woman really was struggling with English and was definitely flustered and nervous, but she did fine enough in the end.

Once we were all in the room and sitting down with our clipboards, they started the test.  They handed out different colored folders, with a few pages inside that held the questions.  There were two mandatory ones (questions that you have to get correct in order to pass) and a set of 3 questions where getting one of the three correct was mandatory.

I think I did fine.  I definitely remember feeling like I got one of the questions wrong, but at this point, I can’t remember at all what the question was.  After we finished, we just turned in our papers and test folders, and that was that.

They don’t let you know right away if you’ve passed, which I found a little frustrating.  I’ll get a letter in 4-6 weeks with my results, and if I’ve satisfied all the requirements, that letter will have notice of when the oath ceremony will be.  I hope that it will be before the next municipal election, so that I can vote right away!

Citizenship application status

From the CIC website:

We received your application for Canadian citizenship (grant of citizenship) on August 19, 2009.

We sent you a letter acknowledging receipt of your application(s), and a study book called A Look at Canada on August 19, 2009. Please consider delays in mail delivery before contacting us.

We started processing your application on May 3, 2010.

Your file was transferred to the Kitchener CIC office on July 28, 2010. The Kitchener CIC office will contact you if additional information is required. The Kitchener CIC office will contact you regarding your citizenship test once all the necessary checks on your file are complete.

Yay!

Weekend update

No Penelopiad rehearsal this weekend, though I did get to see a number of the cast and crew yesterday at the movies and then at a party later on in the evening.

This being a long weekend and with me having the Friday off work as well, it was different enough that I didn’t quite miss being at the theatre in Elmira for Taming of the Shrew.

My work office is moving this weekend, as of Tuesday we’ll be located in the Lang Tannery building. I’m excited about the new space! I hope the transition is extra smooth, too- I have lots of things to get done in the next few weeks!

Star Wars: In Concert

I got to sing for the final show of the Star Wars: In Concert US/Canada tour, yesterday. It was pretty awesome! The show itself was amazing, the production staff were efficient and helpful, and the facility (the John Lebatt Centre in London) was nice as well. We got to meet Anthony Daniels, who hosts the show, which was really cool.  I got a bad phone photo of my performer credentials (they used stickers rather than lanyards for the choir which was nice, you could keep your pass on without having to have it visible from the audience or wearing something around your neck)-

Star Wars performer credentials

Overall, it was a really nice experience, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat, even if it did mean I was running myself ragged this past weekend with the closing of Ten Bare Toes‘ production of  Taming of the Shrew, as well as rehearsal and shows for Star Wars.  I was able to miss Penelopiad rehearsal on Sunday, which allowed for some much-needed rest.

Speaking of Taming of the Shrew– what a great experience that was.  Though I was building costumes some time ago, I didn’t really get to interact with the cast and crew much until the run.  Easy to see even in that short time what a great group of people were working on the show.  The show itself (I never did get to see a full run of it, I did catch bits and pieces) was very well received. and everyone did an amazing job. I think it was a great opportunity for everyone to learn and grow as well.  (I definitely got to hone my quick-change skills!) I had a fantastic time, and will miss everyone.

This week, I’m trying to catch up on things that were postponed and put off while I was so busy with rehearsals and shows- funny how being down to three rehearsals and one lesson a week is awesome when you’ve had a few weeks with every night booked.

The Penelopiad

I’ve been working on an amazing show over the past few weeks: The Penelopiad, by Margaret Atwood.  I’m assistant stage manager for the production.  It’s a very powerful play, though maybe not the most uplifting piece.  Our production with KWLT is the Canadian amateur premiere, which is exciting.

The cast is 13 women, which creates a really interesting dynamic.  Rehearsals so far have been fun, despite the sometimes draining subject matter. The actresses working on the show are amazing.

I’m looking forward to the coming weeks as things start to really gel.  The production goes up in September.  Keep an eye out for ticket information as it becomes available!