The good thing about Vancouver is that it is just around the river bend. Us people from India do not get the whole “Canada” thing that goes on around here. Evidently, there are many jokes about Canada. Anyway, having been there a few times now, and not having anything urgent to do I thought to myself, lets talk about Vancouver with the few dozen people who read this blog.
getting a visa
If you’re Indian, and you’ve applied for a visa to any country in India you know what a pain the whole process can be. There are forms to be filled, documents to be collected, lines to be stood in and the distrustful scrutiny of the embassy officials to be tolerated.
On the other hand, if you are here in Seattle, and you want to pop over to Vancouver then getting a visa is painless and easy. All you need are:
- Photographs – feel free to ignore the whole “the photo must conform to these specifications – as long as it looks kind of like you you’re golden”
- The application form – simple, straightforward, be honest and don’t sweat it. They aren’t going to verify everything you put on there anyway.
- Money – take cash. Cash only. No credit/debit cards
- Proof of employment – something that shows where you work
The deal is you go there between 8-10AM on any working day. Enter, pick a number, submit your documents and pay the fee. Go the next day at 10-something and pick up the passport stamped with the visa.
That is all. It is quick, simple, painless.
edit: the candian embassy no longer accepts cash. bank draft/cashier cheque etc only. (via @rahulpm)
that’s all? one useful post in about a billion and it is, like, 5 lines? and yet you can ramble on and on about mangoes and hippos for hours.
feedback has been noted. the original post is already very big. i’ve had to split it. this is part I.
i thought people enjoyed the rambling :). its what i do!
No MS-Paint artwork with this post?
How could you!
this was a serious post. i know – other readers have expressed dismay at this as well 🙂
Thanks, planning to get a visa soon and this surely helps. Let me know if you would be interested in Banff National Park. And suggest some good punjabi diner in Vancouver.
already been to banff. need to write that up.
perhaps to whistler national park. i want to do the drive on the sea-to-sky highway
recommend banff thoroughly. aapko bahut mazaa aayega – it is scenic and beautiful – excellent for photography
I need an M$ paint diagram to understand the visa process. I am totally confused!
of course you do 🙂
why has thou stopped writing @mythalez gaaru?
no no! I haven’t stopped … I just seem to have fallen into the once-a-month habit .. so I guess I need to whip out a post soon 😀
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