26 August 2009

Why you wanna give me the run-around?

an update on immigration...

to recap: we were told to get our work permits when we crossed the border moving into canada. we did this. they gave dave the incorrect work permit and on it i was only listed as "accompanying spouse," thus blocking me from getting a job. the reason given at the time was, "IF you find a job, then you re-apply and we will assess at that time if we authorize a work permit for you." but who the hell would even offer a job to someone who needs to wait around for the government to approve them? so said the guy at the office where dave got his SIN number (sorry for the redundancy jules!).

the SIN guy told dave to call immigration (which is a different group than the border patrol people who issued the permit) and get the scoop from them. they said, "yeah, wrong permit. submit the paperwork for your wifes work permit with the check to cover its cost. while that is processing we will get your work permit corrected at our offices just by dealing with you on the phone. you have 30 days after entering to adjust a work permit, so its no problem."

after having daves file bounced to 3 different offices and them trying to call us while we were out of town, we exited the 30 day grace period. so...now apparently dave has been directed to send his paperwork for correction to the halifax office. a different office than the folks who have my permit paperwork. the halifax office apparently usually has a one-week turn around time. hopefully they can get daves processed in time so that they can properly process my work permit. grr.

these people are...nice, but why are the rules of government written in such a way as to confuse everyone, make it impossible to accurately train employees, and force people to detest any and all dealings with bureaucracy. you are incompetent! its written on your face. have you no pride man!? all three governments weve been intimately involved with have been subpar on this level. shame on you.

dinner also left a bad taste in our mouth tonight. literally. went to fries & co. i ordered straight up fish n chips. dave got the house special with fried clams and fish n chips. now, honestly, my fish was decent. fries were soggy, but daves clams...foul. he had never had them before and wanted to give em a whirl. never again. he said his mouth tasted like terd afterward and he made friends with the toilet later that night. :( as for fish n chips in general...weve apparently been spoiled by our honeymoon in new zealand. i cant recall any fish n chip stop there that wasnt fantastic. now they know how to batter a fish.

3 comments:

Dave said...

I recall one fish and chips stop in NZ that wasn't good. I don't remember exactly where it was, but it was the only one we had heard was supposed to be fantastic and we went down to the water to a boat to get the food. I recall the boat reeking of dead fish and fairly poor food. Maybe it is just our mindsets for where we've been getting things. Perhaps if we just stop in a try some fish and chips without any expectation, things will taste better. Seems like that may have worked in NZ...

lotus said...

k. fine. youre right. i had blocked that NZ fish stop out i guess, but now i remember. the grass is always greener maybe. but seriously, NZ had some awesome fish n chips.

Dave said...

No question, the fish and chips in NZ were yummy. I just think we should be able to find something comparable here, and perhaps it will help if we just blindly stumble upon a place.