I am applying for permanent residency up here in Canada. Currently, I'm only allowed in Canada for 2 years with my current work permit. Yes, I can get a new one, but permanent residency allows me to live here for 5 years and work with any company. My company is paying for all of the application fees and lawyer preparation, so it's something I am very thankful for.
The process takes a lot of paper work, photos, and finger prints that need to be reviewed by the FBI. The whole process can take up to a year, but everything has been submitted, so now it's just a waiting game. Why am I putting this on my blog? Well, this is not just a blog on diabetes, it's a blog on life and yes I happen to have diabetes. They are pretty intertwined, so yes, there is a diabetes twist. Part of the initial application, I had to state whether I had any chronic illnesses and I had to list diabetes. Mainly because with permanent residency, I will be covered by the government healthcare program and they probably don't want people to be a drag on the system. Since my diabetes is well controlled, I passed the initial screening which is great news.
Lastly, as I was completing all of this identifying documentation, I realized diabetes was causing me to lose part of my identity. How you ask? Well the picture you see above is three different fingerprints I had to submit to the FBI. The crazy part is that with the amount of times I have pricked my fingers over the last 12 years years, my fingerprints are starting to blotch and fade! Think about it, say I test 5 times a day on average, then that means I have pricked my fingers over 30,000 times! I never really thought about this before, but from the picture above you can see the blotching of the prints. A "normal" print doesn't have any blotchiness to it and comes out crisp and clear. This was an interesting conversation with the small Vietnamese man taking my fingerprints when he noticed the blotching. I told him I was diabetic and have been pricking my finger multiple times a day for years. He was surprised that I tested everyday because he said he was also diabetic. He said he was type 2 and mentioned to me that diet and exercise is "berry important,". "Yes", I nodded and agreed.
7/7/2014 01:30:53 am
My son only uses two fingers to test. When we had him fingerprinted he had no prints on those to fingers. They were completely whited out. Hadn't thought of it before that time. It does lead to interesting conversations.
8/10/2015 11:13:59 am
Good luck with your PR application!! My own PR application took 6 years to be finalised - and that is partly due to the fact that I have a heart murmur which held things up. I had to do several tests which I had to pay for so that I could prove that I would not be a drain on the health system. I do hope that CIC do not deny your application since they COULD claim that your diabetes MAY be a drain on the health system. Considering that you will need to be obtaining insulin, test strips, needles, etc, every single month, and that could be considered a drain on the health system. No matter who pays for them. My son is a Canadian born child with T1D and the amount of needles, tests strips and insulin he uses every month is staggering!! As a child under 18, all his needs except needles are paid for by the health system. We still have to pay for needles.
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