Saturday, October 20, 2012

Baby Immigration Update

In my last post I wrote about my not so great news with regards to obtaining Canadian Citizenship for my baby. I was told the process takes about a year, and that I would still have to apply for a passport. I was a little down, to say the least.

After I received my email from the Canadian Consular in Cancun, I emailed them back looking for information on obtaining a visa for my baby. I was happy again to receive a response in less than 48 hours. Que miraglo!! Basically I wanted to know how long it would take to get a visa for my baby, so that we could travel to Canada to visit my family. Here comes the good news??!!

I was told that we wouldn't be able to apply for the visa, as it's not applicable in our situation. That is if we have applied for Citizenship, which we will do immediately. No question about that. Our option is to plan a trip, and purchase the airfare. Go to the Consular, and with proof of travel and we may be granted a temporary passport for our baby to travel. We were told this usually takes about 16 days...  Of course I wrote back and wanted to know what are the chances of this happening? Is it typically granted, or does it depend on a situation, or day to day?  I am now awaiting their response, however it's the weekend so probably won't hear anything until next week.

Again, I have some faith that this could still work for us!!! I have until February to make a decision, as after that travel is not recommended, and I run the risk of my Dr not approving travel past a certain number of weeks.

I'm really hoping this option works for us. I can't imagine the chance of my hubby not being there for delivery.


Barb said...

Just something to keep in mind...

I believe there's some sort of legislation that says if a child is born to Canadian citizens, outside of Canada, they're still considered Canadian. BUT, if your child has a baby born outside of Canada, this baby will not be granted Canadian citizenship.

I recently read about a family facing this problem but can't locate the story. However, I did find this.

Nikolacolada said...

We were in a somewhat similar situation, husband is Mexican, I'm a US citizen, and we lived in Mexico and plan to return within a few years. We just had a baby in September, in the US and last week got her Mexican Citizenship. If you do decide to have your baby in Canada, it only took us a few hours at the Mexican consulate to get her birth registered and her Mexican birth certificate made.. it was a really simple process, just so you know the other option is pretty simple!

btw congratulations! Babies are such a great joy :)

Mommy with Commuter Husband said...

Good excuse for your family to travel to Cancun?

Gringation Cancun said...

I have no idea how it works with Canada so no advice from me, but good luck and keep us posted!

ElleCancun said...

Barb - Thanks for thinking of that for me, however, I do recall when they changed this immigration law a few years ago...It's always been in the back of my mind. I was worried about it, but I really want to be with my hubby for the delivery. Since Canada has public healthcare, you can't schedule a date to plan...

Nikola - IThanks for sharing your experience :) Ideally I'd love to have the baby in Canada. However, then I'd have to spend my last couple of months alone in Canada, and hubby may even miss the labour. I really want him there, and I don't want to be alone my last few months.... I'm glad the process is simple in case we go that route. I am not to worried about getting to Mexico though, as at least the baby wouldn't then need a visa to enter. Cdns and Americans can get in with just a passport!! Thanks for the congrats - congtrats on your new bundle of joy!!!!

Mommy - Hahaha, yes, my family will definitely have a reason to make it to Cancun!!! I mean, another reason :)

Gringation - Thanks amiga, I need all the luck I can get...!!!!