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Learning to Fly

Posted 4/10/2016

The main reason we emigrated to Canada was to fulfill a dream of mine to learn to fly. I attended Professional Flight Training Centre in Boundary Bay, which is a small airfield in Delta, south of Vancouver. We enjoyed Vancouver and British Columbia so much that it didn't take us long to decide to do what we could to stay. Sue was quickly offered work as a legal secretary for a law firm in Vancouver but of course couldn't accept it without a work permit. Fortunately for us the immigration lawyer freely offered his advice and following that we rented a Cessna aircraft for the day and flew down to Seattle. In Seattle I applied for and received my student visa, which would then allow Sue to apply for a work permit on the basis of being a dependent of a student.

Funnily enough, as the agent handed me the student visa in Seattle, without being asked stated that we wouldn't qualify for a work permit based on this. None the less we thanked her and flew back to Vancouver. Explaining the situation to the immigration lawyer in Vancouver he raised an eyebrow and gave Sue a letter to give to employment Canada. I think it took about a week to get the work permit.

I don't know how many times over the years people have asked me how to go about emigrating to Canada and really the best advice I can give is be persistent, not give up, and most of all don't believe everything that immigration officers tell you.

Anyway, armed with her permit, Sue started working in Vancouver and I would fly several times a week as well as taking evening classes to learn the theory of flight in order to get my private pilot's license or PPL.