Earlier this year, I received a letter saying I am going to take my Canadian citizenship test. I was so worried I would fail that I studied really, really hard. I have been waiting for this moment for a loooong time. The main reason was because I wanted to have a Canadian passport so bad because I know that with a Canadian passport, I could visit more countries freely (which means I do not need to apply for travel/tourist visas). I went to my citizenship test at the Harry Hays building in downtown Calgary and right after the test, they immediately let us know how we did and thankfully, I got a perfect score! I was soooo happy.
But then, I was worried because they wanted me to come back June 2014 for my oath taking which means I have to give up my Canadian permanent resident card and apply for my Canadian passport. The thing is, I already booked my flight for New York in March for July 1 and I was not sure if I could make it to my trip if my Canadian passport application don’t get processed on time. Fortunately, I went back to the Harry Hays building a day after my oath taking which was on June 13 to submit my passport application and told them that I was flying to New York in two weeks and needed my passport ASAP. I got my passport two days before my flight! Whew!
This photo was taken right after I got my passport from Harry Hays! YAY! I was sooooo happy! Now, I am planning my trip to Europe, a trip that I wanted to do a long time ago but did not because I previously owned a Filipino passport which really puts a limit on where I can go (at least, if I did not want to bothered by going through the hassle of applying a tourist visa in every country I want to visit). Soooo happy to be Canadian!