When I Lost my Visa and Other Important Things

Me trying to not loose stuff is like me not walking into something for a whole 30 minutes.

I am a very organised person. I run events with military precision, I have been known to do spreadsheet itineraries for holidays, and I have never ever missed a deadline.

However when it comes to keeping hold of my things, important things, I am absolutely incompetent.

I have lost countless oyster cards with A LOT of money on, I have had about 4 drivers licenses in the past two years, and do not get me started on the amount of bank cards I have had replaced.

You would think that while I was travelling around Canada earlier this year I would find a way to keep my important things safe.

In fact I did. I had everything in a nice new handheld bag I ESPECIALLY bought for the trip to keep those documents secure.

But this is me, and nothing is ever safe.

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I lost my Visa Work Permit.

The one thing I needed most of all. Lost. Nowhere to be found. Vanished. Missing in action.

Now I had three options:

One: Apply online for a new one, pay 30 dollars, and receive a new one in the mail to a an address I yet do not have a minimum of 3 weeks later. (I needed to start work within 2 weeks and could not without this visa)

Two: Travel back to the airport and ask to speak to Immigration, and kindly beg for mercy.

Three: Choose option one or two.

I chose to make my way to the airport, found the immigration office and just casually asked for a reprint of my IEC Visa. That simple? No and the conversation went a little bit like this:

Me: Upbeat Hi, how are you?

Immigration Officer: Blank stare

Me: Ok, I erm, Had my visa for only two weeks, but I seem to have lost it, and erm was wandering if you could reprint it?

Immigration Officer: Blank Stare.

Me: Could you reprint it?

Immigration Officer: Blank Stare then sternly You need to apply online

This friendly exchange went on for about another 5 minutes until he agreed to do it. I think he just wanted me to stop talking. 30 dollars and 2 hours later he handed it over, along with my passport he had been holding hostage.

This visa is now safely put away, somewhere in my wardrobe. I think. Maybe I should double check…

I still do not have an explanation of where it went, apart from it went missing in Winnipeg. F U WINNIPEG!!!

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Other Important Things

  • In Vancouver, I lost my bus pass. Twice.

It was really annoying as I had about 10 dollars on each card when I lost it.

  • I lost my work key pass on the first day of my new Canadian job.

As you can imagine I made a great impression with my new boss, especially as she told me when she gave it to me DO NOT LOOSE IT. 25 dollars to replace.

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Total cost to replace all the above: 75 Dollars

Number of times I said ‘fuck this’: 5678

Not giving up: Priceless

Peace out Y’all

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