My husband and I are in a long queue waiting to be accepted for Canadian immigration. If all goes to plan, we could be moving permanently to Canada in a year or two. We originally started the process back in October 2003.

After downloading all the forms required for immigration, we then had to collate all the required data before submitting our application. The process entails verifying everything we had ever done since the age of 18. This included references from all past employers, a list of all addresses we had ever lived at, certificates for proof of education, language skills and all financial information such as savings and income. The list seemed endless and it took over four months to get the information together for both of us. In the end, we ended up with a four-inch-thick application pack that we submitted at the beginning of March 2004. Now we wait.