I've been a very bad blogger and not written much on this last trip back to Canada. I've been very busy eating so I apologize. People always wonder why I eat like a fiend over in these parts where us North Americans are only known for our terrible cuisine compared to that of the Europeans, however, I come here to eat ethnic foods that I can't get in Italy. So there, curiosity satisfied right? Anyways, the update here is I'm headed back to Italy. The process to get me back legally took a total 4 months or so from when my Working Holiday visa expired last year in December. Essentially I have the most fantastic workplace and it has been them and a team of lawyers that have had to jump all the bureaucratic hurdles required to get approval for an EU Blue Card which allows certain skills and professions to kind of be fast-tracked through EU immigration. It might be comparable to the Skilled Workers Program in Canada and is more or less an EU ploy to lure brains from all over the world. Evidently my brain passes the test! Yipee! I'm not going to write all about how you get this because there's this thing called Google, but I will say that like a lot of visa/work permit processes, the main bulk of the application unfortunately must be done by the company looking to hire you (aka the sponsor in some circumstances) and well, given the choice, most would prefer to avoid giving themselves extra work when they could really just hire their fellow countrymen or someone with an EU passport. And I get that. Immigration is the same story no matter which country you're trying to get into, it will test your patience, your persistence, and even your bank account in some cases. But in the end, people are still moving all around this big planet (just look at House Hunters International!) and they are doing it legally (I hope!), so it is by no means an impossible task given the right circumstances and the right job!
Jasmine is a former pharmacist turned freelance writer, foodie, and fashionista from Alberta, Canada living "the sweet life" in Bergamo, Italy.
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