Today is -- much like every day for me -- chock full of reading and homework, so this is the quickest of updates:
1) We still haven't heard anything at all back from the consulate. Every time Leo calls, he's told that nothing has been decided. It's been 5 months since we applied, and it will take at least another month because they still need to request his medical exam (which he can't do until they ask for it), so we're looking at missing Christmas together.
That thought was just killing me, so -- hoping that I had some good immigration karma stored up somewhere from my work in a certain elected official's office States-side -- I decided to see if the local MP's office also follows up on immigration proceedings deep within the bowels of the bureaucracy. Turns out that they do! So on Thursday, I met with a staffer who told me that she could write a letter of inquiry from the MP's office to the consulate, which she said would at least help us understand the reason for the delay.
Then, she wrote me an email yesterday that said that she's spoken with her contact in Citizenship and Immigration Canada and that they are going to initiate a request from their office, which is stronger than from the MP's office and will likely get a quicker response! So... potentially some good news? I have no idea, but I couldn't sit on my hands any longer.
2) I got my socialist health care card in the mail this weekend. Pretty freakin' badass.