Nope. There is no scheme you can dream up to short circuit the immigration system and get away with it. And there is no way you would be able to give birth in Canada anyway since the longest you could even be allowed to stay would be around 6 months. Besides, do you even have the $20,000 or so it would cost you to give birth in Canada given that you are not a resident and would not qualify for any province’s health insurance plan? Even if you did have the money and did give birth in Canada, your dreams of having an anchor baby won’t last because even though your infant would have Canadian citizenship, you still would not have any status and would still have to leave Canada.

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Nope. It’s not taking longer than is should. Who told you Canadian study permit applications only take 2 months to process? They take 10 weeks to process and that does not include the time to submit your biometrics or have your passport sent from the Visa Application Centre to an IRCC office (and back).

There are no good signs or bad signs for a visa/permit application. There is a letter from IRCC telling you what their decision is when they’ve completed processing your application.


I’m just about to pop out my first child at 41.

About a year before I got pregnant a doctor told me I was subfertile. It didn’t worry us – I was more trying to find out how close Menopause was to try to understand some health issues I was having. We’ve been married 10 years and not become pregnant (except once with fertility assistance but we lost the pregnancy early).

Some months ago I decided to finally do something once and for all about my weight and food issues. I adopted a 12 step program with an eating plan and kept it up. I lost 14.5kg! I also forgot that weight loss increases fertility. I mean – no way I was going to get pregnant, I was perimenopausal right?

Anyway, what I at first assumed to be a serious ramp up of menopause symptoms turned out to be a very unexpected pregnancy, and here I am now at 0300, wide awake, getting headbutted in the cervix and wishing this baby would come out already.

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Sadly the first person to parent-shame us for being older pregnant people was my dad. Which really sucks because we have had a very hard time adapting our house, lives, and hearts to the enormity of this change and his support would have been monumentally helpful to us.

People get pregnant when they’re older for all sorts of reasons, not the least of which is that they are still biologically capable of it. Please be kind to them about it. It may perhaps seem distasteful to you but I can assure you that it will be harder for them than it is for you. And that child will love them even if you or my dad don’t think they should.

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We have this unbelievable kid now

i wouldn’t trade her for any principle.

She’s the best thing I’ve done so far in life and to be honest, I’m actually glad I’m doing it at my age – I think I’m a much better mum than I would have been at a younger age. Oh and giving birth went technically perfectly!

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