Today I was supposed to go and take my driving test. Didn’t happen. B.B. and I decided on Sunday, that we should postpone the test for next week when we had a nicer car. His dad is lending us a car. I really don’t know what led to this, but maybe it had to do with the accident that we saw last weekend or his dad hearing that I was planning on taking a driving test. Plus, B.B. had a big meeting that he has to attend tonight. There is no penalty for cancelling, so I thought that would be ok.

I planned to call on Monday to cancel. Well, the BMV is not opened on Monday and I can’t leave a message. I called the branch on Tuesday, promptly at 8:30. I am redirected to try searching the website and creating a login account. I enter all of my information as listed on the receipt that I received after passing the written test. This did not work. My information could not be located on their database. I phoned the toll-free number listed on their website. I spoke with an actual person who I suspect was an agent at a call center. She told me that none of the branches answered their phones on Tuesdays and that I should try their website. I told her that I did try the website. She suggested that I go over to the branch and let them know. There wasn’t anything that she could do. I wasn’t able to go to the branch because I didn’t have a car and because the cable guy was coming over to fix the TV. I tried to find an e-mail address but they must have removed it (I first contacted them by e-mail in February with some  questions and they never responded). So, there really wasn’t anything I could do. If it wasn’t a busy day, I might have considered biking an hour over there and then standing in line for another hour just to give them the message. But I didn’t feel that I needed to go though all that trouble when I tried to contact them by phone.  I really tried.

This afternoon, I went to a job fair downtown. To be quite honest, it was smaller than I expected. On the website, there are twenty listed companies that reserved tables for the fair. I find it hard to believe that there were 20 there. It seemed like there were only 12-15 companies present. I walked around and talked to people. One woman was representing a casino that was located in Shellbyville. I asked her where that was as I am not familiar with Indiana geography, although I am pretty sure we drove through it once on the way to go fishing. She wasn’t certain where Shellbyville was located because she was from Ohio. There were 3-4 tables with recruiters for local colleges. The army recruiters had a table–they are everywhere! (when I arrived in Indiana on my K-1 Visa, B.B. and I stayed at a hotel and the army recruiters had set up their table in the lobby). There were a lot of insurance companies looking for sales agents. A handful of the companies were not based in Indianapolis. So, it was a small job fair. It certainly did not look like the pictures listed on the website with busy conference rooms and lots of people in suits schmoozing. I spent about 40 minutes talking to people at the booths and dropping off resumés here and there (ok, I think I only handed out 4 even though I had more because the website recommended that I bring at least 30 resumés).

Example of an Employment Authorization Card for the U.S.

Since I was downtown, I thought it would be a good idea to go to the Social Insurance office to change my name on my Social Insurance Card. Currently, I have it listed under my maiden name because I was able to apply for it with my K-1 Visa before B.B. and I got married. I decided it would just be easier to have to same surname as B.B. while in the States. If I ever move back to Canada (and one day I will) I’ll just continue on with my maiden name as listed on my Canadian passport. I am not sure if this will cause any confusion with the Canadian government. I can’t imagine it will, but I guess I’ll find out later (if anyone reading this knows, feel free to let me know if you have two international identities). So my married name will be my American identity and my maiden name will be my Canadian identity.

I hate red tape! They weren’t able to make the name change at the office today. I accidently brought the wrong card with me to the office (I brought my Authorization to Work card instead of my Residency Card). I did not think that this would be an issue, but apparently it is. I tried to get my name changed with USCIS when I went to their office a couple of months ago to have my biometrics taken (electronic fingerprints, digital photos, and I signed some papers). She changed the information then and there but when I received the card, my name hadn’t changed. From my understanding, this is why I could not change my name with the Social Insurance agency using the Employment Authorization Card. It doesn’t really make any sense to me, but I need to produce the Residency Card to make the change. Third time’s the charm. If it doesn’t work next time, I’m not going to bother. (Note: You can do this by mail, but that requires you to send original documents including your marriage certificate and Residency Card. They will send the documents back, but I don’t want to risk losing my Residency Card. I would rather go to the office in person to sort the situation out even if it means driving 30 minutes through the city to get there).

I drove back to B.B.’s office and picked him up because he had to drop me off and take the car to his meeting. On the way home, I got a phone call from one of the companies at the job fair. I have an interview next week! That was pretty fast! (I got the call less than 2 hours after I left the job fair). I don’t know what will happen next, but I now know that my resumé looked ok and that I was personable enough to get a chance at an interview. B.B. said that it was good that I got an interview and if it doesn’t work out or I am not interested, it’s ok. He said he was just proud of me for taking the initiative to go to the job fair. I’ll probably apply for other jobs in Indianapolis, but I’ll keep you posted on what happens with the interview.

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