I am very happy to report that yesterday I received a letter in the post from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. I have been deemed as an eligible sponsor for Mark's residency application!! This is GREAT news - the application wasn't lost (whew), and we only have 8 more months of proccessing to go!!! I was very nervous about this first stage of the application as the criteria to prove my intention to return to Canada was surprisingly hard to meet. I am not so worried about the second stage of the application, proving our relationship is genuine, essentially. So I am very happy.
In other news, has anyone ever had to go out and buy new underwear because all the ones they have are in the wash basket? Well I have just done this. PAH!! :)