Mirjam and I plan to do the same after our RTW trip.
We came home (=The Netherlands) in November, as the program would start somewhere December.
It was delayed, delayed delayed... and Mirjam turned 31 in the end of January.
Believe it or not: for the Belgians it opened before her birthday...
Now, the German program opened, but for the Dutch it is still closed. In a month I will turn 31... we'll see. Next weel we fly into Canada on tourist visa's.
The embassies do not react to your emails, are not helpful on the phone and our agent doesn't know what is going to happen either.
I thought the embassies in Africa were a pain, but hey: they were easier to work with!
All we can do is wait, and fly in. To relax a bit from this nonsence we've booked an extra stopover on our way to Canada... a week @ Hawaii will do us good! :-P
Canadian people just don't like ex-travellers ;-)