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Visa Question.. can anyone help?!

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Visa Question.. can anyone help?!

Post Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 4:40 pm

Hi,
I'm Canadian, my husband is Scottish. At the moment we are both living in the UK but are thinking about moving to Canada.
Can anyone tell me the process? I know I need to sponsor him, but can I do that while I live in the UK? Also, when I ready about the application procedure it sounds pretty straight forward but I've also read in this forum that it can take a good 12 months. Is there anyway to do it faster?
Lastly, if we do apply and it all get approved, how long do we have to actually make the move?
I really appreciate any info!
Thanks!

 

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Re: Visa Question.. can anyone help?!

Post Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 7:30 pm

MEGHAN:

You need to contact Canada House in London and ask your questions of a Information Officer there.

As a Canadian citizen you can come "home " at any time, but your husband has to have received proper approval to enter Canada. Being married to you does NOT automatically result in him getting admission to Canada. He will have to be sponsored by you, and that process takes time to be fully completed. A year is about right, to get it done. You do know the huge number of applications that we get from the UK every year, don't you? About 100,000 every year , from the UK, alone, then add all the other countries in the world and you have a huge backlog of papers.

In other words, you will have to be patient.

Once the sponsorship has been approved, you should get here as soon as you can, although the papers allow a period of 18 months to arrive in Canada from the date that they are issued to you.

Any other questions? Ask me here.

Jim Bunting. Toronto.

 

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Re: Visa Question.. can anyone help?!

Post Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 8:33 pm

Hi, Thank you for your help!
My husband and I are just thinking about it going to Canada now... I'm really keen to go back. It's good to know it will take that long because even if we are just thinking in two years it sounds like we need to get started now! The 18 months is really good too, leaves lots of time to get ready.
The only thing, if I'm sponsoring him, how can I sponsor him when I'm not there -- what will they want for proof that I can support him?
If it was complicated me doing it from here, could my dad sponsor him instead to make life easier for us?

Thank you for your answers!

 

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Re: Visa Question.. can anyone help?!

Post Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 9:58 pm

Hello meghan,

A warm welcome to Expat Focus. A great place to get involved and communicate about your possible relocation back to Canada.

You are correct to consider the timing required to hit a 2-year timeline. In fact, it takes an average of 18-36 months for the VISA and government processes to be complete.

The organization I work for assists hundreds of UK Citizens each year with visiting, immigrating and settling in Canada, and many of them share your circumstances where one of the people involved is already a Canada citizen.

In fact, in January we had an extremely nice couple visit from the UK for a preliminary exploration to decide if Canada was for them.

We were able to arrange lodging at a charming Log Cabin resort north of Toronto, and met them at the airport to assist with car rental and tour them through Toronto before they embarked to their snowy cabin in the woods.

It was a romantic achievement for them to finally experience, and now they are set to relocate to Toronto next month with full support.

There are other potential requirements for you to consider (including the proof of settlement funds and status of health etc.) but it is a fact that it should be easier for you (and your husband) to achieve this goal, because you are already a Canadian citizen...

It is questionable whether there is advantage to your father sponsoring, and probably best that you go at this as a partnered household instead.

I suggest connecting with a relocation management firm (example: NuPAD Solutions Canada - www.nupad.ca ), once you are committed to moving the process forward. NuPAD would be able to 'co-pilot' your entire process, by assigning you a Personal Relocation Consultant from end-to-end.

One of the first benefits of this approach is a free assessment from a leading Canada Immigration lawyer, who will be able to accurately confirm your status and your husband, and the steps required to succeed.

Even though it is recommended to continue networking and chatting with helpful people on internet message boards, it is also very recommended that you confirm your circumstances with professionals who are accredited to assist with the entire process.

Did you know that most relocations (especially across a country border) can require finding and managing up to 10 different service suppliers? Homes, Mortgage, Moving, Appraisers, Lawyers, Career, Education, Immigration and more!

Free support from a relocation management firm, to organize most of this, is a smart approach no matter how you slice it...

Any further questions at all, just let me know.

p.s. Which area of Canada were you considering?

Best Regards!

Paul-F


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Re: Visa Question.. can anyone help?!

Post Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 10:12 pm

Thank you for your help,

I am from Moncton, NB... however, I don't think we would go back to Moncton. I'm not sure, I really like the Maritimes and I think we would plan to go to Halifax. But, at the moment, I'd be happy to go anywhere and see other parts of Canada. Does the area we plan to go make a difference?

I will start looking into it then and see what steps we need to take to get started on this 18 - 36 months! It might help that my husband is a UK registered biomedical scientist... which, I'm quite sure is on the list of professionals that Canada needs -- will that help? He can get the paper work done to work in Canada, but it says he can't write his exam to be Canadian certified till he is there.

Thank you for your help!

 

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Re: Visa Question.. can anyone help?!

Post Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 11:03 pm

Hi meghan,

Excellent! The Maritimes are such a lovely part of Canada, and my family is of Irish background and settled into Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island when they arrived here many many moons ago (early 1800's).

I still visit relatives there, and one of my uncles runs a successful commercial and tourist deep-sea fishing company in PEI.

Scientists (especially medical) are in demand for certain. Best of luck with your husband's exam, and hopefully there is something available for him in the Halifax area. Otherwise, the Maritimes is not an area that is experiencing very much job market growth at this time, especially when compared to our Western provinces BC and Alberta.

You can read more about the Western province boom, Relocation news and Canada economy topics here: www.relocation-canada.com

If you were interested in visiting Canada to explore areas to settle, then it would not matter which area you are interested in because NuPAD's services are nationwide. They even have destination guides and travel booking option with LIVE consultant support.

An exciting time for you, and please feel free to aim your questions here as you explore further...


Cheers,
Paul-F


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Re: Visa Question.. can anyone help?!

Post Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 12:11 am

Hi,

Thanks for all your answers... I just came up with a few questions though!

I've gathered from the website I'm to fill in all the forms, attach the documents, and post it away. I was wondering, how do I show proof of my intention to move to Canada and sever my UK ties at this point? If it takes a year to get the visa I can't very well start contacting employers now or looking to buy a house... Also, we can't sell our place in the UK yet because we won't have anywhere to live!?

I really appreciate your help. The other thing that springs to mind is who shows they have money? Me or my husband and how much should we have? At the moment, having just got married and good jobs we don't have big savings, but I'd say after we sell our place here we will have a good $60 000 when we actually move. One last thing, a co-signer, what is all that about?

A really BIG Thank You!

Oh, and we need to pay $75 + $475 to start the application, do we need to pay another $975 before it is all finalized?

Meghan

 

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