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Old Sep 6th 2008, 12:38 am
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Hi as you will have guessed from my screen name, hubby is a truck driver. He's been invited out to Canada for an interview which we hope will lead to a job offer.

The thing is I'm getting so confused with visa requirements etc.

I understand (working on the assumption he gets a job offer) he can go out there for 2 years on a temporary work permit and after 6 months he can apply for PR. On his TWP he can take me and our child (age 13). His base will be probably Alberta or Manitoba. OK here goes:

1. I'm ex military with a disability pension and IB due to arthritus...will that affect our application? My disability pension would still be payable.
2. Our son has mild ADHD in receipt of lower DLA......will that affect our application?
3. Assuming he gets a permanent job offer at the end of 6 months, I'm not sure that he would have the 67/9 points required for PR, a consultancy agency gave us a free assessment and said he did (but I think they just wanted the £4k off us ) Is he likely to be refused PR even thou he has a full time job in an area which has a skill shortage?
4. Whats the difference between PNP and PR and do they have to be reapplied for (1 website says you have to reapply every year) And if granted does that mean you are not a British Citizen anymore?
5. Hubby is planning on going out there first until a permanant job offer comes along, which leaves our child time to finish SATS, does it matter that we are not going out at the same time or is it frowned upon?
6. The Canadian Immigration say we are not to sell our house here until PR is granted, but we can't really afford to move there unless we do. Is this frowned upon?

Sorry for the list of questions, I have loads more but if I can get my head round the above then maybe most of the rest will fall into place. I've clicked so many links, read so many webpages/blogs/forms/presentations that nothing is making any sense.

Please help and I promise in exchange that if we get to Canada I'll host a B-B-Q
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Default Re: Moving to Canada?

Originally Posted by TruckersWife
Hi as you will have guessed from my screen name, hubby is a truck driver. He's been invited out to Canada for an interview which we hope will lead to a job offer.

The thing is I'm getting so confused with visa requirements etc.

I understand (working on the assumption he gets a job offer) he can go out there for 2 years on a temporary work permit

E&J - Not strictly 2 years. I believe it varies by TWP.

and after 6 months he can apply for PR.

E&J - Haven't read up on this tonight but I don't recall reading before about a 6 month period before you can put in the PR application. The key thing, as we understood it, was having a letter from the employer saying the currently temporary position would be made permanent if the worker had permanent status in Canada.
On his TWP he can take me and our child (age 13).

E&J - Yes

His base will be probably Alberta or Manitoba. OK here goes:

1. I'm ex military with a disability pension and IB due to arthritus...will that affect our application? My disability pension would still be payable.

E&J - Don't know. Maybe separate this out to its own post and pop it on the Immigration Forum. We're thinking more about potential impact on your subsequent PR application and whether your condition would be considered a drain on the Canadian health system.

2. Our son has mild ADHD in receipt of lower DLA......will that affect our application?

E&J - Similar concern to above perhaps. Perhaps use the search function to dig out similar threads.

3. Assuming he gets a permanent job offer at the end of 6 months, I'm not sure that he would have the 67/9 points required for PR, a consultancy agency gave us a free assessment and said he did (but I think they just wanted the £4k off us ) Is he likely to be refused PR even thou he has a full time job in an area which has a skill shortage?

E&J - As we understand it, if you don't think you can hit 67 points, even with the 10 extra points you'd have for arranged employment, then it might be better to abandon a strategy of going on the TWP and later upgrading to PR and instead go the PNP route to PR status (if employer is willing to do so). Points are then immaterial we believe - although we're only talking about the Alberta scheme here - we haven't checked the Manitoba scheme...the PNP programmes vary by province. Indeed, you might also want to check out if Truck Drivers are eligible to upgrade a TWP to PR status. Having said that, we believe the Alberta PNP does take truck drivers so, again, that might be the better option.

4. Whats the difference between PNP and PR and do they have to be reapplied for (1 website says you have to reapply every year) And if granted does that mean you are not a British Citizen anymore?

E&J - PNP is a route to PR status. PR status does not have to be reapplied for annually but once you have it, you must spend 2 years in every 5 in Canada to retain it. It is not the same as Canadian Citizenship which you can apply for later. Whether you have a TWP, PR status or citizenship in Canada, you retain your British citizenship.

5. Hubby is planning on going out there first until a permanant job offer comes along, which leaves our child time to finish SATS, does it matter that we are not going out at the same time or is it frowned upon?

E&J - Your personal choice we believe.

6. The Canadian Immigration say we are not to sell our house here until PR is granted, but we can't really afford to move there unless we do. Is this frowned upon?

E&J - Not sure it's a case of not being allowed to...they just don't advise it...it's your house...sell it if you want and buy one here if you want.

Sorry for the list of questions, I have loads more but if I can get my head round the above then maybe most of the rest will fall into place. I've clicked so many links, read so many webpages/blogs/forms/presentations that nothing is making any sense.

E&J - Gets bewildering doesn't it.

Please help and I promise in exchange that if we get to Canada I'll host a B-B-Q
We've made a first attempt at picking off some of your questions above but we haven't had the time this evening to research our responses as well as we usually would so we're a bit concerned re the accuracy of some of our responses and we hope one or two of the better informed folk will come along and correct us and enrich the responses as required.

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Eamonn & Janet
PS: Pop a couple of Alberta beef steaks on the barbie for us!

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Old Sep 6th 2008, 1:05 pm
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Thankyou for the information Eamonn and Janet, some things are looking a little clearer now so will definately pop you down for the B-B-Q

I've spent all morning researching the disability angle and there is so little information out there, and with that family being refused entry due to their daughter I am very concerned. Even thou' I have a disability pension that will continue I suppose there is a chance that I may have to have a joint replacement in the future (or I'm assuming they will look at it like that)
As for my son, he doesnt take nor need meds and gets no extra help at school, so I don't think that this will be a problem as his specialist will verify that.

The company that he is looking to work for say he can apply for PR after 6 months (I am presuming then that this is a trial period) but they say nothing about PNP so we will email them and ask these questions as they do not offer PNP upfront, just the TWP route.

I think from your post (unless anyone else has any other input) then we will have to sell the house, but leave the money (as much as we can) in a bank here, and rent out there until we get a decision on PR. That way at least we have a deposit to come back to if it fails.
We have looked at renting it out until the housing market goes up, but it wont cover the mortgage payments and estate agents fees to act on our behalf. Also its a drain we can't afford if it doesnt rent.

Has anyone else been in the situation whereby the partner has followed later and/or can give me some input on going out there on a TWP - how they wound up their lives in the UK, sorting taxes out in Canada, getting banks and NI registered etc.
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