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Moving on work visa, pregnant fiancée. Any advice?

Old Oct 11th 2010, 9:56 am
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Default Moving on work visa, pregnant fiancée. Any advice?

Hi there,

I've lurked these forums for months, mainly because it's taken my company that long to finally decide to move me over to work for them in Vancouver.

Which they have now done, which is awesome. However, it seems to have neatly timed itself with my fiancée falling pregnant. Which is also awesome.

So for my first post here I was wondering if anyone could offer any advice on this.

We would be due to move over to Vancouver in January/February as it stands, while my fiancée is due to give birth at the end of May.

My understanding is that you have to wait two months plus the remainder of the month you move in order to obtain state health cover. That sound about right?

If so, I'm wondering what our options might be. If we moved over as planned, is there any way we can obtain some form of private temporary insurance that will cover us for the time we're waiting for the state cover?

Or maybe I could move early and 'commence' the waiting period, which my fiancée could just join in with later (I'm assuming that's dumb of me, as the waiting period will apply on a person by person basis).

Or maybe I should just try to convince my company to wait for me to have the baby in the UK, and move us all over afterwards (which I'm guessing may present extra obstacles). Not sure they'd go for that anyway, since it's taken them months to organise the move already.

Anyway, if anyone has been in a similar situation or can offer any advice on how to negotiate the three-month waiting time thing in terms of a pregnancy, that would be great. I totally understand why the BC authorities impose the waiting time of course (I ain't no health tourist) but would really not like to lose this amazing opportunity to discover a new country and life.

The only other option of course will be to somehow fund the full costs of antenatal care (and full delivery if the nipper comes very early). In that case, would anyone have advice on what those costs would be on average, or any links to good advice?

Thanks, and sorry to essay the place with my first post! Any advice would be very gratefully received...
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I think most of your questions are covered here:-

http://britishexpats.com/wiki/Medical_Insurance-Canada
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Default Re: Moving on work visa, pregnant fiancée. Any advice?

Great, thanks for the tip. I'm a noob, so wasn't aware of the Wiki area.
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Great, thanks for the tip. I'm a noob, so wasn't aware of the Wiki area.
If you read the 'Newcomers to the Forum' sticky post at the top of the forum, then it will direct you to the Wiki and other resources, and give you lots of hints and tips on how to get the best out of the forum.

And welcome.
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Default Re: Moving on work visa, pregnant fiancée. Any advice?

Have you and your finance lived together for at least one year (common law)? Otherwise you may not be able to bring her with you until your married. Canada doesn't recognize Fiances in the immigration process.

She could come over as a visitor but since she doesn't have legal immigration status she would not qualify for health care.
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Canada doesn't recognize Fiances in the immigration process.
Does not help the OP, but Canada used to have a Fiancé/Fiancée program, that was abandoned some years ago.
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Default Re: Moving on work visa, pregnant fiancée. Any advice?

We almost had the same situation, but we were married, Offer to move came through as my wife was already pregnant. With all the options of health coverage we opted to wait for the baby to be born and then move 6 weeks after. Don't underestimate the changes your fiancée will go through, you will be happily at work meeting new people in a great new country, she will be a new mother in a place where help is a very long way a away! We did it and people thought we were nuts with a newborn, but would not have had it any other way.
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