American/Brit Moving to Canada

Old Jul 8th 2015, 3:44 am
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Hi there,

I'm hoping somebody can clarify a couple of things for me. I'm currently in the states with my American girlfriend. At the end of August, we'll be moving to Canada. I'm waiting for my IEC Visa to come through, but will probably be entering as a tourist as I'm not sure it will have arrived in time.

Anyway, my questions are as follows:

- I read - on this forum - that certain occupations do not need a work visa. As I primarily earn my income from writing and editing, and don't have any Canadian employers, am I legally able to work online until my visa comes through?

- My girlfriend (the USC) works remotely for an American company. Is she also able to work legally in Canada, as she takes no jobs away from Canadians and does no business with any Canadian companies? Even if this is the case, I imagine she can only ever be a tourist - will this scenario cause any problems at immigration? Or is there any similar visa available for US citizens?

Many thanks in advance.
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Those who conduct work online for employers outside of Canada and paid by them do not require work permits

long distance (by telephone or internet) work done by a temporary resident whose employer is outside Canada and who is remunerated from outside Canada;
Temporary Foreign Worker Program: What is work?

As the IEC work permit is for 2 years are you expecting your g/f to remain for the 2 years as well as that could be a tough sell to Immigration unless you qualify as common law (have lived together for 12 months or longer).
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Thanks for your reply. That's good news. We actually have lived together for more than 12 months; it's actually been about two years, but that's split between many places (we were travelling around Europe and the States) so I'm not sure if that will count?
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Thanks for your reply. That's good news. We actually have lived together for more than 12 months; it's actually been about two years, but that's split between many places (we were travelling around Europe and the States) so I'm not sure if that will count?
It will count provided you lived together even if travelling. The emphasis is on living (cohabitation together). If you were living in different countries i.e. one in the UK and one in the US then that wouldn't count. Make sure you have documentary evidence such as joint bank accounts, rental agreements, utility bills or anything else that shows both of you at the same address.
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Hi there,

I've tried to read more about Common Law partners, but I'm still a little hazy. I don't remember if they asked if I had a common law partner on my application, but I would have said no if they did (because I wouldn't have none what that was). Will this affect anything? Also, if we did quality as CLP's, what would we do to get her into the country? Is it something we take off before we leave?

Sorry for the questions, just couldn't find a clear answer online.
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(I'm not sure if bumping is allowed, so apologies if it's not.)

Can anybody help? I've still tried searching online, but all results I've found are to do with a natural Canadian citizen and their common law partner. I'm just wondering how we begin the process - do we do it from within Canada?
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Originally Posted by heyseus
(I'm not sure if bumping is allowed, so apologies if it's not.)

Can anybody help? I've still tried searching online, but all results I've found are to do with a natural Canadian citizen and their common law partner. I'm just wondering how we begin the process - do we do it from within Canada?
Bumping's not allowed, no - if in doubt, please check the site rules.

But start the process for what? I'm not sure what you're asking about tbh. There is no process for a common-law partner to join an IEC holder, she doesn't get anything from your visa so will need to qualify for her own visa if she wants to stay for the full 2 years with you.
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Oh, Former Lancastrian said common-law partner could be an option? If not, that would explain why I've had difficulty finding anything about it. So unless my USC GF enrolls in a study course (which she probably will), we'll just have to hope she gets through immigration first time round?
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Bumping's not allowed, no - if in doubt, please check the site rules.

But start the process for what? I'm not sure what you're asking about tbh. There is no process for a common-law partner to join an IEC holder, she doesn't get anything from your visa so will need to qualify for her own visa if she wants to stay for the full 2 years with you.
If the holder of an IEC has a NOC 0/A/B level job, their spouse/common law partner can apply for an open work permit

Will my spouse or common-law partner get a work permit under IEC to come with me?
Can my spouse or common-law partner work in Canada?
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If the holder of an IEC has a NOC 0/A/B level job, their spouse/common law partner can apply for an open work permit

Will my spouse or common-law partner get a work permit under IEC to come with me?
Can my spouse or common-law partner work in Canada?
Yes, I'm aware of that. But the OP's talking about 'getting her in to the country' and isn't even on an IEC yet so I'm trying to clarify what he's looking to 'start' now.
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I understand, thanks. I'm a freelance writer so if I do get any sort of job it'll likely just a part-time job to supplement my income. My girlfriend doesn't actually need a work visa as she'll be working remotely for a US company. Is there anything else we can do to establish ourselves in Canada, or will she only ever be visiting me?
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Originally Posted by heyseus
I understand, thanks. I'm a freelance writer so if I do get any sort of job it'll likely just a part-time job to supplement my income. My girlfriend doesn't actually need a work visa as she'll be working remotely for a US company. Is there anything else we can do to establish ourselves in Canada, or will she only ever be visiting me?
She'll only ever be visiting you (note that means no right to healthcare etc, so won't make her life very easy) unless she gets a visa in her own right. Could she get a 'proper' intra-company transfer TWP to work in Canada so that she can stay for a few years?
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She'll only ever be visiting you (note that means no right to healthcare etc, so won't make her life very easy) unless she gets a visa in her own right. Could she get a 'proper' intra-company transfer TWP to work in Canada so that she can stay for a few years?
Thanks for the reply. The employer is her mother, so I'm sure whatever paperwork needed to be filled could be filled. Is it a straightforward process?
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Thanks for the reply. The employer is her mother, so I'm sure whatever paperwork needed to be filled could be filled. Is it a straightforward process?
Hmm, that might not work then. Have a look at the Intra-company transfer Wiki page to understand the various categories that would qualify for one, and what the company needs to do/prove.
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