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Old Jan 19th 2008, 5:21 pm
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Ok don't want to sound dumb but have a few questions..??

We are looking at going to PEI and wondered if we could go over when our house has sold here in france and then rent or buy a house.. my husband then find work then apply for work permit and permanent residency while living there is this possible.?

we hear you can stay for up to 6mths..!

I know this holds risks but we will have good savings behind us and we currently have no mortgage, so we should have enough to invest in a property without a mortgage in canada.. and still enough to buy cars etc..

Surely it is easier to find the right job while living there or is this just not possible..

Also if we did go over on the 6mth stay is it ok to get the children into school.? the children are fluent in french..
and how would the healthcare work.? with only being there on so called holiday..
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I think (but am really not sure so don't take my word for it!) that you have to pay for schooling and medical stuff unless you have a 'proper' visa. There is a thread somewhere asking similar questions which people have answered so have a hunt for that, I saw it about 10 mins ago!

I think it's possible to do it that way but it's obviously a huge risk - what if your hubby doesn't manage to find a job? People on here have been searching for months without any luck and that's with a permanent residency visa! Your hubby would have to get a TWP for which his employer has to prove that there is no suitable Canadian available to do the job. Does he have specialist skills to make him desirable enough to an employer that they would be prepared to go through that hassle for him? Worth thinking about before you move over there lock, stock and barrel without any work lined up I would say.

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I've just found that thread that I mentioned, have a look in the general forum for one entitled "VISITOR - WORK PERMIT - PR - IS IT POSSIBLE" which should answer your question. The brilliant and always helpful Judy has answered the same question asked by somebody else. She's also done a Wiki article on it so have a hunt in there.

You might also want to look at the thread entitled "Got a Proper Job after 18 months" - that was a guy that had a PR visa but still struggled for a year and a half to find a job!
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Thanks for that.. I have taken a look,
If anyone who has done it this way could reply that would be great..

I will research the school and healthcare bits..

I don't think it's such a huge risk we took risks when moving to France almost 4 years ago, obviously on a smaller scale but all the same we did and it's been a great adventure, the kids have loved it and have come out of it fluent in french...
The work situation here in France is very thin on the ground but my husband has been in work with the same company for most of our time here..
Moving to Canada does not scare us as much as it may have done 4 years ago..
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Thanks for that.. I have taken a look,
If anyone who has done it this way could reply that would be great..

I will research the school and healthcare bits..

I don't think it's such a huge risk we took risks when moving to France almost 4 years ago, obviously on a smaller scale but all the same we did and it's been a great adventure, the kids have loved it and have come out of it fluent in french...
The work situation here in France is very thin on the ground but my husband has been in work with the same company for most of our time here..
Moving to Canada does not scare us as much as it may have done 4 years ago..
I think the difference is that you are EU citizens in France ( I assume).

I think there is a difference between coming for an extended recce and then finding a job to moving over lock, stock and barrel without the necessary visas.

I'm sure Andrew Miller would be able to explain the risks to your visa application as I am assuming there would be implications if the authorities decided you were living in Canada rather than just visiting or second homing.

Sorry to be negative but there is a difference, even if it just down to getting your stuff shipped in, even if it is only for an initial 6 months. BTW, the 6 months is at the discretion of the immigration officer at the point of entry.....

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Thanks for that.. I have taken a look,
If anyone who has done it this way could reply that would be great..

I will research the school and healthcare bits..

I don't think it's such a huge risk we took risks when moving to France almost 4 years ago, obviously on a smaller scale but all the same we did and it's been a great adventure, the kids have loved it and have come out of it fluent in french...
The work situation here in France is very thin on the ground but my husband has been in work with the same company for most of our time here..
Moving to Canada does not scare us as much as it may have done 4 years ago..
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You're braver than me then! I've got two kids and just wouldn't risk it, couldn't face the thought of hubby not finding work, spending all our savings while he's unemployed on schooling, living costs, etc, and then potentially having to uproot the kids again and return home if we have no success in finding work. Would scare the life out of me to take that chance (although I would do with no problem if we didn't have children) but good luck to you if you decide to. How old are your children?
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I think the difference is that you are EU citizens in France ( I assume).

I think there is a difference between coming for an extended recce and then finding a job to moving over lock, stock and barrel without the necessary visas.

I'm sure Andrew Miller would be able to explain the risks to your visa application as I am assuming there would be implications if the authorities decided you were living in Canada rather than just visiting or second homing.

Sorry to be negative but there is a difference, even if it just down to getting your stuff shipped in, even if it is only for an initial 6 months. BTW, the 6 months is at the discretion of the immigration officer at the point of entry.....
Also as EU citizens in France you can work easily without a visa whereas in Canada it's much more difficult and therefore any potential employer has to *really* want to employ you iyswim? An employer has to do quite a bit of time consuming paperwork to prove no other Canadian can fill the position, spend money on it all, and wait for months before you can start work. So it's much easier for them to just employ a Canadian that can start straight away, not cost them anything, and is less hassle. That's why you need to have specialist skills to take that risk I would say, to be certain of getting a job.

Don't want to be negative but just something think about perhaps?
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