applying from within Canada

Old Jun 30th 2003, 6:01 am
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Hi,
I am new to this site and very impressed with the amount of info on offer here. Here is my question, my wife is Canadian and we both presently live in the UK, we have decided that we want to move to Canada sooner rather than later and are interested in finding out how long it takes to process the PR application from within Canada. I have read that after 6 months you can get a work visa even if you haven't got your PR through yet. Is this true and if so will most employers be happy to take you on with that. The reason that I ask is that I would like to apply for the police and imagine them to be pretty strict.
Thanks to anyone who can help me with these questions.
Matt
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Old Jun 30th 2003, 12:09 pm
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I am British, and was granted Approval In Priciple at around 3 months -
at which point you can apply for an open work permit. Whether it's
worth doing this is arguable, and depends how soon you want to work -
it's another $150 to spend and your PR might come within weeks after AIP!

Some people on this NG have had their full in-land immigration
application processed within 4 months - mine was 6.

If the UK has been the only country you have lived for more than 6
months then it should get processed just as quickly, but if you have
lived anywhere else there will be extra background checking and police
certificates required, all which add to processing time.

matt41 wrote:
    > Hi,
    > I am new to this site and very impressed with the amount of info on
    > offer here. Here is my question, my wife is Canadian and we both
    > presently live in the UK, we have decided that we want to move to Canada
    > sooner rather than later and are interested in finding out how long it
    > takes to process the PR application from within Canada. I have read that
    > after 6 months you can get a work visa even if you haven't got your PR
    > through yet. Is this true and if so will most employers be happy to take
    > you on with that. The reason that I ask is that I would like to apply
    > for the police and imagine them to be pretty strict.
    > Thanks to anyone who can help me with these questions.
    > Matt
    >
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Old Jun 30th 2003, 3:29 pm
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Matt,

First of all, everyone's time frames are different when it comes to
processing your application. The immigration expert on this site said
that U.S. spouse applicants inside Canada can generally expect a six
month or less turnaround if everything is complete, but I don't know
about the UK. You are eligible to apply for an open work permit once
you pass the eligibility review stage of your application. CIC will
notify you when you can send those papers in using the Extend Your
Stay in Canada forms. I was quoted a three month estimate to get to
this stage.

I'm not sure where in Canada you're going to live, but the Calgary
Police Service requires all applicants to have already received
permanent resident status. I wanted to apply there as an
Administrative Assistant since I worked at my local adult detention
center before I moved from the U.S. but I found out about the PR
requirement very early in my research.

I can only speak for Calgary, but competing for any job without an
open permit is virtually impossible. I've been here since February on
a temporary resident visa until my wedding date, and I've had only one
interview in four months. The job market here is very applicant-heavy
so employers have no motivation to bother with HRDC approval and then
waiting for your work permit to process when there's many Canadians
who can start within two weeks or immediately. If you arrive without
a job, you should be prepared to support yourself with other funds
while your PR application is processed and you don't yet have
eligibility for the open work permit.

Good luck!

Renee




matt41 wrote in message news:...
    > Hi,
    > I am new to this site and very impressed with the amount of info on
    > offer here. Here is my question, my wife is Canadian and we both
    > presently live in the UK, we have decided that we want to move to Canada
    > sooner rather than later and are interested in finding out how long it
    > takes to process the PR application from within Canada. I have read that
    > after 6 months you can get a work visa even if you haven't got your PR
    > through yet. Is this true and if so will most employers be happy to take
    > you on with that. The reason that I ask is that I would like to apply
    > for the police and imagine them to be pretty strict.
    > Thanks to anyone who can help me with these questions.
    > Matt
 
Old Jul 4th 2003, 4:24 pm
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matt41 ([email protected]) said:

    > I have read that
    > after 6 months you can get a work visa even if you haven't got your PR
    > through yet. Is this true and if so will most employers be happy to take
    > you on with that. The reason that I ask is that I would like to apply
    > for the police and imagine them to be pretty strict.
    > Thanks to anyone who can help me with these questions.

As far as the work visa goes. This is dependant on several factors. As
for the police...forget about it unless you have PR status. You'll never
get accepted for such a position with just a work visa. Sorry.

Good luck.
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