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Can one apply for skilled immigration if out of status in US?

Can one apply for skilled immigration if out of status in US?

Old Feb 7th 2006, 11:12 am
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Default Can one apply for skilled immigration if out of status in US?

If one is in the US but out of status and wants to apply for Canadian skilled immigration, is the status in the US a problem in the canadian immigration process?
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Old Feb 7th 2006, 11:18 am
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Default Re: Can one apply for skilled immigration if out of status in US?

Originally Posted by OldJohnDoe
If one is in the US but out of status and wants to apply for Canadian skilled immigration, is the status in the US a problem in the canadian immigration process?
Yes, it will be a problem. They will ask for evidence of your status in the US.
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Old Feb 8th 2006, 1:15 am
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Default Re: Can one apply for skilled immigration if out of status in US?

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Yes, it will be a problem. They will ask for evidence of your status in the US.
Well, I am not so sure. I am in the US, moving to Canada in 3 weeks. I am a permanent resident in the US, my wife has an H1 visa. When we applied for Canadian PR, no-one asked us about our US status. Our Canadian PR was approved in 7 months.

I suggest to hire a Canadian Immigration lawyer. Their fees are not too bad (compared to US lawyers) , and they can answer your question.

Good luck!
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Old Feb 8th 2006, 8:36 am
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Default Re: Can one apply for skilled immigration if out of status in US?

If you already have your PR visa then you should not worry about your status in the states, its just required when you first submit your application to Buffalo office.

Originally Posted by gabics
Well, I am not so sure. I am in the US, moving to Canada in 3 weeks. I am a permanent resident in the US, my wife has an H1 visa. When we applied for Canadian PR, no-one asked us about our US status. Our Canadian PR was approved in 7 months.

I suggest to hire a Canadian Immigration lawyer. Their fees are not too bad (compared to US lawyers) , and they can answer your question.

Good luck!
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Old Feb 8th 2006, 3:43 pm
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Default Re: Can one apply for skilled immigration if out of status in US?

My partner was out of status in the US and it did not create a problem--we have our visas. I am not sure of how it affects the primary applicant. Best to ask an expert.
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