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Old Jan 3rd 2015, 10:09 pm
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Hi all, I'll shortly be applying for family sponsorship and was wondering if there was any discretion in sending to a faster processing office? I notice that the Mississauga office processes applications significantly quicker than in London (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...#gid=396125530)

My situation: I live in London with my Canadian wife and daughter, I'm an American citizen by birth and recently also became British (though no passport for the latter, yet). I ask because getting my FBI Police Report has been significantly delayed by IT problems there, and my wife and I were hoping to move to Canada by early/mid this year. Hence shaving off a few months would be a huge help.

Many thanks,
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Nope, you can only request London, or one of the US offices if you want. CIC will decide which office will process your application - London, Mississauga, or Ottawa. We have not really been able to work out a particular rhyme or reason as to whose applications get processed where.

As for your moving plans, you CAN wait in Canada as a visit for your PR to come through. Read the wiki article able spousal sponsorship, there's a section called "can I wait in Canada".

Good luck and let us know when you apply so you can be added to the spreadsheet!
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Thanks SchnookoLoly! And I also saw your comments on the new inland open-work-permit rules, which I hadn't known until now, will also be exploring that (have posted seperate question there)

One further question re an Outland application - waiting in Canada would be ideal but only if I could work. I'm a US citizen working in a NAFTA profession (Management Consulting), so would I be able to work as a NAFTA Professional while I wait? Thanks!
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Thanks SchnookoLoly! And I also saw your comments on the new inland open-work-permit rules, which I hadn't known until now, will also be exploring that (have posted seperate question there)

One further question re an Outland application - waiting in Canada would be ideal but only if I could work. I'm a US citizen working in a NAFTA profession (Management Consulting), so would I be able to work as a NAFTA Professional while I wait? Thanks!
Yes if you qualify under NAFTA as a professional and can get a job.
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Thanks SchnookoLoly! And I also saw your comments on the new inland open-work-permit rules, which I hadn't known until now, will also be exploring that (have posted seperate question there)

One further question re an Outland application - waiting in Canada would be ideal but only if I could work. I'm a US citizen working in a NAFTA profession (Management Consulting), so would I be able to work as a NAFTA Professional while I wait? Thanks!
You cannot work unless you have a work permit. If you apply outland, you should have PR in 7 or so months, faster if your application goes to Ottawa or Mississauga. If you apply inland you'll need to be in Canada already (visitor is fine) and then you'll have a few months of no working while you wait for your work permit to come through. PR takes 2ish years to come through.

So it's your call.

Ps, if you're under 30 you can apply for an iec visa, which is opening in the next few days... Read the other threads and wiki article on it, if you qualify for it.
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Thanks SchnookoLoly and Former Lancastrian!

Originally Posted by SchnookoLoly
You cannot work unless you have a work permit
Need to double check, but I think a NAFTA Professional gets a work permit at point of entry. So if I was waiting in Canada and found I job, I would just have to pop over the border and back to get the work permit.

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PR takes 2ish years to come through.
I saw you posted on my question in the inland thread that I shouldn't leave the country during wait for inland. This would be a dealbreaker for me both professionally (most jobs I'm looking at would require occasional travel to the USA) and personally (family in USA).

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Ps, if you're under 30 you can apply for an iec visa, which is opening in the next few days...
Now I feel old at 31!
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As a NAFTA professional you can get the work permit and no need for a LMIA.
Getting a job and qualifying as NAFTA professional is the key.
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Originally Posted by Former Lancastrian
As a NAFTA professional you can get the work permit and no need for a LMIA.
Getting a job and qualifying as NAFTA professional is the key.
Thanks. I've been working 7 years as a management consultant at a global consulting firm so should be OK on qualifying (5 years is required)

Regarding the job, yes, that is the challenge!
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Originally Posted by SchnookoLoly
Hello!

Nope, you can only request London, or one of the US offices if you want. CIC will decide which office will process your application - London, Mississauga, or Ottawa. We have not really been able to work out a particular rhyme or reason as to whose applications get processed where.

As for your moving plans, you CAN wait in Canada as a visit for your PR to come through. Read the wiki article able spousal sponsorship, there's a section called "can I wait in Canada".

Good luck and let us know when you apply so you can be added to the spreadsheet!
You should note that there is no longer an option on the IMM 008 to choose the processing office. CIC now makes that decision from the application.
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My situation: I live in London with my Canadian wife and daughter, I'm an American citizen by birth and recently also became British (though no passport for the latter, yet). I ask because getting my FBI Police Report has been significantly delayed by IT problems there, and my wife and I were hoping to move to Canada by early/mid this year. Hence shaving off a few months would be a huge help.
Slightly off topic, but you haven't said if your Canadian wife and daughter are also British. If not, it would normally be important to get their British citizenship granted before leaving the U.K. You daughter may also be a U.S. citizen, or entitled to become a U.S. citizen.
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Originally Posted by JAJ
Slightly off topic, but you haven't said if your Canadian wife and daughter are also British. If not, it would normally be important to get their British citizenship granted before leaving the U.K. You daughter may also be a U.S. citizen, or entitled to become a U.S. citizen.
Off topic but very timely! Yes, my wife and daughter just earned their UK citizenship (with me at the same time) last month. We had invested 12 years in the UK so were definitely going to secure citizenship before considering next steps.

Regarding US citizenship, another discussion entirely!
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