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Old Oct 24th 2014, 12:56 pm
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Hey all,

My first year IEC working holiday visa expires within the next week, and I am flying back to the UK to meet with family and friends etc.

I am currently waiting for my second year IEC working holiday visa from the CIC (hopefully it gets back to me before I fly back into Canada in two weeks! ), however it has got me thinking about looking into Canadian citizenship or going the PR route...

I am currently living in Whistler, and I work as Maintenance in a hotel. Previous to this, I worked as an electrical engineer in the UK for over six years (four years were my apprenticeship). I have been looking at which route to take, and I'm thinking I may speak with an attorney when I return to Canada and get some advice.

But before this, I thought I'd post here and see if anyone could share some free advice

I am 24 years old (I'll be 25 early next year, if that matters ), and I have currently have a secure job. As far as I'm aware, the hotel I work for actively sponsors people for their citizenship, so that is definitely a route I could take. My current manager, who is from New Zealand, is going through the PNP process with his girlfriend, however he has told me it has cost him over 4000$ up until now!

As I mentioned, as long as the CIC approves my visa, I should be good until mid-November 2015 with my working holiday visa...

Any advice with what route to take would be great

Thanks,
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Old Oct 24th 2014, 1:14 pm
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Originally Posted by MarkyUK
Hey all,

My first year IEC working holiday visa expires within the next week, and I am flying back to the UK to meet with family and friends etc.

I am currently waiting for my second year IEC working holiday visa from the CIC (hopefully it gets back to me before I fly back into Canada in two weeks! ), however it has got me thinking about looking into Canadian citizenship or going the PR route...

I am currently living in Whistler, and I work as Maintenance in a hotel. Previous to this, I worked as an electrical engineer in the UK for over six years (four years were my apprenticeship). I have been looking at which route to take, and I'm thinking I may speak with an attorney when I return to Canada and get some advice.

But before this, I thought I'd post here and see if anyone could share some free advice

I am 24 years old (I'll be 25 early next year, if that matters ), and I have currently have a secure job. As far as I'm aware, the hotel I work for actively sponsors people for their citizenship, so that is definitely a route I could take. My current manager, who is from New Zealand, is going through the PNP process with his girlfriend, however he has told me it has cost him over 4000$ up until now!

As I mentioned, as long as the CIC approves my visa, I should be good until mid-November 2015 with my working holiday visa...

Any advice with what route to take would be great

Thanks,
Marky
I'm no expert but many are (Christmasoopma is your friend), but I think I'm right in saying you can't even contemplate citizenship as an option until you've been a permanent resident for at least 3 years.
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Old Oct 24th 2014, 3:24 pm
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Originally Posted by rivingtonpike
I'm no expert but many are (Christmasoopma is your friend), but I think I'm right in saying you can't even contemplate citizenship as an option until you've been a permanent resident for at least 3 years.

My understandng is its 4 years as a PR
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Old Oct 24th 2014, 3:29 pm
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Originally Posted by MarkyUK
Hey all,

My first year IEC working holiday visa expires within the next week, and I am flying back to the UK to meet with family and friends etc.

I am currently waiting for my second year IEC working holiday visa from the CIC (hopefully it gets back to me before I fly back into Canada in two weeks! ), however it has got me thinking about looking into Canadian citizenship or going the PR route...

I am currently living in Whistler, and I work as Maintenance in a hotel. Previous to this, I worked as an electrical engineer in the UK for over six years (four years were my apprenticeship). I have been looking at which route to take, and I'm thinking I may speak with an attorney when I return to Canada and get some advice.

But before this, I thought I'd post here and see if anyone could share some free advice

I am 24 years old (I'll be 25 early next year, if that matters ), and I have currently have a secure job. As far as I'm aware, the hotel I work for actively sponsors people for their citizenship, so that is definitely a route I could take. My current manager, who is from New Zealand, is going through the PNP process with his girlfriend, however he has told me it has cost him over 4000$ up until now!

As I mentioned, as long as the CIC approves my visa, I should be good until mid-November 2015 with my working holiday visa...

Any advice with what route to take would be great

Thanks,
Marky
You can't just apply for citizenship unless it's by descent. Do you have Canadian parents or grandparents?

So you would need to apply for PR, employers can support your PNP application they can not sponsor someone for citizenship.
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Sorry I've used the wrong terminology - I understand you can become a Canadian citizen after you've become a PR - but I'm wondering if I should go through PNP or other PR options?
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Originally Posted by MarkyUK
Sorry I've used the wrong terminology - I understand you can become a Canadian citizen after you've become a PR - but I'm wondering if I should go through PNP or other PR options?

PNP in BC is currently taking 6-9 months for nomination and then the additional time for PR thereafter. FSW2 may take at least 12-18 months
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is your occupation on "the list"?

If it is and you've worked at it for a year full-time then your best bet would be Canadian Experience Class!
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Originally Posted by haggis88
is your occupation on "the list"?

If it is and you've worked at it for a year full-time then your best bet would be Canadian Experience Class!
Erm.......there's no 'list' for CEC, do you mean FSW perhaps?
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Originally Posted by Mikeypm
You can't just apply for citizenship unless it's by descent. Do you have Canadian parents or grandparents?

So you would need to apply for PR, employers can support your PNP application they can not sponsor someone for citizenship.
Even then you wouldn't actually be applying for citizenship - you would be applying for PROOF of your existing citizenship by descent. Applying for citizenship implies you're not a citizen but want to apply to become one. Applying for PROOF of citizenship implies that you already are a citizen but need a citizenship cert to prove it. Two completely different things and two completely different processes.

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Originally Posted by Mikeypm
My understandng is its 4 years as a PR
It used to be 3 years. When did they change it to 4?
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Originally Posted by Edo
It used to be 3 years. When did they change it to 4?
With the bill that went through parliment this year
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Originally Posted by Edo
It used to be 3 years. When did they change it to 4?
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With the bill that went through parliment this year
It's not actually changed yet, although it will. The bill's been passed, but it's not law yet.

HTH.
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Originally Posted by christmasoompa
It's not actually changed yet, although it will. The bill's been passed, but it's not law yet.

HTH.
Bill C-24 has received Royal Assent and so is now the law.

Bill C-24 | openparliament.ca

When it is implemented is a different matter - which is probably what you were referring to.
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