Help please: Visas

Old Apr 2nd 2004, 3:39 pm
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Curios G
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Hello,

In the near future I (Canadian born citizen) would like to sponsor my wife
for immigration to Canada. We have recently married in her native Thailand,
in a traditional wedding that is not legally recognized by govt. of Canada.
We would like to be legally married in Canada. She has been to Canada
previously on a visitor visa (prior to our marriage). She is employed by
the govt. of Thailand and we are trying to decide whether to wait for a
possible early retirement package or have her come here on a holiday or quit
and come. Do these different conditions affect the visa process? She told
me that when she came to visit me here last year her employer provided a
letter stating that she would be returning to work on a specific date. She
also told me that if she quits (with or w/o early retirement) I would have
to write a letter (to the visa providing embassy?) requesting a longer visa
(3-6 month). Is this correct? Any recommendations on ways to proceed or
what our options are?

Thank you for any helpful info provided.
 
Old Apr 2nd 2004, 4:35 pm
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Jim Humphries
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Help please: VisasThe simplest way to proceed would be to marry her in Thai=
land in some recognizable way. There is little possibility of her getting =
a visitor visa and your sponsorship would be the best route to bringing her=
to Canada to live with you.
--=20
Jim Humphries, former visa officer
"Curios G" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:BC938003.3C52%d=
[email protected]...
Hello,

In the near future I (Canadian born citizen) would like to sponsor my wif=
e for immigration to Canada. We have recently married in her native Thaila=
nd, in a traditional wedding that is not legally recognized by govt. of Can=
ada. We would like to be legally married in Canada. She has been to Canad=
a previously on a visitor visa (prior to our marriage). She is employed by=
the govt. of Thailand and we are trying to decide whether to wait for a po=
ssible early retirement package or have her come here on a holiday or quit =
and come. Do these different conditions affect the visa process? She told=
me that when she came to visit me here last year her employer provided a l=
etter stating that she would be returning to work on a specific date. She =
also told me that if she quits (with or w/o early retirement) I would have =
to write a letter (to the visa providing embassy?) requesting a longer visa=
(3-6 month). Is this correct? Any recommendations on ways to proceed or =
what our options are?

Thank you for any helpful info provided.=20
 
Old Apr 2nd 2004, 4:55 pm
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Curios G
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in article J2sbc.16679$Ig.9280@pd7tw2no, Jim Humphries at [email protected]
wrote on 4/2/04 9:35 PM:

    > The simplest way to proceed would be to marry her in Thailand in some
    > recognizable way. There is little possibility of her getting a visitor visa
    > and your sponsorship would be the best route to bringing her to Canada to live
    > with you.
    >
    >
    > Thanks for your reply. Please excuse my ignorance, but why is there little
    > possibility of her getting a visitor visa? She did before.
 
Old Apr 2nd 2004, 5:32 pm
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Jim Humphries
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Re: Help please: VisasThe problem is that if they know she is married to yo=
u there will be a concern that she will not return to Thailand when her vis=
itor status is expired. If you decide to apply for a visitor visa then sh=
e should be open about the reason - that you intend to marry in Canada and =
sponsor her for permanent residence, if that is the plan.
--=20
Jim Humphries, former visa officer
"Curios G" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:BC9391C5.3C5A%d=
[email protected]...
in article J2sbc.16679$Ig.9280@pd7tw2no, Jim Humphries at [email protected]=
a wrote on 4/2/04 9:35 PM:


The simplest way to proceed would be to marry her in Thailand in some r=
ecognizable way. There is little possibility of her getting a visitor visa=
and your sponsorship would be the best route to bringing her to Canada to =
live with you.


Thanks for your reply. Please excuse my ignorance, but why is there lit=
tle possibility of her getting a visitor visa? She did before.
 
Old Apr 2nd 2004, 5:53 pm
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Curious G
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in article TTsbc.16449$Pk3.2553@pd7tw1no, Jim Humphries at [email protected]
wrote on 4/2/04 10:32 PM:

    > The problem is that if they know she is married to you there will be a concern
    > that she will not return to Thailand when her visitor status is expired. If
    > you decide to apply for a visitor visa then she should be open about the
    > reason - that you intend to marry in Canada and sponsor her for permanent
    > residence, if that is the plan.

Mr. Humphries ­ thanks again for you replies, and again please excuse my
confusion. You appear to be stating that it is possible we could get
visitor visa if she/we state our intention to marry in Canada and my
intention to sponsor her for PR (all things we honestly want)? If so, in
this approach, would/should we state we are married even if it is not a
legally recognized marriage in the eyes of both govt¹s? The reason we did
not have a legal (civil) wedding in Thailand is that it would affect some of
her legal rights there (including owning land & property that she has
there). We are not trying to hide anything from the Cdn govt. in our visa &
immigration processes.

If you or others have any other helpful advice it would be greatly
appreciated.

Thanks again for you help and patience.
 
Old Apr 2nd 2004, 10:55 pm
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Jim Humphries
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Re: Help please: VisasI can understand your confusion. The reality is that=
if you don't tell the truth and a visitor visa were issued, that could be =
used later to deny acceptance of an Inland Spouse application for PR. The =
only way to find out is to apply. I don't like it any more than you.
--=20
Jim Humphries, former visa officer
"Curious G" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:BC939F67.3C5F%=
[email protected]...
in article TTsbc.16449$Pk3.2553@pd7tw1no, Jim Humphries at jhumphri@shaw.=
ca wrote on 4/2/04 10:32 PM:


The problem is that if they know she is married to you there will be a =
concern that she will not return to Thailand when her visitor status is exp=
ired. If you decide to apply for a visitor visa then she should be open a=
bout the reason - that you intend to marry in Canada and sponsor her for pe=
rmanent residence, if that is the plan.


Mr. Humphries - thanks again for you replies, and again please excuse my =
confusion. You appear to be stating that it is possible we could get visit=
or visa if she/we state our intention to marry in Canada and my intention t=
o sponsor her for PR (all things we honestly want)? If so, in this approac=
h, would/should we state we are married even if it is not a legally recogni=
zed marriage in the eyes of both govt's? The reason we did not have a lega=
l (civil) wedding in Thailand is that it would affect some of her legal rig=
hts there (including owning land & property that she has there). We are no=
t trying to hide anything from the Cdn govt. in our visa & immigration proc=
esses.

If you or others have any other helpful advice it would be greatly apprec=
iated.

Thanks again for you help and patience.=20
 

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