How to stay after TWP expires?

Old Dec 19th 2011, 7:18 pm
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Default How to stay after TWP expires?

I have just arrived on the Bunac scheme for one year. I'm living with my Canadian girlfriend and our plan s for me to stay here after my year is up. Can my girlfriend sponsor me as a PR once we have a year of records showing we live together? Will I have to leave after the year and wait until the PR application is approved? How does it work and what do we need to do to do this smoothly?

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Old Dec 19th 2011, 11:02 pm
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Default Re: How to stay after TWP expires?

Originally Posted by skytek
I have just arrived on the Bunac scheme for one year. I'm living with my Canadian girlfriend and our plan s for me to stay here after my year is up. Can my girlfriend sponsor me as a PR once we have a year of records showing we live together? Will I have to leave after the year and wait until the PR application is approved? How does it work and what do we need to do to do this smoothly?

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You need to have lived together in a marriage-like relationship for 12 months before you can begin sponsorship. This means joint bank accounts, both names on bill, both names on tenancy agreement for property etc.

You could also apply right now for the 2012 IEC permit (if you qualify) as the approved letter of introduction can be used up to 12 months after issue and thus you could re-enter Canada at the end of your BUNAC permit and go onto the IEC permit for a further 12 months in Canada.

Or you could just be done with it and get married.

IEC link: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca...nu_id=7&view=d
Spousal/Common-law Sponsorship: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigra...-apply-how.asp

Also it is generally advised to go through the "outland" sponsorship route - that is as if you were not in Canada as it is quicker.

"Outland" direct link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/informa...cations/fc.asp

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