Immigration from UK to Canada

Old Aug 1st 2005, 8:30 pm
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Hi Guys,

You have probably heard these questions a million times, sorry, but this is my first time on this site.

Basically, my partner and I are looking to re-locate from the UK to Canada, and we arent too sure where to start.
We have been on the Canadian Government website and we cant make any sense of it at all!!

Please can someone point us the right direction of the order of the process? Things we need to do first, etc.

Also, my partner will have to work in Central Toronto, so we are looking for some idea of where to live, approx an hour & a half drive away, obviously we need to keep the house cost down but we dont want to live in a bad area. Can anyone recommend where to stay clear of? Any recommendations?

Many thanks in advance for all replies.

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Old Aug 1st 2005, 8:57 pm
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Firstly welcome! Now you need to give slightly more detail with your request as there are a few processes you could undertake.

You mention your partner has to work in Central Toronto - will he have a job lined up soon? Is he a specialist trade? If so he could apply for a work permit.

If you want to apply as skilled workers which would get you both into Canada and be able to work for whoever then you need to look at the skilled workers section of the CIC website. This section has a tool where you can calculate your points to see if you pass. If you do then you need to consider completing the paperwork and submitting your application. If you are applying through London there is now a 30 month wait so you are in for the long distance run if you use this way!

That is assuming either of you are not Canadian - if so you can apply as a spouse which takes 6-12 months.

You need to decide which angle you are going for then you will be able to gather more info!

Good luck!

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Originally Posted by rynhelcanada
Grace

Firstly welcome! Now you need to give slightly more detail with your request as there are a few processes you could undertake.

You mention your partner has to work in Central Toronto - will he have a job lined up soon? Is he a specialist trade? If so he could apply for a work permit.

If you want to apply as skilled workers which would get you both into Canada and be able to work for whoever then you need to look at the skilled workers section of the CIC website. This section has a tool where you can calculate your points to see if you pass. If you do then you need to consider completing the paperwork and submitting your application. If you are applying through London there is now a 30 month wait so you are in for the long distance run if you use this way!

That is assuming either of you are not Canadian - if so you can apply as a spouse which takes 6-12 months.

You need to decide which angle you are going for then you will be able to gather more info!

Good luck!

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Hi,
Thanks for your help.
We are both British and hoping to immigrate within the next 18 months, so I can guess we count out applying through London.
We have been researching where to live in Canada for awhile & have decided on Toronto.
My partner is an accountant and has been recommened to work in Central Toronto. He doesnt have worked lined up, as once again we have been told that you need your green card first.

Thanks
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Hi there,
I'm afraid that if you are both british and living here then you can only apply through London. So going the SW route there is no way you would be there in 18 months. Sorry.

Maybe you could try the work permit route? I'm sure that someone else with more info will post soon.

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Originally Posted by GraceUK
Hi,
Thanks for your help.
We are both British and hoping to immigrate within the next 18 months, so I can guess we count out applying through London.
We have been researching where to live in Canada for awhile & have decided on Toronto.
My partner is an accountant and has been recommened to work in Central Toronto. He doesnt have worked lined up, as once again we have been told that you need your green card first.

Thanks
Grace
Hi Grace
I think you should ask the advice of one of the experts on this site.....Mr Andrew Miller being one.
All applications go through London............there are different types of immigration and the skilled worker program can take 2 or sometimes 3 years to complete.
We are going through the Nominee program which i must say in our case at least is going along quite fast ''at the moment''.
I wish you luck .............do you know Canada well how many times have you been to Toronto etc.?
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Originally Posted by rossandvi
Hi Grace
I think you should ask the advice of one of the experts on this site.....Mr Andrew Miller being one.
All applications go through London............there are different types of immigration and the skilled worker program can take 2 or sometimes 3 years to complete.
We are going through the Nominee program which i must say in our case at least is going along quite fast ''at the moment''.
I wish you luck .............do you know Canada well how many times have you been to Toronto etc.?
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Many thanks for your reply's.
There goes are 18 month action plan!!!
My partner knows alot about Canada & has been several times. I havent been yet, crazy I know, but I wont be leaving much behind in the UK.
How do I contact Andrew Miller?
Does it help the applictaion if we are married? Ive it is the case in some countries.
Many thanks & Good Luck!!
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Originally Posted by GraceUK
Hi,
Thanks for your help.
We are both British and hoping to immigrate within the next 18 months, so I can guess we count out applying through London.
We have been researching where to live in Canada for awhile & have decided on Toronto.
My partner is an accountant and has been recommened to work in Central Toronto. He doesnt have worked lined up, as once again we have been told that you need your green card first.

Thanks
Grace
You may also want to think about whether you can practice in Canada in the same type of job. Some provinces require you to take conversion exams or join an Order to be able to practice (for example as a chemist). If you can find the info on the net you could call a Canadian recruitment agency and ask.
Good luck!
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Don't toss your plan yet, there is still some hope if all is done properly and fast. Quality of application package, conclusiveness of evidence, how well all case specific questions and doubts officer may have are addressed upfront - those are keys to speedy processing. Average is 18 to 22 months - that means there are cases completed in 12 months and cases taking 3 to 4 years, depending how well they were prepared and presented.

If you are not married but living in conjugal relationship (like spouses) for at least 12 months and can conclusively document that it is a bona fide relationship then you don't need to be married - but it takes more to prove it.

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Originally Posted by GraceUK
Many thanks for your reply's.
There goes are 18 month action plan!!!
My partner knows alot about Canada & has been several times. I havent been yet, crazy I know, but I wont be leaving much behind in the UK.
How do I contact Andrew Miller?
Does it help the applictaion if we are married? Ive it is the case in some countries.
Many thanks & Good Luck!!
Grace x
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Hi Andrew

I have to ask how this can be the case when people are now being quoted 30 months and the London website has been updated to say that they will now not reply to case-specific enquiries until at least 36 months have passed. I find it hard to believe that skilled worker cases are being completed in 12 months! No matter how well prepared and presented they are!!

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Originally Posted by Andrew Miller
Average is 18 to 22 months - that means there are cases completed in 12 months
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I agree with this statement - given the fact that skilled work applications are currently taking approximately 15-17 months from London.

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Hi Andrew

I have to ask how this can be the case when people are now being quoted 30 months and the London website has been updated to say that they will now not reply to case-specific enquiries until at least 36 months have passed. I find it hard to believe that skilled worker cases are being completed in 12 months! No matter how well prepared and presented they are!!

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You believe what you want - officially reported timelines are the avarages, not maximum or minimum timelines. If you remember from school what the average is then you will know that 18 months average may represent for example 2 cases - one 12 months and one 24 months, or one 6 months and the other 30 months, and so on.

I know what I'm getting from London and it is what counts for me, not what is being reported. Same with Buffalo reporting 18 to 37+ months processing times for past 2 years while you can find posts here and in other forums from my clients reporting getting visas in 12 to 14 months from Buffalo in past 6 or so months.

It doesn't mean that application submitted today will be processed with same speed as one submitted 18 months ago - it may be slower or may be faster as well. I have few cases in London that are there for more than 20 months now, but they don't represent majority of my cases.



Originally Posted by Kazphillips
Hi Andrew

I have to ask how this can be the case when people are now being quoted 30 months and the London website has been updated to say that they will now not reply to case-specific enquiries until at least 36 months have passed. I find it hard to believe that skilled worker cases are being completed in 12 months! No matter how well prepared and presented they are!!

Thanks Kaz x
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How about an application submitted on Friday

Originally Posted by Andrew Miller
It doesn't mean that application submitted today will be processed with same speed as one submitted 18 months ago - it may be slower or may be faster as well. I have few cases in London that are there for more than 20 months now, but they don't represent majority of my cases.
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Originally Posted by Kazphillips
I find it hard to believe that skilled worker cases are being completed in 12 months
Some people (here and on other discussion groups) have reported applications through London taking less than 12 months. It generally appears to be the exception rather than the rule. The statistics are probably fairly meaningless to most people as an individual is only really interested in a sample size of 1 but this link gives the CIC compiled statistics

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/departm...illed-fed.html

Bear in mind that London processes applications from a number of countries (both European and non-European). Some countries will be quicker than others to supply the information required by the Canadian authorities. In addition, some people have a more complex background (having lived in more than one country for example).
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