Please help

Old Oct 26th 2002, 9:35 am
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Patrick Jay Stewart
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Default Please help

I am Planning on Immigrating to Canada mostly because I fell in love with a
Canadian but after being there despite the economic drawbacks compared to
the US I love it and I want to raise my kids there. I am Planning to move
to close to the border so that our distance will not be so far apart. Will
Customs give us a hard time about back and forth visiting and when we are
ready to get married is it better for me to marry her there or here then
come in as her Husband and apply. From what I have read it will be easier if
I marry her in Canada. I do not want to break immigration laws but I want to
be with her. I want to know if once I am in Canada are they big on deporting
if my intentions after I enter are on becoming legal. I have a job with her
parents where I will be able to support myself and not be a burden on
Canadian Government. I hope I am not asking to many questions but if anyone
can answer all or part of these questions please do. And also if I come in
on Student Visa and decide to use my Major(nursing) and what I am studying
for to live and work in Canada will it be easier for me being there
internally or from abroad.

Thanks
 
Old Oct 26th 2002, 10:29 am
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The Wizzard
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Default Re: Please help

you basicaly have two choices:

1) get married then you stay in USA while she sponsors you and visit etc
during the process. That will be fastest currently but there is the
seperation, however you can continue to work there in the US.

2) get married (best in Canada) then apply from within Canada using the
inland case. doing this you will still be a visitor, as long as you have
that legal status they wont deport you for filing for PR inside Canada its a
perfectly valid route.
However as a visitor you will not be allowed to work or study until you have
been approved in principal(AIP) and applied for an open ended work permit.
Currently this is taking up to 8 months so be prepared to not work for a
long while.
Your visitor visa status initially will be 6 months and so you need to apply
for a visitor visa extension about a month before it expires but they will
grant it you if you are married to a Canadian and doing inland PR
application.
One solution some have during this time is to commute everyday to a US
bordertown/city and work there, as long as you talk to immigration at the
border first, get a visitor record and explain you are *living* in Canada
and just commuting they should be fine and i know several people who do this
and even have written on their visitor record "lives in Canada works in US
during day".

Alternativly you could enter as a student if you get a student visa and then
apply from inside as long as you keep legal status in Canada it is ok.

You may be interested in joining the yahoo group called
"canadian_immigration" which is mainly US/Canadian couples doing inland and
outside type sponsorship applicaitons and most are in the same kind of
situation as you so can share information and experiences.

Drew


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    > I am Planning on Immigrating to Canada mostly because I fell in love with
a
    > Canadian but after being there despite the economic drawbacks compared to
    > the US I love it and I want to raise my kids there. I am Planning to move
    > to close to the border so that our distance will not be so far apart. Will
    > Customs give us a hard time about back and forth visiting and when we are
    > ready to get married is it better for me to marry her there or here then
    > come in as her Husband and apply. From what I have read it will be easier
if
    > I marry her in Canada. I do not want to break immigration laws but I want
to
    > be with her. I want to know if once I am in Canada are they big on
deporting
    > if my intentions after I enter are on becoming legal. I have a job with
her
    > parents where I will be able to support myself and not be a burden on
    > Canadian Government. I hope I am not asking to many questions but if
anyone
    > can answer all or part of these questions please do. And also if I come in
    > on Student Visa and decide to use my Major(nursing) and what I am studying
    > for to live and work in Canada will it be easier for me being there
    > internally or from abroad.
    > Thanks
 

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