PR status, Just starting

Old May 27th 2003, 6:25 am
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Dave And Kim
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I have known my new wife for 5 years, she is born and breed Canadian, I am
Retired U.S. Air Force, we just got married last Saturday in Canada. I was
going through the paperwork and it states that I must have a legal Visitor
Visa when applying from inside Canada, so do I need to go to the border and
re-enter Canada and get my passport stamped for this? Does this cost
anything? I have been coming up to visit for the past 21/2 years and not
even thought about actually needing my passport stamped, just showed them my
ID and drivers license and came on up. I got an appointment for a physical
next week and all my police and FBI checks complete from all the countries
and states I have resided in over the past 10 years, so what's next besides
the sending in the completed forms? How long will it approximately take for
me so I can work in Canada? I have no police record and served in the U.S.
Military faithfully, got a BS and 24 years of experience in my Career field.
My new wife wants me to live with her in Canada and do all this "in Country"
, What are my options and how do I get this started and done?
I would appreciate any help, sorry if my questions sound stupid, and yes I
have gone to the immigration web site. Thank You
 
Old May 27th 2003, 7:52 am
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Julian Rendell
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On Tue, 27 May 2003 18:25:58 +0000, Dave and Kim wrote:

    >>SNIPeligible to apply for an open work permit ~3
months. From application for work permit->receipt, 2 weeks.
However you may be eligible to work without a permit due to NAFTA (but I
know nothing at all about that as it doesn't affect me, and won't for many
years to come- I'm from NZ.)

Once you find out about 1, get all your documentation together, and just
follow the instructions for the In Canada class application on the
immigration web-site. It does seem daunting, and confusing at times- some
of the questions I really didn't know how to answer- the forms seemed a bit
ambiguous in places. (So you're not alone in feeling a bit 'dumb'!)

Once you've got everything together, it may be worth going to visit an
immigration lawyer just to make sure you've dotted every 'i' and crossed
every 't'. I'm glad we did- I discovered that (at the time) some of the
forms on the public Canada Immigration site weren't up-to-date, and that
we'd misinterpreted the meaning of one question, and forget to sign one
part of one form. I don't think any of this would have been catastrophic,
but probably trimmed a month of more in round trip time.

I'm going for my interview this week- 6 months after we started the ball
rolling, which sounds about average from my limited poll around friends
and colleagues (6-12 months was the usual time for BC, if there are no
difficulties.)

Hope that's helpful.

Regards

Julian
 

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