Sponsorship question. Please help

Old Nov 14th 2001, 6:45 am
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Andrew
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Hello All.

I have been living with my girlfriend ( who is a Canadian Citizen) here in England
for 9 years. We have both had enough and would like to head over to Canada to live
and work. Having checked out many of the websites and downloaded endless PDF
documents, could anyone please give me a more personal answer to our question ?

Is it possible for her to sponser me so that we can both go over there?

We have looked at forms that mention the sponsership of a spouse, does this include
'Common-law Husband'. Some forms say that my girlfriend would have to be actually
living in Canada in order to sponser. Perhaps another member of her family could
sponsor me ?

Then I saw the post by Andrew Miller Re: uk-can spouse immigration, 07 November
2001 12:42 giving the link http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/coming/espouse.html That
would be one option but the Laws would prevent me from working while in Canada
which would mean my girlfriend would be the only one supporting us until the
process was complete.

I look forward to any replies either through this group or my e mail address
Thanks Andrew
 
Old Nov 14th 2001, 9:20 am
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James Metcalfe
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Under the present laws your girlfreind cannot sponsor you and you are on your own and
must quaify in your own right. What is your backgroung. The new legislation may bring
you relief as it will recignize common law relationships hwver it is nt the law now
and there is no indication on what will be accepted and what the ground rules are.

Jim Metcalfe, Consultant


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Old Nov 14th 2001, 11:22 am
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Berto Volpentesta
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Common law partners, as same sex partners are dealt as under special = consideration
of an application under independant category.

You would provide evidence of a long term commitment.

New rules are supposed to be more generous for independents and family = class.

--=20 Good luck,

Berto Volpentesta, B.A. (Spec. Hons.), B.Ed. Member, OPIC Director, OPIC and
Education Committee Chairman

Sidhu & Volpentesta Inc. Serving people around the world since 1991

www.svcanada.com

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Old Nov 14th 2001, 12:35 pm
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You have only 2 options under current law and both include getting married first.
Canadian citizen living abroad can only sponsor a spouse, not a fiancée and not a
common law partner. To sponsor you without being married your girlfriend will have to
reside in Canada and meet minimum income requirement to qualify as a sponsor. So, if
you cannot qualify on your own as Independent immigrant then the only solution as of
now is to get married first. Then your wife may sponsor you while abroad, or if you
are allowed entry to Canada you may go through the inland process. In the case of
inland process you will be able to apply for an open Employment Authorization after
your case is approved in principle - it will be about 3 months after application is
submitted, so it may not be so financially draining solution after all.

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