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Spousal Sponsership Process Question - Please Help!!

Spousal Sponsership Process Question - Please Help!!

Old Jul 8th 2003, 4:36 pm
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J Marc
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Default Spousal Sponsership Process Question - Please Help!!

I am an american citizen marrying a canadian citizen, I currently have
legal status that extends well into the end of next year.
I do not understand when you are supposed to send the PR application
in.
Do you need to wait to get your marriage certificate (because it takes
awhile to get that after the actual wedding), or can you send required
documents in as they are completed? And how and when do you get the
medical exam? When I read through the guide it makes it seem that it
is supposed to be sent in with the Application, but from reading other
posts it appears the App was first sent in, and then the medical exam
was done. And when do I send in the processing fees??
My wedding is in September of this year, is there anything that is
supposed to be sent in before the wedding?? Please help, I am really
confused as to what documents/certificates, get sent in when.
 
Old Jul 9th 2003, 9:01 am
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Kay
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Default Re: Spousal Sponsership Process Question - Please Help!!

Apply as soon as you are married and let them know that when you receive the
marriage certificate you will then forward it on.

We waited 3 months for the cert and then it was wrong and had to be sent
back!!!

So we sent in the papers and later the cert.

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"J Marc" wrote in message
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    > I am an american citizen marrying a canadian citizen, I currently have
    > legal status that extends well into the end of next year.
    > I do not understand when you are supposed to send the PR application
    > in.
    > Do you need to wait to get your marriage certificate (because it takes
    > awhile to get that after the actual wedding), or can you send required
    > documents in as they are completed? And how and when do you get the
    > medical exam? When I read through the guide it makes it seem that it
    > is supposed to be sent in with the Application, but from reading other
    > posts it appears the App was first sent in, and then the medical exam
    > was done. And when do I send in the processing fees??
    > My wedding is in September of this year, is there anything that is
    > supposed to be sent in before the wedding?? Please help, I am really
    > confused as to what documents/certificates, get sent in when.
 
Old Jul 9th 2003, 2:13 pm
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Renee
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Default Re: Spousal Sponsership Process Question - Please Help!!

    >We waited 3 months for the cert and then it was wrong and had to be
sent
    > back!!!
    >

I don't know why it took so long to get your marriage certificate,
Kay. Sorry to hear you had problems. I was married last Saturday, I
paid around $30 each for my marriage certificates (expedited fee
included), and I picked them up on Tuesday. Once my U.S. passport
gets returned from the Consulate amended with my new name in a week or
two, my sponsored PR application gets sent to CIC. I'm in Calgary,
but I'm sure you can order expedited marriage certificates from
provinces other than Alberta. Not all registries will do it, but some
will let you pre-order your marriage certificates, so the certified
copies will print as soon as the wedding gets registered. I did that,
and it was well worth it.

JMarc - For what it's worth, I called CIC and was told to hold my PR
application until I had my name changed on my passport. The lady I
spoke to said that anything you send later to amend your application
will delay processing. I've read several posts on this board stating
that U.S. citizens applying inside Canada as a sponsored spouse can
expect a 4-6 month processing time. I would get to the registry ASAP
and pay the expedited fee for your certs. It's worth it to get your
landed immigrant status settled quicker. That 4-6 months is nothing
compared to those applying from outside Canada, so you should do
everything you can to ensure your application is complete and you can
benefit from the shorter approval time period.

Based on my call to the CIC, I respectfully disagree with sending an
application that's missing something as vital as the marriage
certificate. I wouldn't send your application in until it is complete
and you have everything listed on the Document Checklist, including
your criminal clearances. Those are good for six months, so if you
haven't already started applying for them, you can do that ahead of
your wedding. You'll need to get them from the FBI as well as your
state police. You'll need to do fingerprints for the FBI, and both
clearances will take a few weeks. The results get sent to you, and
you'll include the originals with your application.

I was told by the immigration officer at Calgary International Airport
that I could do my medicals ahead of my PR application so I went to a
CIC approved doctor and did them in May. You should already have a
client ID number with CIC since you've got your legal status worked
out into next year. When you do your medicals, you don't get anything
to submit with the application. You have to do a medical exam,
laboratory work, and a chest x-ray. The results of the x-ray and labs
get sent to the physician, and they will forward everything in one
package to CIC. You'll have to bring photos and your visa to the
doctor with you, and your client ID will be on the forms the doctor
submits.

To avoid delaying your application, you should send your PR fees,
including the huge right of landing one, when you submit the
application. As long as you tick the box for withdrawing the PR
application if the sponsor is found ineligible, the application fees
will be refunded. If you don't send the right of landing fees, you
will not get your visa until they're paid. You'll get a notice of
approval, but you'll have to send the fees receipt showing payment of
all fees before your visa is issued.

You should send your PR application in to CIC as soon as you get your
marriage certificate, assuming the rest of the application is
complete. You can start assembling the other parts of your
application so that's the last piece you need. You don't have to send
anything prior to the wedding, but be prepared to include anything
that validates your romantic relationship, including phone bills,
letters, photos, outing ticket stubs, statements from family and
friends, and anything else that shows you are getting married for the
right reasons. I find the phrase "marriage of convenience" funny
myself, since the immigration process is anything but convenient. I
wouldn't go through all this transition and settling in a new country
if I wasn't completely in love with Mr. Totally Right.

Good luck to you!

Renee
 

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