Temporary Resident Visa question

Old Aug 23rd 2003, 1:30 pm
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Default Temporary Resident Visa question

What is the difference between a temporary resident visa and a tourist visa?

If you get turned down for a tourist visa because they don't think you are going to go back to your own country, then why do they allow some people to come on a temporary resident visa when they know they are going to apply for PR status and stay here?

Or is it just that you have to know which to apply for and if you are not intending to go back and you apply for a tourist visa - you have blown it??
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Old Aug 23rd 2003, 4:24 pm
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TRV is the new jargon for a tourist or visitor visa.
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"lizwil98" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > What is the difference between a temporary resident visa and a
    > tourist visa?
    > If you get turned down for a tourist visa because they don't think you
    > are going to go back to your own country, then why do they allow some
    > people to come on a temporary resident visa when they know they are
    > going to apply for PR status and stay here?
    > Or is it just that you have to know which to apply for and if you are
    > not intending to go back and you apply for a tourist visa - you have
    > blown it??
    > --
    > lizwil98
    > Posted via http://britishexpats.com
 
Old Aug 23rd 2003, 11:01 pm
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Default Re: Temporary Resident Visa question

In my case, I had four fiance visits recorded when I arrived at Calgary
International Airport and applied for a temporary resident visa. I told
them honestly that we had been planning our wedding since last August, and
that I was moving up ahead of time to finalize our wedding day and begin
living with my soon-to-be spouse. I also made it clear that I had my mother
and sister back in Virginia who could both give me a place to stay if I
needed to leave Canada at any point. I didn't have a return ticket, but I
also proved that I could obtain one easily.

They didn't give me any problem. They asked me about how we met, how many
times we visited each other, how long we'd been engaged, and they also
checked my proof of ability to support myself in Canada. The whole process
took about 20 minutes, including the officer going over the conditions and
restrictions of my visa.

I guess that because I had ample proof of my relationship, a record of our
frequent visits, and proof that I had more than enough funds to support
myself past the initial expiration of my visa, that it was acceptable.
That, and I was perfectly calm in answering their questions, so they were
probably satisfied that I was legitimately transitioning into a marital
relationship with a Canadian citizen. I just got my TRV extended for six
months. Hopefully the PR will be done by then.

Renee

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Timeline so far:
19 Feb 2003: Moved to Calgary on 6 month TRV
12 May 2003: Did medicals in Calgary
20 June 2003: Applied for TRV extension
5 July 2003: Wedding Date
17 July 2003: CIC received inland spouse PR application
15 Aug 2003: Received 6 month TRV extension
20 Aug 2003: CIC request for work history dates (which were sent with
application)
"lizwil98" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
    > What is the difference between a temporary resident visa and a
    > tourist visa?
    > If you get turned down for a tourist visa because they don't think you
    > are going to go back to your own country, then why do they allow some
    > people to come on a temporary resident visa when they know they are
    > going to apply for PR status and stay here?
    > Or is it just that you have to know which to apply for and if you are
    > not intending to go back and you apply for a tourist visa - you have
    > blown it??
    > --
    > lizwil98
    > Posted via http://britishexpats.com
 

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