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Old Apr 2nd 2008, 12:07 pm
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Hi guys


This is my first real post other than meet and greet so I hope I don't manage to break any rules with this.

The question is regarding timelines for a spousal application that has just been submitted. I am heading for Vancouver with my Canadian wife when everything comes through. I am initially planning on doing that in 18 months. Well, as long as the housing market has recovered here by then :-)



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if you've sent off the app with the medical like you're supposed to, you have one year from the medical date to 'land'. of course you can always return to the UK if the house is not sold.
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Hi Shedboy

Sorry to bug you but I dont understand your answer. I haven't got my PR yet, I have just sent off for it and yes I did send off the medical. The rumours are that it takes between 6-8m months to get a PR but I wondered if anyone had more recent news on this.

I would think that you cannot land until the PR comes through.


Hopefully this explanation makes more sense to you

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Hi Shedboy

Sorry to bug you but I dont understand your answer. I haven't got my PR yet, I have just sent off for it and yes I did send off the medical. The rumours are that it takes between 6-8m months to get a PR but I wondered if anyone had more recent news on this.

I would think that you cannot land until the PR comes through.


Hopefully this explanation makes more sense to you

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Hi Londonhatter, what I meant is, your medical is only valid for 12 months. so if you are not planning to land for 18 months, you may struggle. you have to go over initially before that expires.

last time I checked, you should be waiting a max of 9 months depending on all the docs submitted.
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Cheers Shedboy


That should be ok actually. We are planning to go over and vist the wifes family in Jan\feb next year so maybe I can land at that point

Thanks for the reply
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Good luck, let us know how it pans out. I'm applying the same route!
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Eek, sorry I have been calling you shedboy


Thanks for your help Sheadboy and good luck. Sounds like we will apply the same route at the same time ish.

You heading to Vancouver or elsewhere ?
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Hi! FYI We also applied for spousal PR visa from the UK: It's a 2 part process; CIC in Mississauga establishing your spouse's credentials as a sponsor. We applied early Nov '07 and received approval in 4 weeks. The file then went to CHC London and my spouse's file started processing 4th Jan '08 and we received our request for Passports 26/3/08. My Partner has just been up to London and submitted her passport personally today; she needs to go back in 2 weeks to pick it up; then its the Maple Leaf pub in Covent Garden to celebrate with Moosehead!!

Hope this helps!

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Eek, sorry I have been calling you shedboy


Thanks for your help Sheadboy and good luck. Sounds like we will apply the same route at the same time ish.

You heading to Vancouver or elsewhere ?
naw we're the other end of the country...we're heading to Ottawa.
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Dr. T


Blimey, are you telling me that after submitting in Jan to London that 4 months later and you are 'in' as it were. What is left after the passport stage?

My wife is currently updating her Canadian passport.

I have submitted my application today so I may drop in the Maple Leaf over the weekend to celebrate myself.

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Hi London Hatter,

Yes, these are indeed the timelines. Having said that; the 'run up' is what took the time. My Partner and I spent 3 weeks in BC last August doing our 'research' as to where we wanted to settle down to retire/semi retire in BC (I'm 59 and my Partner is 55) and met with an immigration lawyer in downtown Vancouver as part of the process. She briefed us on all that we'd need to prove the legitimacy of our relationship to the satisfaction of CIC: (not a trivial task I can assure you! You wouldn't believe all we had to produce as supporting evidence!) That said, if you go through it methodically, you'll be alright. We took two months to gather the evidence and submitted it to CIC via our lawyer in Nov.

Personally we found using someone who knew the ropes to be advantageous, especially time wise (we never had a request for more information) but you'll find on the site here that some people favour doing it yourself, while others favour working through an immigration lawyer. My personal view is that there's no 'right way' to do it, it depends on your personal circumstances and what works best for you.

Now to your question about what's next: after you pick up your passport w/visa (and celebrate of course!) you need to arrive at a Canadian port of entry within the shorter of: the validity of your passport AND the anniversary of your medical. In our case its by October 14th. They review your documents, ask a few questions, give you a form to fill out an address to send your PR card(s) to and your 'in'. By the way, make sure that not only does your passport have a long validity date, but also that there are at least TWO pages vacant for them to insert the PR visa. Also they will only send the PR cards to a Canadian address and not a P.O. box so you'll need someone over there to accept it and forward it to you in the UK if you're not going to be in Canada at that time. It takes anywhere from one week to 5/6 weeks to get the PR card after you've Landed. They say ~30 days but it seems to fluxuate.

Hope this helps, if you've any other questions I'm sure that someone will have the answer for you on this website; its a great one, the people on it are very helpful and supportive, especially as many have gone through it themselves and know how you feel!
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Hi Dr T


Am using Avatar for better or for worse. I guess I will only know by the end result.

We spent a while aquiring documents too. Even down to signed affidavits about how the relationship started etc and who was there, which family members has she met and when eek. Also managed a photo of us at the wedding with all 90 guests. Damn, if your not getting married nothing is worth getting 90 people together for after all.

We are planning a trip to Vancouver to see the mother in law in Jan so hopefully if I get approval before then I can land at that time and then get them to send the PR to the wifes mothers house.


Sounds like a plan eh.


Thanks for the great advice


Good luck
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