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Old Apr 11th 2014, 3:36 pm
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Hello Everyone,

I've been an avid 'ghost' reader for the past few months but after lots of research and everything I think we're going to be applying soon (July/August), so I'm looking for a little advice and hopefully reassurance.

We're both students at the moment (in the UK he's Canadian, I'm a British Citizen) but our degrees come to an end next July. We've lived together for almost a year (it'll be a year 30 June), joint accounts, joint tenancies, flights and visits to one another's homes (I am so lucky I'm a huge hoarder). The one thing I'm worried about is the financial side of things. I've read in some places that Common Law is exempt? Is that right?

My plan was that we'd apply get PR and then I could apply for work from the UK. Is this going to work?

Any help and advice will be extremely appreciated.
Thanks in advance all!!
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Old Apr 11th 2014, 3:55 pm
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Originally Posted by murraythegoldfish View Post
Hello Everyone,

I've been an avid 'ghost' reader for the past few months but after lots of research and everything I think we're going to be applying soon (July/August), so I'm looking for a little advice and hopefully reassurance.

We're both students at the moment (in the UK he's Canadian, I'm a British Citizen) but our degrees come to an end next July. We've lived together for almost a year (it'll be a year 30 June), joint accounts, joint tenancies, flights and visits to one another's homes (I am so lucky I'm a huge hoarder). The one thing I'm worried about is the financial side of things. I've read in some places that Common Law is exempt? Is that right?

My plan was that we'd apply get PR and then I could apply for work from the UK. Is this going to work?

Any help and advice will be extremely appreciated.
Thanks in advance all!!
Hi and welcome to BE.

Not sure what you mean by 'financial side of things', do you mean his income? If so, then yes, there's no minimum income requirement for a spousal application.

And yes, you can apply from the UK and then try and get a job once you've got your PR, although normally you need to be there to find one unless you have specialist skills that are in demand.

The only thing is that you've said above you have 'flights and visits to one another's homes', but you will definitely have lived together for the full year when you apply? Flights to visit each other obviously show that you're not a common-law couple, so you don't want to include those!

HTH a bit, good luck.
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Old Apr 11th 2014, 4:01 pm
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Originally Posted by christmasoompa View Post
Hi and welcome to BE.

Not sure what you mean by 'financial side of things', do you mean his income? If so, then yes, there's no minimum income requirement for a spousal application.

And yes, you can apply from the UK and then try and get a job once you've got your PR, although normally you need to be there to find one unless you have specialist skills that are in demand.

The only thing is that you've said above you have 'flights and visits to one another's homes', but you will definitely have lived together for the full year when you apply? Flights to visit each other obviously show that you're not a common-law couple, so you don't want to include those!

HTH a bit, good luck.


I was just concerned that because neither of us work anywhere near full-time will that still be okay?

Oh, yeah sorry, I guess I mean our parents homes (still in the studenty-parental home stage) they're definitely not our homes!

Thank you so much!
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Old Apr 11th 2014, 4:02 pm
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I was just concerned that because neither of us work anywhere near full-time will that still be okay?

Oh, yeah sorry, I guess I mean our parents homes (still in the studenty-parental home stage) they're definitely not our homes!

Thank you so much!
When applying under the family class, the only financial requirement is that the Canadian not be bankrupt and is not receiving social assistance... it doesn't sound like that's the case, so you should be fine!

I assume all the trips you've taken have been together as well?
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Old Apr 11th 2014, 4:04 pm
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Originally Posted by SchnookoLoly View Post
When applying under the family class, the only financial requirement is that the Canadian not be bankrupt and is not receiving social assistance... it doesn't sound like that's the case, so you should be fine!

I assume all the trips you've taken have been together as well?
This is all wonderful news!! Yeah I'm pretty sure they all have - maybe a couple of weeks last July when he went back for a bit - but I figured that wouldn't be too much of a problem because it wasn't too long.
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Old Apr 11th 2014, 4:07 pm
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This is all wonderful news!! Yeah I'm pretty sure they all have - maybe a couple of weeks last July when he went back for a bit - but I figured that wouldn't be too much of a problem because it wasn't too long.
How long exactly? If it's a week then it's fine, if it's longer then it's iffy... but if you aren't applying until one year after that trip then it doesn't matter. (CIC can be VERY stickler about any absences, even just 1-2 weeks for a holiday.)
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Old Apr 11th 2014, 4:13 pm
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How long exactly? If it's a week then it's fine, if it's longer then it's iffy... but if you aren't applying until one year after that trip then it doesn't matter. (CIC can be VERY stickler about any absences, even just 1-2 weeks for a holiday.)
Oh god - more like 2 1/2 -3 weeks. That's okay we can work around that haha. it was from mid July- beginning August. I guess we'll just have to wait until after that. We're lucky to have a little bit of 'wiggle room' without being apart - his visa doesn't run out for the UK until October 2015. So hopefully, it'll all be sorted by then!
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Oh god - more like 2 1/2 -3 weeks. That's okay we can work around that haha. it was from mid July- beginning August. I guess we'll just have to wait until after that. We're lucky to have a little bit of 'wiggle room' without being apart - his visa doesn't run out for the UK until October 2015. So hopefully, it'll all be sorted by then!
Yeah I'd play it safe and wait until after that trip to apply, CIC can be really strict about it so you're better off not running the risk.
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Old Apr 11th 2014, 6:46 pm
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yeah will do.

Thank you for all of your help
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Old Apr 12th 2014, 10:58 am
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So, we still have not heard anything and we're not even in progress yet. My husbands medical was done in June or July last year, I'm worried that we won't be processed before then. Anyone know what happens then?
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Old Apr 12th 2014, 1:37 pm
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So, we still have not heard anything and we're not even in progress yet. My husbands medical was done in June or July last year, I'm worried that we won't be processed before then. Anyone know what happens then?
I don't see you on the spreadsheet, when did you apply?
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Old Apr 12th 2014, 5:04 pm
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Originally Posted by SchnookoLoly View Post

It's hard to say... MOST people have been asked to provide since age 18, despite what it says on the form - there's a sticky thread about it, apparently CIC hasn't changed the package, even though London has repeatedly asked for the information to be updated. It's frustrating, yes. However, not everyone has been asked to provide it. Most have, but not all.
Thanks for adding me. I have looked at that thread (the one from February?) and wondered just how far back that request for info goes since we applied in October.

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This is just my personal opinion and I may be entirely wrong, but given that you had RPRF requested in November and you went In Process in February, I would have thought that if they were going to ask you for it that they would have already... but that's not to say that they won't still ask you...

I would suggest having it ready to go so that if you are asked you can send it off immediately, but not to stress about it.
That's kinda what I was figuring to to anyway. When I emailed at the end of February I said it was just to inquire whether they'd got the receipt and if there was anything else they needed.

Would it be worth ordering our case notes?

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Keep us updated!
Will do!
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Old Apr 12th 2014, 5:09 pm
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Just noticed we're CL on the sheet when it should be M.
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Old Apr 12th 2014, 10:11 pm
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Ya, I was on the spreadsheet and now for some reason I'm not...Application was received on November 28th and Decision Made was...December 30th I believe
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Application received where?
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