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Timeline For Spousal Sponsorship via London

Old Dec 30th 2016, 8:13 pm
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Sponsor approval on Dec 30th, visa office Ottawa
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Old Dec 30th 2016, 8:48 pm
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Originally Posted by Vulcanoid
Sponsor approval on Dec 30th, visa office Ottawa
Congratulations! First hurdle done, now on to the next!
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Old Dec 31st 2016, 2:20 am
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Originally Posted by Hurlabrick
Congratulations! First hurdle done, now on to the next!


Also gone "In progress" on ECAS, background check still reads in progress, review of eligibility is in progress.

Got new photos done (by a photographer who first repeated everything said & thought in this thread, but then very kindly refused to take payment for the new ones), so just need to send them off (slightly hesitatingly - letter had a specific officer in CPC Mississauga to send them to, but since then SA has sent the file to Ottawa, so fingers crossed they'll all get matched up).
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Old Jan 1st 2017, 9:54 pm
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Originally Posted by SchnookoLoly
Assuming you mean when you move as a PR and not as a visitor.

Travel insurance - if you are moving and establishing residency then travel insurance won't cover you. You'll need private insurance. The most common provider is CanadaSure.

Normal insurance - each province has their own socialized health care program, when you can enrol depends on the province. In Ontario it's OHIP, and there's a 3-month wait period after you land before you qualify for OHIP. So you'd either just chance it for 3 months, or use CanadaSure (or similar) to cover you for those 3 months. Once OHIP kicks in then doctors and hospitals are mostly covered.

Your job will most likely provide extra health and dental insurance as part of your benefits package. This covers things like dental work (not covered at all under OHIP after age 18), prescriptions, equipment, etc. Some is covered in all or in part by OHIP, some you have to pay for, and what your benefits covers varies massively by company. I've mentioned OHIP, which is just Ontario, because I know it, but as I said, each provice has their own program, and coverage differs between them. Employer insurance plans often have different tiers with different premiums associated with it. My work as 3 tiers. The lowest level has premiums 100% paid by the employer, but the coverage is obviously lower. There are two other tiers where the employee does contribute to the premiums, but then they get more coverage. My husband's work has 5 tiers, and he can pick different tiers for medical and dental, whereas I can only pick the same tier for both.

To give you an idea in Ontario, here's how mine looks:
-GP visits are covered by OHIP.
-Prescriptions are not covered by OHIP, but I have coverage through my employer insurance and my husband's employer insurance. Between the two, MOST prescriptions are fully covered. A handful I've been out a bit of money but never any large amounts.
-Referrals to specialists, it depends on the specialist. Physio, chiropractor, massage therapy, etc, are mostly not covered by OHIP. My insurance pays 80% of the cost for those sorts of appointments, capped at $500 per year in each category. ($500 for chiro, $500 for physio, etc) My husband's is similar and we can coordinate benefits, so a $100 physio appt for me would be paid 80% by my insurance and 20% by my husband's.
-Dentists are not covered at all by OHIP. Coverage varies greatly. My husband has great dental coverage. My coverage is terrible.

Hospitals, again, it just depends. Nearly everything is based off of GP/specialist referrals, or otherwise emergency. A lot of these costs are covered by the wait times can be long. There is no private practice in Canada as their is in the UK, so occasionally you hear of people going to the US if they want to pay to have something done quicker. Room fees are often not covered, or only partially covered. (My husband gets 50% of semi-private rooms covered, I get nothing unless I'm on the top tier of benefits at work and the premiums are so expensive that it's totally not worth it.)

This is just a quick overview. A search of the board and the wiki will give you tons more information.

Driving - you can drive on your British license for a limited period, it depends on the province. Ontario is either 30 or 90 days, can't remember. All provinces have reciprocal agreements with the UK though, so you can just bring your UK license into a DMV and swap it for a local one (of course, for a fee).



Yes, you needed to include the birth certificate. On the PA Checklist, http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/kits/guides/3901e.pdf, item 7.
Thank you very much for the detailed reply: It will really help.

I am intending to work remotely in my UK based job. Will this have any kind of negative impact on my visa status etc?
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Old Jan 1st 2017, 10:04 pm
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Originally Posted by beezeroo
Thank you very much for the detailed reply: It will really help.

I am intending to work remotely in my UK based job. Will this have any kind of negative impact on my visa status etc?
No.
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Old Jan 4th 2017, 6:54 am
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We got the passport request today!! Which promptly followed a debate between husband and I as to whether the eTA is considered a visa, and which instruction we needed to follow. Decided that he doesn't need a visa and we only have to send passport copies.. plus two photos. The whole process hasn't taken long at all!
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Old Jan 4th 2017, 6:59 am
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We got the passport request today!! Which promptly followed a debate between husband and I as to whether the eTA is considered a visa, and which instruction we needed to follow. Decided that he doesn't need a visa and we only have to send passport copies.. plus two photos. The whole process hasn't taken long at all!
Ottawa is your processing office, so not too surprising. Lucky you!

You don't need to send a copy of your ETA.

Congrats!!! Spreadsheet updated!!
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Old Jan 4th 2017, 11:32 am
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Can I just ask, what is the passport request? Do they simply require a photocopy of your passport data page? I included that in my application. Or do they require your original passport?
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If you are visa exempt (e.g. let's say you have a UK passport), you have send in a copy of the passport bio page when you get the request; if you are visa required (let's say you have an Indian passport, for example) the actual passport would have to have a visa counterfoil attached to one of the pages so that you could travel to Canada.

Brits used to get the immigrant visa counterfoil as well (I have one in my passport) but they stopped this (I can't remember when).

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Old Jan 4th 2017, 5:45 pm
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If you are visa exempt (e.g. let's say you have a UK passport), you have send in a copy of the passport bio page when you get the request; if you are visa required (let's say you have an Indian passport, for example) the actual passport would have to have a visa counterfoil attached to one of the pages so that you could travel to Canada.

Brits used to get the immigrant visa counterfoil as well (I have one in my passport) but they stopped this (I can't remember when).

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Fantastic, thanks. As I included a colour copy in my application, hopefully they will not require me to submit another copy. If they do then it is easy enough to arrange.
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Fantastic, thanks. As I included a colour copy in my application, hopefully they will not require me to submit another copy. If they do then it is easy enough to arrange.
I sent a colour copy of both our passports with the original application pack and did not get a subsequent request. Most visa exempt people appear not to get the request but some do - who knows why!
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I sent a colour copy of both our passports with the original application pack and did not get a subsequent request. Most visa exempt people appear not to get the request but some do - who knows why!
Good to know Hurla.

,y background check still in progress btw.
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Originally Posted by tweed_wearer
Good to know Hurla.

,y background check still in progress btw.

You may be interested to note that the 2017 tracking spreadsheet will formally record when the BGC goes to 'in progress' so people can see timescales from that to decision made.
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You may be interested to note that the 2017 tracking spreadsheet will formally record when the BGC goes to 'in progress' so people can see timescales from that to decision made.
Yep, the 2017 sheet has all the MyCIC fields, since there's a bit more info in it. It was going to be too complicated to try to add the data to the 2016 sheet, especially partway through the year, so we decided to just do it from 2017 onwards.
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Hello Everyone. Happy New Year, since I haven't been here in a while. I just wanted to let you know what happened after I got the papers in the mail. We called the CIC to make an appointment and they said that our local CIC office would be in touch withing 6 weeks to make that appointment. They never called. So we called the number again and were told that someone had taken our details the first time we called but never forwarded them to the local CIC!
So they sent them this time and said to call back if we don't hear within 2 weeks. Nobody called so we contacted them again. It was a pain to have to speak to a different person every time. Anyway, the last person said I might have to extend my visa again, because it was almost up and I have to be here legally to get my PR stamped. Him Indoors was furious. Thankfully, someone finally called us and we had a meeting at the local CIC office at the end of September, right before my visitor visa was about to expire. Thankfully there was someone there from Service Canada and they gave me my insurance number.
I also had trouble getting my medical card as OHIP was making difficulties, but that's a different story.
So in the end, it took well over two years to get my PR. I hope I'll be the only aberration in the spreadsheets, not ruining the average numbers too much, and that nobody else has to wait this long. Good luck everyone.
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