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US Citizen to marry Canadian Citizen - Sponsorship or Skilled Worker Class?

US Citizen to marry Canadian Citizen - Sponsorship or Skilled Worker Class?

Old Oct 22nd 2002, 6:11 am
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Cheryl
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Default US Citizen to marry Canadian Citizen - Sponsorship or Skilled Worker Class?

Hello,

I am engaged to marry a Canadian citizen. We will be married at the
end of the year (2002). I currently live in the US (US Citizen). He
lives in Canada. We will marry in the US but live in Canada.

I have 3 questions.

1. Can I move up to Canada now (with all my belongings) on a visitor
visa so that we can plan the wedding, etc. If so, when I move up
there, do I inform the immigration officer of my future plans, etc?

2. Once I am married, I will have enough points to obtain my PR under
the Skilled Worker Class. Is that the best/fastest way or should he
apply to sponsor me as his spouse?

3. While I'm up there on a visitor visa, if I happen to find a job,
could I work under the NAFTA agreement temporary work visa while
waiting for my PR?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!!
 
Old Oct 22nd 2002, 6:45 am
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Andrew Miller
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Default Re: US Citizen to marry Canadian Citizen - Sponsorship or Skilled Worker Class?

1. You can come up here as a visitor but not with all your belongings. And yes,
you should inform officer at the port of entry about your plans to start
sponsorship process from within Canada.

2. The fastest way is to be sponsored while you are still in US. When sponsored
you don't need to meet selection criteria, so going through Skilled Workers
class is not a good idea at all. Processing of sponsored spouse in US may take
6 to 8 months, while processing from within Canada will take at least 7 months
(as current timelines are) just to get approval in principle and another 6 to
12 months go get PR status. So, sponsorship while in US is the best and fastest
route as of now.

3. You can always apply for work permit if you meet requirements for foreign
workers.

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    > Hello,
    > I am engaged to marry a Canadian citizen. We will be married at the
    > end of the year (2002). I currently live in the US (US Citizen). He
    > lives in Canada. We will marry in the US but live in Canada.
    > I have 3 questions.
    > 1. Can I move up to Canada now (with all my belongings) on a visitor
    > visa so that we can plan the wedding, etc. If so, when I move up
    > there, do I inform the immigration officer of my future plans, etc?
    > 2. Once I am married, I will have enough points to obtain my PR under
    > the Skilled Worker Class. Is that the best/fastest way or should he
    > apply to sponsor me as his spouse?
    > 3. While I'm up there on a visitor visa, if I happen to find a job,
    > could I work under the NAFTA agreement temporary work visa while
    > waiting for my PR?
    > Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    > Thank you!!
 

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