Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > Canada > Immigration & Citizenship (Canada)
Reload this Page >

where to apply, simplified process, and self-employed question

where to apply, simplified process, and self-employed question

Old Jan 21st 2009, 2:16 am
  #1  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 7
linlin05 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default where to apply, simplified process, and self-employed question

Hi,
I'm thinking of trying for a visa to Canada. Someone in another thread said I should apply from the country of my birth (US), but the CIC website indicates I should apply from the country that I've been a resident for over the last year (UK)? I'm confused!! Can anyone help clarify?

I see on the CIC website there is a "simplified application" vs. "regular application" process. Can anyone explain the difference between these two?

Last, I could qualified as self-employed (under entrepreneur/investor/self-employed), or a skilled worker. Does one tend to be faster than the other? I've heard applications can take many years to process.

all good wishes,

linlin

Last edited by linlin05; Jan 21st 2009 at 2:18 am. Reason: forgot to add third question
linlin05 is offline  
Old Jan 21st 2009, 2:34 am
  #2  
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 12,830
Aviator has a reputation beyond reputeAviator has a reputation beyond reputeAviator has a reputation beyond reputeAviator has a reputation beyond reputeAviator has a reputation beyond reputeAviator has a reputation beyond reputeAviator has a reputation beyond reputeAviator has a reputation beyond reputeAviator has a reputation beyond reputeAviator has a reputation beyond reputeAviator has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: where to apply, simplified process, and self-employed question

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...77#post7196077
Aviator is offline  
Old Jan 21st 2009, 2:43 am
  #3  
SUPER MODERATOR
 
christmasoompa's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2007
Location: In a darkened room somewhere.............
Posts: 34,203
christmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: where to apply, simplified process, and self-employed question

Originally Posted by linlin05
Hi,
I'm thinking of trying for a visa to Canada. Someone in another thread said I should apply from the country of my birth (US), but the CIC website indicates I should apply from the country that I've been a resident for over the last year (UK)? I'm confused!! Can anyone help clarify?

I see on the CIC website there is a "simplified application" vs. "regular application" process. Can anyone explain the difference between these two?

Last, I could qualified as self-employed (under entrepreneur/investor/self-employed), or a skilled worker. Does one tend to be faster than the other? I've heard applications can take many years to process.

all good wishes,

linlin
I didn't realise you'd been resident in the UK for at least a year - in which case you can apply from either the US or the UK I believe.

I didn't think the simplified application existed anymore for SW's since they introduced the changes to the SW visa requirements, but could well be wrong.

And lastly, no idea about the entrepreneur route (it's not a common route due to the cost so you're unlikely to find anybody on here that's done it), but the SW route takes 6-12 months.

christmasoompa is offline  
Old Jan 21st 2009, 5:22 am
  #4  
PMM
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
PMM's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2004
Posts: 9,708
PMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: where to apply, simplified process, and self-employed question

Hi

Originally Posted by christmasoompa
I didn't realise you'd been resident in the UK for at least a year - in which case you can apply from either the US or the UK I believe.

I didn't think the simplified application existed anymore for SW's since they introduced the changes to the SW visa requirements, but could well be wrong.

And lastly, no idea about the entrepreneur route (it's not a common route due to the cost so you're unlikely to find anybody on here that's done it), but the SW route takes 6-12 months.

1. There is no longer the SAP (Simplified Application Program) it is FSW 1/2/3
Your work experience is on the "list of 38" for FSW 1 or you are working in Canada on a work permit or you have an approved AEO from an Employer in Canada.
2. It is not residing for a year in another country that allows you to apply to the CHC servicing that country (as well as your country of normal residence) it being ADMITTED for 1 year. It has to be a year, not 6 months and then a 6 month extension.
PMM is offline  
Old Jan 21st 2009, 6:00 am
  #5  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 7
linlin05 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: where to apply, simplified process, and self-employed question

PMM, what does "admitted" mean? I've been here in the UK on a permit-free employment visa for 3 years, but are you saying admitted means something else -- perhaps having gotten Indefinite Leave to Remain or citizenship?

If that's the case, then would that mean that I can't apply for a Canadian visa? It has been over three years since I lived in the US!

With thanks,

linlin
linlin05 is offline  
Old Jan 21st 2009, 6:52 am
  #6  
PMM
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
PMM's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2004
Posts: 9,708
PMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond reputePMM has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: where to apply, simplified process, and self-employed question

Hi

Originally Posted by linlin05
PMM, what does "admitted" mean? I've been here in the UK on a permit-free employment visa for 3 years, but are you saying admitted means something else -- perhaps having gotten Indefinite Leave to Remain or citizenship?

If that's the case, then would that mean that I can't apply for a Canadian visa? It has been over three years since I lived in the US!

With thanks,

linlin
"Admitted" in Immigration speak, means that when you had your passport stamped on your initial entry at an airport by Immigration/Customs you are given a certain period of time to remain, without applying for an extension. For example visitor to Canada are normally given 6 months on entry and the US normally gives 3 months, UK 6 months. A Temporary working in Canada may get up to 3 years on admission.
PMM is offline  
Old Jan 21st 2009, 7:08 am
  #7  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 7
linlin05 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: where to apply, simplified process, and self-employed question

Got it. Appreciate the translation. So it'd be the UK that I'd apply from.

Sounds like the first option is Skilled Worker (SW) which would take 6-12 months. Is that only for people with skills on the "38 list"?

Or to go the self-employed route under cultural activities, though I'm not sure how long that would take. Presumably longer.

really appreciate the sharing of expertise here. It's feels very supportive.
linlin05 is offline  
Old Jan 21st 2009, 8:06 am
  #8  
SUPER MODERATOR
 
christmasoompa's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2007
Location: In a darkened room somewhere.............
Posts: 34,203
christmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond reputechristmasoompa has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: where to apply, simplified process, and self-employed question

Originally Posted by linlin05
Sounds like the first option is Skilled Worker (SW) which would take 6-12 months. Is that only for people with skills on the "38 list"?
Yes, or those with a job offer. If you don't fall into one of those two categories then you wouldn't be eligible, and if you do then you also need to make sure you have the requisite points on the self assessment test on CIC's website (you need 67 or more, all based on education, work experience, language skills, etc).

No idea about the self-employed route though, not something I know anything about and I'm not sure any on here would do as it's not something I know anybody else has done. But might be worth a quick search (top right) to see if it's been discussed before.

Good luck.
christmasoompa is offline  
Old Jan 21st 2009, 8:41 am
  #9  
Pea Brain
 
R I C H's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2005
Location: TBD
Posts: 6,005
R I C H has a reputation beyond reputeR I C H has a reputation beyond reputeR I C H has a reputation beyond reputeR I C H has a reputation beyond reputeR I C H has a reputation beyond reputeR I C H has a reputation beyond reputeR I C H has a reputation beyond reputeR I C H has a reputation beyond reputeR I C H has a reputation beyond reputeR I C H has a reputation beyond reputeR I C H has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: where to apply, simplified process, and self-employed question

I went the self employed route, but via a work permit rather than the entrepreneur route.
R I C H is offline  
Old Jan 21st 2009, 8:58 am
  #10  
 
Joined: May 2008
Posts: 407
tinytears is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: where to apply, simplified process, and self-employed question

Originally Posted by R I C H
I went the self employed route, but via a work permit rather than the entrepreneur route.
This is the route I'm going down as well.

It is a very little publicised route, not much info on it so if you want any details please feel free to pm me and I'll be glad to help if I can, not that I'm an expert but am beginning to get my head around what is required.
tinytears is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Contact Us - Manage Preferences Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.