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Old Jul 18th 2012, 9:44 am
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Hi there, i have just joined this forum. not really sure where i should post my questions so any help would be most appreciated.

I am a UK citizen with a canadian permanent resident partner living with me at present in the UK. We have been a couple for 18 months and living together for six. He left canada at the beginning of the year to live with me and we want to return to canada to set up permanent home in the near future. Any pointers that anyone can offer would be good.
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Old Jul 18th 2012, 10:18 am
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Are you a newbie to canada or to this site. if new to canada how did you find the process of applying.
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Hi there, i have just joined this forum. not really sure where i should post my questions so any help would be most appreciated.

I am a UK citizen with a canadian permanent resident partner living with me at present in the UK. We have been a couple for 18 months and living together for six. He left canada at the beginning of the year to live with me and we want to return to canada to set up permanent home in the near future. Any pointers that anyone can offer would be good.
Hi and welcome to BE.

I've moved your posts in their own thread for you

We have lots of members like yourself who are in the process of moving to Canada, and also many more members who already live there. Check out the Canada Immigration forum and also the general Canada forum (where people normally discuss in ins and outs of every day life in Canada).

We've also got a great wiki that you may find useful.
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Old Jul 18th 2012, 3:02 pm
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I am a UK citizen with a canadian permanent resident partner living with me at present in the UK. We have been a couple for 18 months and living together for six. He left canada at the beginning of the year to live with me and we want to return to canada to set up permanent home in the near future. Any pointers that anyone can offer would be good.
Hi there, and welcome to BE.

Unfortunately, from what you've said, you would need to qualify for a visa on your own merits, as he couldn't sponsor you yet - you'd need to have lived together for a year or more for him to do so (plus he'd have to be living in Canada to sponsor you, a PR cannot sponsor from outside Canada).

So you could either wait until you've lived together for a year, he moves back to Canada and sponsors you (should be ok for him keeping his PR status to stay in the UK for another 6 months if he's only lived outside Canada since early this year), or you could see if you qualify for a visa now in your own right - have a look at the Wiki for info on the various visas available.

Do come and ask any questions in the Canada forum, where you will no doubt get a warm welcome.

And good luck.

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Old Jul 18th 2012, 6:43 pm
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According to the official canadian immigration pages he can sponsor me whilst living in the UK. By the time he applies to sponsor me we will have been living together for a year as we dont plan on doing it before a year, just to be on the safe side really and to up our chances of not getting turned down and other commitment in the UK that we have to fulfill before then.

Unfortunately i dont seem to qualify for a visa on my own right as a) i dont have a recognisable skill - even though i have held down a responsible job for many years and b) i am over the age of a work permit. I am 46.

Basically we want to start the process after xmas this year and have the process go as smoothly as possible.
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According to the official canadian immigration pages he can sponsor me whilst living in the UK.
Is he a citizen then, rather than Permanent Resident? If he's a PR, can you provide a link for what you're reading, as only citizens can sponsor from outside Canada (and even then, only certain relatives). Here is the official wording from the CIC website:

Can I Be a Sponsor if I Live Outside Canada?

If you are a Canadian citizen who lives abroad and plans to return to Canada when your relatives immigrate, you may sponsor your spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, or your dependent children who have no dependent children. To sponsor any other eligible relatives (for example, parents and grandparents), you must be living in Canada.


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b) i am over the age of a work permit. I am 46.
There is no upper age limit for a work permit. Unless you mean a Working Holiday Visa? That has an age limit of 30 for UK citizens, but no limit for a normal Temp Work Permit.

Sounds like from what you've said, your best bet is to get the requisite year living together (making sure you gather plenty of proof/paperwork i.e. joint utility bills, bank statements, joint insurances, joint rental agreement etc), then your partner can apply as soon as he moves back to Canada to sponsor you.

HTH, good luck.

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Hello and a big welcome to BE.

Excellent information can be found in the BE Wiki, not forgetting the Living and Moving Abroad forum that will help you, another set of great help is the permanent threads at the TOP of each forum, they are very pertinent to that particular forum and makes sensible reading.

Moderators deal with any problems that arise such as inappropriate posts, spammers etc, you will find their names at the bottom right hand side of each forum's index in bold font.

Please contact me if I can give you any further help.

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