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T2Bsadventures replied to the thread Advice for immigration into Canada for my wife. on the Canada forum:
DustinBrett initially posted:
Hello, I am currently living in Santiago, Chile with my fiancé. I am a 29 year old male Canadian citizen and she is a 32 year old female Chilean citizen. We are getting married in late-March and plan to move to Vancouver, Canada in mid-April. I have a rough understanding of the visa application process to allow her to live with me in Canada but I would like to post my plan in detail here with links and quotes from the CIC website in hopes that others can help me understand the process more clearly. I also have some questions at the end of this post in reference to the application process. Step 1 - Visitor/Tourist I plan to fly with her to Canada in mid-April with all the documents prepared and filled out in case immigration has questions about her intentions for entering Canada. Chilean citizens can now visit Canada for six months without a visa as of 2014-11-21. Chilean citizens no longer require a visa to visit Canada. This means that Chilean visitors and businesspeople can now stay in Canada for up to six months visa-free. Step 2 - Permanent Residence Within the first 1-3 weeks we will hopefully have found an apartment and have a permanent address for mailing/contact purposes. We should also have separate Canadian phone numbers by this time. Once we have these things the next step is to pay the fees ($550) and complete the sponsor/sponsored applications for permanent residence then submit these to the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. According to current wait times this process can/will take roughly 25 months. We intend to get her medical and police checks here in Chile before we go and have them translated by a qualified individual. If you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you can sponsor your spouse to immigrate to Canada. There are two stages in the process to sponsor your spouse to become permanent residents. - First: As a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you must apply to sponsor your family member. - Second: Your spouse must apply for permanent residence. You must send both your sponsorship application and the permanent residence application for your family members at the same time. Applications to stay in Canada as a permanent resident (Spouse or Common-law Partner in Canada Class): - Sponsorship application = $75 - Principal applicant = $475 Mail your completed application to the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. There are two consecutive steps in processing family sponsorship applications. In order to know the total approximate time you must ADD the times together. Person to be sponsored lives in Canada - Spouse, common-law partner in Canada: 17 months + 8 months = 25 months (Working on applications received on August 29, 2013) You can contact a panel physician directly to get your medical exam if you apply under one of the following categories: Spouse, common-law partner. City: Santiago Name: Philippa Moore Address: Centro Medico San Jorge, Cruz Del Sur 177, Las Condes, (Esquina Neveria, cerca de Metro Escuela Militar), Any queries or problems with appointments please email: Telephone: (56 2) 2676 7000 Spoken Languages: English, Spanish Name of document(s) to get: Certificado de Antecedentes (for criminal convictions) and Hoja de Vida del Conductor (for convictions related to driving) You can apply in person at any office of the Registro Civil e Identification, with your “RUT” or online with Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificacion (available in Spanish only). Step 3 - Open Work Permit At the same time that we apply for permanent residence we will also apply and pay the fee for an open work permit under the new pilot program that began on 2014-12-22. This permit if accepted will allow her to work in Canada for 24 months from the date of approval which should be enough time for her permanent residence application to be approved. This open work permit will be processed within 4 months of submitting the application which should be before her 6 months temporary resident status as a visitor expires. You can only apply for a work permit from inside Canada if you are in Canada because you have already applied for permanent residence from inside Canada. Applications for visas and permits (Work Permits): Work permit = $155 Citizenship and Immigration Canada will commence issuing open work permits to certain spouses or common-law partners before the approval in principle decision is made. New applicants should complete a permanent residence application and an open work permit application and submit both simultaneously. Applicants will have their application for an open work permit processed within four months of receipt of their work permit application. An open work permit enables a person to seek and accept employment and to work for any employer for a specified period of time. Officers will issue open work permits to applicants if they meet the following requirements: - A permanent resident application has been submitted. - A Canadian citizen has submitted a sponsorship application on their behalf. - The applicant resides at the same address as the sponsor. - The applicant has valid temporary resident status (as a visitor, student or worker). These work permits will be valid for two years. Questions Now that you have read my basic plan I would like to ask some questions about things I am unsure about in regards to the process. Thank you for reading and answering any questions you can help me with. #1 - What should I tell immigration when we arrive in Vancouver? Should I tell them she is my wife and that we plan to apply for permanent residence and an open work permit within the first month? #2 - How should I mail these documents? Should I mail all the documents (Permanent Residence Sponsor, Permanent Residence Sponsorship & Open Work Permit) in 1 envelope to the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga, Ontario? #3 - Do we need to pay the Right of Permanent Residence Fee & Principal Applicant Fee? Applications to stay in Canada as a permanent resident (Spouse or Common-law Partner in Canada Class): - Principal applicant = $475 Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) - Getting your permanent resident status = $490
T2Bsadventures replied most recently with:
Hi I can only answer the first two questions. When you arrive be upfront and honest as this is you first step in the process so trying to skirt issues may cause problems down the line. As for the second question I would mail the documents but register post so this way you have a record of when they arrived in Mississauga and who signed for them. Plus make sure you keep the postal receipt and a copy of all documents you send. Plus I would look into meeting with either a lawyer who specializations in this field and find maybe a support group as they too would be a wealth of information. Good luck, Cheers
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Hi, We are trying to find out how our client could bring an old London Taxi to Canada. He loves the cab and it is a classic look. We have heard "Wrong Drive" cars and none USA cars are impossible to import. The Taxi only cost £500 with 230,000 miles on the clock so not an expensive item but a sentimental thing
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lorric5447 replied to the thread BEST areas in Canada? on the Canada forum:
CanadaDreaming initially posted:
Hi guys, Where would suit my lifestyle in Canada? I am a single woman in my mid 30's with a dog looking to move to Canada next year. I have looked at tons of places but how do you decide when you are judging on crime rates and house prices..?! So, what I'd love is just some ideas on where would be good to look at. I might even do an 8 week recon before I make the 'big' move. I love good scenery, great outdoor activities and obviously dog friendly open spaces would be great. I like great coffee and a good meal and cocktail but don't want a manic city centre. Lots of boxes to tick but I don't expect to tick them all. I work for myself so employment isn't an issue but would like to be around similar age people rather than 20 year olds. Any advice about how to go about deciding where to look would be amazing!! Thanks all!
lorric5447 replied most recently with:
I am born and raised in Calgary and though the housing prices are high here (not Vancouver though), there are lots of options for city and outdoor living. The downside is the unpredictable weather! But we are an hour away from the mountains, have a ton of off leash dog parks, pathways and an international airport. If you are mindful of what you need, it doesn't have to be crazy expensive. And the average age here in Calgary is 42. BC is beautiful, Montreal is fun and cultured, Ottawa is pretty and the East Coast is friendly and lovely. We are a huge country, and there is a place for everyone but it is SO difficult to choose one place over another. Also consider how close you would like to be to major centres and the border between Canada and the US. Good luck!
sparkymcbiff replied most recently with:
I've lived in many cities in Canada over the years. Montreal is very "European" and a great place to be, in the summer. It is very very cold with crazy amounts of snow in the winter. (Just like Ottawa which is a few hour drive away). Montreal was a great place for me to go to University because it was cheap (at the time) but there was not much work there really (in the high-tech field that I was doing at the time), especially if you are English. Vancouver is nice if you can take endless rain with no sun for months on end . It helps if you are filthy rich in order to deal with the the outrageous rents. (I could not have afforded to buy a house in Vancouver at all, like I did in Toronto, and many of my friends in Vancouver were spending well over 50% of their wages on their housing. I eventually kept coming back to Toronto since there's tons of work here, and it's not that expensive in comparison. Calgary is much more expensive than TO and much more boring, in my opinion. Calgary felt too "new" and somewhat boring for me and it seemed to have no real soul. Calgary however is a short drive away from the foothills of the Rockies which leads you into some absolutely fantastic scenery just a short drive away. I often go to Calgary for work for a week or two (or more) and I always make a point to take a day to drive out of the city and through the mountains in order to go to places like Banff, Lake Louise, or just drive to see the glaciers. Those drives are absolutely gorgeous, but it's not enough for me to want to live in Calgary. Their weather is vastly colder than what I have to put up with here in southern Ontario and their economy (which means housing prices as well) have gone through a roller-coaster over the years. The word "best" obviously means different things to different people. Many people I know didn't mind the endless months of rain and no sun that Vancouver often experiences whereas others (myself included) got into a certain and almost subliminal 'depression' because of the lack of sunshine. Montreal is absolutely great in the summer and you can get by with just English if you live in the city, but the jobs aren't really there, depending of course on what you do for a living. I would tend to ignore crime rates since most places are really safe and most crime is way over- hyped by the media, unless you are talking about break-and enters (especially vehicles) which are especially bad in downtown Vancouver and Montreal. I never think about crime rates at all really. Before you decide to "move" anywhere it is ALWAYS advisable to do a visit there for as long as possible. But the problem with that in Canada is that it is a HUGE country and there are many people here who have not seen anything more than the area around where they grew up. It takes many many DAYS of driving to get from Toronto to Vancouver (heck it takes one day of driving just to get to Manitoba from Toronto) thus it is a bit more difficult than most countries to check out the few, widely-spaced major cities that Canada has to offer. Personally, I HATE the cold but unfortunately I was born here. I went to Vancouver initially because I thought that I would be able to take the rain much better than the cold. But I only managed to last four years until I had to flee back east for a variety of reasons. Yes the scenery was great,on the rare occasions when the clouds would lift and you could actually see the mountains for a change, but eventually it became too oppressive, and expensive, for me. That said....I apologize about my long rambling rant but I'm not a regular on this site and I usually only visit to check out people's reports on various tropical locations. But for some reason I looked into the Canada section here and after I came across your post I felt compelled to ramble about my personal experiences just to give you a personal perspective. (Yet that means little since any friend, or neighbour of mine may likely say something completely different. Still, best of luck to you.
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Raffles replied to the thread Suggested areas in Canada to move with family? on the Canada forum:
dipug2000 initially posted:
Hi Guys, Can you please suggest a place which will be ideal for settling with family in Canada? I am a married man of 39 yrs age with two kids ( 6 yrs - daughter and 9 yrs - son) from India and plan to move to Canada with my family (wife & kids). There are some concerns and would love to have your views/suggestion on the same. Since I have small kids, education is major concern followed by job security and social security/social acceptance. I would also like to have some ideas on Tax part and real estate and medical expenses. Is taking insurance a must here? I did some research on net and found out that it is a very cold place in the winters (temp dropping to -30degC). So, would prefer a little warmer place. Suggestions on any other things I need to consider, will be helpful.
Raffles replied most recently with:
I've lived in Kitchener/Waterloo pretty much all my life and can recommend it highly. Close to Toronto (bit over one hour drive) and Niagara Falls perhaps 2 hours away. Two Universities, very active high tech sector and lots going on. Now a pretty diverse population so everyone can fit in. Heck when I was a kid you never saw a brown face and you could find someone in any store who spoke German. How things change over 60 years. Depends entirely upon what you are looking for and what your skill set is, lots of work for skilled people and no hassles.
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ejs replied to the thread Windsor Public Transport on the Canada forum:
Mahendra initially posted:
I want to retire in Windsor for few reasons; (1) southernmost city in Canada hence weather is bit milder; (2) close to USA. Now my question is: How is the public transport within Windsor , and (2) What about transport to Detroit Airport?
ejs replied most recently with:
I am a Windsor native currently living in the Detroit suburbs. Public transport in Windsor is limited to buses; the system is OK, but most residents have cars. I do not believe there is public transport to DTW airport because it is across the border, but there are taxis and shuttles
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Vellicator replied to the thread Emigration Lawyers? on the Canada forum:
Vellicator initially posted:
My intent is to become a naturalized citizen of Canada, but I need to move one step at a time. Have I missed a resource on this forum for emigration consultation? Thanks for your time.
Vellicator replied most recently with:
Hi, I am currently in the US with an aim toward moving to a suburb of Toronto. Sorry if I wasn't clear before.
wafa replied most recently with:
where in Canada are you? Eastern Canada? Prairies? Western Canada? Maybe be more specific about what you actually need please.
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