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  Thanks again for your help everyone.

It won´t let me continue the last thread for some reason..

Sooooo:

I think what´s perplexing me is whether I should apply for a temporary working visa and then once I´m there either extend it or apply for citizenship, or just go for the Federal Skilled Worker visa now which can take years.

Because as I mentioned, I´m doing this to be with my fiancee and really aren´t sure the right way to go about it, I was at one point now I´m just confused, hehe.

Cheers guys.

[23-08-2006,15:25]
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RooBot
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Oops, again I got my terminology mixed up..

I meant permanent residence not citizenship.

[23-08-2006,21:51]
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Hi Roo, it´s me again (UKer),

- apply for a temporary working visa
***you can only get a temp working visa if you have a skill no Canadian has, so you can therefore convince an employer to hire you. What do you do for a living?
If you mean BUNAC, fair enough, but you have to wait until
Jan

- and then once I?m there either extend it or apply for PR.
***You can´t extend a BUNAC visa. You can apply for PR but which one, common law? Then you have to live with your gf the full 12 months first. It´s doable.

- or just go for the Federal Skilled Worker visa now which can take years.

***It´s a 48 month wait in the UK, I absolutely totally and utterly wouldn´t recommend even trying for it.

You basically have two options if marriage isn´t on the cards:

1) Come over on BUNAC, live here a year, apply for PR while extending your stay as a visitor, don´t work for 8 months and then get the right to PR and work

2) Come over on BUNAC, live here a year, go back to the UK and apply for PR, wait 5 months and then get PR, come and live here again.

Simple really.

[23-08-2006,22:28]
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Hey there, that was really helpful, thank you :)

Just a few quick things, cheers for being patient..

When you say ´go back to the UK and apply for PR, wait 5 months and then get PR,´..

Do you mean that being on a BUNAC for a year (but unable to live with my fiancee) will speed up the PR process because I´ve worked there for a year already?

As I´m unable to live with Clare I´d still have to apply for the ´Skilled Worker visa´, is that correct? And would that still take four years?

I´m a computer technician, have been for 11 years.

I´ve been applying for jobs but I´m not overly confident, from what I´ve read it´s rather difficult to secure an interview.

I think the most important thing at the moment is just to get over there for as long as I can, and as quickly as possibly, but legally :).

[24-08-2006,13:51]
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I´ve got an online job interview tomorrow afternoon, hooooorah!
[24-08-2006,19:01]
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- Do you mean that being on a BUNAC for a year (but unable to live with my fiancee) will speed up the PR process because I?ve worked there for a year already?

You might get points for skilled worker for having worked here (take a look at the points questionnaire on the CIC´s website, how many do you score?) but since that takes years I would forget that.

If you do not live with her for 12 months you won´t be able to apply for PR via the common law route. Since BUNAC is about your only way into Canada it is your only way of getting PR that way!

- As I?m unable to live with Clare I?d still have to apply for the ?Skilled Worker visa?, is that correct? And would that still take four years?

Yes, but see above. If you could convince an employer you could do something a Canadian couldn´t (in IT, tricky), you could come over on a temporary working permit but as you said, if you still can´t live with her you can´t apply for common law and you´d be stuck with a skilled worker application.

- I?m a computer technician, have been for 11 years.

Where are you hoping to move to? Hopefully Ottawa, perhaps Toronto, at a push Calgary, otherwise there aren´t really any tech jobs here (not in the way there are in Europe). BC is totally saturated and you need French for Montreal. Sorry. :-(

Good luck in your interview, let me know how it goes (new post? This is getting onto page 3 or 4). What are you planning on doing, coming over on a temp work permit and seeing how it goes? BUNAC? Why don´t you two see if you can get a couples´ room in residence? You might not want to live there but it would only take 12 months before you´re eligible for that oh so speedy common law PR... you have to think outside the box for PR and CIC, I´m afraid! Try the points test just in case, but can you take 4 years of being apart?!

[26-08-2006,02:46]
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Back again. Here´s the test: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/skilled/assess/index.html - Hope you have a degree ´cause apparently it´s almsot impossible to come here without out via Skilled Worker. According to Factor 5, you don´t receive points specifically for having worked in Canada (but your 11 years´ work experience is good for Factor 4) but you might if you can secure a job in Canada before they give you PR. Again, v. difficult to convince an employer of that!

I don´t have any experience with skilled worker PR so can´t help much more on that front, sorry. Another thought - if you´ve got 11 years´ experience, won´t you be too old for BUNAC? (UK people must be 30 or under, I think, Canadians can be 35 so might be good for Clare?...)

[26-08-2006,02:51]
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Argh, I promise this is the last one. : ) On that test you DO get points for having worked in Canada (Factor 6) BUT... it has to be the full 12 months. So if you come over on BUNAC and spend 3 weeks looking for a job, you won´t have the full 12 months before you can apply. IT´s bureaucratic but that´s the cut off point.

I am thinking at this stage that the quickest way would actually be to get married after she has graduated!

[26-08-2006,02:53]
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