American girl wants to move to Toronto with BF

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Subject: American girl wants to move to Toronto with BF
  Hello all, I´m hoping that perhaps someone can shed some light on my situation.

I am a 24 year old American girl. For the past 2.5 years I have been dating my bf who is a Canadian citizen (born and raised in Toronto). We´ve been living together for over a year now and have joint bank accts, etc. I have a BA from UCF in English and want to pursue an MBA in Canada while working. My bf and I just are not sure which way to go about this? Student visa, workers visa, sponsorship, etc. (And if I do get sponsorship can it be from his uncle and can I work???). We were also curious if it would be beneficial to get married prior to filling out these forms and if this would speed up the process. We´d like to move in December of this year, but I also need to be working as soon as I enter the country and cannot go without working for a long period of time, as we are young students.

Hopefully someone can give me some ideas as to what I´m looking at. I´ve never lived outside of the U.S. and have fell in love with TO. Please, if anyone can lend some information, I´d be sooooo thankful.


Thanks in advance.

T.

[13-07-2008,20:11]
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Tess
(in reply to: American girl wants to move to Toronto with BF)
Oh, and what is the possibility of me having to give up my US citizenship? How does one go about pursuing a dual? I´d rather not give up my US citizenship....
[13-07-2008,20:12]
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Tess
(in reply to: American girl wants to move to Toronto with BF)
living together for 1 year qualifies you for a common law sponsorship. All 3 scenarios requires your sweetie to enter a contract with the Canadian government that he will be economically responsible for you for 3 years. If you go on social assistance etc... they will come after him for it - even if you have parted company.

under the circumstances

Plan A- submit and out of Canada family class sponsorship. That means your guy will need to confirm very specifically that he intends to return to Canada once you are approved. He can stay with you (because he is a citizen). Once everything is done, come to Canada and you would be able to work immediately.

plan B - He returns to Canada. you come for a VISIT. He sponsors you with an OUT OF CANADA sponsorship. That means you are technically living in the US during the application process. You cannot work during this time. Pros... it is reasonably quick, you can appeal if something goes sideways with CIC. Cons: you can´t work or attend school. You may not be allowed across the border if the border guard thinks you are moving without documentation.

plan C - He returns to Canada. you come for a VISIT. He sponsors you with an INLAND CANADA sponsorship. That means you are living in Canada during the application process. You cannot work until he is approved and you ask for a permit. You cannot go to school either. Pros... not too many. Cons: you can´t work for many months during the first phase of the process (and it is long). The entire process takes much longer than A or B. If denied by CIC, you cannot appeal. You may not be allowed across the border if the border guard thinks you are moving without documentation.

Plan D - apply independantly as a student. not sure you are allowed to work under these circumstances. Once you are approved, move to Canada, live with sweetheart, decide your future at your own convenience.



[13-07-2008,20:51]
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Sharon
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yes, you can retain your citizenship as a permanent resident.
[13-07-2008,20:52]
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