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  Hello Everyone!
I have a few questions that I cannot seem to figure out on my own.
I have lived and worked in Canada for one year under the Sweden Canada Youth Exchange Program. I am now back in Sweden and it seems that it is very hard to get back into Canada.
I don´t have a university degree and no relatives in Canada. I am looking to become a PR.
Is there a visa that I can apply for at all ? It all seems so hard and near impossible.
There are almost no jobs in Sweden so I am only looking to make a living in Canada and maybe even going to school in the future.
My canadian boyfriend and I are planning on getting engaged, will that make a difference on the application process ?

I would be so greatful for any info.

Ellen

[08-11-2008,11:33]
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EllRob
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Hi Ellen,
If you can afford to, I would suggest going to Canada as a student. I believe if you study for 2 years and then work for at least 1, you could possibly qualify as a PR through the CEC scheme - Canadian Experience Class. It is now possible to get a work permit once you have finished studying, usually for the same time period that your studies were for. All the information is on the CIC website. I applied for my PR through the FSW application nearly 2 years ago, and was told that I still had approx 4 years to wait. I have now gone down the student route and will be moving to Canada next summer as a student.
I don´t think that being engaged makes a difference to your application, but I am sure there are many people out there who can give you a more definitive answer.
Hope this helps, and don´t give up, there is always a way!
Good luck, Karen

[08-11-2008,13:28]
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Karen
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Thanks Karen! That helps a lot! So, you are saying that even though there is a gap in time in between the time I worked in Canada and the time I will study I could still qualify ? Or do I have to spend 3 solid years in Canada first ?
[08-11-2008,17:21]
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EllRob
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I am not sure, and do not want to give you wrong information, so I suggest you look up the CEC on the internet - there is plenty of info about it - I believe you can qualify through either working or study/work, but I´m not sure whether your previous work would run alongside the study or not... Karen
[08-11-2008,17:23]
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Karen
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just out of curiousity, what country do you come from ?
[08-11-2008,17:25]
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EllRob
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I am a UK Citizen, living in England. I have been going back and forwards to Canada for 19 years and have decided it´s time to be there permanently! I looked at many routes to get there, and decided on the FSW PR visa but cannot wait another 4 years (I don´t want to be in my 40s when I start my new life there!)
I can only recommend the student route from a British Citizen point of view as that is all I know, and also bare in mind that you need to prove that you have enough money to live on for each year upfront, inc accommodation, tuition, general living expenses - the Immigration people recommend a set amount which is livable on if you are sensible...! Check out the following webpage - that should have most of the info you need with regards to studying if that is the route you choose to take.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/index.asp

[08-11-2008,19:04]
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Karen
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If you have left your job in Canada more than a year ago, it wont count:

http://cic.gc.ca/english/information/faq/immigrate/cec/cec-faq06.asp

Ray

[08-11-2008,21:08]
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Ray Masa
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Ok, thanks so much Karen and good luck!

Thanks, Roy!

[13-11-2008,06:14]
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EllRob
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There is something now called Canadian Experience that the CHC is looking at. These are people who have work experience from Canada.

It´s worth a shot, check it out on the website "Canadian Experience"

[13-11-2008,07:05]
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Anand
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Thanks
[13-11-2008,08:57]
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EllRob
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You mentioned that your boyfriend is Canadian. Is he living in Canada or in Sweden with you? Either way you can apply for a Family Class visa whereby he would sponsor you from either inside or outside Canada, whether you´re living together or not. It wouldn´t matter if you were engaged or not but it makes a difference if you have lived together for one consecutive year in a conjugal relationship. If you can prove the seriousness of your relationship, that´s what they want.
If you apply outside Canada it´s 32 days to process in Canada and 2-8 months in London. However the average is 3 months. What takes the longest though, is getting the application together.

[30-06-2009,13:39]
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Sheena