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Subject: can we submit application at buffalo?
  I am here on work permit which is valid till 2011 and my wife and kids are here on visitors visa.

My wife is eligible to apply for open work permit. Can we submit our application for work permit (for wife)and study permit (for kids) at Buffalo or any of the other visa offices in the US?

Thanks

Shosilie

[30-12-2008,15:43]
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shosilie
(in reply to: can we submit application at buffalo?)
I was in the same situation as yours and my spousal work permit was applied at CPC Vegreville, not at Buffalo, NY. Let me know if you need more information.
[30-12-2008,17:17]
[***.34.170.253]
Kelly
(in reply to: can we submit application at buffalo?)
Thanks, Kelly..

if you dont mind, please can I give you my email address so I can ask you some specific questions about the process

Thanks

[30-12-2008,17:49]
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shosilie
(in reply to: can we submit application at buffalo?)
Sure.
[30-12-2008,18:00]
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Kelly
(in reply to: can we submit application at buffalo?)
Better still, you can ask all your questions here on the forum itself. I will try to be prompt in my responses :-)
[30-12-2008,18:01]
[***.34.170.253]
Kelly
(in reply to: can we submit application at buffalo?)
Kelly,

here are my quetions:

My foreign work permit application took about 75 days at Vegreville, does the spousal work permit have similar time-line or its given some priority?

How long did yours take?

If you can say, what are the chances of the spousal work permit being refused?, I work as an IT Auditor with a big 4 company?

Can I really apply for my kids (study permit) the same time?

Is it really now allowed to submit at Buffalo where it is much faster?

Thanks


[30-12-2008,18:41]
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shosilie
(in reply to: can we submit application at buffalo?)
I´ll tell you what happened in my case. My husband had a Work Permit in a high skilled category (IT) and that made me eligible for an Open Work Permit.

When I came to Canada, I entered with a "Visitor Record" and then applied to CPC Vegreville requesting for change of status from "Visitor" to "Work Permit".

Please note that this is regarded as a "change of status" application rather than a fresh Work Permit application.

Yes, it would take approximately 2.5 months - that´s the timeline these days for such cases (sigh!).

Given below is an excerpt from the Covering Letter that I had written when applying for the Open Work Permit. This should give you the direction you need.


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Immigration Officer
Citizenship and Immigration ?V Work Permit
Case Processing Centre ?V Unit 202
Vegreville, AB, T9C 1X6

Dear Immigration Officer:

This letter is to support my application for a request to change my condition/ status in Canada.

As the spouse of a highly skilled temporary foreign worker in Canada, I, the undersigned, wish to apply for a Work Permit. In this regard, I have included all relevant information related to the principal foreign worker (my husband) to establish that he has a valid Work Permit and doing work which is at Skill Level ´A´ of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

As I understand, this allows me to apply for an Open Work Permit (valid until the duration of my husband´s Work Permit, if approved) without first having obtained a HSRDC confirmed job offer.

The decision to apply for this change of condition/ status is on the basis of my postgraduate education and over 4 years of work experience in a skilled occupation in my home country.

I would like to take this opportunity to request for a change in status from a "Visitor" to a "Work Permit" holder so that I am able to apply my skills and experience in Canada for the duration that I am temporarily resident here with my husband.

Following are the relevant documents that are attached along with this application:

?? Completed ??Document Checklist?? (IMM 5556)
?? Completed ??Application to Change Conditions, Extend My Stay or Remain in Canada?? (IMM 1249)
?? Receipt of electronic payment of fees through the Internet
?? Photocopy of my ??Marriage Certificate??
?? Photocopy of my passport
?? Photocopy of my current and valid ??Visitor Record??

Set of documents establishing my educational and professional attributes :

o Photocopy of my undergraduate degree
o Photocopy of my graduate degree
o Photocopy of service certificates from my previous employers in my home country

Set of documents establishing my husband??s status as a high skilled Work Permit holder :

o Photocopy of my husband??s passport
o Photocopy of my husband??s current and valid ??Work Permit Document??
o Photocopy of ??Employment Agreement?? between my husband and his Canadian employer
o Last 3 months pay-stubs of my husband from his Canadian employer
o T-4 Form of my husband for his earnings in the financial year 2007


Sincerely,

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PS : The documents mentioned - IMM 5556 and IMM 1249 - can be easliy found in the CIC website. Hope this helps !

[30-12-2008,19:32]
[***.34.170.253]
Kelly
(in reply to: can we submit application at buffalo?)
Kelly, thanks a lot, the information is very educative and helpful

My job also belongs to NOC Class A

One last question:

How long did you wait before submitting your application for Open Work Permit?


[30-12-2008,20:00]
[***.203.1.9]
shosilie
(in reply to: can we submit application at buffalo?)
I took a break from work for about 4 months, on my own accord ofcourse. And then applied for the OWP.

However, one does not need to "wait" as such.

Theoritically, a spousal work permit can be applied the very next day after the spouse enters Canada.

Regards,
Kelly

[31-12-2008,15:37]
[***.34.170.253]
Kelly
(in reply to: can we submit application at buffalo?)
Thanks so much for all this information. I wish you and your family a very properous new year.


Thanks and thanks again!

shosilie

[31-12-2008,17:47]
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Anonymous
can we submit application at buffalo?) (in reply to: can we submit application at buffalo?)
How long to get work permit in Buffalo visa office
Any timeline

[24-08-2011,00:14]
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Ama


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