Post # 1
Fiance is Canadian and I am an American bee graduating this Fall (December 15th!) with a bachelors degree in Political Science. I would like to move to Canada early next year to live near/with Fiance. He lives and works in Alberta and I am just a bit lost as to how to go about finding a poli sci related job in Alberta.
Any tips or advice from bees who have immigrated to Canada would be much appreciated. From my understanding you have to have a job lined up previously to applying for a work visa but I could be confused on this. Would it be best to apply for a Fiance visa? As you can tell I am completely confused on where to start and would appreciate any tips or advice.
Post # 3
@Blush.Champagne: There’s no such thing as a fiance visa to Canada – we don’t have that as a category. You might want to start by looking at the website for Canadian Immigration & Citizenship to understand your options. To enter under the Federal Skilled Worker program, you do need to have a job lined up. There are also minimum experience requirements, and then you get points for various other factors (which are typically a bit easier to accumulate as an American, given you presumably are a native or fluent English speaker and are unlikely to have issues adapting and have some post-secondary education).
I’m not a US expat, just a Canadian with a lot of experience assisting friends with their permanent residency and citizenship applications.
Post # 4
@kittyface: Thank you for your reply. I have looked at that page before but was confused. Basically, apply for jobs and THEN apply for a work visa after you have secured a job.
Post # 5
@Blush.Champagne: Try applying for jobs at the Government of Alberta (provincial gov’t). It is highly competitive but you never know.
Post # 6
@Blush.Champagne: That’s basically how it works. But I have to say, it can be difficult to get hired as a non-Canadian/non-permanent res. I know my province is different than the rest of Canada, but I think the federal rules are still that a Canadian employer needs to demonstrate that they advertised positions to Canadians and couldn’t find a qualified Canadian or PR to hire. I have a suspicion that this might be difficult in your case, with a BA in Poli Sci (compared to higher education or a really specialized field).
There’s also provincial nominee programs for immigration – I have very little knowledge about those, especially for Alberta, but you may want to investigate whether this is a better option than the federal skilled worker program.
Post # 7
Your Fiance could also sponsor you as you would be considered conjugal partners, or once you are married he can sponsor you as his spouse. My lawyer said that conjugal partner relationships are difficult to prove to the government, but it might work for you and your Fiance
When I met my husband, he was in Canada on a work visa from Ireland, that was only for a year. I sponsored him as my common law partner, as we were living together. it still was a long process and somewhat difficult because you have to prove that you are dependent on each other. I would suggest your Fiance speak to a lawyer about what options you have….an immigration lawyer, not consultant. Anyone can call themselves an “immigration consultant” and set up shop and take your money.
Post # 8
@kittyface: You’re right, employers have to prove they cannot hired a Canadian or PR to do the job. My husband tried to get a visa this way and was denied twice, even tho the compadid that wanted to hire him followed all the steps. The government just says a Canadian can be tried to do the job, or that there are Canadians with the same qualifications that could do the job.
It’s much easier to get permanent residency via being sponsored by a family member (eg your FI) but you won’t automatically get PR because you are engaged. You need to be either married, common law or conjugal partners. The link below goes over the different ways you can immigrate.