(Closed) Expat (American) Bees working in CANADA! Please help!

posted 6 years ago in Canada – Western Canada
Post # 3
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1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@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 # 5
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8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Blush.Champagne:  Try applying for jobs at the Government of Alberta (provincial gov’t). It is highly competitive but you never know.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@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
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439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@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. 

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/index.asp

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