Girlfriend received her PR, now it is my turn.

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Subject: Girlfriend received her PR, now it is my turn.
  My girlfriend´s timeline:
Jan, 2005 - application sent
March, 2005 - AOR
Jan, 2006 - File transferred to New York.
Feb, 2006 - IA from New York
March, 2006 - medical result sent
May 19th, 2006 - On-line status changed to ´medical results have been received´
June 9th, 2006 - request-for-passport letter received, dated on May 19th.

Now that she is almost a PR, we are thinking of getting me the PR status ASAP through the sponsorship of common law partner program. By the way, we are both in Canada and we are living together.

Things post on cic seems to be clear, one question though, once the sponsorship applicatoin is approved in Canada, my impression is a visa office outside of Canada will take over and consider my application. Will it be a much faster process than applying through skill-worker?

Any suggestions or stories are much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

[11-06-2006,12:05]
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David
(in reply to: Girlfriend received her PR, now it is my turn.)
If your not listed as a family member on her application she will not be able to sponsor you!
[11-06-2006,14:56]
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Anonymous
(in reply to: Girlfriend received her PR, now it is my turn.)
even common law have to be listed as a family member
[11-06-2006,14:57]
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Anonymous
(in reply to: Girlfriend received her PR, now it is my turn.)
Hum.... didn´t see that coming.

How about the fact that we are becoming common-law partners in August(living together for a year), which is after she gets her PR Card.

Does that change things a bit?

[11-06-2006,15:05]
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David
(in reply to: Girlfriend received her PR, now it is my turn.)
Well, if you have convincing proof that you have been in common-law for a year at least and together have enough income, your application should fly in colors. Ofetn times, it is proof of common law that creates hurdles. If you don´t mind my advice, if you like the wench, why not just marry her? Then you would lawfully inherit some of the rights...
[11-06-2006,15:16]
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sameguy
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We have co-signed the lease for our apartment for a year (end in July), we have join-account at the banks, we have a car under both of our names. As for the income, she has a pretty stable job now, and I am getting some funding from the school for my master´s study... I also have half a year´s phone records while she was outside of Canada a year ago. We also have a website featuring our photos.

Do you think I have a strong case here?

Getting marry isn´t really an option here because it is something that we have to leave to our parents to witness. Don´t ask me why, I guess this is just ´tradition´ thing. Personally, I can´t careless.

As for the processing time, is it significantly less than what´s needed if I apply through skill worker class?

[11-06-2006,16:46]
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David
(in reply to: Girlfriend received her PR, now it is my turn.)
Talk to an immigration lawyer. If they have asked for her passport, it will probably be to late to include you on her application and may cause problems for her as well.

You could apply by yourself. From the States, it is about 18 months to finalize 30% of the cases and 25 months to finalize 50% of the cases. So imagine about two years. Have fun and time will fly.

[12-06-2006,09:02]
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Anonymous
(in reply to: Girlfriend received her PR, now it is my turn.)
Well, I am not trying to ´catch the boat´ by including myself in her application, you are right, that could mess up her application big time.

I was thinking of applying for PR after she gets hers, through sponsorship within Canada. I believe that is the fastest way, 7-8 months for the sponsorship application, and 6 months (30% finalized at Buffalo) for my PR at a visa office outside of Canada.

Please correct me if I am wrong. Thanks.

[12-06-2006,09:32]
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David
(in reply to: Girlfriend received her PR, now it is my turn.)

I was in the same boat last year. My gf was in last stages of getting her PR. My friends consultant adviced us not to get married until she received her PR. Mainly because, they would have to start BG check on me and no one can predict how long they take. You could marry her. I would consult an immigration lawyer.

[15-06-2006,01:13]
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