I am a Canadian who will marry a Scotsman in July-(in Scotland) I will be returning to Canada after the wedding--We will then apply for his Canadian Citizenship (spousal sponsorship by me) I am wondering if he can live in Canada while waiting for his permanent residency status? We are wondering what the most efficient route would be? Does he have to wait in Scotland?
We would love to be living together as soon as possible but do not want to prolong the process in any way if we can avoid it.
Would that effect his application in anyway? make it a longer process or wait time ? Does it make any difference in the length of time it takes to process the application where he lives? Can he apply for a temporary work visa and live in Canada while we wait for PR?
Can you give me a time frame of how long the process might take? assuming all our documents and applications are complete and in order of course
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide us with.
(PMM can you please advise if you read this)
1. If he is admitted as a visitor, his PR application can be processed through London, although if an interview is required it would be in London. The processing of the sponsorship takes about 36 days in Mississauga and then 3-9 months in London. He can't work/attend school until he receives PR status.
2. If he is admitted as a visitor, you could process an "in-Canada" spousal application through Vegreville. Processing time now is 5/6 months at Vegreville and then transferred to a local CIC for final decision and "landing" You should note if you are residing in the Greater Toronto area, he could be waiting months for the "landing" due to the volume. He would include an open work permit request with the application to Vegreville, and once he receives Approval in Principle (AIP) at the 5/6 month mark he would be sent an open work permit allowing him to work.
3. You should note that there is no guarantee that he will be admitted as a visitor.
4. Once you decide where the application is going to be processed, he should immediately (like now) start getting his Police Clearance Certificates from every country where he has lived since turning 18 for 6 months or more. He should also have his medical exam, as you have to inclose the receipt portion with the sponsorship/application. Note you have to know where you want the application processed. If London, the medical goes to London, if Vegreville, it goes to Ottawa. Ensure the DMP knows this.