Friends, another question: at what point of the application process, my wife can leave Canada for a break? She is currently out of status here and too late to renew her status. She wants to visit her parents back home as soon as possible. I'd like to know if she has to wait till AIP granted or final receipt of PR card? From AIP to PR card, how long will it normally take? Sorry for so many questions. This whole thing is new to me. try to gather information as much as possible. thanks, everyone. good luck, everyone.
Ok answering your original question. Sorry for doing it backward but here goes,
It is not advisable for ANYONE to leave Canada when their file is still IN process (INLANDERS) This is considering the posted times on the website which is 18 months. the reason for this is.
if your wife leaves canada without AIP or PR and on return is denied entry for whatever reason, then her application (INLAND) is completely revoked and will have to start the whole process again outside of canada. It is not just talk it has happened to many people!.
Your wife can ONLY leave canada once she gets final approval PR card!. to be on the safe side.
From AIP to PR depends on how long the back ground checks are,
As i said earlier. CSIS has to conduct security checks from your home country, canada and anywhere else to make sure you will not be a threat to canada.
then there is RCMP checks.
Even though you submit a police check from your home country initially, CIC has to do its own checks. CSIS is kind of like the FBI but its worldwide.
It takes 9 to 10 months for first stage approval and another 9 months for second stage approval. this is according to the website. in total it should take about 18 months,
But 18 months is really an estimate.
Say for example your file has been transferred to your local office without AIP. Depending on the office of the city you live in, it can take even up to a year for you to be called in for an inerview. An interview would be required if
1. they doubt the genuity of your relationship
2. Something in your application isnt clear,
3. your spouse is a refugee claimant, (as well)
4. your spouse has no status and didnt renew her status in canada before she filed
For example, my file was transferred without AIP to my local office but i was called in quickly for my interview and after my interview AIP and OWP were granted.
I was called for an interview after about 3 weeks from transfer of my file which is pretty fast timeline for that case!. im lucky i dont live in a big city but in a smaller city.
Some people here are nown to go though thw whole process. and get PR in less than a year.
The timelines posted on the webpage ie 18 months is just an estimate for normal applications that dopnt need files transferred without AIP.
I think they put 18 moths so people stop calling .