I am engaged to a Canadian and we are getting married in the summer.
My wife wants to sponsor me.
I need to know if:
Can I live in Canada while awaiting spousal sponsorship to go through
and cross the border to work in US on a daily basis, or do I have to go without employment of any kind until I receive AIP?
You can, but it is possible to be refused entry, why not process the application through Buffalo, much faster, and you can come and go without problems.
Can I work in Canada before receiving AIP
Not without an approved LMO (Labour market opinion) from HRSDC and a work permit (There are some exceptions depending on the employment offer)
Can my wife sponsor me if she has $ in bank, but no job?
Yes, as long as she is not on welfare other than for disability.
Do I need to hire an attorney to achieve our goal of living in Canada as a married couple
Not really, as long as you are able to follow the process on www.cic.gc.ca
(PS...no medical or legal issues on My side)