Thank you for responding to my post. Smiley
In the first instance i had intended on applying to the working holiday scheme (international experience) however, as i have recently completed 2 years overseas, working in Australia and New Zealand on working holidays - i am unable to apply until i have remained in my home country for 18 months. (very frustrating)
Going back to my original question, When my boyfriend's company makes arrangements for his temporary work visa, can they include me on the application, as a visitor? (So that they know we are a couple)
Or, is it better to enter the Country by myself, and try to obtain 6 months as a visitor and apply to extend. I had a feeling that it would be unlikely that i would be granted a work permit without us living together first, but are they as strict on allowing someone to live with their partner if they do not intend to work? (provided that there is enough financial support)
I really appreciate any more info that you can offer, as i am trying to make a decision whether to move over there and not work for 12 months (perhaps engage in volunteer roles, unpaid), or remain in England.
I've been through a similar situation.
If I were you, I would enter as a visitor (make sure you have a return flight booked for 6 months from then, because you want to prove to them that you will leave the country after your 6 months are up).
When you apply for your extension, you will have to prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself (use your boyfriend's bank statements, pay stubs, etc. assuming he is willing to support you). If you are granted your extension, cancel your return flight home.
Also- in most cases you are not allowed even to volunteer, so make sure after you arrive in Canada that you phone CIC and ask.