I am confused and wondering if anyone can help me with their expert advise. As a US CITIZEN I would like to spend time with my girlfriend in Canada for up to 6 months. Do I need any documentation? My understanding has been no because US CITIZEN can have up to six months IN CANADA without documentations and would be considered legal. Is this a correct assumption? As love is blind, what happens If I decide to marry her in Canada during the 6 months period? When we get the marriage certificate, how soon after that can we apply for spousal sponsorship from within Canada. Is there any time requirement that you must have known each other before you marry her, so as to not run in to "time delays" and even denials during the application process? After I submitted the application for spousal sponsorship, what do WE need to do to prepare for the rest of the process? I read through the forum that this process takes about 44 days and yet I read this process is taking 9 months to a year? What is the timeline? If we start the sponsorship process, but the application takes more than 4 months to process, and I've almost exhausted the 6 months period, what do I do? Do I need to apply for extension for temporary stay? God forbid, but if I have a need to go back to my city in the US due to personal emergency after I submitted my application for permanent residency via spousal sponsorship, my understanding is that the process may have to start all over again. Do they make exceptions for those who seriously have to go back for a short period of time? At what point do I or my girlfriend need to provide proof of funding for support? Can anyone clarify that? Now the most important thing is.... work................ If I am on visitor's only.................... I can't look for a job? or yes? If yes, then if an employer hires me, I still need a work permit or not; given I have work experience in retirement home, marketing or activities, hotel, or property management or general sales. My question is that specific because there are those that need work permits and there are those that don't need it. If no, I can not look for a job until CIC issue one, how long does that take? Bottom line, I just want to get a feel of how long I can be expected to be without a job? Is a medical required for the sponsored to be finalized and accepted for PR? If so, can this be done ahead of time and where? I know all these questions are on the internet somewhere, but consolidating these answers directly relating to the questions from an expert or from ones with experience will help. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU ALL FOR ALL THE HAIR LOSS THIS FORUM WILL SAVE.