So, I think my partner is about to have her visa expire!!!
We haven't sent in the common-law paperwork because we thought that she had 18 additional months in Canada!
The FAQ says this:I am in Canada with a work permit under the Young Professionals category (or Professional Development). Can I extend the validity of my work permit to enable me to continue working? How can I do this?
You may extend the validity of your temporary work permit to a maximum of 18 months by following the instructions on this page.
She got an 18 mont visa at first, and thought this meant she could extend her visa by 18 months. The woman I spoke to on the phone said that she could not. Has anybody else had this type of visa, and have any experience with it?
Furthermore, she is working in an audio engineering studio using a database that only four people on the planet know how to use (trained by the company - all of them still work there). Her company failed to get a favourable LMO before, but I am wondering what the chances are of her getting one based on her knowledge and experience with this database. I am not sure if four weeks is even long enough for the company to train somebody else... Any idea how likely it is she could be granted a favourable LMO on these grounds? Also, does anybody know if the process is different if one has been working at the company before?
Also, does anybody know of the industries that are most likely to get favourable LMOs? She has training as a sound engineer, but she is also willing to work in the service industry.
Any help you could give me would be appreciated. We're kind of freaking out!!!!