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Dr2233

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Jan 25, 2015
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Hi,

I want to sponsor my wife under inland application. As I read in this forum, I'd better submit an open work permit application along with the PR application. My question is:

1) Once submitted the application, how long will she receive the open work permit?

2) As for the work permit, how long will it last? 1 year, 2 years?

Thank you!
 

Eveslm

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Jun 21, 2018
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Hi,

I want to sponsor my wife under inland application. As I read in this forum, I'd better submit an open work permit application along with the PR application. My question is:

1) Once submitted the application, how long will she receive the open work permit?

2) As for the work permit, how long will it last? 1 year, 2 years?

Thank you!
1. Around 4 months
2. 2 years
She needs to have valid status to qualify to apply for owp
 

canuck78

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Jun 18, 2017
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Are you compliant with your RO? Does your wife have a TRV or ETA? Getting a TRV if you are married to a Canadian PR or citizen is incredibly difficult because there is the assumption that they aren’t actually coming to Canada for a temporary visit. That would be the first step.


You also mentioned planning on getting pregnant. For various reason this may complicate things. In most provinces you won’t have access to provincial health coverage. Getting a job while already pregnant can be difficult. Women often feel very sick during pregnancy or may need to take extended periods of time off. When starting a new job that often isn’t possible. You will have to decide whether you want to do an x-ray during pregnancy. That would be a decision you should make with your doctor and many people decide against it. To qualify for maternity leave payments you will have to work 600 hours that year. There are other issues but will stop.
 

Dr2233

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Jan 25, 2015
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1. Around 4 months
2. 2 years
She needs to have valid status to qualify to apply for owp
Hi Eveslm,
Thank you for your reply. That really helps. She has a visitor visa. So it should be a valid status, right? Does that mean we can only submit the application after she arrives in Canada?
 

Dr2233

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Jan 25, 2015
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Are you compliant with your RO? Does your wife have a TRV or ETA? Getting a TRV if you are married to a Canadian PR or citizen is incredibly difficult because there is the assumption that they aren’t actually coming to Canada for a temporary visit. That would be the first step.


You also mentioned planning on getting pregnant. For various reason this may complicate things. In most provinces you won’t have access to provincial health coverage. Getting a job while already pregnant can be difficult. Women often feel very sick during pregnancy or may need to take extended periods of time off. When starting a new job that often isn’t possible. You will have to decide whether you want to do an x-ray during pregnancy. That would be a decision you should make with your doctor and many people decide against it. To qualify for maternity leave payments you will have to work 600 hours that year. There are other issues but will stop.
Hi canuck78,

Thank you for your kind reply.

(1) You kept mentioning “compliant with RO”, but I don't really get it. Is RO short for “Recognized Organization”? If so, my home country does not have an agreement with Canada that allows her to apply for an International Experience Canada (IEC) work permit. And according to CIC, the ROs are youth service organizations that offer work and travel support to youth. We are adults, thus not applicable.

(2) My wife already has a Visitor Visa (TRV). I guess that’s a good start.

(3) Thank you for bringing up the pregnancy issue, that's a very good reminder for me. I know it will make things more complicated, but I really don’t want to wait any longer. My plan is to get an open work permit, and that should come with provincial health coverage, right? Once we get health care, we will have a baby first and take an X-ray after the baby is born. Do you think it’s doable?
 

Eveslm

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Jun 21, 2018
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Hi Eveslm,
Thank you for your reply. That really helps. She has a visitor visa. So it should be a valid status, right? Does that mean we can only submit the application after she arrives in Canada?
You said you wanted to sponsor her under inland, so i'm assuming it spousal-inland sponsorship. So yes she has to be living with you in Canada to qualify form inland sponsorship, and once she is in Canada she has to have valid status to qualify for OWP with the PR application.

You can join the January/February inland sponsorship threads to see what read others experiences.

Also take note of canuck78 comment, especially regarding meeting RO.

I suggest you read the basic guide or complete guide for inland sponsorship, and go through the checklist. You will find all answers to the questions you've asked here on the guides; Sponsor and PAs eligibility requirements.

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/guide-5525-basic-guide-sponsor-your-spouse-partner-child.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/guide-5289-sponsor-your-spouse-common-law-partner-conjugal-partner-dependent-child-complete-guide.html#work
 
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Copingwithlife

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Jul 29, 2018
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Hi canuck78,

Thank you for your kind reply.

(1) You kept mentioning “compliant with RO”, but I don't really get it. Is RO short for “Recognized Organization”? If so, my home country does not have an agreement with Canada that allows her to apply for an International Experience Canada (IEC) work permit. And according to CIC, the ROs are youth service organizations that offer work and travel support to youth. We are adults, thus not applicable.

(2) My wife already has a Visitor Visa (TRV). I guess that’s a good start.

(3) Thank you for bringing up the pregnancy issue, that's a very good reminder for me. I know it will make things more complicated, but I really don’t want to wait any longer. My plan is to get an open work permit, and that should come with provincial health coverage, right? Once we get health care, we will have a baby first and take an X-ray after the baby is born. Do you think it’s doable?
RO= Residency Obligation
You have to be within the time set as a PR to sponsor your spouse aka " compliant with RO"


https://www.canadavisa.com/canada-immigration-discussion-board/threads/sponsoring-spouse.672274/
 

canuck78

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Jun 18, 2017
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Have you met the 2 out of 5 year residency requirement. It seems you landed in around 2015 but you mention you have been out of Canada for the past few years. Did you mention what province you plan on living in?
 

Em-em22

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Jul 24, 2019
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Hi question, apologies if this is not related.

1. If my husband is on NOC C and was promoted to NOC B - can he apply for SOWP for me already?

2. if yes, Are there any qualifying months? Criteria?

3. Is NOC C mentioned on visa? Or he just need to show his new letter from the company?

Thank you.
 

canuck78

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Jun 18, 2017
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Hi question, apologies if this is not related.

1. If my husband is on NOC C and was promoted to NOC B - can he apply for SOWP for me already?

2. if yes, Are there any qualifying months? Criteria?

3. Is NOC C mentioned on visa? Or he just need to show his new letter from the company?

Thank you.
Is this a recent visa? Closed work permit? PGWP? How long did it take him to be promoted?
 

canuck_in_uk

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Hi question, apologies if this is not related.

1. If my husband is on NOC C and was promoted to NOC B - can he apply for SOWP for me already?

2. if yes, Are there any qualifying months? Criteria?

3. Is NOC C mentioned on visa? Or he just need to show his new letter from the company?

Thank you.
Post in the Foreign Worker section of the forum.
 

Dr2233

Full Member
Jan 25, 2015
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You said you wanted to sponsor her under inland, so i'm assuming it spousal-inland sponsorship. So yes she has to be living with you in Canada to qualify form inland sponsorship, and once she is in Canada she has to have valid status to qualify for OWP with the PR application.

You can join the January/February inland sponsorship threads to see what read others experiences.

Also take note of canuck78 comment, especially regarding meeting RO.

I suggest you read the basic guide or complete guide for inland sponsorship, and go through the checklist. You will find all answers to the questions you've asked here on the guides; Sponsor and PAs eligibility requirements.

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/guide-5525-basic-guide-sponsor-your-spouse-partner-child.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/guide-5289-sponsor-your-spouse-common-law-partner-conjugal-partner-dependent-child-complete-guide.html#work
Thank you Eveslm, this is very clear and helpful. I appreciate your help.
 

Dr2233

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Jan 25, 2015
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Have you met the 2 out of 5 year residency requirement. It seems you landed in around 2015 but you mention you have been out of Canada for the past few years. Did you mention what province you plan on living in?
Hi canuck78,

I landed in the mid of 2016. I stayed in Canada in the first year, away for 3 years, and now I came back for the fifth year. And I'm not planning to move anywhere else in the future. So I believe I'm still on track to meet my RO. I'm located in BC. Thank you for your kind reply.
 

Dr2233

Full Member
Jan 25, 2015
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You said you wanted to sponsor her under inland, so i'm assuming it spousal-inland sponsorship. So yes she has to be living with you in Canada to qualify form inland sponsorship, and once she is in Canada she has to have valid status to qualify for OWP with the PR application.

You can join the January/February inland sponsorship threads to see what read others experiences.

Also take note of canuck78 comment, especially regarding meeting RO.

I suggest you read the basic guide or complete guide for inland sponsorship, and go through the checklist. You will find all answers to the questions you've asked here on the guides; Sponsor and PAs eligibility requirements.

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/guide-5525-basic-guide-sponsor-your-spouse-partner-child.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/guide-5289-sponsor-your-spouse-common-law-partner-conjugal-partner-dependent-child-complete-guide.html#work
Hi Eveslm,

I have one more question. Why most of the sponsorships choose "outland applications". Is it significantly faster than the inland applications? I'm just thinking to have my wife in Canada on TRV and then apply inland.
 

canuck78

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Jun 18, 2017
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Hi canuck78,

I landed in the mid of 2016. I stayed in Canada in the first year, away for 3 years, and now I came back for the fifth year. And I'm not planning to move anywhere else in the future. So I believe I'm still on track to meet my RO. I'm located in BC. Thank you for your kind reply.
As long as you have counted the days exactly you will be fine. It is much better to have a buffer for family emergencies, work related travel or just a vacation but seems to late at this point.