Hello Everyone, First, please allow me to express my thanks and gratitude to everybody in this very helpful online community. I plan to sponsor my girlfriend via Inland Common Law in mid August 2018. I am already a citizen in BC and this will be my first time to sponsor. Fortunately, there are no issues on my side as a sponsor but I do have concerns about my girlfriend's status. From Japan, she came to Canada mid May 2017 to stay with a 1 Year Working Holiday Visa (WHV). Our cohabitation started mid August of 2017. Mid March 2018 she will be taking a 6 months course that would allow her to Study and Work part-time by getting a 6 Months Study Permit through the school. Along with the Sponsorship application, we also plan for her to get an Open Work Permit. Questions 1. There is an overlap of three months between her WHV and Study Permit. Her WHV allows her to work full time while the Study Permit is only for 20 hours per week. Within the three months, which status will apply for her? The WHV or Study Permit or both? 2. We will submit our application mid August 2018 and her Study Permit will end mid September. How long will it take before she can get an Open Work Permit? 3. Is it true that she would be entitled to stay after her Study Permit expires even though we have not received her Work Permit? 4. In average, how much would it cost to pay an immigration firm to process our application? I would be glad to provide more information if needed, please do not hesitate to ask. In advance I would like to thank anyone who can share their answers and provide advice. Cheers to 2018!