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status confusion - help!

Lady_Ashka

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Apr 21, 2015
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Visa Office......
Warsaw
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Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
07-10-2016
AOR Received.
03-11-2016, AOR2 24-11-2016
File Transfer...
15-11-2016
Med's Done....
upfront (03-06-2016)
Interview........
waived
Passport Req..
16-03-2017
VISA ISSUED...
24-03-2017
LANDED..........
11-04-2017
I have a question about how I can stay in Canada after my work permit expires.

I am currently on a work permit with LMIA exception, but the changes introduced by CIC might cause my employer to refuse to pay the fees and submit documents for me, because I am funded from my Polish institution (where I'm from) and the Canadian university that I am a fellow at does not pay me. My permit expires on the 30th of September, but me and my partner want to apply for Permanent Residency for me in November, and I don't want to part with him for the whole application process....

So my question is: what would you advise? Apply for some kind of an extension of my temporary resident status as a visitor? Is that possible? Is it difficult? How much money do they expect me to have? and for how long can that visitor status last, 6 months or more? Is it possible to renew it later, after it expires?

thank you for all your help!
 

Mapleson

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Apr 2, 2015
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Havana
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Pre-Assessed..
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23-03-2015
Doc's Request.
21-08-2015
AOR Received.
24-04-2015
File Transfer...
28-05-2015
Med's Request
Upfront
Med's Done....
13-02-2015
Interview........
N/A
Passport Req..
24-09-2015
VISA ISSUED...
30-09-2015
LANDED..........
18-10-2015

Lady_Ashka

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Apr 21, 2015
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Warsaw
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
07-10-2016
AOR Received.
03-11-2016, AOR2 24-11-2016
File Transfer...
15-11-2016
Med's Done....
upfront (03-06-2016)
Interview........
waived
Passport Req..
16-03-2017
VISA ISSUED...
24-03-2017
LANDED..........
11-04-2017
ok, that's a good tip, thanks! Just to clarify, though - what's the difference between this TRV - Temporary Resident Visa, and a Visitor visa? where can I apply for the TRV? Is that the "Extend your stay as a temporary resident" application?
 

Ravcat

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NW Ontario
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Mississauga/Ottawa ON
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8-12-2014
Doc's Request.
NA
AOR Received.
NA
File Transfer...
05-03-2015
Med's Request
Sent w/ App.
Med's Done....
25-08-2014
Interview........
Waived
Passport Req..
Visa Excempt
VISA ISSUED...
11/06/2015
LANDED..........
August 7th, 2015! Through Port Huron!
Yea try for a TRV but then need to app for a PR if you plan to stay long term! Inland applications are like ... 2 years to do? So starting that asap would be best bet, or try to extend.
 

Lady_Ashka

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Apr 21, 2015
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Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
07-10-2016
AOR Received.
03-11-2016, AOR2 24-11-2016
File Transfer...
15-11-2016
Med's Done....
upfront (03-06-2016)
Interview........
waived
Passport Req..
16-03-2017
VISA ISSUED...
24-03-2017
LANDED..........
11-04-2017
Ok, so the TRV is my option "extend your stay as a temporary resident", then? Can I apply for more than 6 months? I want PR!! :) I have a wonderful relationship and want to keep on living together, but my permit ends in September, and we can start applying for PR in November at the earliest, which is why I want to extend my stay. And we want to use the outland option, for Poland it's about 11 months, so doable, I think. Thanks for your help!
 

MilesAway

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Warsaw
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15-09-2014
Doc's Request.
09-04-2015
AOR Received.
12-11-2014
File Transfer...
30-10-2014
Med's Done....
26-08-2014
Passport Req..
23-04-2015
VISA ISSUED...
07-05-2015
LANDED..........
04-06-2015
Just to clarify, you are not applying for a TRV, as you are visa-exempt. You are applying to extend your stay. You can ask for more than 6 months, but whether you get it is entirely up to CIC.

Warsaw is a fast office. Good luck.
 

Lady_Ashka

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File Transfer...
15-11-2016
Med's Done....
upfront (03-06-2016)
Interview........
waived
Passport Req..
16-03-2017
VISA ISSUED...
24-03-2017
LANDED..........
11-04-2017
Exactly, thank you for the clarification! Ok, so now I know which application to use, if my employer does not decide to cover my fee and the forms, sigh.

I might try to apply for more than 6 months, but I wonder, did anyone have any experience with CIC refusing the 12 months and giving, say, 6 instead, or do they just refuse the application and that's that? And can one re-apply once again, just after they refuse, including whatever they said was to be amended? or is there a restriction about it?

I still am hoping my work permit option will work, and it's good to know Warsaw's quick, indeed, many people have good experiences with them (including me). So keep your fingers crossed and thanks for your help!
 

MilesAway

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Jul 26, 2012
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15-09-2014
Doc's Request.
09-04-2015
AOR Received.
12-11-2014
File Transfer...
30-10-2014
Med's Done....
26-08-2014
Passport Req..
23-04-2015
VISA ISSUED...
07-05-2015
LANDED..........
04-06-2015
Some people have asked for a year and gotten a year, while others have asked for a year and gotten 6 months. It's up to CIC. I believe you can apply to extend again, although it's usually best to have some proof of a PR application in process if you are applying to extend it again.

I don't have any personal experience with this, since my spouse has never been granted a visa to Canada, therefore we've never had any visa to extend! All information posted here is from others and the CIC site.
 

Lady_Ashka

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Apr 21, 2015
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Visa Office......
Warsaw
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
07-10-2016
AOR Received.
03-11-2016, AOR2 24-11-2016
File Transfer...
15-11-2016
Med's Done....
upfront (03-06-2016)
Interview........
waived
Passport Req..
16-03-2017
VISA ISSUED...
24-03-2017
LANDED..........
11-04-2017
Ok, that sounds good anyway, even if they give me just 6 months we will definitely submit our PR during that time... Thank you very much for all your help, I'll keep browsing the forum anyway :)
 

Garry2008

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Lady_Ashka said:
I have a question about how I can stay in Canada after my work permit expires.

I am currently on a work permit with LMIA exception, but the changes introduced by CIC might cause my employer to refuse to pay the fees and submit documents for me, because I am funded from my Polish institution (where I'm from) and the Canadian university that I am a fellow at does not pay me. My permit expires on the 30th of September, but me and my partner want to apply for Permanent Residency for me in November, and I don't want to part with him for the whole application process....

So my question is: what would you advise? Apply for some kind of an extension of my temporary resident status as a visitor? Is that possible? Is it difficult? How much money do they expect me to have? and for how long can that visitor status last, 6 months or more? Is it possible to renew it later, after it expires?

thank you for all your help!
You should be able to Stay in Canada as Visitor.
http://www.vec.ca/english/9/exemptions.cfm
Many people do not require a visa to visit Canada. These include:

citizens of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Brunei, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel (National Passport holders only), Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Latvia (Republic of), Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Slovenia, Switzerland, United States, and Western Samoa;
persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence who are in possession of their alien registration card (Green card) or can provide other evidence of permanent residence;
British citizens and British Overseas Citizens who are re-admissible to the United Kingdom;
citizens of British dependent territories who derive their citizenship through birth, descent, registration or naturalization in one of the British dependent territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena or the Turks and Caicos Islands;
persons holding a British National (Overseas) Passport issued by the Government of the United Kingdom to persons born, naturalized or registered in Hong Kong;
persons holding a valid and subsisting Special Administrative Region passport issued by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China;
persons holding passports or travel documents issued by the Holy See;
persons holding an ordinary passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that includes their personal identification number.
 

Lady_Ashka

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Apr 21, 2015
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File Transfer...
15-11-2016
Med's Done....
upfront (03-06-2016)
Interview........
waived
Passport Req..
16-03-2017
VISA ISSUED...
24-03-2017
LANDED..........
11-04-2017
Yes, thank you! But I still need to apply for something, right? This 'extend your stay' application?
 

Garry2008

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Lady_Ashka said:
Yes, thank you! But I still need to apply for something, right? This 'extend your stay' application?
There is information on the CIC site, it applies to everyone, not specifically visa exempt countries.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/extend-stay.asp
 

taffy7

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Yes you do . Once your LMIA is no longer valid you can change your status to visitor visa. You can wait right up to the day before to apply or do it sooner. You then can request the 12 months but as MilesAway said they may not grant the 12 months. If you have to apply again before your PR is granted just make sure you have the paper work ready to summit. So once you get your extension apply for PR and get the ball rolling.


You have to be in a common law relationship for 12 months or be married to apply.. Go over the spousalship forms take a look and start preparing for down the road.
 

meiko3886

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Jan 29, 2014
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22-07-2014
Hi all. I was in similar situation over 1 year ago. I finished my IEC program and i had to stay in Canada, to complete my common law documents for future PR application. What i did - i simply applied for new Visitor Visa online. The process was smooth and fast and documents i had to gather were easy to obtain. Could she simply apply for new Visitor Visa then?
The link someone suggested http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/visitor.asp says "Use this application if you are a temporary resident who is already in Canada as a visitor " . Shes not visitor atm, shes a worker, or it doesnt matter?