This older question will
I have a friend here in Powell River
who you can help if you have the time.
He is a Canadian, with an American fiancée. She has been turned back at
the border twice. He is dealing with a lawyer now, and his MP, but I
don't know whether there is anything else to be done. You could
probably tell him. He is a really nice guy, a writer. He also has a day
job, I'm not sure what. And no, he's NOT the other xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (I
think the other one is dead, anyway.)
He's the kind of guy that you would really like, feisty and smart:
Perhaps you could send him some newsletters, or open a dialog.
david ingram replies:
Your friend's fiancée needs a "border
kit" for her visits to Canada assuming that she is just coming to visit
at this time.
If she is coming to 'live' with him,
she is inadmissible without a visa and there is no fiancée visa to come
to Canada since June 22, 2002.
Unless she gets a work visa, she will
not be able to enter without a ministerial permit (which the MP may be
able to get) as a visitor unless she can prove to the person at the
border that she is here as a temporary visitor and intends to return to
the US soon. Soon is likely two or three weeks.
She needs a border kit to prove she is
intending to return. the following is from one of the old newsletters.
a "Border Kit" to facilitate your entry to Canada or the US and prove
to the US people that you live in Canada, that you work in Canada and
are returning to Canada and not trying to move to and live in the USA
and/or to the Canadian people that you live in the US, work in the US
and are returning to the US and not intending to live and work in
Canada at this time.
This kit would consist of a 3 ring binder containing items like:
* copies of your last three year's tax returns
* copy of the lease or ownership papers of your residence
* copy of your driver's licence
* copy of your car registration
* letter from your employer stating your job and that she / you
work in Canada or the USA
* copy of video club memberships
* copy of club memberships
* copies of phone bills
* copies of utility bills
* copies of Insurance policies
* copies of anything that indicates you are intending to return to
your home country in a short period of time.
from your employer stating where you work.
This is not everything by any means but should be looked at as a
minimal amount of documentation to have.
If the fiancée does not have a home or
a job in the USA or is enrolled at a university course she is returning
to in September, it is unlikely she will be allowed in.
The USA does have a Fiancée visa which
takes anywhere from 3 months to a year to get. It requires them to be
physically married within 90 days of the entry of the Fiancée to the
The US does NOT recognize common-law,
same sex or conjugal unions, but 'Any'
of these will qualify for entrance to Canada.
Your friend can not sponsor a
fiancée. However, if they have been together in a conjugal
relationship for a year or more or have lived in a common-law union
for year or more, he could sponsor her by filling in the following
paperwork. of course, if they get married, he can do the same.
This older question will give the
documents necessary to sponsor her if they are already in a conjugal or
common-law union of a year or more or if they decide to get married.
Please see bottom of message if you wish to
I was wondering if you could answer a
few questions in regards to immigrations. I was a student living in
Vancouver until July. After July I have come back and forth as a
visitor, mainly to visit my girlfriend in
Langley. Meanwhile, I have been offered the opportunity to
apply for a working visa through a band in Canada who has a major label deal.
However, working through them would not allow me to make enough money
to live in Canada. Therefore, I was wondering how easy it would be to
amend a musicians visa to allow me to work another form of
employment. Or, would it be possible to live in Vancouver with my
girlfriend and work in a town like Bellingham since I have a car?
any information is greatly appreciated.
david ingram replies:
I nearly threw this away because it went to
a personal email which I do not answer questions on.
However, I ran bands and got into this
business bringing musicians and folk singers into Canada in the 1960's
to play in my Coffee house in Winnipeg (called the Fourth dimension)
and other clubs in Saskatoon, Regina and Edmonton.
Entertainers like Neil Young, Burton
Cummings and Joni Mitchell appeared at our different venues as they
were getting started.
have not seen it, I am told that I got half a page in the book New
Back to your
you get a working visa for a band, IT IS ONLY GOOD FOR WORKING FOR THAT
If you get the visa, you will be able to
live in Canada with your lady and commute to another job in Bellingham.
If you do not get the visa, your stay in
Vancouver will be a little dicey unless you decide to tie the knot in
which case she can sponsor you into Canada.
And, if, in fact you had been living
together as a couple for a year in a common-law relationship, she could
sponsor you anyway.
If you decide to do that, the following
gives you the forms necessary for her to sponsor you to Canada.
You can start the process by going to:
This is a guide for sponsoring a US citizen spouse into
This is the application form to sponsor - form IMM-1344A
This is the sponsorship agreement - Form IMM-1344B
This is the Sponsorship Evaluation Form IMM-5481
This is a statutory
declaration of a common-law marriage - FORM IMM-5409
This is the Sponsor Questionnaire - Form
This is an authority to release information - FORM
This is a document Checklist - Form IMM-5491
This is where you order your official receipt
This is your actual Application for Permanent Residence
- FORM IMM-0008GEN
This is your Background Declaration - FORM IMM-008_1
This is your additional family information - FORM
This is your spouse or conjugal partner questionnaire -
14. The Above PLUS a police report from
your local police station (See
the guide for details) applies to those being sponsored from the UNITED
STATES. There is a separate brochure for every country. If you are
this and are from any other country (Australia, Brunei, Austria,
14a http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/applications/fc.html for other country
This is the self-assessment test for an individual to
determine his or her
eligibility to immigrate to Canada without being sponsored by a spouse.
I know this will help you make your decision. If we can help
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