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I am to enter Canada by Aug 2017 on my new PR status. It was a spousal sponsorship and we have been living outside Canada for more than 12 yrs. My husband is a Canadian non resident. Is it mandatory my husband enters Canada with me? If I enter Canada on PR stamp does it make my husband an automatic Canadian resident or can he still maintain his non residency status if living abroad? If after I receive my PR card, I decide to live abrriad for another 2 yrs with my Canadian husband, I understand the time is taken into consideration towards PR residency in Canada. plz confirm. Does it also mean my husband becomes a tax resident of Canada? Again when I receive my PR status, do they automatically cancel my visitor visa for Canada which I hold? Can I enter with my visitor visa when I enter Canada after PR?or is it only on PR card? 

As your husband is a Canadian citizen, he does not need to travel with you when you land in Canada. However, given that you are gaining PR due to spousal sponsorship it could look very weird to the border officer if your husband is not with you.

Your landing in Canada has no affect on your husband’s residency though, presumably, as part of the sponsorship application your husband pledged to move back to Canada with you. Regardless, your immigration status and your husband’s tax status are not connected.

Yes, you can live outside of Canada with your Canadian citizen husband and not violate the residence requirement.

You will lose your visitor status when you become a PR. When you land as a permanent resident, you will complete the PR Card application. The PR Card will not be issued for six weeks. If you leave Canada without your PR Card, you have to have it sent to you.

Please note that your intentions, though they do not violate the letter of the law, appear to violate the spirit of the law. Sponsorship is for people intending to live in Canada.

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I am from Greece and i came to Canada with my Canadian wife and applied for Permanent Residency with my wife as sponsor.I have also applied for Open Work Permit.I have contacted the IRCC call center and they told me that the work permit application might take up to four months to be processed.Can i leave Canada and go to Europe to work and then re-enter after my work permit is ready?

If you have a valid multiple entry visitor visa you can indeed travel abroad while waiting for your sponsorship application. However, do note that if you travel without your wife, you could have trouble re-entering the country as border guards don’t always admit people they know are waiting approval on sponsorship applications.

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I’m an italian citizen having a relationship with a Canadian man. We are living together in Ontario since January 2016. I’m here with a post graduate work permit of 11 months (it will expired in November 2017). If my boyfriend sponsoring me as a common-law now, do I have to leave Canada in November, when my work permit expires? If I am authorized to stay here until my PR is processed, I am able to travel outside of Canada and come back? We would like to visit my family in Italy for Christmas!

If you have lived together for 12 months and you submit the sponsorship application before your work permit expires, you can stay in Canada during the process. Travelling outside of Canada with your partner is fine, but you should definitely travel together.

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My boyfriend is from Colombia, and is currently enrolled in school here in Canada. His school visa/permit will expire in march of 2018, so he has not applied for a work permit yet. We intend on getting married, is it helpful to us to get married before his permit? He will be in Canada for 2 1/2 years by march of next year, so could he apply for permanent residency? If he doesn’t get approved for the work permit, will he have to go back to Colombia even if we get married?

You need to get married before you sponsor him for permanent residence and this needs to happen before his work permit expires.

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I am on work permit (PGWP) in Canada and i want to marry my boyfriend who is in Australia on student visa (Both Indian passport holders), we want to get married so that he can travel to Canada and live with me. Is there any way we can do that easily and how long does it takes?

One of you has to get a visitor visa to visit the other so you can marry in Canada or Australia. Alternatively, you could marry in India.

Once you are married, you can sponsor him for permanent residence. If you marry in Canada, it will be an inland sponsorship. If you marry in Australia or India, it will likely be an outland sponsorship.

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my friend is a permanent resident of canada she is Iranian and after becoming permanent resident she went back to Iran to marry his boyfriend. now she is pregnant in Iran and wants to know what is the best decision for her: as she wants to pass her pregnancy with her husband and her husband isn’t permant resident of canada she is afraid if she goes back to canada and starts immigration process of her husband and then the process takes too long then she will be alone for whole her pregnancy and most likely for the birth of her child, on the other hand if she stays in Iran and gives birth to her child here near her husband then after the birth of the child how could she apply for her husband and her child. should she leave them in Iran and spends some months to do the immigration process of her child and her husband?

She has to sponsor her husband regardless.

If the child is born in Canada, it will be a Canadian citizen. If the child is born in Iran, she will have to sponsor the child.

If the husband can get a visitor visa, he can be sponsored “inland” and they can all live together in Canada.

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I am a Canadian citizen and my fiance is German. He is coming here in the summer time because we want to get married but I was wondering if this is possible, and can he instantly apply for a residence card after? and once were married, can he stay here then and just wait out the residence permit or will he have to leave and come back? thank you

You can marry him once he is here.

Once you are married you can sponsor him for permanent residence. He does not have to leave as long as he has legal status in Canada when you submit the sponsorship application.

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I am Indonesian and my boyfriend is Canadian citizen. We are planning to get married soon in Canada. My visitor visa and my passport will be expired in February 2018. Is that possible to have the legal marriage and church ceremony before my visa expired? How long to get permanent residence inland and out land from Indonesia? After marriage, if I apply my PR inland and before my visa expired, can I extend my passport in Canada (Vancouver)? What visa can I use to staying in Canada after my visitor visa expired? Can I get work visa while waiting my permanent residence? If I apply PR out land from Indonesia, and my visitor visa already expired, can I still go to Canada to visit my husband while waiting to my PR (means that I should apply new visitor visa)?

You can get married immediately, you just need to apply for marriage license.

The official processing time is 12 months, regardless of whether its outland or inland.

If Indonesia allows you to renew your passport in Canada, then you can do it in Vancouver or anywhere else.

You can apply for a work permit as part of your inland sponsorship application.

If you are doing outland sponsorship, you need a valid visitor visa to visit your husband in Canada.

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