My boyfriend was recently laid-off from his job in a competitive industry where companies are concentrated in certain areas -- he can't find another job in the industry just anywhere. He is looking for a new job in the industry. We (both US citizens) plan to go together to whatever place he finds a job, and there are a good number of opportunities in Canada (relatively speaking), so we are trying to decide if he should apply for jobs there. If he were hired by a Canadian company, would I be able to move with him there, and work after a certain amount of time?
I searched MeFi and didn't find a relevant previous question -- though I definitely found some basic 'Moving to Canada' Q's that were pretty helpful, such as this this
, but none of these questions addressed our specific case.
I looked at the CIC website
and I think I have a decent idea of what the plan of attack would be, though I'm not sure I've/we've totally understood everything correctly and any help would be really appreciated!
From what we can tell, he would be hired by a company that would 'support his permanent immigration'
. From there it looks like he would need to sponsor me as his 'common-law partner'
(which sounds incredibly romantic). This rule states that we have to have lived together for 1 full year before he can sponsor me to officially immigrate to Canada. We have currently been living together six months. The job market everywhere is tight, and there is a chance that we will have been living together a full year before he gets a new job anyway (gulp). But, if he were to be hired by a Canadian company before then, would I be able to go with him and just not work? Is it a problem for me to be in Canada at all, or is it just a problem (illegal) if I work? Also, would us living together in Canada work toward that 1 Year minimum? Say if we went to Canada after living together 9 months, and I lived with him for 3 months in Canada, would I then be eligible for immigration? And would I need a visitor/some other visa for those 3 months? Assuming everything went smoothly and he could sponsor me for immigration, how long would the process be before I could start actually looking for a job?
Some of the past MeFi's I looked at suggested that some people go up to Canada on a student visa -- that's something I wouldn't totally rule out since there are certainly things I would like to study, but I'm not sure it would be very cost-effective way to get me in Canada legally.
I noticed that Quebec has some different immigration policies and there are some companies in Quebec, so Quebec-specific advice would be welcome as well.
YANA[Immigration]L; and I'm sure we would have to consult one to be sure of the laws if we got to that point. This case is definitely very specific! But it would be wonderful to have a general picture of what would lie ahead if we followed this path. It will help us decide if he should apply for a job up there or not.