Canadian Permanent Residency and photo requirements
May 30, 2014 9:38 AM Subscribe
Applying for permanent residency in Canada. Struggling with obtaining important documents/photos of older children who are living in the US and not applying with us ("Not accompanying").
posted by routergirl to Law & Government (10 answers total)
My husband (English), myself, and my 16 year old son (American) are applying for permanent residency in Canada. We have been here on work permits since 2009. I have two sons over the age of 18 who are not accompanying us - they are in the US and plan on staying there. This is our second time applying. Our first application was turned down because of a small error on a document (a letter not dated - so stupid, we are kicking ourselves). This time I want to be sure everything is completely correct, but I am struggling with one of the things asked for on the checklist:
Supply six (6) photos for each member of your family, whether accompanying or not, and yourself. Follow the instruction provided in the section How to Complete the Forms of the application guide and in Appendix A: Photo Specifications
Photos must have been taken within six (6) months before application submission."
One of my sons is in the Army, and may be able to get the photos done, but the other is involved in Job Corps, has no car, struggles to even get to his bank, forgets his pin for his ATM card constantly, and has a history of procrastination and just generally not getting things done. The first time we applied it took us a good 6 months, google searches to find a place in the US near him that could do the right type of immigration photos, enlisting a friend of mine to ferry my son around, and me paypalling the friend money for the photos before we got them done. It was a nightmare.
I know you are not my lawyer. My questions, which I am hoping someone can chime in on, even if just anecdotally:
1. Is it an option to NOT put my older sons on the application? The wording is vague - not every child you had, but "members of the family." Is the "family" only those applying? If we don't list the two older sons, will they have issues coming to visit or being sponsored by us later?
2. What happens if you don't send the photos of the older kids and include a statement that they were not possible to get? Does anyone know?
Bonus Question: If anyone can recommend an affordable and honest immigration attorney in the GTA, please feel free to memail me.