I am a US citizen living in Mexico with my girlfriend (who is Mexican). She is applying for a student visa to attend a

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Customer: Hello, I am a US citizen living in Mexico with my girlfriend (who is Mexican). She is applying for a student visa to attend a university in Canada. If we get legally married in Mexico will Canadian immigration consider out finances jointly?
JA: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any paperwork with the U.S. government?
Customer: "paperwork with the U.S. government" isn't relevant to my question.
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer about the student visa?
Customer: no
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
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Debra, Expert

Hello! My name is Debra (formerly known as Legal Ease). Thank you for your question. I'm reviewing it now, and will post back again shortly.

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Would you be coming on her application with her to Canada?

Customer
I am not currently applying a for Canadian visa.
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She has been accepted to MBA program in the fall. She will apply for a visa in April. We are trying figure out if a marriage license here will suffice for our finances to be considered jointly.
Customer
But yes, I will be going to Canada. At first on visa waiver though.
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Debra, Expert

The best approach would be to have a joint account.

That way it would be clear that the money is actually hers as well as yours.

Yes, it would make her application stronger for you to be married because if you are not coming with her she certainly has something to come back to which is important. Students are constantly turned down these days because it is not clear that they will leave Canada after their school has been completed.

Just out of curiosity, which university will she be going to?

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She's going to the University of Canada West in Vancouver. I have funds sufficient for the requirements in an IRA. if we're married can that satisfy the visa requirements?
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Debra, Expert

I am sorry but I was interrupted.

Yes that will work. When you are married there would not be any reason to question the existence of a joint bank account.

Customer
No worries.It's not a joint account though. It's an IRA in my name. Naturally I want avoid early withdrawals if possible. I'm currently changing jobs and probably won't be working full time again until June but she needs to apply for the visa before that. So if we get a marriage license, will immigration consider my finances or not, is my question at this point.
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Yes they will to some extent but being married doesn't mean that your spouse has a right to your finances. If you provide a letter indicating that you will fully support her that would also help tremendously.

Customer
a marriage license and a letter promising support would improve her chances but wouldn't necessarily meet the financial requirements for the visa application? In that case, I suppose that's as good as we can do in advance.
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Debra, Expert

Yes. I think it is as good as you can do and it very well may work.

But it's not a marriage licence that you need you need to actually get married and it's the marriage certificate that you need. The licence just allows you to get married.

Customer
certificate is what I meant. Thank you, you've been very helpful. I'll close this question now.
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