I have some questions about moving to Canada, hopefully you can answer to me ^^ At the moment I am in Italy, but I have

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Customer: Hi, I have some questions about moving to Canada, hopefully you can answer to me ^^
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Customer: at the moment I am in Italy, but I have a canadian passport as well, because my Father was born in Canada. I have questions about how to take my girlfriend with me
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: I just need to know all the procedures, and the best options, to make this real
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Customer: yes, me and my girlfriend both work for Royal Caribbean International, that means we work 6 months on the ship and 2 months vacation at home, what we need to know is, if possible to move in Canada and live there, considering we already have a job that guarantee an income to us
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Hello and Welcome to JustAnswer. My name is***** will be working on your question today and I am looking forward to our conversation.

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Hi Debra, hope you are well!
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Please note that I am working from my computer and not actually texting. If you don’t answer back for a while I may not be online when you do but I will never desert you and will check back often. As well, as I am working from home it is possible that I will be interrupted but I will always return back as soon as I can. Finally, although the site offers a call option I personally do not take calls but just work online. Some find this confusing as it looks like the offer is coming from me but that is just how the site presents the offer and it really isn’t coming from me.

I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.

Have you been living with your girlfriend as a common-law spouse for over one year?

Customer
no unfortunately not, if you have few minutes I'll explain our situation
Customer
we both work for Royal Caribbean, I met her on my first contract with the company, obviously at the moment we are not working because of covid, and she is in Philippines, I am from Italy, I can't see her, since may 2020 :(
Customer
basically we are still under contract with Royal, they will call us back when the vessels with start service again, that means we work on the ship for six months, then we go back home for 2 months, that's why I wonder if we can live in Canada considering we already have a job. I know about many people that transfer the own residency in this way
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You can move to Canada because you are a Canadian citizen. Your girlfriend may be able to enter as a visitor for two months. It is possible that she can do that because she has proof that she'll only stay there for two months. But if you want to sponsor her for permanent residency status you have to either be common law spouses for a year at least or you have to marry her.

But, you will also have the problem of the locked border and it is possible for her to accompany you as a visitor if you can show You have been in an exclusive dating relationship for at least one year. Otherwise you have to marry her before she can enter during this time.

Does that clarify the law?

Customer
ok without considering the covid situation, when it will finish, let's say I have an house in Canada, anytime we leave the ship, she can stay home with me for 2 months all the time entering as visitor?
Customer
then I understand if we live together anywhere for at least a year, or if we are married, of course she can permanently live in Canada with me if I sponsor her
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Debra, Expert

She can likely enter as a visitor for two months because she can show her employment contract. If you get married and remain inside of Canada while the application is being processed that will work but if you leave she won't be able to re-enter.

Customer
ok, and if we don't work for the cruise line anymore, can she come to Canada and look for a job after entering the Country?
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Debra, Expert

She can but she has to leave Canada to get a work permit unless you're sponsoring her as your spouse. Then she would be able to get an open work permit from inside of Canada.

Customer
very nice, so when the moments come and we decide to move to Canada, how can we start this process? Do we contact you back?
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Debra, Expert

Sure. I can explain what you do then.

Customer
nice. how can i contact you back?
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The next time you post a question on the site just be sure to say that you want Debra to answer.

Customer
very good, I will then ^^
Customer
one last thing
Customer
does exist any document signed by a lawyer to prove me and my girlfriend are a couple? Royal could require something like this, to give us the registration and share the room
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Debra, Expert

No there isn't.

Customer
because she told me that with the previous boyfriend, they were in Canada with the ship that day, and he found a lawyer to sign a document, to proof they were a couple, I didn't really get the meaning of that.
But I don't know how to proof the Company we are an official couple and we want to share the room.
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Debra, Expert

That truly doesn't make any sense to me.

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Anyway I'll be back here soon! Thank you very much for your time Debra! Have a good one!
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You are very welcome.

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Thank you for trusting us to help you here at JustAnswer. If you would like to ask me new questions please start a new post and if you do if you say “This is only for Debra” I will be sure to give your post top priority.

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