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Old 06-23-2016, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by No Happy View Post

I was in the NWT for a month volunteering two years ago and the MPs office was rather skeptical that I was picking a few carrots and zucchini in Ndilo. Eventually all worked out and I was cleared, but they definitely monitor that stuff to make sure others aren't "doing a job a Canadian citizen could be doing" as I was told. I don't disagree with the policy, just that anyone thinking that they take it lightly would be mistaken. Entering Canada I was help up at the border for 4 hours as the officers were making sure I wasn't a 22 year old punk who had no plan to return to the USA. I was planning to stay three months, but they only issued me a one month visa. I suppose when your a young kid traveling alone by car and you tell the border police your driving to Yellowknife for a few months to check out a newly established non profit organization, it's going to raise a few flags.
It's a real shame it's come to this. Yes, even volunteer work can technicality be not permitted if it's something a Canadian could do, and the experience would be valuable to them. Same for the U.S. If we need to start monitoring one another this much, it seems time we work this out under NAFTA. That way, you could go and WOOf or build houses on a reserve or poor neighnourhood, and not get hassled!
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Old 06-24-2016, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Zoisite View Post
For a couple of examples - If the applicant is a known criminal with a long criminal history and records, or if he has other serious offenses or serious financial or multiple health problems that would have automatically disqualified him anyway, then being married to a Canadian citizen isn't going to help him one bit. It just means the Canadian citizen he's married to has a different problem of their own to deal with.
It doesn't even have to be that severe. If your sponsor or co-sponsor cannot show he or she has enough $$$ to support you as your spouse, you can still be denied status. Particularly because your sponsor/co-sponsor is on the hook for any money you may take from the gov't.
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