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Old 01-10-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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Hi Everyone, I'm an American living in Canada and I am currently on a post-graduate work permit (I've lived in Canada 4 years this August).

My Canadian boyfriend of 4 years and I want to get married soon and I plan on applying for permanent residency. Should I go the Canadian Experience or Marriage permanent residency? Which would be easier?

If I do Canadian experience, should I get married before or after I put in the paperwork? Would I screw something up if I get married while it's in process? The website isn't very helpful in this regard.
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:20 PM
 
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Okay, I took a look at the website, the processing times for Canadian experience is much lower than marriage (15 months versus 2 years), and for some reason you don't need a medical exam with Canadian experience.

It's funny how it's only about 3 months approval if your fiancee lives outside of Canada, but 2 years if they live inside.

However, if I apply for Canadian exp and then get married after I put in the application, it wouldn't screw anything up right? There is an "additional family members" form to fill out but it looks like it's geared to non-citizens.
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