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Old 12-29-2008, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Okay, my name is Nathan, I am a gay male and my partner and I want to live ad marry in Vancouver, Canada.
Now, I am familiar with the Vancouver area, I have been there many time and do realise it is much colder than Houston. Both my partner and I do love cold and rainy weather, we often have rainy weather in Houston, but not so much cold, and when it is cold it's usually really dry. We also love the cosmopolitan gay friendly atmosphere it has to offer.
Now before anyone asks about my citizenship, I am well qualified to become a citizen of Canada, considering my mum is from there and plenty of her family still lives there.
Well now that you know why I've picked vancouver and the things I've settled on, well now you must here my questions.
For one, what's a good area to live in, I know Davie Village is probably gonna be my first suggestion, and I would ask is there any place cheap to live but with easy access to down town. I do understand that Vancouver is very expensive, especially compared to Houston, but I did spend half my childhood in the Silicon Valley of California, so I do have an understanding of how much it may cost to live in Vancouver.
I would also like a place that is somewhat more family friendly, still near downtown however, since if we do get married, we plan to adopt, and even more so a kid possibly from another country, since we do love world cultures and would be willing to teach the kid english as well as learn their native language and keep their culture in them alive. I could not possibly afford the suburbs such as north and west vancouver, both being extremely pricey.
So yeah, fill me in on anything else I should know.
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:13 PM
 
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You may be well-qualified to become a citizen, but how about your partner? He'll have to qualify on his own merits rather than piggy-backing on yours.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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You may be well-qualified to become a citizen, but how about your partner? He'll have to qualify on his own merits rather than piggy-backing on yours.
You're right, but he did find a good job for himself, so I think after a year or so he should be qualified
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:01 AM
 
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he would have to get Permanent Residency and after 3 years he should qualify.
also check if you qualify.. citizenship laws changed at some point.. a good friend of mine did not qualify despite his mother having been born in Canada.. he grew up in the US and has US citizenship... he'd have to apply to migrate just like everyone else does..
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Old 12-30-2008, 04:41 PM
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Location: a van down by the river
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find a company to hire u through the temp worker program
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Old 12-31-2008, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Thanks for all the stuff on immigration
But In would really like to find out more about vancouver itself
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Old 01-04-2009, 04:46 PM
 
Location: MI
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But In would really like to find out more about vancouver itself
You mentioned looking for areas that are less pricey and more family-friendly. The further you get from downtown, the lower the cost of housing will be. Certain neighbourhoods here and there are considered undesirable, but for the most part, if the area has houses/townhouses and schools, it has families and is probably a good place to live.

If you choose a suburb along the Skytrain route, you'll have fast access to downtown. Check out (going by memory; I don't live there any more) Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and maybe Port Moody.

If you want to stay right in Vancouver, the east side is less expensive and more culturally diverse than the west side. Each neighbourhood has its own character.

Do you have any specific questions?
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