I’m looking for some help as I’m not too clued up on the best approach for obtaining a Canadian visa with my current situation.
I’m going to be flying over to Canada in a few weeks to join my girlfriend who is a Canadian citizen and lives in Alberta. She is a teacher, she was going to move to join me in the UK but as it would result in something like a 50% pay cut we’ve decided it’s better that I go and join her. She also makes enough money to support the two of us.
It’s probably easier I just list bullet points to explain my situation.
- I recently quit my job, and I have funds saved.
- I am from the UK.
- I have 1 x degree, 1 x post graduate, and 1 x Masters. All in Business and Computing related subjects.
- I have worked in IT freelance database and website related for the last 15 years or so.
- I am currently 41.
- My girlfriend has a job as a teacher
- We’ve been seeing each other for a few years which has been a lot of flying back and forward. We now wish to progress.
- I have an Uncle and Aunt who live near Vancouver and have been there for 40-50 years and are Canadian citizens.
As things stand I will go on a tourist visa which should give me 6 months (180 days/179 days to be sure?).
As we are not planning on getting married straight away but are wanting to take things a bit more seriously and maybe buy a house etc.
My question is basically, what is my best approach to obtaining a visa and looking to stay in Canada longer term, years rather than tourist based months? Is it fine to go on a tourist visa and then progress from there? Spousal Sponsorship? Family Visa via my Uncle and Aunt? Or is there something else I should be doing that makes more sense?
Sorry for the very basic questions, I’m not the most clued up with this and don’t want to make an error that I look back on as… oh, I should have done that…?!
Any help is greatly appreciated.