There are not lawyers from Jamaica on this site.
I can answer the question about how he can come up and back to Canada easily if you like but that's all I can do.
sure- i guess that will have to do- i cant seem to find information at all
Re Jamaica, why not contact their embassy in Canada?
so can i apply from within jamaica?
In terms of Canada, you can sponsor him as your spouse.
You can do that from within Jamaica but you need to return home and he needs to move to Canada to get the PR status.
After that he can leave and so can you.
He has residency requirements to maintain his status until he becomes a citizen.
so i can apply in Ja and then return home five months later and then he can com when approved?
Normally he must be physically in Canada for 2 years in total out of the first 5.
i knew about the 2 year thing- and that wont be a problem
But there is an exception and if he is out of the country accompanying a Canadian citizen spouse then he can be out of Canada but it counts as if he were in Canada.
You can start the application process as soon as you are married.
And as long as you are living at home when it's granted you are fine.
He will then come to Canada and get his PR card.
Then you are free to do what you want so long as when he leaves Canada you keep track of the days he is outside and keep prove of which days he is with you.
ok- so if we travel back to JA for instance together for six months it would count as if we were in Canada- am i clear on that?
So long as he is with you that counts as if he was in Canada.
But keep proof so get your passports stamped where possible when you enter Jamaica and Canada.
ok- thank you you have spread some sunshine back in my life!
Becareful not to lose your provincial health care coverage though.
kk- how long can i leave ontario?
I think it's 6 months but let me check.
before i would lose the coverage?
Here is what the government site says:
Home Public Information Health Care Professionals News Room
OHIP Eligibility Criteria – Changes to Regulation 552
On April 1, 2009, changes to the OHIP eligibility rules under Regulation 552 under the Health Insurance Act became effective. How do I know if I am affected by these changes?
The changes may impact your eligibility for OHIP coverage if you belong to one of the following groups:
For more detailed information about OHIP eligibility and the changes to the OHIP eligibility rules:
If you have questions about your eligibility for OHIP coverage under the new policies, please contact INFOline at 1(NNN) NNN-NNNNor visit your local Service Ontario – Health Card Services – OHIP office.
Am I still eligible for OHIP if I temporarily leave Ontario?
You may be out of the province for up to 212 days in any 12-month period and still maintain your Ontario health insurance coverage provided that you continue to make Ontario your primary place of residence.
To maintain eligibility for OHIP coverage you must be an eligible resident of Ontario. This means that you must :
If you will be out of the province for more than 212 days in any 12-month period, please refer to the Longer Absences from Ontario fact sheet.
ok- that sounds straight forward. now i do rent an apt in ontario- and i will be quitting my job to sty in JA for five months after my wedding- will i be eligiable to sponsor him still?
You don't have to have income to sponsor him. This is an exception to the rule about low income cut-offs because it is a spousal sponsorship.
You can sponsor him while remaining in Jamaica the whole time.
great! you have been very helpful
You just need to be clear that you are moving home with him and he won't get his status until you do.
You are very welcome!
so when we go to the embassy there i would just tell them that right?
You don't go to the embassy.
Here is the link to the webpage that has all the information and forms: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/sponsor/spouse.asp
You are very welcome.
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ok thanks you have been a great help