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Are you getting married to you girlfriend?Have you lived together as common law spouses and if so for how long?
You are going to be in a bind for now. If you are not a skilled worker and if you cannot get a temporary work permit the only way you could come to Canada aside from being a visitor is if you came on a study permit. That would mean you would need an offer of enrolment from a school and then would have to attend full-time and could not work off campus for the first six months and even then only part-time. As well international student fees are very, very expensive.
It may mean that you have to wait until she is divorced and then marry and then she can sponsor you as her spouse.
Do you wee what i mean?
It really comes down to what Canada needs for employees.
If there are more than enough Canadians to do the job international workers are not going to be allowed to take those jobs away from Canadians.If you get married and are in Canada waiting for the application to be processed then you can get an open work permit and work anywhere.
If she has been separated for a year she could potentially get the divorce in a couple of months.
If she can move to live with you and then you live together for a year that would work too.
I was suggesting she move to live with you so you could keep working.
If you are married she has a legal right to sponsor her spouse.
But getting into Canada to get married will be another issue as you cannot enter Canada with the intention of remaining there.
But once in Canada you can remain during the sponsorship even if you are here without legal status and even get the open work permit as Canada Immigration treats spousal sponsorship specially.
As soon as you get married you can start the sponsorship application.
If you have a child together this will help. It will make you look more bona fide in terms of the marriage and as well you will get a full permanent residency status as opposed to a conditional one that would be conditional until you were a PR for two years.
They won't. As I've said this is totally legitimate and they allow it all the time. She has a right to sponsor you.
It will take a couple of months.
Perhaps your girlfriend can consult with an immigration lawyer face to face first?