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Old 9th January 2015, 01:21 AM
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But I'm guessing you were at a stage in life that made that possible? If a young 35 yr old guy that needs their job to support themselves that might not be possible.
Probably. Read his other post. Many of us retired or disability its possible for us

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There will be two major expenses for you to pay when your fiancée/wife goes through the immigration process, she will have to have a medical exam at St. Luke's Medical Center in Manila, which will cost about 15,000 pesos and takes 2 days. then the interview at the Canadian Embassy, not sure what the cost is there but I know at the US Embassy, it is about 11,000 pesos for the interview. You will have to compile a lot of documents, photos, receipts, income tax returns for the last 3 consecutive years. You have to meet certain income requirements for her to immigrate to Canada. She will have to attend an immigration seminar at the SFO. Just take one day and one step at a time with this. Follow the directions exactly, make sure every 'i' is dotted and every 't' is crossed. Be totally honest and truthful, never lie.

For my wife and me it took almost 2 years waiting time for the K3 Marriage Visa process.

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I have traveled a lot and I can offer a bit of advice. Never offer any info to customs that they do not ask for and do not lie to them either. If you are caught in a lie your life trying to get into that country again can be from being painful to being denied.

I fly for a living, we went back and forth to the states a couple of times a day or after an overnight. I know people who have lied about bringing even an undeclared bottle of booze back with them, they get searched, it is found, then you are red flagged for 5 years. Every time you enter the country(Canada) again expect to be grilled and searched which for a pilot is a major inconvenience.

I don't think it matters whether you say you are going to visit family or girlfriend, they might start to wonder though if you suddenly started visiting your family numerous times a year if you didn't have that track record from before. Don't offer to them you are carrying a stone worth 7K though unless specifically asked.

Immigrating to Canada might be harder than you think. It was mentioned about income, property, tax returns etc. That is all valid info. You might also be better to wait for a while before going through that process. Just guessing but a year being married before applying might be advisable. They sometimes might think it is a marriage of "convenience" to get the person into the country.

From what I have heard, Canada is the hardest place in the world these days to get visas for, even tourist visas, that part I know from first hand experience.

As opposed to the States, Canada doesn't have a fiancee visa program that I am aware of. When I was trying to get a visitors visa for my GF at the time I used a good forum which has a Canada Customs guy who answered Q's from people which was a great benefit. I will try to find the site and pass it onto you.

Best of luck in all your endeavours.

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You mentioned earlier that she has a multi-entry Visa to Canada. Knowing from past experience how much hassle the Fiancee Visa was to obtain for my now wife and also hearing about the Marriage Visa hassles, might it not be easier to have her just come to Canada, get married and then apply. At least you would be together during the time. I realize this would eliminate the big thing about family involvement in the weddings here in the Phils, but then it would be less expensive. My view is based on my being a US Citizen, the Canadian rules may differ somewhat but some food for thought.

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Hi,
No one has the right to harass you anywhere.
If you have the proper documents then your entry will be uneventful.
Good luck.
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I have two children with my pinay wife.Does that speed up the process time or make any differance for immigration?

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Put the ring in a money belt around your waist ant the box in your backpack

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I have two children with my pinay wife.Does that speed up the process time or make any differance for immigration?
I try to get a younger female immigration officer and my experience when traveling with my family is that seeing younger fil-am kids puts the officer in a better mood because they think they're cute. My asawa is always asked for our NSO marriage certificate so I can get my 1 year balikbayan visa. I wouldn't say it speeds it up, but it makes it a more pleasant experience.

When I was single, if asked, I would tell the immigration officer that I was there to visit my girlfriend and not volunteer any other details unless asked. Just keep it short and sweet and it should be no problem. They get hundreds of guys there every day that are there to visit their filipina girlfriends.

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They get hundreds of guys there every day that are there to visit their filipina girlfriends.
Guys visiting girlfriends .. not girlfriends (in plural) I hope ..

If you are a foreigner that bit of information can work for or against you

Unless asked don't tell nothing...

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Best thing to do regarding the ring is hand carry it ! something worth that amount of money is too much of a temptation even for customs guys !
Take a photo of the ring and the receipt and when you get to the scanner tell the guys there you have a ring tell who it is for and show it too them !!
You should have no problem

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