i am starting the process of staying in canada ive been here since 4th may 2009 got married in june 2009 firstly i have had to extend my visa for a year then while that is being processed i have applied for a work visa (5-6 mths) also at the same time applying to be a pre resident here i do no someone from the usa married a canadian in oct 2008 and has her paper ie work visa and extended stay but is still waiting for per resident at the moment

i hope this helps a bit

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