I’m Canadian, he’s Russian, we got married in South Africa and we are now in Ecuador. We’re lost.
This is complicated … Good day,
I’m a Canadian Citizen (42) traveling abroad. I left Canada on 17 May 2011 to go to South Africa. I stayed there for 6 months on a tourist visa. During that time, I got married (I know that Canada recognize South African marriages). My husband (21), who has a Russian passport, had been living in South Africa for 10 years on a work visa with his father (so, lived there half his life). In November 2011, we decided to go to Ecuador for vacation.
We’ve been in Ecuador (Cuenca) since November 10, 2011 on tourist visas. Our visas expire on 10 February 2012 (we can possibly extend this for another 3 months). I now want to go back to Canada with my husband and establish ourselves there permanently. We’re not sure how to proceed from here. We want to get back to Canada and ask for permanent residency for him. But we’re not sure how to get back (to Canada).
What type of visa must he apply for, for entry in Canada since we want him to be a permanent resident?
Do we ask for a tourist visa and then, once in Canada, proceed with the permanent residency?
Or, do we have to start the permanent residency right away?
Can we do this from Ecuador or do we have to get back to South Africa and start the process there since he has temporary residency over there?
Sigh, this is very complicated, as you can see, and we don’t know where to look nor what to do.
Please help! Thanks
Stranded in Ecuador,