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@Janrainia @JessicaSideways @aedison  I'm sorry, but you are wrong and here is why: even though there is a lot of information on the CIC website, if you are just going to another country, do you even think about going to the CIC/embassy website if you are just going for a visit? Especially if you are entitled to visa-free travel to the other country? British subjects are not required to get a visa to visit Canada normally, so there would have been no need for her to interact with the embassy in London prior to departure.


Additionally, there are some issues that are harder to sort out. For example, was she issued with a Departure Order, an exclusion order or a deportation order (yes, the three are very different things)?

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Avery Edison on Toronto, travelling while trans* and how things can get complicated

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@Janrainia @JessicaSideways @freezeflameinc  We can't change what happened in the past. Even if she has an exclusion order against her, she shouldn't be sent to a men's prison - that's a violation of her rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. That is where CBSA did wrong.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Avery Edison on Toronto, travelling while trans* and how things can get complicated

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@Janrainia @JessicaSideways @aedison  Well, she was very open and upfront with CBSA at the airport. Some people don't even know all the details about getting a visa.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Avery Edison on Toronto, travelling while trans* and how things can get complicated

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@Janrainia @JessicaSideways @freezeflameinc  In Canada, it's not just about how long you've lived there (though it does factor in) but also your language skills, what connections you have, How skilled your position is, If you have earned a degree at a Canadian College or University...

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Avery Edison on Toronto, travelling while trans* and how things can get complicated

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@Janrainia @freezeflameinc  Actually, believe it or not, no she does not. There are no special programmes for british subjects, according to the data available on the CIC website. You should really review the documentation on CIC's website.


And yes, she can marry her girlfriend and immigrate that way, as same-sex marriage is legal in Canada (which can be verified by the information on the CIC website). 

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Avery Edison on Toronto, travelling while trans* and how things can get complicated

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@Janrainia @JessicaSideways  In order to get a job in Canada as a foreigner, you need your employer to seek out a labour market opinion which means that they tried to hire Canadians and Permanent residents first. Plus, in order to get permanent residency from that, you need a job that is in the 0, A or B lists of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.


Now, the good news is that I am almost NAFTA eligible to come to Canada for my profession (graphic/Web Designer), the only thing I need is another couple years of professional experience. However, there are no such agreements for UK nationals. Avery would not qualify under the existing trade agreements (General Agreement on Trade in Service, Canada-Columbia FTA, Canada-Peru FTA, Canada-Chile FTA or NAFTA).

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Avery Edison on Toronto, travelling while trans* and how things can get complicated

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@KariDru @aedison  She's absolutely right. Edison has been nothing but transparent and I hope one day, we both get to kick it in Canada. :)

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Avery Edison on Toronto, travelling while trans* and how things can get complicated

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@Janrainia  Maybe because it's incredibly difficult to become a permanent resident? I have been trying for seven plus years now and I still haven't found a way to make it happen.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Avery Edison on Toronto, travelling while trans* and how things can get complicated

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@freezeflameinc  "Just immigrate". That just shows that you do not know what the process is like. There is no "Just immigrate", you have to qualify in some form or fashion. You either (a) have to be married, (b) have a highly skilled job or (c) have a lot of money. As a US Citizen, I know that I can come to Canada to work without having to get a Labour Market Opinion because I am in one of the 60-something NAFTA-eligible professions. But not everyone is as fortunate.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Avery Edison on Toronto, travelling while trans* and how things can get complicated

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@arpowers @erbuc I hope I get accepted. :)

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