Canadian Citizen Coming To India!

#1 Apr 15th, 2013, 05:52
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Hi there!

I am a Canadian citizen by birth (Caucasian) and have been in a long distance relationship for 4 years with my partner from India (Punjab). I will be coming there in August to get married and have a few questions I am hoping anyone can sort out for me!? I DO NOT want to come back to Canada at any point after I leave as I will be settling here and taking all my things there. We have no plans at all to live in Canada so giving up my Canadian citizenship would not be a problem if it was mandatory..

1) Is applying for a visitor visa my only option for entering into India?
2) As we have a plan of residing there after we get married is it something to disclose to any government official here when applying for my visa or should I keep everything "hush"?
3) Can my husband apply for permanent residency once we are married? **Given that it falls within the time limit of my visa!

He seems to think and has been advised from an advocate in Punjab that the process isn't really that difficult once we are married as the Indian government shouldn't allow a wife (ME!) to be away from my husband and abruptly leave the country and not be allowed to reside there.

If anyone has any thoughts/information it would be greatly appreciated as I have been under a great amount of stress on this subject and have been suffering from sleepless nights. My future hubby seems so relaxed and confident about it all but I couldn't bear to have to leave him once we are married!

Thank you, Alex
#2 Apr 15th, 2013, 06:14
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Originally Posted by missalexandrah View Post If anyone has any thoughts/information it would be greatly appreciated as I have been under a great amount of stress on this subject and have been suffering from sleepless nights. My future hubby seems so relaxed and confident about it all but I couldn't bear to have to leave him once we are married!

Thank you, Alex
Begin with reading the various threads in this sub-forums. Your Subject header is not very illuminating.

Apply for the T(ourist) Visa by mail. You do not have to mention anything about impending wedding.

How old are you ? The reason I ask is that many a times people have an idealized notion of the world, I presume you have visited India before !
#3 Apr 15th, 2013, 08:01
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Hi Alex,

Welcome your visit to India. You are fortunate that you have Canadian citizenship, and Canada allowed its citizens to obtain dual citizenship from other countery. India also give honour to Canadian and it will grant you visitor visa. You can applied for multiple entry and it has same visa fees. But Inida is not so libral after expiring your visa you have to apply again or if you merried there you need to apply.

Punjabis are residing largest numbers in Canada after Punjab. It is dream, desire for them to visit Canada. You can be flexible and make your decision not to back after your marriage and papers granted by Indian government. Otherwise Canada will always welcome you and your spouse. This photo from GT road in Punjab and Canadian can easily get job for english tutor.
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#4 Apr 15th, 2013, 09:10
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Hi Alex ---

One step at a time. Here are the steps:

1. Get a tourist visa.

2. Enjoy your visit and marry.

3. Do the paperwork for residency.

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India/Punjab is ghastly hot and humid in August except hill stations. You have to experience it to believe it. If this is your first visit, brace yourself for a culture shock as well. Spend a few months in India to gauge the overall situation before making firm decisions.

You do not have to give up your Canadian citizenship to marry or live in India.
#5 Apr 19th, 2013, 13:44
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Hi Alex,

I am a Canadian living in India for the last 4 years. I got married here to an Indian almost a year ago. In my experience, your visas for India shouldn't be a problem. I haven't faced any problems, as it seems that the indian government does not pride itself on separating families (like some others that I know - namely our own!) This is where you need to exercise extreme caution and I wish that someone had said all of this to me before i ended up where I am now.
My husband was just denied a simple tourist visa to come to Canada with me to visit my family, whom he has never met. Anyone who tells you that it is easy to get your partner into Canada is simply wrong and due to all these people who say so, we were honest and then we got rejected. They denied him because he has too many ties to Canada and they are afraid that he is going to stay. My family wrote invitation letters and we gave out marriage certificate and all of that (if you can believe it) worked against us. My advice is that if your partner is financially stable, you should avoid mentioning anything about him being married to you and just try for a visa for tourism purposes. As we have not done that, I can't say how it will turn out (I am no expert), but the route we took did not work out. I would just advise you to be very careful before applying and mabye consult a lawyer in Canada if you are really serious about going to Canada. Don't just apply thinking that everything will work out. It seems that the things which should work in your favor on the application may just end up working against you. As I said, I haven't found any problem like this in India though. Family seems to be everything here. Good Luck!
#6 Apr 19th, 2013, 22:27
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Originally Posted by missalexandrah View Post ...I DO NOT want to come back to Canada at any point after I leave as I will be settling here and taking all my things there. We have no plans at all to live in Canada so giving up my Canadian citizenship would not be a problem if it was mandatory..

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3) Can my husband apply for permanent residency once we are married? **Given that it falls within the time limit of my visa!
? Is your husband marrying you so that he can get permanent residency in Canada while you have no intention of ever going back there?!

There is no such thing as permanent residency for you in India, and you will apply for whatever it is, not your husband.

What you do is enter on a tourist visa, get married, convert it to an X visa, and after a year of marriage apply for a 15-year PIO card.

Something that might help both of you get your husbands to visit your family in Canada would be if his passport shows stamps of other smaller trips, like you are people who travel and come back to India by habit. SO take a little honeymoon to Thailand or Sri Lanka or something.

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