>Can anyone tell me how to get a visa to live and work in Canada? My girlfriend
>is in Hungary and she wants to come to Canada in the summer. We don't know hoe
>to get a visa so that she can work here. Please help.
> Varga Istvan
Dear Mr. Varga:
Your querry is by no means, a simple one to respond to;
1) Regardless of anything; your girlfriend can come to Canada, under a
visitor's visa, for that purpose intended, and for that purpose only at
any given time.
2) Regardless of anything, save the following exemptions; who alone, can
enter Canada, and apply for a working permit AFTER their entry into
Canada; An Amateur coach, and artist, or a doctor who's services are
deemed by Candada as being "needed" Anyone else, coming into Canada, who
does not fit the above criteria, with the intent of working; MUST,
PRIOR to having landed in the country, be in a possession of an valid
working visa. Attaining this working visa, entails a) a formal job offer
by a viably accepted individual/organization. Also; you must keep in
mind that, this would be subject to a Canada wide job search; in order to
ensure that NO willing and/or available Canadian can fill such a
positiion. (This process can, and will take upwards from 6 months to one
year to establish). The only other exemption, could possibly be that,
which is classified under "domestic help" ie; nannies. However, there
are alot of registered organizations intact, who export this profession;
as such, looking into it deeper from a legal point of view; with regards
to immigration laws and regulation and/or consulate advice would be
The alternative to this is very simple. If they do not fit the above
category(ies); or have a pre approved working via, they will be returned
to the country of their origin by authorities - at their own expense.
3) Of course, marriage is an easy way out of all of the above -
providing that is, that you yourself are a Canadian Citizen. Saving
that, and despite that:
I would urge you to call the Hungarian Consulate in Montreal; and speak
to Mr. or Mrs. Jolipa. Or, have your girlfriend contact the Canadian
Embassy in Buda. It is a serious issue, which is not worth taking
chances about. I know of several people, who through being uninformed;
and neglecting the guidelines, have ended up being turned back; at their
point of entry - an extremely costly and emotionally disturbing
experience, one; that could have been spared by the expense of a few
For any further, in depth details, phone numbers, etc please do not
hesitate to contact me.
At 12:20 PM 2/29/96 +0100, Eva Durant wrote:
>Hm? Everyone was fairly happy with the NHS system here (UK)
>until the tories decided to save money.
I wonder why the tories decided to save money? Is it possible that because
it was running out?
>In Hungary - as I mentioned - in the 80s, it was comparable
>(personal experience only of Kaposvar/Rochdale (Lancs))
>with UK, and better than Greece.
The system in Hungary implied that the patient was supposed (and still is)
to slip an envelope with money into the doctor's pocket after being treated
(not unlike a barbershop). The poor patient never knows if it is enough, the
poor doctor has to accept it because of the low salary. You think this
>So I think that it works better than any private-based system,
>and is far cheaper.
Yes, it is cheaper but it does not work.
>It would be even cheaper, if pharmaceuticals
>were in the public domain...
Just check, how many of the past few decades' revolutionary (sorry for this
word) drugs were invented in the state-owned pharnaceutical companies of
Eastern Europe and Soviet Union? Sick people (unless they belonged to the
elite) in need of an advanced drug just died. But it was cheaper.
Gabor D. Farkas