Aranizer wrote:You let wife apply for tourism visa. When she puts foot in canada, it is a different game/ immigration process.
There is a legal process that take about 2-3 years before she is given legal status in Canada. Meanwhile she can not be deported but also she can not leave Canada until her legal status issue is resolved. If she leave Canada for whatever reason she can not come back.
Depending on your sitiuation, but bottom line is:
Legal way: long and encouraged
Illegal way: fast but with disadvantage
Note that this is not the 'illegal' way. There are two ways to sponsor a spouse to immigrate to Canada: one is called 'outland' and one is called 'inland'. Both are legal.
If the wife enters Canada as a visitor (note Taiwanese citizens do not need a visitor visa anymore), she can then apply 'inland'. This process can take up to two years. After the first part of the processing, which takes around 10 months, she can get permission to work. For the whole processing time she cannot leave Canada; if she does, she may not be let back in, and if she can't get back in the sponsorship will be denied.
They can also sponsor her while she is living in Taiwan through the 'outland' process. For almost all countries, outland processing is much faster than inland processing, so most people recommend the outland process for that reason. However, her application is going through Hong Kong, which has a very long processing time - about the same as the inland process.
I would still recommend she apply 'outland': 1. applications from Taiwan normally are processed much more quickly than the average for Hong Kong; 2. since she does not need a tourist visa to enter Canada, she can apply outland, and still come to Canada as a 'visitor' and wait there with her husband for the processing to be finished. She is free to leave Canada without jeopardizing her application.