Quote from texascourgette
ha, we'll get married at some point, he's my person.
but not now, and not for immigration...though i can't say the topic hasn't come up once or twice.
could we say "convenient"?
i think waiting is an excellent idea and commend you.
here are a few things i think will help
a canadian citizen or permanent resident may sponsor her or his spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner, or dependent children to come to canada as permanent residents. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigra...sor/spouse.asp
you need to live together continuous for 12 months and when submitting application provide proof of living together list can be found here http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigra...-apply-who.asp
if you come on a 6 month visa (usually given to usc) you may be able to extend it. you however can not work in canada http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/extend-stay.asp
you can however look for a employer (having eligibility to sit crne will be required) and if you find one they provide lmo and you can submit application whilst in canada, have medical when requested, it will be a requirement, twp will be issued as long as requirements met and either continue living together and building up case for pr via the sponsoring family or apply for pr when the cap reopens next july ish and rn's are on the list.
although you will not get a license issued until you meet requirements and provide proof you are living legally in canada the provincial college will process your application and give eligibility to sit crne as long as the college declares you meeting nurse training requirements. once you have pr or twp (do not need license for twp) you submit to college plus application and fee for temp license which will allow you to work as a rn (with limitations) until you are able to sit crne, which as you know is only help in canada 3 times a year. i applied for twp before i had my license issued but was fortunate to be in canada as my husband had a twp
in some cases, you can apply for a work permit when you arrive in canada, or from within canada. for more information, see eligibility to apply.
did you know that you can now apply online for your work permit from within canada? http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/apply-how.asp
you are correct you can't start the process with cno until you have graduated and passed nclex and have a license issued
hope this helps, please keep us updated on how you get on