You are getting some good advice here but I have a question if I may.
Have you been in touch with the U.S. Consulate - say in Vancouver? ( don't know where you live).
They have brochures and pamphlets they can send you if you can't make a visit to their offices
and can answer questions once you establish your time with an advisor.
You might also try writing a letter to their office asking all your questions and going that route.
I did more than 85% of my required paperwork in Canada before I moved permanently. I was a student applicant though - and had no fiancee - but glad you decided to go the fiancee route - it will speed up your process and your daughter's. Even so, I still had to find a job when I arrived but the schools helped me with that too.
Good luck to you - I hope your pressure will ease up soon.
I am a Canadian Citizen and I have been dating an American man for 2 years now. I would like to move to Seattle where he lives, so we can start our life together. I have researched the different visa's and possible ways we could do this. We considered the fiance visa, but we don't want to just get married to get us out there (I have a 7 yr old daughter also) and its almost forcing us to get married because you have to do it within 90 days or you have to leave the US and cannot reapply for another 6mths!! So I was going to try and apply for jobs from here and hope that they will help me get a worker's visa, OR can I apply for one anyway without having a job lined up there? I have had people tell me, that if I just go down there and stay, I can apply for a permanent resident status. But my issue is, I have my furniture, a car, clothes that I need and want to bring with me there, so obviously I can't go that route because the border will be questioning me about all my stuff! SO, how can I move to the U.S. by summer 2009, with my stuff and able to work? Any suggestions or advice will be greatly appreciated, let me stress that....greatly appreciated!!!!!
I have a friend who wants just the opposite. She has met a man she wants to marry but he is an American. He would like to move to Canada. He is concerned that because he has suffered two heart attacks, he will not be accepted into this country.
Neither of them seems to know what to do or where to start. Anyone?