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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

Hey All,

I (well my mother really) have some questions about Canadians moving to the US. My mother has just about had it with the Canadian climate and really wants to move somewhere warm. However my mother isn't ready to retire so she would have to work to support herself until she can retire. Is it a huge hassle for Canadians to move there? I know there are a few Canadian ex pats on this forum. Any info on the process involved will be much appreciated.

Regards,
Kris YYC  Smile


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User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1319 times:

Hi Kris,
It is a total nightmare beyond total nightmares. I have British and Canadian citizenship, and am currently in the middle of the process of doing exactly as you suggested. They are so back logged that they are currently processing applications from August 2001. There are a number of different items for you to apply for. The following are the main forms you will need.

I-130
I-131
I-485
I-864
I-765
G-325A

You will need to meet certain criteria in order to apply at all. You either need to have a relative (US citizen) that will sponsor you to come to the US, be married to a US citizen yourself, or have a job for a US company that is willing to sponser you. Lastly, if you can get into the country illegally, then you can apply for asylum.

Those are the only options of note. A good website for this is:

http://uscis.gov/graphics/index.htm

I am married to a US citizen, yet since coming to the US, I am not yet alllowed to work, and currently am not allowed to leave either, so it is pretty tough. The estimates to get a green card are another 60 days, I should be able to leave by May 1st, but getting residency will take about 3 years.

If you think of yourself as lucky, you can try the green card lottery that they run every year, it is free to apply (do not pay for this under any circumstances) but I do not think Canadians get much of an allocation.

Hope this helps

Jeremy


User currently offlineJutes85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1288 times:

Don't forget to buy a gun for "protection".

BTW, lower British Columbia is just as warm in the summer as Florida is.


User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1283 times:

"BTW, lower British Columbia is just as warm in the summer as Florida is."

Summer yes, winter? No.



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User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1265 times:

Jeremy, I didn't realize that you weren't allowed to work in the US. I thought you worked for CO, hence the repeated location of IAH-LGW-IAH-LGW-IAH... on your profile. What's the story?

User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1257 times:

Jeremy, I didn't realize that you weren't allowed to work in the US. I thought you worked for CO, hence the repeated location of IAH-LGW-IAH-LGW-IAH... on your profile. What's the story?
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Transfered to the US, not allowed to work until Green card sorted out. Will be on the CO payroll the day that the green card comes through.

J


User currently offlineAirplay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1252 times:

"Canadian climate"? Are you suggesting that the "American climate" is better than the "Canadian" climate? I'm curious. Where exactly is Mom planning to plant herself?

User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1234 times:

""Canadian climate"? Are you suggesting that the "American climate" is better than the "Canadian" climate? I'm curious. Where exactly is Mom planning to plant herself?"

You seriously have to ask this being from Winnipeg?

My mother is sick of living in a frozen wasteland half of the year. She wants to live somewhere warm in the US. She likes Florida the most, but she'll go anywhere she can get a job that is warm (California, Texas, The South, Arizona etc.).

Believe it or not but the US does have some things on Canada.

Thanks Artsyman for your detailed reply. I (and my mother) appreciate it!

Kris



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User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1228 times:

Move down to Colorado. Friendly place, not hickish unless you go to some unpopulated area. great spotting, good climate.


I'd like to elect a president that has a Higher IQ than a retarted ant.
User currently offlineJutes85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1219 times:

Just wait until Canada get the Turks and Caicos Islands, then we'll have the US beat! Big grin  Big grin

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