VonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4657 posts, RR: 25 Posted (12 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2364 times:
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.
Artsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4748 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2346 times:
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.
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:
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.
VonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4657 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2261 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!