IFLYMCO From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 482 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 2 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1853 times:
I figure since there are most likely those of you in this situation I wanted to ask.. how easy it is for Canadians to live in the US and Americans to live in Canada? By that I mean is it easy to obtain the necessary visas and paperwork? The reason I am asking is my mom is currently dating a Canadian guy and is thinking about possibly settling in Canada sometime in the future (without getting married, so no citizenship). Can this be done easily or has Canada cracked down?
On the flip side, I am wondering how easy it is for Canadians to live in the US.. Has the US cracked down (maybe after 9/11)?
Thanks for any info!
P.S. Please disregard my flag, my family is American. Cheers!
YOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4902 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1795 times:
Americans can move up here easily. If they intend to settle here long term they require a job or sponsor or can simply apply for landed immigrant status. Canada permits dual citizenship so she will not have to give up her US passport. Canada has not lost sight of the fact that it is a country built from/by immigrants, something I fear the US has. For more info you can check out Immigration Canada's site (like your INS) http://www.cic.gc.ca
It's getting tougher and tougher for us to come down to the US because of 9/11 driven paranoia and rule changes. Last year I drove down to Buffalo for a Bills game and my car was trashed by US Customs and it took us 2.5 hours at the border.
N1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26708 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1766 times:
Quoting YOWza (Reply 1): Americans can move up here easily. If they intend to settle here long term they require a job or sponsor or can simply apply for landed immigrant status. Canada permits dual citizenship so she will not have to give up her US passport
Also, given Canada's strong domestic partnership/common law marriage laws, it is possible that your mother will be able to get residency in Canada through her boyfriend
Mangeons les French fries, mais surtout pratiquons avec fierte le French kiss
IFLYMCO From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 482 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1691 times:
Wow, thanks guys/gals for the info! I have been to Canada only once before, for 2 weeks and I loved the people and the country. (Which is why I was encouraging her to move up there). Of course, they would be moving to Montreal (and she doesn't speak French) but that is a whole 'nother ballgame.
I'm sorry that it is getting harder for Canadians to move here, our loss.
Quoting Greasespot (Reply 4): tough up here for americans as they have to re-learn to spell words....such as Earth...Colour....etc....Plus we say Z'ed instead of z'ee...
HAHA don't forget the difference between "abowt"- American and "aboot"- Canadian or "houws"- American and "hoos"- Canadian.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40011 posts, RR: 74
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 11 hours ago) and read 1624 times:
Quoting YOWza (Reply 1): Canada permits dual citizenship so she will not have to give up her US passport. Canada has not lost sight of the fact that it is a country built from/by immigrants, something I fear the US has.
Thanks for the tip.
I wish my father had enrolled us in school in Montreal when he worked there back in the late 1970s. We did have a second home in Montreal.
That is a city I would consider moving to.
Now if I can find an voluptuous & sexy early 20 something Quebecois gal that worships and understands me, we can get married and I can become Canadian.
Merci pour le bout. Je souhaite que mon père se soit inscrit nous à l'école à Montréal quand il a travaillé là en arrière vers la fin des années 70. Nous avons eu une résidence secondaire à Montréal. C'est une ville que je considérerais me déplacer à. Maintenant si je puis trouver tôt des 20 voluptuous et sexy quelque chose la fille de Quebecois qui m'adore et comprend, nous pouvons nous marier et je puis devenir canadien.