US Citizens Moving to Canada

If you are a US citizen who wants to move to Canada, keep reading this article. Of course, other nationalities may also benefit from it, but my focus is on Americans. Therefore, some of the options do not apply to them.

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Why moving to Canada?

Canada is the second-largest landmass in the world and the tenth-largest economy. However, these are not potential reasons for a US citizen to move to Canada. Here are some real reasons:

  • Canada is your northern neighbour (yes, neighbour, not neighbor!). Therefore, you may travel back home and visit your relatives and friends easily. Since they do not need a visit visa, they may also easily visit you.
  • Our culture is probably the closest culture to yours. While there are some differences, you will easily adjust.
  • The legal and economic structures of both countries are very close.
  • Except for Quebec, English is the dominant language of Canada. About two-thirds of Canadians are native English speakers. Of course, everybody else also knows the English language well.
  • Our mutual trade deals, such as CUSMA, a.k.a. USMCA, make it so easy for you to extend your business to Canada.
  • Since our professional bodies have similar structures to a great extent, receiving a Canadian licence is relatively easy for most professionals.
  • Most American TV shows and channels also run in Canada.
  • Many American brands exist in Canada, so you feel at home for the most part.
  • You could exchange your driver’s license with a Canadian driver’s licence. Of course, some exceptions apply.

There is no doubt that Canada is a cold country. However, it is the best country to move to as a US citizen despite the cold weather.

Moving to Canada temporarily as a US citizen

As a US citizen, you could consider moving to Canada temporarily. Assuming you are not inadmissible to Canada, here are some options.

Moving to Canada permanently

To permanently move to Canada, you must immigrate. However, the immigration options for Americans are pretty much the same as other nations.

When you move to Canada permanently, you must meet the residency requirements to remain a permanent resident. Of course, you could eventually become a naturalized Canadian citizen.

Can a US citizen who is an inadmissible move to Canada?

If you are inadmissible to Canada, you could still move to Canada under one of these conditions:

If Canadian authorities have deported you, an application for Authorization to Return to Canada is also on the table.

Are you ready to move to Canada?

If you are ready to move to Canada as a US citizen or have any questions, please fill out this form. Of course, we will review the form and will contact you accordingly. Make sure your email address is correct, as our initial contact will be via an email.

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    Al Parsai, MA, DTM, RCIC
    Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant
    Ashton College Instructor – Immigration Consulting
    Author – 88 Tips on Immigration to Canada


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    Al Parsai

    Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (class L3 RCIC-IRB – Unrestricted Practice) in Toronto, Canada. He is an adjunct professor at Queen's University Law School and Ashton College. Al, who holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from York University, is a member of CICC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented thousands of applicants from more than 50 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.

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