MOVING FROM THE U.S. TO CANADA | WORK, STUDY, TRAVEL
Updated: May 6
Did you know that approximately half of our clients come from the United States? Our American clients often first reach out to us by asking whether they can permanently move to Canada. Our answer to this question is yes, depending upon the immigration program you apply to and your current situation. Today, we will explain some of the options available to those who wish to come to Canada from the USA permanently.
PERMANENT IMMIGRATION TO CANADA
Some of our U.S. clients have come to Canada in the past and wish to immigrate permanently. There are several programs available to those who wish to permanently come to Canada.
Express Entry Stream: Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Federal Skilled Trades Program
Provincial Nominee Programs: The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is a popular choice. This program allows foreign workers, international students, and others to apply for a nomination for permanent residence in Ontario.
Family Sponsorship: If you have an eligible family member already living in Canada, they may be able to sponsor you to come to Canada as well.
Business Immigration: The Canadian Start-Up Visa program was designed for immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills needed to build innovative businesses in Canada that will help create more jobs in the country. Many of our clients have come to Canada through this stream of entry.
Want to stay in Canada?
After staying in Canada for a certain period of time, you can apply for Canadian Citizenship. In order to apply, you must:
be a permanent resident
have lived in Canada for 3 out of the last 5 years
have filed your taxes
show how well you know Canada
prove your language skills
The cost to apply for Canadian citizenship is $630 for an adult or $100 for a minor. Once you submit your application, it typically takes approximately 12 months for it to be processed. While you wait to receive notification from the Canadian government, you can monitor the status of your application in an online portal.
If you are deemed eligible, you may be invited to take a citizenship test. After the test, you would attend an interview with a citizenship official (typically on the same day as the test). After the interview and test are complete, the Government of Canada will make an official decision on your application. If your application is approved, there will be one final step to complete: taking the Oath of Citizenship. The Oath of Citizenship ceremony usually occurs three months after a decision has been made regarding your application and you’ll receive an invitation about 1 month before the ceremony.
Many of our U.S. clients settle within Durham Region in Cobourg, Port Hope, Newcastle, Bowmanville, Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and Pickering. According to the 2016 Census, nearly one-quarter of Durham residents are immigrants to Canada. Among the United States, the most popular countries of origin include India, Philippines, Pakistan, China, Jamaica, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Bangladesh, and Egypt.
Do you have friends and family who want to visit you in Canada? Read our article about moving to Canada from the USA temporarily.
Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.
We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.