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How can I move from Canada and live in the United States?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by iroh, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. iroh

    iroh Senior member

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    I am currently living in Canada, what are the steps for becoming a US citizen? What are the options and how long does it take? Is it easy to become a US citizen if I'm born in Canada?
     


  2. intent

    intent Senior member

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    Lots of different ways.

    Most common:

    Green card through a job in the US, then go on the path to citizenship (I believe it's 5 years after Green card).
    Green card through family (or start a new one with an American spouse)

    Less common:

    Help the US in a foreign war as a translator, guerrilla, etc.
    Become a professional athlete
    Win the Nobel prize or qualify as a similarly exceptional person

    ...plus other ways.

    Honestly, there is no huge advantage in the American citizenship application process if you are Canadian, which is a shame, since Canada is very welcoming to Americans who aren't even intending to become Canadian citizens. As a Canadian working in the US I have to jump through a lot of hoops but still won't be treated as anything other than an alien. I pay taxes for benefits that I am ineligible to receive.
     


  3. brown eyes

    brown eyes Senior member

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    Stay in Canada.

    America is full.

    Besides, we don't have universal healthcare.
     


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    With NAFTA I believe the TN visa is a very common way for Canadians to move to the US for work. It is a temporary 3 year work visa. http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1274.html Definitely weigh the cost/benefits of actually switching citizenships though. Canadian citizenship is one of the best if you plan on being an expat worker from a taxation and visa-free travel standpoint.
     


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    iroh Senior member

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    What if I don't have a professional job? Can I go to the USA and work at starbucks and become a citizen?
     


  6. the shah

    the shah Persian Bro #2 and enabler-in-chief

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    I suggest you PM Piobaire. He braved the waters of the Detroit river and came out unrecognizably well.
     


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    bringusingoodale Senior member

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    I'll tell you if you tell me how I can move from the US to become a citizen of Canada.

    I want out dammit.*

    *(half joking[​IMG] )
     


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    Pantisocrat Senior member

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    How is it possible that your name appears twice in one post?

    As far as the Canadian->US citizenship is concerned, you do realize that without USA, Canada would be like Alaska right? This explains why Americans are preferred in Canada.

    [​IMG]

    Lots of different ways.

    Most common:

    Green card through a job in the US, then go on the path to citizenship (I believe it's 5 years after Green card).
    Green card through family (or start a new one with an American spouse)

    Less common:

    Help the US in a foreign war as a translator, guerrilla, etc.
    Become a professional athlete
    Win the Nobel prize or qualify as a similarly exceptional person

    ...plus other ways.

    Honestly, there is no huge advantage in the American citizenship application process if you are Canadian, which is a shame, since Canada is very welcoming to Americans who aren't even intending to become Canadian citizens. As a Canadian working in the US I have to jump through a lot of hoops but still won't be treated as anything other than an alien. I pay taxes for benefits that I am ineligible to receive.
     


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    dtmt Senior member

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    I'll tell you if you tell me how I can move from the US to become a citizen of Canada.

    I want out dammit.*

    *(half joking[​IMG] )


    Getting Canadian citizenship is actually pretty easy, you basically just apply. If you speak English (and hopefully some French), have a degree and seem employable, you're in.
     


  11. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Getting Canadian citizenship is actually pretty easy, you basically just apply. If you speak English (and hopefully some French), have a degree and seem employable, you're in.

    You forgot that you need to be verifiably unemployable, are willing to consider alternative methods of being, and preference will be given if you have a costly but long term chronic disease.


    OP, the real answer to your question? Go spend $300 and talk to an immigration lawyer to review your particulars. End of story.
     


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    Fraiche Senior member

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    What if I don't have a professional job? Can I go to the USA and work at starbucks and become a citizen?

    No. Your employer needs to sponsor you.

    If you want the easy route, marry some chick.
     


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    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    Our immigration laws are [​IMG] Good luck. I took a course on immigration law in law school and was blown away at how many hurdles we throw up for hardworking, educated people to come here. Any amnesty for illegals should be concurrent with a drastic simplification of our existing immigration laws.
     


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    You forgot that you need to be verifiably unemployable, are willing to consider alternative methods of being, and preference will be given if you have a costly but long term chronic disease.

    Herp Derp but also a little too true for my liking.
     


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    intent Senior member

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    How is it possible that your name appears twice in one post
    I'm special. See if you can figure it out.
    What if I don't have a professional job? Can I go to the USA and work at starbucks and become a citizen?
    No. Get a real job. Serious answer: There are many other "professional" jobs that don't require a specialized degree. Google "NAFTA TN status occupation list".
    Our immigration laws are [​IMG] Good luck. I took a course on immigration law in law school and was blown away at how many hurdles we throw up for hardworking, educated people to come here. Any amnesty for illegals should be concurrent with a drastic simplification of our existing immigration laws.
    Agreed. I'm going to apply for my TN status under the lawyer category this upcoming Monday. Here's hoping I don't run into a power-tripping border guard.
     


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