Can Canadians Retire in the US?
Are you a Canadian citizen who is approaching retirement? Are you wondering if there’s any way you can spend your retirement in a warmer climate, or at the very least, the winters?
Retiring Permanently in the US as a Canadian is Not Possible
Many Canadians spend their winters in the United States, some even have property in the United States that makes spending their winters there a perfect solution. However, if you are a Canadian citizen there is a limit to how much time you can spend in the United States. You may only spend six months per year in the United States, and both the United States and Canada do not allow you to stay longer.
How Can I Retire Permanently in the US?
If you want to retire permanently in the United States you must first become a permanent resident of the United States. This means you will have to go through the regular immigration channels to become a permanent resident of the United States, and there are many ways in which you can do
For example, if you are in the United States on a work visa, your employer can petition you for permanent residency and you can eventually retire in the United States. You could also become a permanent resident of the United States if you have a close relative or spouse who is a citizen or a permanent resident, and then they could sponsor you for permanent residency.
Options to Retire in the US Vary
However these options don’t work for everyone. If you are a Canadian citizen and have a high net worth or you can make an investment in a new or existing business, you could consider applying for an investor visa. Depending on which kind of visa you apply for, you could obtain permanent residency in the United States or you could be able to remain in the United States for several years.
For example, the investor E-2 visa is for five years but you would be able to renew it. You will have to make an investment in a new or existing business to obtain this visa. The E-B5 visa is similar, but also requires a high net worth. In addition, this visa is for permanent residency.
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About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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