Is there a Retirement visa for the United States?
Every year, many Canadian citizens flock to the United States in search of a warmer climate. Whether they only wish to spend their winters in the United States or they want to live in the United States permanently after they retire, they will have to do so through the proper channels and in the proper manner.
As of right now there is no real retirement visa for Canadians who wish to live in the United States after they retire. However, Canadians do have options when it comes to living out their golden years in the United States.
How can I spend my winters in the United States?
Unlike other foreign nationals, Canadians may spend up to six months in the United States during any given year. They cannot stay past six months, but they can break up this six months in smaller increments if they wish.
However, once the six months are up you must return to the United States as you are not a permanent resident. In addition, if you stay longer than six months you risk losing your provincial health care coverage and ties to Canada.
If you are interested in retiring in the United States permanently, you can look into permanent residence in the United States. There are a number of different ways to obtain permanent residence in the United States, including having an employer or family member sponsor you for permanent residence.
Another method that Canadian citizens can consider is are E-visas. Canadians of retirement age may have enough net worth to make investments in a United States business, which could make them eligible for an E-Visa. For example, one could invest in a business and obtain an E-2 visa, which will allow you to remain in the United States for five years. In addition, this visa can be renewed which would allow you to remain in the US for longer.
If you have a higher net worth, you could consider the E-B5 visa, which leads to permanent residency but requires a higher investment than the E2 visa.
Do you want to retire in the United States? We can help you! Determining how you can retire in the United States is a complicated process, so speak with a licensed immigration lawyer before you make plans.
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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