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Immigrating From The United States to Canada

Learn the various pathways of immigration to Canada, including family-sponsorship and employment.

Interested in Immigrating to Canada from the USA?

Canada and the United States have a very close relationship that expands further than just a shared border. They conduct a great deal of bilateral trade, as supported by NAFTA, and share common values in fields such as environmental protection, law enforcement, security, and free trade. Every day, about 380,000 people cross the Canadian-American border for travel, family, and business purposes. American immigration to Canada has been constant since the country's inception through the present.

American Community in Canada

Between 2006 and 2015, 86,436 immigrants from the USA became Canadian permanent residents. The majority of American immigrants in Canada have settled in Ontario, with significant populations also in British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec. Though Canada and the US are unique from one another, their similar cultures and values create the foundation for a successful and easy integration of American immigrants.

Immigration Process

Migrants from the US to Canada have chosen to move for a variety of reasons, including economic opportunity, the chance to be closer to a family member or partner, or to work or study in Canada. In fact, a large number of American students have chosen to pursue their studiesin Canada due to the often lower tuition costs and closeness to home. Individuals may choose to come to Canada permanently or temporarily, depending on their goals and qualifications.

Working in Canada

Skilled American workers hoping to immigrate to Canada may obtain permanent residencethrough Express Entry. An individual may apply under one of the program's four categories: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canada Experience Class, or Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). American applicants will often be well qualified for their language skills and typically high level of skilled work experience and education. Many Americans who plan to conduct temporary business in Canada have the option to obtain a work permit or visa. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) allows Americans to enter the United States on a temporary basis to work or establish a business. Eligible business people, professionals, intra-company transfers, and traders and investorscan enter under NAFTA without a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Talk to an immigration lawyer to learn more about your eligibility, as well as which option may be best for you.

Family Sponsorship

Americans with family members who are citizens or permanent residents of Canada may be eligible to immigrate under the sponsorship of their relatives. Having a parent, grandparent, child, or spouse in Canada often gives people the option to immigrate under family-based preferences. To learn more about family sponsorship and your eligibility, speak to an immigration lawyer.

Additional Resources for Americans in Canada

The Consulate General and Embassy of Canadahave a number of locations throughout the USA that provide helpful visa application and immigration information for Americans interested in moving to Canada.

Call us today at 1.866.929.0991 for an assessment to see if you are eligible to move to Canada, or fill out our online assessment form.

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