top of page
  • Immergity Immigration

All you need to know about moving to Canada from the United States


Are you considering a move to Canada from the United States? If so, you’re not alone. In recent years, more and more people have been looking to take advantage of Canada’s many benefits and its close proximity to the U.S. Fortunately, there are a variety of options available for people looking to make the move, including immigration, work, study, and citizenship programs. In this blog post, we’ll be taking a closer look at all the different options available for those considering a move to Canada from the United States.


The basics of moving to Canada


When it comes to migrating to Canada from the United States, there are a few options available to you. You can enter and stay in Canada as a visitor, student, worker, or citizen.


As a visitor, you will need a valid passport and possibly a visa depending on your nationality. Visas are only required for some citizens from certain countries, such as those from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. You’ll also need to be in good health and show that you have enough funds to support yourself while in Canada. If you are planning to visit Canada for more than six months, you’ll need to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV).


If you plan on staying in Canada for an extended period of time, such as to work or study, then you may need to apply for a work or study permit. In order to apply for either of these permits, you will need a valid job offer or a letter of acceptance from a Canadian educational institution. You will also need to prove that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada.


Finally, if you wish to become a Canadian citizen, you must meet certain requirements such as living in Canada for at least three years and taking a citizenship test. The exact requirements will depend on your individual circumstances.


No matter which route you decide to take when moving to Canada, it’s important to know the necessary steps and paperwork needed. It’s also important to remember that immigration regulations can change quickly so it’s best to double-check with an immigration lawyer or other trusted source before making any plans.


Applying for a work permit


If you are moving to Canada from the United States to work, there are several different types of work permits you may be eligible for. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to obtain a work permit that allows you to work in Canada for a specific employer, a permit that allows you to work for any employer in a certain sector or region, or a permit that allows you to work anywhere in Canada for any employer.


When applying for a work permit, you will need to provide documents such as your valid passport, proof of employment (such as an offer of employment from an employer in Canada), proof of education, and other supporting documents. You will also need to pass medical and security clearances before being approved for a work permit.


When applying for a work permit, it is important to ensure that you meet all the requirements and provide all the necessary documentation. Doing so will help ensure that your application is processed quickly and efficiently, allowing you to get working in Canada in no time.


Types of work permits


When it comes to moving to Canada from the United States, there are a variety of work permits available for those who wish to work in the country.


Three common types of work permits are NAFTA Work Permits, Employer Specific Work Permits, and Spousal Open Work Permits.


NAFTA Work Permits are designed for citizens of the U.S. or Mexico who are coming to Canada to perform professional services in certain fields. To be eligible, applicants must have the necessary qualifications, experience, and proof of professional status in their home country. There is no job offer required for this type of work permit, however applicants must submit a completed application form and supporting documents.


Employer Specific Work Permits are designed for those who already have a job offer from a Canadian employer. This type of work permit requires that the employer have a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). This LMIA is proof that the employer attempted to hire a Canadian citizen or permanent resident before offering the job to a foreign national. Once the employer has obtained an LMIA, the employee can then apply for their work permit with the application form and supporting documents.



Finally, Spousal Open Work Permits are designed for spouses of temporary foreign workers or foreign students. This type of work permit allows spouses to work while they wait for their own work permit application to be processed. Spouses who are eligible can apply for an open work permit without the need of a job offer or an LMIA. It should be noted that there are specific eligibility criteria that must be met in order to qualify for this type of work permit.


These three types of work permits are just some of the options available for those looking to move to Canada from the United States. It is important to research each type of work permit carefully in order to determine which one best suits your needs and circumstances. Additionally, always consult a qualified immigration lawyer or consultant before applying for any type of work permit in order to ensure that you are following all applicable laws and regulations.


Studying in Canada


With a Canadian study permit, you are able to work up to 20 hours per week when school is in session and up to 40 hours per week during breaks and holidays. This can be beneficial for helping to cover the costs of tuition or living expenses. In contrast, F-1 visas in the US can limit international students to certain jobs and may not allow them to work off-campus during their first academic year.


Moreover, post-graduate work permits (PGWPs) are available following most programs of study in Canada. Your PGWP can be valid for the same duration as your study permit, up to three years, allowing you to gain valuable Canadian work experience. This experience, along with a degree from a Canadian institution, can drastically increase your chances of successfully applying for Canadian permanent residence. This is not always the case for those who stay in the US, as finding a sponsor company is often necessary for continuing your stay through work.


Overall, studying in Canada offers many advantages for those from the US compared to the US itself. So if you are considering moving to Canada from the US, consider all the options available to you and the benefits that come with studying in Canada.


Applying for permanent residence


One of the easiest ways to immigrate to Canada from the US is through Canada’s Express Entry system.


The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW) is designed for people who have skilled work experience and want to become permanent residents of Canada. To be eligible, you must have at least one year of continuous full-time or equivalent part-time paid work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled occupation. This program also takes into consideration factors such as your education, language abilities, and age.


The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST) is for those looking to become permanent residents of Canada based on their qualifications in a skilled trade. To be eligible, you must have two years of full-time work experience in the last five years or equivalent part-time work experience in a qualified trade. You must also have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer or have obtained certification from a provincial or territorial body.


Finally, the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is designed for those who have Canadian work experience and want to become permanent residents of Canada. To be eligible, you must have at least 12 months of full-time or equivalent part-time paid work experience in Canada within the three years prior to applying for immigration. In addition, you must have a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 language proficiency in either English or French.


All three programs are points-based, so the more points you have in the selection criteria, the higher your chances of being approved for permanent residence. Each program has its own specific requirements and criteria, so it’s important to read up on them before submitting an application.


Family Sponsorship


If you're considering moving to Canada from the United States, one option you may want to consider is getting sponsored by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. This type of sponsorship allows a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to sponsor an applicant to become a permanent resident in Canada.


There are several eligibility requirements that both the sponsor and the sponsored person must meet in order to qualify for family sponsorship. For example, the sponsor must be at least 18 years of age, must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and must meet the necessary income requirements. The sponsored person must also meet certain eligibility criteria such as having family ties to Canada, not having a criminal record, and not posing a security risk to Canada.


In addition, the sponsor is responsible for providing basic needs for the sponsored person for the duration of their stay in Canada. This includes providing for their housing and living expenses, health care costs, and other necessities. The length of time for which the sponsorship is valid depends on the type of sponsorship that is granted and can range from three to ten years.


Sponsorship is a great way to make the move to Canada from the United States easier and more convenient, as it allows a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to provide financial and emotional support while helping to facilitate the process of becoming a permanent resident.


Start a Business


If you are a U.S. citizen looking to start a business in Canada, you have several options available to you. Canadian immigration laws provide an opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs to open a business in Canada. As an immigrant entrepreneur, you can create jobs for Canadians, help increase Canada’s economic development and benefit the country’s overall growth.


In order to open a business in Canada, you must first obtain the necessary authorization from the Canadian government. This authorization is given through the Start-up Visa Program, which is designed to attract foreign nationals who can invest in and operate their own business. The program requires applicants to meet certain criteria and be able to demonstrate their commitment to investing in and managing their own business. You will also need to provide a letter of support from a designated organization and complete an exploratory visit to Canada.


The Canadian Entrepreneur Program is another option for those looking to start a business in Canada. This program offers permanent residency to entrepreneurs who can prove they will contribute significantly to Canada's economy. To qualify, applicants must have a minimum net worth of CAD$300,000 and meet other program requirements. Once approved, successful applicants can apply for permanent residence and open a business in Canada.


Finally, the Self-Employed Persons Program is designed for individuals who intend to become self-employed in Canada. Applicants must have relevant experience in the field they wish to pursue and prove that they have the ability and intention to become self-employed and make a significant contribution to the Canadian economy. Successful applicants can become permanent residents and are allowed to operate their own business in Canada.


For those looking to start a business in Canada, there are many opportunities available. Whether it’s through the Start-up Visa Program, the Canadian Entrepreneur Program or the Self-Employed Persons Program, immigrants have the chance to invest in their future and become part of Canada’s thriving economy.

5 views0 comments
bottom of page