America’s neighbor to the North, Canada is among the largest countries in the world. While it's metropolises like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver which are counted among the most prominent global financial centers draws a large number of businesspersons, its countryside cities have been luring people who wish to spend their lives in picturesque sceneries.
According to a report, approximately 250000 people from all over the world move to Canada every year. If you are a US citizen and planning to move North, then here are the steps you need to follow to make it happen.
#1. Check If You Are Eligible
Before you start planning to move to Canada, make sure that you are eligible to move there. If you have a history of human or international rights violation, criminal record or inadmissible family member, you are not eligible to go to the North American country. Other factors like misrepresentation, noncompliance with Immigration Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and health may also keep you from moving here.
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#2. Decide The Visa Type
After you have found that you are eligible to move to Canada, you need to determine the kind of Canadian visa that you qualify for. Provincial, Business Start-up or Investor, International Adoption, Express Entry for Skilled Worker and Family Sponsored are some of your options. Evaluate every single one meticulously before you zero in on the one you wish to receive.
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#3. Apply For The Citizenship
The next step is for you to apply for the Canadian visa formally. It is also important for you to note at this point that an American citizen with a valid passport, passport card or NEXUS card can live in Canada for up to 180 days without the Canadian visa. Also, there is a processing fee that is needed to be submitted along with the formal application. If you have a job offer from a Canadian company, then you will have to pay USD 191 for yourself and USD 116 for every family member you are taking with you. This fees further varies with the kind of visa you are applying for.
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#4. Wait For The Visa
After you have applied for the visa, all you can do is wait for it to get approval from the Canadian authorities, and mind you, it can take a lot of time to hear from them back. Even if you have applied for an Express Entry, you may have to wait up to six months to receive a response regarding your application. Therefore, the sooner you apply for the visa, the sooner you will be allowed to move there. Also, make sure that you provide the right information and all the required documents while filling the application.
Once you have received a nod from the Canadian authorities to move here, you can begin the process of your transition. Start by gathering all the documents you require to move to the North American country and making arrangements for where you would stay. Locking in a job before you can move, can come in handy and help with the transition. Do not forget to learn a few things about the country and the ones that might help you live there. For instance, there are some areas in Canada where French is the dominant language; therefore, knowing it may prove to be helpful if you are moving to one of those areas.
If after spending a few years in Canada, you wish to become a citizen, the next step for you would be to apply for the citizenship. The basic necessities for it are that you have to be at least 18 years of age and living in the country for the past 3 years. Along with these, you also need to know English or French and clear a Canadian government and politics exam.
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