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Old 11-16-2008, 12:20 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Just curious, how hard is it for an American to move to Canada, specifically Victoria, BC or maybe Vancouver. Do you need to have some sort of specialized degree or training, or a job offer from someone? Also, what kind of paperwork would be involved? Thank you in advance for any replies, I'm not planning on moving, but again just curious!
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Old 11-16-2008, 08:41 PM
 
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There are several avenues for immigrating to Canada: spousal sponsorship, temporary worker, etc.

For all the categories, the processes involved and the current wait times, visit Welcome Page | Page d'accueil
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Old 11-16-2008, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Thank you for that!
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Old 12-23-2008, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Tucson,Az
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well I too am looking to move to vancouver area and it is to my understanding you can visit canada up to six months at that time you cross back over and hang out for a week or so visit family and what not then when you go back you get an additional six months. Crazy loop holes. Side note... I just noticed your in pheonix az and I am in tucson
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Old 12-23-2008, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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well I too am looking to move to vancouver area and it is to my understanding you can visit canada up to six months at that time you cross back over and hang out for a week or so visit family and what not then when you go back you get an additional six months. Crazy loop holes. Side note... I just noticed your in pheonix az and I am in tucson
It's six months less a day in a twelve month period. Works the same for Snowbirds that go to AZ. Believe me, there's no loophole, and it will be noticed.
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Old 12-24-2008, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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It's six months less a day in a twelve month period. Works the same for Snowbirds that go to AZ. Believe me, there's no loophole, and it will be noticed.
Not really. They don't really keep track of when you leave. Just when you enter.
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Old 12-24-2008, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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Too funny, I was living in Victoria Bc and immigrated here...it's polar opposite in weather, you can freeze in the summer up there and get used to dark, grey, rainy days and bath towels that don't dry out between showers. I can't take the weather up there!!!

PS right now they have feet of snow and are not equipped for it, it's kind of a freak thing
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Old 12-24-2008, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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Not really. They don't really keep track of when you leave. Just when you enter.
This will all be changing because as the US gov't tightens up their end, Canada follows suit.
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Old 12-24-2008, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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This will all be changing because as the US gov't tightens up their end, Canada follows suit.
I don't think we will tighten up. President Obama has made it known that we are going to have better relations with Canada and, if anything, it will be easier to cross the border. In fact one day I hope we have a "citizen of one, citizen of all" thing like the EU has where people can simply show their passports and cross the border at will both ways.
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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well I too am looking to move to vancouver area and it is to my understanding you can visit canada up to six months at that time you cross back over and hang out for a week or so visit family and what not then when you go back you get an additional six months. Crazy loop holes. Side note... I just noticed your in pheonix az and I am in tucson
But if you are a "visitor" you cannot work. Once your name/ number is brought up into a database in Canada, if they catch you working or trying to use the healthcare system, you may risk your chances of actually immigrating legally in the future. This happens allot here in Japan with people trying to do the Visa run thing and extend there time, then they get red flagged and cannot return for 5 years (or something). Even if they are loose at the Canadian border for "leaving" Canada the computer in the states wants to know where its citizens are and why they keep "entering". Living in a foreign country is never as simple as it seems, loopholes are few and far between and closing everyday as the government get wise to whats happening (they are not as dumb as we think!), but the rewards can be great if you have patience and acceptance. My advise, just do it the right way...

Good Luck
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