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Old 06-07-2013, 11:39 AM
 
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Is it possible for a Canadian couple with two young children to immigrate to the US? We both have good jobs here but our jobs here would require US citizenship there and we would never be sponsored by employment. My grandfather was a citizen, does that count for anything? Just throwing out a bone
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:42 AM
 
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Impossible. If you have good jobs in Canada, why would you want to move to the U.S. where it is illegal for you to work?

Here are the basic ways to immigrate to the U.S.:

1.) Through family. Your grandfather would have to sponsor your parent, who would have to wait five to eight years to get a green card, then wait 5 years and apply for citizenship, and then sponsor you. This would take at least 10 years.

2.) Through an employer sponsoring you. If you've already ruled this option out, then it's not going to happen.

3.) Diversity lottery. Canada is not one of the eligible countries.

4.) Apply as a refugee: Not an option

5.) Invest a large sum of money in an American business. I believe you need to invest at least $1 million.


Your only option is #5.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:44 AM
 
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Mainly for weather reasons. We don't want to go anywhere illegally, so just looking at various options (or non-options I suppose). If we were to get citizenship one day, around Arizona/Texas/New Mexico would be a good place for our work.
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:02 PM
 
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Get pregnant and give birth in the US.
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Mainly for weather reasons. We don't want to go anywhere illegally, so just looking at various options (or non-options I suppose). If we were to get citizenship one day, around Arizona/Texas/New Mexico would be a good place for our work.
You can live in the U.S. for up to 6 months per year with no permission to work or open a bank account, this is what a lot of retired Canadians do in Florida. Otherwise, there is no legal way for you to immigrate and work. There's no more Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty's "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses" has no meaning anymore.

If you have a baby in the U.S., they can sponsor you to immigrate once they turn 21, but until then they can't.
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:37 PM
 
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Good info, thanks. Yeah my baby factory is closed, no thanks! I live in Quebec and yes, I find a lot of them still own property here. Come back for the healthcare, go for the weather, that sort of thing. I suppose that's a retirement possibility instead. Oh well, I guess we'll stick to travel in the meantime and see if my husband's work can open some possibilities in the future. Quite unlikely, we both work government jobs. Thanks!
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Get pregnant and give birth in the US.
No. Then it's an 18 year wait for the citizen child to be able to sponsor them.
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