Moving To Canada From U.S. Where Do You Start?
Every 4-year U.S. presidential election cycle, we hear about Americans researching ways to move to Canada when they are faced with a new political situation. Last night amidst the U.S. election results, the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration website has been crashing and apprarently it was due to too much web traffic accessing their website.
In 1986 before obtaining my Canadian permanent residency status, I enrolled as a student at Toronto's Havergal College to complete my high school years with an international student visa. At that time, my parents were already planning emigration from Hong Kong to Canada well before the 1997 mass Hong Kong exodus. One sixth of the Hong Kong population emigrated overseas between 1984 to 1997 before the return to chinese sovereignty. I officially got my Canadian permanent residency status in 1989 and have been living here ever since. As we speak, the growing pessimism in Hong Kong from the current political climate has sparked the second wave of emigration.
To become a Canadian, you must :
-Be Over 18
-Speak and write either one of the Canadian official languages [English or French]
-Be a permanent resident
-Be physically present in Canada for the minimum days within the required period set out by Canadian Citizenship and Immigration.
-Take the citizenship test
-Declare you will live in Canada after obtaining your citizenship
Here are some of the quicker ways to move to Canada and obtain citizemship
Going to school
In order to study in Canada, you will need to obtain a Canadian study permit or a student visa. A study permit allows you to study as well as switch between programs, and option to find part-time work while you study if you are a full time student so this may be a better option. For top schools and rankings, you can reference these sites:
Marry a Canadian and get sponsored to Canada
You do not automatically become a Canadian citizen when you marry one. However, your spouse can sponsor you to become one if you are not a Canadian permanent resident.
Get a Canadian employer to sponsor your work permit
There is a type of work permit that is employer specific, which requires the name of your employer, location of the work and length of the employment. Work permits can be extended while on a permanent resident application.
To find out which immigration program you are eligible to apply for, check the Canadian Immigration and Citizenship website for details.