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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Canada
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I am Canadian and my husband is American. I have been living in the USA since 2005. We are wondering what steps we have to take for him to move to Canada and be able to work in my Country. I have my 10 year GC now since 2008. We want to move home this summer but can not find any information on whether he can work in Canada.


PEGGY & ROGER

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K-1/K-2 AOS APPROVED IN ATLANTA MAY 17, 2006

10 year GC Approved - APRIL 16th ,2009 - Peggy and Jonathan's......

Still waiting for our cards...Had to file I-90 as they sent them to the wrong address.

March 9th, 2010, Received GC that has been lost in the mail for 10 months. Still waiting for my son's that is lost as well.

Filed Waiver for my son's 10 year GC and it was approved. He finally received his GC after its been missing for 2 years.

Thanking God this is over for 10 years.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline

Hi Peggy:

My husband and I would like to do the same, so I will be very interested in any responses you get.

We are not planning on moving back to Canada any time soon, but in retirement in about 7 years. I have tried doing some research on the Canadian immigration website, but don't seem to be able to find much information about when the Canadian citizen (me) lives with my U.S. citizen husband in the U.S. Most of the information seems to be for Canadian citizens who are living in Canada and want to bring their spouse to Canada to live with them.

In our case, we would like for us to both move to Canada together.


"THE SHORT STORY"

KURT & RAYMA (K-1 Visa)

Oct. 9/03... I-129F sent to NSC

June 10/04... K-1 Interview - APPROVED!!!!

July 31/04... Entered U.S.

Aug. 28/04... WEDDING DAY!!!!

Aug. 30/04... I-485, I-765 & I-131 sent to Seattle

Dec. 10/04... AOS Interview - APPROVED!!!!! (Passport stamped)

Sept. 9/06... I-751 sent to NSC

May 15/07... 10-Yr. PR Card arrives in the mail

Sept. 13/07... N-400 sent to NSC

Aug. 21/08... Interview - PASSED!!!!

Sept. 2/08... Oath Ceremony

Sept. 5/08... Sent in Voter Registration Card

Sept. 9/08... SSA office to change status to "U.S. citizen"

Oct. 8/08... Applied in person for U.S. Passport

Oct. 22/08... U.S. Passport received

DONE!!! DONE!!! DONE!!! DONE!!!

KAELY (K-2 Visa)

Apr. 6/05... DS-230, Part I faxed to Vancouver Consulate

May 26/05... K-2 Interview - APPROVED!!!!

Sept. 5/05... Entered U.S.

Sept. 7/05... I-485 & I-131 sent to CLB

Feb. 22/06... AOS Interview - APPROVED!!!!! (Passport NOT stamped)

Dec. 4/07... I-751 sent to NSC

May 23/08... 10-Yr. PR Card arrives in the mail

Mar. 22/11.... N-400 sent to AZ

June 27/11..... Interview - PASSED!!!

July 12/11..... Oath Ceremony

We're NOT lawyers.... just your average folks who had to find their own way!!!!! Anything we post here is simply our own opinions/suggestions/experiences and should not be taken as LAW!!!!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

Hi Peggy and Raymaga,

The easiest way to move back to Canada and have your husbands able to work upon arrival is to start the process here in the US. You would be applying as 'returning residents' to Canada and their applications for Permanent Residency would be filed and processed through the Canadian Consulate in Buffalo. Then, when they were approved, you would physically move back to Canada and they would 'activate' their PR status when they cross the border and officially 'land' in Canada. The process involves many of the same activities as immigration to the US does - security checks, medicals, interviews, etc.

Here is a link to the applications, http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/fc.asp'>http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/fc.asp although it would be useful to read over the Sponsoring Spouses to Canada sections in the Citizenship and Immigration forum - there is a lot of information contained there that you can browse through by opening different links: http://www.cic.gc.ca

There are other VJ members who have done this process as well and I am sure some of them will be along to talk about their experiences.


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Are you considering getting your US citizenship before leaving? Just out of curiousity....then you wouldn;t have to worry about immigration if you ever chose to move back to the US.


Wiz(USC) and Udella(Cdn & USC!)

Naturalization

02/22/11 - Filed

02/28/11 - NOA

03/28/11 - FP

06/17/11 - status change - scheduled for interview

06/20?/11 - received physical interview letter

07/13/11 - Interview in Fairfax,VA - easiest 10 minutes of my life

07/19/11 - Oath ceremony in Fairfax, VA

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Removal of Conditions

12/1/09 - received at VSC

12/2/09 - NOA's for self and daughter

01/12/10 - Biometrics completed

03/15/10 - 10 Green Card Received - self and daughter

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Canada
Timeline

Are you considering getting your US citizenship before leaving? Just out of curiousity....then you wouldn;t have to worry about immigration if you ever chose to move back to the US.

Yes moving to live and work in Canada on a Greencard would abandon it's status and if you ever wanted to move and live in the US you would then have to start again from scratch. The Greencard only allows people to temporarly visit other countries (generally under 6 months, though that depends on the situation). Living and working outside the US regardless of time out if it's not for a US company, military service etc. would jepordize your Green Card and it very well could be considered abandoned and you would be denied entry if you ever tried to live back in the US.

If you don't care to ever live in the US again then it doesn't matter. If you do, then the only way to do this is by becomming a US citizen which then would allow you to live and work abroad...


I'm just a wanderer in the desert winds...

Timeline

1997

Oct - Job offer in US

Nov - Received my TN-1 to be authorized to work in the US

Nov - Moved to US

1998-2001

Recieved 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th TN

2002

May - Met future wife at arts fest

Nov - Recieved 6th TN

2003

Nov - Recieved 7th TN

Jul - Our Wedding

Aug - Filed for AOS

Sep - Recieved EAD

Sep - Recieved Advanced Parole

2004

Jan - Interview, accepted for Green Card

Feb - Green Card Arrived in mail

2005

Oct - I-751 sent off

2006

Jan - 10 year Green Card accepted

Mar - 10 year Green Card arrived

Oct - Filed N-400 for Naturalization

Nov - Biometrics done

Nov - Just recieved Naturalization Interview date for Jan.

2007

Jan - Naturalization Interview Completed

Feb - Oath Letter recieved

Feb - Oath Ceremony

Feb 21 - Finally a US CITIZEN (yay)

THE END

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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I'm very glad that I have my U.S. citizenship, just for the reasons you both describe. We may chose to move back to the U.S. at some point after we have lived in Canada for a while, so we won't have any problems doing so.


"THE SHORT STORY"

KURT & RAYMA (K-1 Visa)

Oct. 9/03... I-129F sent to NSC

June 10/04... K-1 Interview - APPROVED!!!!

July 31/04... Entered U.S.

Aug. 28/04... WEDDING DAY!!!!

Aug. 30/04... I-485, I-765 & I-131 sent to Seattle

Dec. 10/04... AOS Interview - APPROVED!!!!! (Passport stamped)

Sept. 9/06... I-751 sent to NSC

May 15/07... 10-Yr. PR Card arrives in the mail

Sept. 13/07... N-400 sent to NSC

Aug. 21/08... Interview - PASSED!!!!

Sept. 2/08... Oath Ceremony

Sept. 5/08... Sent in Voter Registration Card

Sept. 9/08... SSA office to change status to "U.S. citizen"

Oct. 8/08... Applied in person for U.S. Passport

Oct. 22/08... U.S. Passport received

DONE!!! DONE!!! DONE!!! DONE!!!

KAELY (K-2 Visa)

Apr. 6/05... DS-230, Part I faxed to Vancouver Consulate

May 26/05... K-2 Interview - APPROVED!!!!

Sept. 5/05... Entered U.S.

Sept. 7/05... I-485 & I-131 sent to CLB

Feb. 22/06... AOS Interview - APPROVED!!!!! (Passport NOT stamped)

Dec. 4/07... I-751 sent to NSC

May 23/08... 10-Yr. PR Card arrives in the mail

Mar. 22/11.... N-400 sent to AZ

June 27/11..... Interview - PASSED!!!

July 12/11..... Oath Ceremony

We're NOT lawyers.... just your average folks who had to find their own way!!!!! Anything we post here is simply our own opinions/suggestions/experiences and should not be taken as LAW!!!!

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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It's not dissimilar to applying for U.S. PR. For Canada you get all your stuff together in one go though - no back and forth with documents and payments (why do the American's do it that way :) )

If you apply within Canada you can apply for a work authorization as well, at some point during the process, can't remember exactly when (we applied for my Husband's while we were both living in Canada).

For applications within Canada - they apparently take longer and from what I have read you just have to appear at the border and claim that you are entering to immigrate. Now, I have never been able to find any information on doing that - I really think if that is the plan you need to call them and get details.

To apply from outside Canada, those links Kathryn gave you should give you any info you need, the Canadian website is really quite easy to follow.

Once approved the new Canadian PR will receive a 5 year permanent resident card - they don't issue them for a longer period ever - yet. That's about it. The other great thing about Canadian permanent residents married to Canadian's - if they leave Canada they don't lose their Canadian PR, as long as they are living with the Canadian spouse. Time out of the country can't be counted as though it were time in Canada though - towards Canadian citizenship.

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Canada
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Once approved the new Canadian PR will receive a 5 year permanent resident card - they don't issue them for a longer period ever - yet. That's about it. The other great thing about Canadian permanent residents married to Canadian's - if they leave Canada they don't lose their Canadian PR, as long as they are living with the Canadian spouse. Time out of the country can't be counted as though it were time in Canada though - towards Canadian citizenship.

Yeah that's definatly a bonus then if you are doing it in Canada like that. There have been so many people thinking that their Green Cards worked the same way and then upon comming back to the US found that they have no status anymore and their Green Cards are no longer valid for breaking the residency requirements. Other people have been lucky to get back in and then caught when applying for Citizenship and been deported and such as well...


I'm just a wanderer in the desert winds...

Timeline

1997

Oct - Job offer in US

Nov - Received my TN-1 to be authorized to work in the US

Nov - Moved to US

1998-2001

Recieved 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th TN

2002

May - Met future wife at arts fest

Nov - Recieved 6th TN

2003

Nov - Recieved 7th TN

Jul - Our Wedding

Aug - Filed for AOS

Sep - Recieved EAD

Sep - Recieved Advanced Parole

2004

Jan - Interview, accepted for Green Card

Feb - Green Card Arrived in mail

2005

Oct - I-751 sent off

2006

Jan - 10 year Green Card accepted

Mar - 10 year Green Card arrived

Oct - Filed N-400 for Naturalization

Nov - Biometrics done

Nov - Just recieved Naturalization Interview date for Jan.

2007

Jan - Naturalization Interview Completed

Feb - Oath Letter recieved

Feb - Oath Ceremony

Feb 21 - Finally a US CITIZEN (yay)

THE END

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Yup, read up on the links Kathryn provided. All the info is there and it's pretty straight-forward. We found it much easier to navigate than the US process.

As others have suggested, you might want to consider staying in the US till you can gain citizenship. I know you said you want to move this summer, and of course not everyone wants to naturalize, but it will certainly make your life easier should you ever decide to move back to the States.

What you want to do is apply 'Outland' vs. 'Inland' (apply while you are both in the US). It is in fact much faster. My process actually took only 3 months (though I think I just got lucky; that was super fast). I had figured it would take about 6. Whereas applying inland takes approximately 18 months.


K1

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07.12.07 - I-129f petition mailed

07.13.07 - I-129f received by VSC

07.18.07 - NOA1 notice

07.20.07 - check cashed

07.22.07 - touch

11.29.07 - NOA2, waited 140 days

11.30.07 - touch

12.03.07 - NVC Received

12.05.07 - NVC Left

12.10.07 - Consulate Rec'd

12.13.07 - Packet 3 Rec'd

03.13.08 - Packet 3 sent back to Montreal

04.08.08 - eligible for interview

05.13.08 - Packet 4 Rec'd

06.02.08 - Interview!

06.09.08 - Visa in hand!

06.16.08 - move date, POE via Peace Bridge, Buffalo, NY

06.20.08 - civil wedding

AOS

------------------------------------

06.25.08 - AOS package sent

06.30.08 - received in Chicago

07.07.08 - NOA1 for 485 (AOS), 765 (EAD), & 131 (AP), rec'd in mail 07.14.08

07.09.08 - touch on all 3

07.10.08 - check cashed

07.28.08 - case transferred to CSC

08.02.08 - Biometrics

08.03.08 - touch on AOS

08.04.08 - touch on AOS & EAD

08.05.08 - touch on EAD

08.06.08, 08.07.08, 08.21.08, 08.22.08 - touch on AOS

09.03.08 - EAD approved!

09.04.08 - touch on EAD

09.05.08 - EAD card arrives in mail

09.06.08 - AP arrives in mail (no updates online or via email)

09.23.08 - touch on AOS

09.24.08 - welcome letter mailed

09.25.08 - touch on AOS

09.30.08 - AOS approved

10.01.08 - touch on AOS

10.04.08 - Green Card received

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02.21.09 - "real" wedding in Montreal

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What if you don't want to move and live in the US again, but just want to come back to visit? Is this grounds for denial at the border?


For details visit My Timeline or Profile

ROC Timeline:
May 23, 2012 - Mailed I-751
January 7, 2013 - RFE Received
March 26, 2013 - RFE Response Sent
April 11, 2013 - ROC APPROVED

June 8th, 2013 - 10 yr GC Received (FINALLY)

AOS Timeline:
March 23, 2010 - Mailed I-485 (AOS), I-131 (AP), I-765 (EAD)
June 7, 2010 - AP received
June 12, 2010 - EAD received
August 27, 2010 - 2 yr Green Card Received!


K-1 Timeline:
April 22, 2009 - I-129F Sent
November 20, 2009 - Interview in Montreal - Approved!
January 3, 2010 - POE (Ambassador Bridge)
January 20, 2010 - Wedding

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Canada
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What if you don't want to move and live in the US again, but just want to come back to visit? Is this grounds for denial at the border?

No you just hand in your Green Card when leaving and enter as any other Canadian citizen when visiting the US...


I'm just a wanderer in the desert winds...

Timeline

1997

Oct - Job offer in US

Nov - Received my TN-1 to be authorized to work in the US

Nov - Moved to US

1998-2001

Recieved 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th TN

2002

May - Met future wife at arts fest

Nov - Recieved 6th TN

2003

Nov - Recieved 7th TN

Jul - Our Wedding

Aug - Filed for AOS

Sep - Recieved EAD

Sep - Recieved Advanced Parole

2004

Jan - Interview, accepted for Green Card

Feb - Green Card Arrived in mail

2005

Oct - I-751 sent off

2006

Jan - 10 year Green Card accepted

Mar - 10 year Green Card arrived

Oct - Filed N-400 for Naturalization

Nov - Biometrics done

Nov - Just recieved Naturalization Interview date for Jan.

2007

Jan - Naturalization Interview Completed

Feb - Oath Letter recieved

Feb - Oath Ceremony

Feb 21 - Finally a US CITIZEN (yay)

THE END

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and from what I have read you just have to appear at the border and claim that you are entering to immigrate.

Kind of OT but my MIL's fiancé had to do this and we had to drive him to the border. The drive from Edmonton to the ND/Canada border is NOT fun.


we met: 07-22-01

engaged: 08-03-06

I-129 sent: 01-07-07

NOA2 approved: 04-02-07

packet 3 sent: 05-31-07

interview date: 06-25-07 - approved!

marriage: 07-23-07

AOS sent: 08-10-07

AOS/EAD/AP NOA1: 09-14-07

AOS approved: 11-19-07

green card received: 11-26-07

lifting of conditions filed: 10-29-09

NOA received: 11-09-09

lifting of conditions approved: 12-11-09

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