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Residency (Canada & US) and Business/Work Question

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OK, so I don't even know which forum this question belongs under but here goes. I'm an American engaged to a Canadian (we both live near the border--he in Victoria, BC and myself in Seattle, WA). We've filed our I-129 and we're on our merry little Visa Journey but we have questions about residency. Our ultimate desire is to reside in Canada within the next 5 to 10 years. However, we're working to launch a corporation (training dogs/humans in North American and abroad). While our work will be international, the corporation will likely be USA-based and we will have employees (U.S. citizens living in Seattle, WA) who we can manage while we live in Canada.

Is it legal to establish residency in Canada (5 or 10 years from now) while owning/managing a USA-based business? My guess is you can't establish residency in two countries at the same time, right? (and I haven't quite figured out how to BE in two places at the same time either, although sometimes I TRY!!)

Any suggesions on what we need to do and/or how to reseach this? Is this an immigration attorney's area of expertise?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


"Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength" (Isaiah 40:31)

4/27/2011 - Met online via ChristianMingle.com

6/4/2011 - Met in person (yippie ki yay!)

12/27/2011 - He proposed to me on China Beach (Vancouver Island) and was nearly swept away by a big wave!

12/30/2011 - Filed I-129

1/5/2012 - NOA1 text received

1/7/2012 - NOA1 letter received

6/15/2012 - NOA2 approval letter received

7/?/2012 - He got packets and sent them in (sorry...I didn't document the dates!)

8/16/2012 - He took his medical

8/30/2012 - Paid MRV fee - Consulate interview (Vancouver) will be on 10/1/2012

10/1/2012 - Approved for K1 Visa (after very brief interview)...HAPPY DANCE!!

10/27/2012 - POE (Port Angeles, WA)- Zipped through with ZERO problems!

10/28/2012 - Got fiance moved & U-haul unloaded...THANK YOU GOD!!

11/30/2012 - Wedding date set for Nov 30th...counting the days!

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There are plenty of foreign owned companies in the US so I doubt it would be a problem.

Is there any reason you wouldn't just naturalize before moving back to Canada? Being a Dual Citizen would assure you no problems crossing the border.

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There are plenty of foreign owned companies in the US so I doubt it would be a problem.

Is there any reason you wouldn't just naturalize before moving back to Canada? Being a Dual Citizen would assure you no problems crossing the border.

Actually, I've already applied for my Canadian citizenship (my Dad was Canadian so technically I am Canadian but I need to apply for it) so I should have dual citizenship before we prepare to move to Canada.

I guess I just assumed there'd be problems, red tape, headaches, and loads of paperwork related to having a business in one country and residing in another. Hmmmm...not sure just WHY I feared that...maybe it was based on what I've experienced so far with the K1 visa application process!


"Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength" (Isaiah 40:31)

4/27/2011 - Met online via ChristianMingle.com

6/4/2011 - Met in person (yippie ki yay!)

12/27/2011 - He proposed to me on China Beach (Vancouver Island) and was nearly swept away by a big wave!

12/30/2011 - Filed I-129

1/5/2012 - NOA1 text received

1/7/2012 - NOA1 letter received

6/15/2012 - NOA2 approval letter received

7/?/2012 - He got packets and sent them in (sorry...I didn't document the dates!)

8/16/2012 - He took his medical

8/30/2012 - Paid MRV fee - Consulate interview (Vancouver) will be on 10/1/2012

10/1/2012 - Approved for K1 Visa (after very brief interview)...HAPPY DANCE!!

10/27/2012 - POE (Port Angeles, WA)- Zipped through with ZERO problems!

10/28/2012 - Got fiance moved & U-haul unloaded...THANK YOU GOD!!

11/30/2012 - Wedding date set for Nov 30th...counting the days!

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