Canadian Immigration & Citizenship
Canadian Immigration / Citizenship
Canadian citizenship and immigration planning must be done in order to live year round or work in Canada. To reside in Canada you must have the appropriate work permit, a permanent residence card or be a Canadian citizen.
If you are not a Canadian citizen, your long-term objectives should determine whether you pursue a temporary work permit, permanent residence or citizenship, because there are tax implications, healthcare risks, cost of living and lifestyle issues to consider.
Depending on your status in Canada, there will be different paperwork involved. One thing that everyone needs who wants to work in Canada is a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number that you will need to work in Canada and to access government programs and benefits. Contact us for Information on how to apply for a SIN.
Broadly speaking, there are three types of Canadian citizens or legal immigrants: temporary residents, permanent residents and citizenship.
“Temporary residents” is a “catch-all” category and consists of anyone who is not a permanent resident or citizen. Permanent residents can work and study without restriction in Canada and have the right to enter and remain in Canada indefinitely.
There are five categories of permanent residents:
- Family members
- Skilled workers, professionals and investors
- Entrepreneurs and self-employed persons
- Provincial nominees and
- Quebec selected skilled workers.
Canadian citizenship is obtained by being born in Canada, being born abroad to a Canadian citizen or applying to become a naturalized citizen. You are eligible for naturalization after you have been a permanent resident in Canada for at least 1,095 days (approximately 3 years). There are very few cons to becoming a Canadian citizen and contrary to popular opinion, you don’t lose your U.S. citizenship when you take up Canadian citizenship. You become a “dual citizen.”More info on moving to Canada
USA Immigration & Citizenship
USA Immigration / Citizenship
In order to live year round or work at any time in the US, you must have a valid visa, hold a Green Card or be a citizen of the US.
If you are not a US citizen, your long-term objectives determine whether you should pursue a temporary work visa, a Green Card or citizenship because there are tax implications, healthcare, cost of living and lifestyle issues to consider. US citizenship and immigration planning requires a thorough analysis of your situation to determine the best strategy for you.Information on Canadian immigration