Immigrate to Canada from the US
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How to immigrate to Canada from the US
The first step to immigrate to Canada from the US is to find out if you are eligible to apply and if so, for which program. Canada has numerous immigration programs available depending on your background. Some people will have various ways to immigrate while others may have no options. Once you find out if you are eligible to apply, the next step would be to find out which documents you would need to obtain in order to apply for permanent residency, as well as how to submit your application. You can view the basic requirements of the main Canadian immigration programs below.
Available programs to immigrate to Canada
What is the cost of immigrating to Canada
The actual cost of immigrating to Canada is separate from the amount of settlement funds that an applicant may require as part of their application. If you are immigrating to Canada as a Federal Skilled Worker for example, you would require both settlement funds and the amounts listed below. The below amounts include government fees and all application related fees, but excludes any other third-party fees such as moving costs or airline tickets. The below are estimations and can vary.
Moving to Canada
What to sort out in the US before you immigrate
Cancel local accounts and contracts such as cellphones, home insurance, gym memberships, medical insurance
Make a list of any goods you will be bringing with you to Canada
Arrange a moving company
Arrange a place to stay on arrival
Plan your financial move
Arrange travel insurance for your first 90 days in Canada
Obtain any required prescriptions
How to become a Canadian Citizen
To be eligible to become a Canadian citizen, you must:
Be a permanent resident.
Have lived in Canada for at least 3 out of the last 5 years.
Have filed your taxes, if and when you need to.
Pass a test on your rights, responsibilities and knowledge of Canada.
Prove your language skills.
Additional or different requirements apply under certain circumstances.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is the department of the Government of Canada that deals with immigration applications, refugee claimants, Canadian citizenship applications, issues travel documents and helps newcomers settle in Canada.
Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) Process
The simplified process of applying to immigrate to Canada is outlined below. If your application is approved you are then granted Permanent Resident status in Canada. After living in Canada for three years within a five year period as a Permanent Resident, you may qualify to apply for Canadian Citizenship.
Find out if you qualify – More →
Pick the best program for you – More →
Write your required language test – More →
Gather your supporting documents
Submit your profile and wait to be selected (if applying through express entry) – More →
Submit your application for permanent residency.
Wait for your application to be assessed and hopefully, approved.
Obtain your immigrant visa and Confirmation of Permanent Residency document (COPR) and immigrate to Canada!
Available Canadian immigration programs
Click on one of the available Canadian immigration programs below to find out the full requirements.
Federal Skilled Trades
Federal Skilled Worker
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