How to Move to Canada from the US

Moving to Canada from the US, or obtaining your permanent residency in the Great White North can be tricky business. You may hear long stories of countless forms that must be submitted, hoops to be jumped through, and so on and so on. To be frank, it really doesn’t have to be. Canada’s population is seven times smaller than the US despite the fact that it is an even bigger country. While the majority of that population is concentrated in the south of the country for obvious climate reasons, there is a whole lot of undiscovered beauty in between. 

If you have had enough of the good ol’ USA or perhaps you just have an exciting new prospect north of the border, there are a few paths you can take to obtaining permanent residency in Canada. In fact, last year alone over 10,000 Americans were granted moved to Canada from the US permanently. While we wait for the borders to open up, why not get a jump on your immigration process?

Immigration Programs

Move to Canada from the USA

Canada needs workers, their workforce is aging out and there is not enough young blood to meet the expanding economy’s demand. It is precisely for these reasons that the country is blossoming into a multicultural populace with a positive outlook, a bright hope for the future, and a can-do attitude. Some of us may remember when that was what America was known for. Anyway, because of their labour demands, there are immigration pathways to permanent residence no matter if you are a semi-skilled worker, skilled tradesman, or professional.

Express Entry Program

Let’s begin with the usual suspect before looking into the more interesting alternatives. The Express Entry system is pretty straight forward. You are required to create an online profile, select a category that may apply to you from:

  • Federal Skilled Worker program - for people in managerial and professional occupations with qualifications and/or experience;
  • Federal Skilled Trades program - for skilled tradesmen such as welders, electricians, and butchers;
  • Canada Experience Class - if you are already working in Canada or have one-year of working experience within the last three years in a managerial, professional, or skilled trade.

and then create a profile and submit your information. You are then entered into a pool of applicants from around the world and stand a chance to be invited to apply for permanent residency in bi-monthly draws

Provincial Nomination Program

Apply directly to the province you are interested in settling and working in. If the government of the province believes your skills or expertise will add value to the province's economy, they will nominate you for permanent residency. A provincial nomination can be applied to your Express Entry profile and will pretty much guarantee an invitation to apply. Each province has its own immigration streams, some of which are dedicated to occupations that don't qualify under the Express Entry system. Examples include long haul truck drivers, cooks, and factory/farmworkers. 

Atlantic Immigration Pilot

If you can secure a job offer in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, or Prince Edward Island, you could be eligible for permanent residency through this program. The maritime provinces of Atlantic Canada urgently need workers in a large number of various industries from fast food counter servers and bakers to engineers, nurses, and medical doctors. There are three streams through which you can apply for permanent residency in Canada through:

  • Atlantic International Graduate Program - study at a post-secondary school in Atlantic Canada and be eligible for PR status after graduation
  • Atlantic High Skilled Program - for people with management, professional or technical/skilled trade job offer
  • Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program - for people with a job offer that requires a high school diploma and/or on the job training; this includes factory workers, servers, and retail workers.

All you need is a valid job offer for permanent employment, a work permit, and be eligible for immigration (no criminal record, good health, etc.)

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Participating communities can motivate an applicant’s permanent residency application to the IRCC if the applicant secures a job with a designated employer within one of the communities. At present the communities participating in this pilot are:

Participating Communities
North Bay, Ontario
Sudbury, Ontario
Timmins, Ontario
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Brandon, Manitoba
Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Claresholm, Alberta
Vernon, British Columbia
West Kootenay, British Columbia

secure a job offer in one of these awesome little cities or towns and move to Canada from the US in no time.

Care Provider Pilots

The final one we will briefly look at is the home care provider pilots. The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot both grant open work permits to people with a valid job offer who have an offer of employment to care for children, the elderly, or someone who is incapable of caring for themselves. Permanent residency is granted to workers in these fields after they have accumulated two years of experience in Canada as a care provider and meet the other eligibility requirements.

How We Can Help You Move to Canada from the US

Move to Canada from USA-permanent residency in Canada

With all of these immigration and visa options to choose from, the process can become quite overwhelming and confusing. But it doesn't have to be. By using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only improve your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will get expert advice on which program is best for your specific needs. Our RCICs are highly qualified and are granted permission by the ICCRC to assist you with your eligibility evaluation, review all your documents and application forms, and submit them to the Canadian government for you. Why take the chance of having your application denied because your forms are incorrect or sent in too late. 

We take care of the fineprint while you choose your dream destination in Canada for you and your loved ones. All you have to do is complete our application form to receive your eligibility assessment today. It's just that simple.

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