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Immigration to Canada from the US

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Moving to Canada may provide expansive possibilities for Americans in terms of employment, health, and education. You will need to know your choices for entering and remaining in Canada lawfully before travelling to the Great White North.

Express Entry

Canada's Express Entry system is one of the simplest ways to move to Canada from the United States. Due to their strong language abilities, work experience, and excellent education levels, most US citizens and residents have a good chance of qualifying for Canadian permanent residency through Express Entry. US citizens can immigrate via the Express Entry system under three federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

Business Immigration

American business owners can immigrate to Canada under Canada's business immigration programs. Investors, entrepreneurs, and self-employed individuals from the US who possess venture capital, business acumen, and entrepreneurial skills can start a business and settle in Canada through several business immigration programs.


Provincial Entrepreneur Programs

Canada's regions and territories seek enterprising and inventive entrepreneurs to assist them in developing their economies. The Canadian government is committed to growing the economy through small businesses and entrepreneurs. Provincial Entrepreneur Programs provide an opportunity for foreign nationals to immigrate to Canada and invest in the economy. If you are an entrepreneur looking for a place to expand your business, consider applying for one of Canada's Provincial Entrepreneur Programs. These programs offer many benefits and can help you get your business up and running in Canada.

Self-Employed Persons Canada

This program has been designed for people who work as self-employed individuals and want to continue their work in Canada. US citizens with an experience in cultural activities or athletics can obtain a business immigrant visa for themselves and their immediate family members.


The Start-up Visa Canada

US business people can start a business in Canada under the Federal Start-up Visa Program. This program is regarded as one of the most unique immigration paths in the world, which allows business immigrants to acquire permanent residency while also assisting them in acclimating to Canada.

Work in Canada

Citizens of the United States can apply for a Canadian Work Permit under the Canada United States Mexico Agreement (CUSMA). CUSMA enables US citizens to sell, provide goods or services, or trade and invest in Canada. CUSMA allows certain sorts of short-term workers from either nation to commute across the border, in addition to tariff relief and other perks to stimulate North American import and export. After obtaining a one-year Canadian work experience, these workers may become eligible for permanent residency under various programs. Coming to Canada under CUSMA is an excellent opportunity for Americans looking to start a new life in Canada.

Study in Canada

There are several benefits to studying in Canada compared to the United States, such as lower tuition costs. While studying, international students from the US can work up to 20 hours per week and 40 hours per week during breaks and holidays. When it comes to tuition fees, Canada is cheaper than the US across all educational levels. For example, the average undergraduate tuition fee for international students in the US was $33,215 in 2019-2020, while in Canada it was $27,159 – a difference of almost $6,000. In addition to lower tuition costs, the cost of living is also cheaper in Canada. 

Graduates from Canadian institutions may apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), which gives graduates the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in Canada and enhance their chances of obtaining Canadian permanent residency. The PGWP allows graduates to work in any occupation and for any employer across Canada, with no restrictions in contrast to the United States.

There are many other ways for US citizens o permanently move to Canada. American citizens and US permanent residents may apply to International Experience Canada (IEC) through eligible recognized organizations. After working in Canada for one year, eligible candidates may also apply for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class. In addition, US citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their family members to come to Canada through the Family Class sponsorship program. Most of the time, Express Entry is the best and most efficient way that highly skilled workers utilize to move to Canada permanently.

If you are a US citizen considering immigrating to Canada, our immigration experts are here to help. We will be happy to answer any questions you have and provide you with the resources you need to make your move a success. Barbican Immigration will provide you with the information and resources you need to make the transition as smooth as possible. Contact us today for a free assessment.

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