What are the requirements for moving to and living in Canada?
Note: Please visit the Canada Citizenship and Immigration Website to learn of any requirement changes.
Before you move to Canada
If you’re planning on visiting Canada before you move there, U.S. citizens entering by air must have a U.S. passport book. A U.S. passport card can be used to enter Canada at land border crossings and sea ports-of-entry. Although a passport card is less expensive than a passport book, you cannot use a passport card to travel internationally by air from Canada. It is highly recommended that each member of your family acquire a U.S. passport book, allowing travel to Canada by air, land, or sea. U.S. citizens are not required to obtain a visa when just visiting Canada.
After you move to Canada
Once you’ve arrived in Canada, you must apply to be a permanent resident. A permanent resident of Canada means you are immigrating to Canada, but not yet a Canadian citizen.
- Permanent residents in Canada have rights and privileges in Canada even though they remain citizens in their home country.
- Permanent residents must live in Canada for at least two years within a five-year period before they can apply for Canadian citizenship. Canadian citizenship is not mandatory if you are permanent resident. Once you become a permanent resident, you can live, study, and work in Canada.
- If you do not wish to become a Canadian citizen, you must live in Canada for two years within every five year period to maintain your permanent resident status.
There are several categories in which you can apply for permanent residency:
- Skilled Workers and professionals: if you want to settle and work in Canada (outside of Quebec).
- Quebec-selected skilled workers: if you are selected by the Quebec government to settle and work in Quebec.
- Canadian Experience Class: people who have recent Canadian work experience or who have graduated and recently worked in Canada.
- Investors, entrepreneurs, and self-employed: for people who want to start a business in Canada.
- Provincial nominees: one of Canada’s provinces or territories can nominate you to settle and work there.
- Sponsoring your family (see below).
Getting your family to become permanent residents in Canada:
Once you have become a permanent resident, you may apply for a Family Class sponsorship for your spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, or dependent children to become permanent residents as well. You must be 18 years of age or older to be a sponsor. Applicants must go through medical, criminal, and background screening.
Applying for Canadian citizenship
To apply for Canadian citizenship, you must be at least 18 years old, have permanent resident status, lived in Canada for at least three years in the past four years before applying (not required for children), must be able to speak and write in either English or French, have no criminal history, and must understand Canadian society. Becoming a citizen will enable you to vote, run for political office, apply for federal jobs, and get a Canadian passport.
Do you have a question about Canada moving requirements? Leave a comment and I’ll do my best to find the answer for you!
Moving your belongings to Canada
If you’re wondering how to move your belongings to Canada, I’ve got the answer – U-Pack Moving. U-Pack is the affordable moving alternative to traditional moving companies. With U-Pack, you can pay a rate similar to truck rental, but you don’t have to drive. Get a free moving quote here from U-Pack to start comparing, then keep reading to learn the ins and outs of getting your belongings to Canada with U-Pack.
Moving to Canada with U-Pack – how it works
U-Pack makes it easy to move to Canada. All you do is load and unload and ABF, U-Pack’s primary transportation provider, takes care of all the transportation. In fact, U-Pack includes fuel, sales tax, an experienced driver, and standard liability coverage in every move. You can choose between two flexible moving options – the trailer or ReloCube moving container. Whichever option you choose, U-Pack is able to provide door-to-door service to most Canadian provinces. Now that’s convenience!
Get an online moving quote from U-Pack here or by calling 800-413-4799.
In order to move your belongings to the Great White North, you’ll need to have the proper documentation. You’ll need proof of status (a passport or visa), the B4 form and the B4A form. These forms are basically an itemized list of your belongings with the approximate value in Canadian dollars.
The best part about moving from the U.S. to Canada with U-Pack is that you don’t have to meet your belongings at the border to clear your items. Instead, your belongings will move ‘in bond’ to the ABF Service Center closest to your destination. Once you clear your belongings at the Canadian Customs Office, U-Pack will deliver your belongings direct to your home.
Let’s recap. With U-Pack…
- You don’t have to drive.
- You can pay a rate similar to truck rental.
- You don’t have to meet your belongings at the border.
Sounds like an ideal way to move to me! Give U-Pack a call and talk to one of U-Pack’s Canada moving specialists. They’ll be able to answer questions about your move and get you a no-obligation quote to compare to traditional moving options. You’ll be glad you did.
If you have questions about moving to Canada with U-Pack or other questions about Canada moving requirements, just leave a comment below or call 800-413-4799. I’ll be happy to answer them.