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Though our countries share a border and enjoy a friendly relationship, Canadians are subject to U.S. immigration laws. Immigration is a very complex area of the law, filled with potential pitfalls and problems. An experienced immigration attorney can go through your case, review documentation, and make a plan to go forward. We can assess your eligibility for immigration, and, if you are eligible, put together a comprehensive application.

There are several reasons that you may need an immigration attorney, including:

  • Working in the U.S.;
  • Marrying a U.S. citizen;
  • Applying for green cards;
  • Investing in the U.S.;
  • Visiting the U.S.;
  • Studying in the U.S.; and
  • Obtaining U.S. citizenship.

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Working in the U.S.

To apply for a work visa, a Canadian citizen needs a job offer from a U.S. employer who can sponsor the employee. There are several categories of work visa that Canadians can use, depending on the individual circumstances of the employment. Some Canadian immigrants coming to the U.S. to work may be eligible for an abbreviated visa process or may even be able to completely avoid a visa application.

Marrying a U.S. Citizen

Whether because of online dating or because of Canadians living in the U.S., marriages between Canadians and U.S. citizens are quite common. Generally, a Canadian marrying a U.S. citizen and living in the States is entitled to a green card, or permanent residency, and eventually citizenship.

Green Cards

Green cards allow foreign citizens work and live in the U.S. with few restrictions and almost as many benefits as full citizenship. Canadian citizens can get a green card through any of four primary methods:

  • Employment;
  • Marriage;
  • Family relationships; and
  • Investment in a U.S. business.

A Canadian citizen must have a sponsor, a U.S. family member or employer, in order to get a green card.

Investments

Another route to U.S. residency is investment. Canadians may invest in a U.S. company in exchange for a work visa, the E-2 treaty trader visa, or the EB-5 green card. Either investing in an existing businesses or starting a new business will suffice.

Visiting

Canadian citizens are permitted to visit the U.S. for up to six months in any twelve-month period. B-1 visas are for those coming to U.S. for business purposes, such as to consult with associates, attend a convention, negotiate a contract, or settle an estate. Athletes competing for prize money can come under B-1 status. B-2 status is for visiting family and friends, coming for vacation, seeking medical treatment, and certain other situations.

Students

Many students come from Canada every year for a university or graduate education in the U.S. Most students enter on an F visa, though sometimes also with M or J visas.

Citizenship

To obtain U.S. citizenship, an applicant must first have a green card. Foreign citizens can apply for U.S. citizenship either three years after becoming a permanent resident, if by marriage, or five years after obtaining a green card, if through employment or a family member. The continuous residence requirement means that applicants must be physically present in the U.S. for a certain period of time prior to applying for the visa. They must also satisfy other requirements, such as good moral character, a good understanding of English, and loyalty to the U.S. Constitution.

The U.S. immigration process is complex and filled with potential pitfalls. If you are considering immigrating, please contact the Law Offices of Alex T. Barak for a free initial consultation.

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