As a US citizen, your husband can typically visit Canada for up to 6 months at a time. Of course Canadian border officials reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone they wish, but again, American's are often allowed to simply enter, as long as they do not remain as visitors for more than 6 months.
If upon trying to gain entry to Canada, your husband expresses any desire to "live in Canada" then that can certainly be grounds to refuse him entry as a visitor, since in such a case, he would be expressing intentions towards Canada, that exceed that of a visitor.
If you and your husband decide that you wish to live in Canada, then you may wish to try to sponsor your husband under theFamily Class Category of immigration. He may have a good chance of success in this category, since he is married to a Canadian Citizen. This will allow him to become a Canadian Permanent Resident, giving him the right to live and/or work in Canada, as well as granting him access to Canadian Medicare.
Currently Canadian Permanent Residents are required to spend aproximately 6 months out of any given 12 month period in Canada. That rule is expected to be changed in June 2002, becoming more flexible, and requiring Canadian Permanent Residents to be in Canada aproximately 2 years out of any given 5 year period.
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