We receive many inquiries from American citizens about the possibility of Canadian immigration.

As an American citizen you may be interested to know that Canada welcomes (even encourages) you to consider becoming a permanent or temporary resident of Canada.

Many Americans are able to qualify for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa under the economic stream of immigration – either the Skilled Worker Category or the Business Category of Canadian immigration.

A Canadian Permanent Resident may become a Canadian Citizen and receive a Canadian Passport after four years. Canadian citizenship is voluntary and you would not have to relinquish your U.S. citizenship, if you do not wish to. Both Canada and the United States permit dual citizenship.

Americans who wish to enter Canada on a temporary basis also receive preferential treatment. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) facilitates the entry of Americans who wish to come to Canada to work or to establish/acquire a Canadian business.

American citizens who are interested in moving to Canada are encouraged to review their options on our dedicated page — Moving to Canada from the U.S. Here, you may explore options to come to Canada permanently or temporarily, as well as learn more about citizenship, taxation, and other settlement considerations.

In addition, to find out if you eligible to come to Canada on a permanent or temporary basis, you may complete our Canadian immigration assessment form.

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  • Latest Express Entry Draw Invites 3,409 Candidates to Immigrate to Canada

    A total of 3,409 candidates have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the first Express Entry draw to occur since recent changes to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) were introduced on June 6, 2017. The latest draw, which took place on June 28, 2017, saw a minimum CRS score requirement of 449. Consequently, candidates in the Express Entry pool with a score of 449 or above at the time of the draw are now in a position to apply for Canadian permanent resident status.

  • Ontario Now Publishing Estimated Processing Times for Immigration Streams

    The government of Ontario, Canada's most popular destination province for newcomers, is now publishing information on estimated processing times for streams within the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), one of Canada's Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Previously, this information was not publicly available.