CAN citizen living in US returns to CAN w/ partner

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Subject: CAN citizen living in US returns to CAN w/ partner
  Hello all,

I am a Canadian citizen who has been living in the US for 10 years now as a Permanent Resident (with a Green Card). I am currently completing my Bachelor´s degree and would like to return to Canada upon my completion, with my partner who is an American citizen by birth.

Since I am a citizen of Canada, how do I go about regaining residency? What kind of documents will I need? What is the process?

How long will it take to regain residency (which would allow me to attend a Canadian Graduate school, work, have access to health care, etc.)?

How can my partner gain residency? Must we marry? If so, where must we marry? If not, what kind of documents are necessary?

I would appreciate any feedback that you folks can give me.

[06-01-2008,19:48]
[**.225.200.218]
Marissa
(in reply to: CAN citizen living in US returns to CAN w/ partner)
If I´m understanding correctly, you´re asking how as a Canadian citizen you can regain residency in Canada? Hmmm, I´m surprised by this question as it´s sort of obvious.

Once a citizen always a citizen with residency rights. As far as health care, when you move back just go to your local provincial health ministry office and register.

Your partner is a different matter, not being a Canadian citizen. You should apply for family sponsorship for him/her. Just go to the Canada Immigration website at CIC.GC.CA for more info. You can apply either in Canada or in the U.S. for your partner´s permanent residency.

I don´t believe you need to be married, by Canadian law, but others may want to confirm this.



[06-01-2008,22:44]
[**.47.168.9]
Richard
(in reply to: CAN citizen living in US returns to CAN w/ partner)
Richard,

What I believe that she is a Canadian Citizen (for life with no exception), but currebtly a non-resident by tax filing (like me now). In exchange of paying tax to only USA, currently she can´t have any privilege of a Citizen like sponsoring, healthcare, retirement benefits..even driving license. She has to re-establish her residency in Canada. I´m not quite sure about that, though know the opposite, how to file non-residency. Out of common sense I guess nothing special, just start residing in any province like a new immigrant does.


[07-01-2008,00:59]
[**.230.105.43]
Departed_Canadian
(in reply to: CAN citizen living in US returns to CAN w/ partner)
DC,
Yes, you may be right. She may need to prove residency in order to sponsor her partner. But to her main point and confusion that she can always move back anytime she wants to reside without restriction as a citizen.

[07-01-2008,02:15]
[**.47.168.9]
Richard
(in reply to: CAN citizen living in US returns to CAN w/ partner)
DC, forgot to add something.

Thinking about changing my name to this new one. (just a little humor here)

Richard

[07-01-2008,02:19]
[**.47.168.9]
Departed_American
(in reply to: CAN citizen living in US returns to CAN w/ partner)
Richard, you always make me smile.


[07-01-2008,02:47]
[***.121.220.199]
sharon
(in reply to: CAN citizen living in US returns to CAN w/ partner)
Richard,

Welcome with the new name.

Sometimes I seriously wish that there would be a way to interchange citizenship voluntarily!

[07-01-2008,10:42]
[***.254.208.246]
Departed_Canadian
(in reply to: CAN citizen living in US returns to CAN w/ partner)
Richard (DA),

In fact she can sponsor her spouse while staying in the US, she just have to give a word that upon completion of the process she would settle in Canada.

I think her original question wasn´t just simply how to enter, rather how to regain the residency to claim benefits from the Govt.

[07-01-2008,10:44]
[***.254.208.246]
Departed_Canadian
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