canadian/american marriage living in canada

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Subject: canadian/american marriage living in canada

I am canadian, my fiancee is american. What is the process for us to get married and live in Canada? Is it better to get married in Canada or USA or other country?

After we are married, etc, we plan on living in Canada.....
What is the best way to do this? Can we each cross the border into either Canada or US once we are married for visitis while we wait for paperwork etc? We only live about a 4 hour drive from each other so travelling while we wait will not be a problem. I have heard that we cannot go back and forth as we wait, can someone clarify this for me?

Any advice you can offer is much appreciated.

Has anyone done this already and if so what was your experience?



(in reply to: canadian/american marriage living in canada)
You may start here:

I would recommend you to an outland application. It doesn´t matter where you get married either the US or Canada.

You may visit each other, however you have to be carefull what and how you answer the questions asked by the Officer at the port of entry. If he/she smells that you are trying to stay in the country (while the paperwork is done) he/she may find you inadmissable as a visitor and refuse your entry into the country.
It could be the US officer refusing your Canadian partner or the Canadian officer refusing the US citizen.

And that will affect your application.

Look at the website I sent you and if you have any more question please feel free to ask.



thanks (in reply to: canadian/american marriage living in canada)
Thanks Bill,

I will take a look again at the site. I have been on there, but it doesn´t give lots of details about how to do that other than once we are married I can apply for the spousal application. We don´t want to break the law in any way, and the driving back and forth is ok with us, we have been doing it for almost 10 years as it is. We haven´t yet married, as we each have children form our first marriages, the older ones are just now turning 18, and the others will be 18 in less than 4 years. This is why we are now starting the marriage conversation.

He still has his job in USA and I have mine here in Canada, so we likely won´t get married for at least 2-3 more years, but still will want to spend weekends together as much as possible..... So just hoping that we marry and then as we work on the paperwork that we continue to visit each other on weekends. We will likely marry in Canada, and then he will return to US until all the paperwork is finalized.

Hope it will work out:)

Thanks again.


canadian/ american marriage and pregnancy (in reply to: canadian/american marriage living in canada)
I am American and my boyfriend is Canadian. I am 5 months pregnant with his child and we want to get married here in LA. If we do that, is it possible for us to then go up to Canada without a problem, or is there a certain amount of time you must wait? And more importantly, could I then have my baby in Canada? Please help- we are also pressed for time.... :/
Andrea Sanders
my fiance is american (in reply to: canadian/american marriage living in canada)
My fiancÚ is american and I canadian. Once we are married we want to live here in canada. He works in the US and will retain his job. Where do we start?
Thank you

Tammy Hamilton
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where do you plan to live?

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