Moving to Canada for PR or EB1C

Oracle / Other immiStuck
Jun 10, 2018 27 Comments

Anyone had luck in the past moving to Canada and coming back on EB1C or TN Visa?

Esp for Indians stuck in green card backlog of 170 years what is your plan B?

PS: Don't want to choose a partner just for citizenship so that is ruled out

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  • Nutanix wtf12
    @immiStuck Depends on how badly you prefer settling in the US. A Canadian PR will take about an year to get without touching the soil as @yue mentioned. The major blow you might come across after moving to Canada is the pay. It's about 30% lesser pay with slightly higher taxes. On the brighter side, you'll never have to depend on your employer for health insurance with appointment wait times as high as in the US. There's a Canadian joke "When a Canadian is being given hard time of being one, they go and get their feelings checked by a doctor for free". You can work multiple jobs and of your choice and face warmer greetings than in the US. ;) So, A significant pay cut would be the trade off for a promotion from a 3rd citizen to a 2nd citizen and also much closer to a Canadian Passport, freedom to work anywhere, any number of hours and also free to start your own business and so on.

    Also, @Passwords you don't get a TN Visa on a PR. You need to be a Canadian citizen. You can apply for citizenship after you have lived in Canada for at 3 years.
    Jun 10, 2018 6
    • Microsoft mauster
      Thanks for the great post. A couple of questions since you have detailed knowledge
      - when you get PR, and let's say you've stayed for 3 years, the citizenship can be applied for right? How long does it take to process citizenship?
      - what are the rules on family (spouse and children) and perhaps parents?
      Jun 11, 2018
    • Nutanix wtf12
      @mauster I'm not vert sure on the timeline towards citizenship, but it's less than a year afaik. When you apply for a PR, you are required to mention everyone who will accompany you to the country. Unfortunately parents don't count as dependents. However, you can always file a PR for them once you attain citizenship. Until then, they'll have to use visitor's visa.
      Jun 11, 2018
    • Uber center
      Allow 1 to 1.5 years for processing of citizenship after you completed 3 years of stay, and few months to get passport, assuming you follow all formalities correctly
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Nutanix wtf12
      So a total of 4.5 yrs then?
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Uber center
      Yeah
      Jun 23, 2018
  • Google yue
    You don't come back on EB1C. EB1C is a GC category not an immigration status. You need to come back on L1A and then file for GC in EB1C or move your current application in that queue. If you come on TN Visa, kiss your dreams of GC goodbye.
    Jun 10, 2018 4
    • LinkedIn Passwords
      Is it possible to stay on h1b with a PR from Canada? Just to keep TN as a back up option in case something happens to h1b. I already have a priority date btw which might come in like 150 years 😂
      Jun 10, 2018
    • Oracle / Other immiStuck
      OP
      Can't you apply for green card even when on TN Visa?
      Jun 10, 2018
    • Google yue
      No. You can't apply for GC on TN AFAIK.

      You can stay on h1B while you have PR from Canada. But in order to renew the PR, you need to stay in Canada for at least 2 of 5 years.
      Jun 10, 2018
    • Uber center
      True, TN is a non immigrant visa, a number of my Canadian born friends are stuck in the loop as well. Theire petition wasnt selected in H1B lottery in past 2 years, their company cant file for their GC
      Jun 23, 2018
  • LinkedIn Passwords
    How long do you need to be in Canada after getting the PR before moving to US with TN?
    Jun 10, 2018 3
    • Google yue
      You can get Canadian PR without even touching foot on Canadian soil.
      Jun 10, 2018
    • Amazon KenobiBack
      It only gets activated and sent for printing after the landing
      Jun 10, 2018
    • Google yue
      Yes and you have one year to activate it once you receive it else it gets cancelled.
      Jun 10, 2018
  • Microsoft
    vdasher

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    vdashermore
    I've known people who've gone to India & come back as MNC manager, apply EB1C & get their GC in a year. I'd assume same to be possible with Canada as well. Don't complicate with PR or TN visa, just get a work permit for a year
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • New
    procuremnt

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    procuremntmore
    So can one live and work in the US on TN visa indefinitely?
    Jun 10, 2018 4
    • Visa dotart
      TN visa lasts 3 years. However it can be renewed as many times as needed. Some people do get denied for renewals.

      TN visa is not dual intent. You cannot apply for green card.

      Also NAFTA is bieng negotiated as we speak and I would be a bit uncertain being in the states on just a TN.
      Jun 10, 2018
    • Uber center
      Also if you have applied for GreenCard and then go via canada route get canadian citizenship and try to come back on TN, your chances of TN denials are very high, as you have already shown " intent to immigrate"
      Jun 23, 2018
    • New
      procuremnt

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      procuremntmore
      Can you buy house, start a business etc. on TN visa? Would one need a green card after getting TN or just stay on TN indefinitely?
      Jun 24, 2018
    • Visa dotart
      Fairly certain you can buy a house but you cannot start a business.

      You cannot get green card while on TN. You need to switch to h1b first.

      TN is pure working visa.
      Jun 24, 2018
  • Uber center
    Anyone planning to go Canadian route and come on TN anytime in future. Please be aware of this
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    Also if you have applied for GreenCard and then go via canada route get canadian citizenship and try to come back on TN, your chances of TN denials are very high, as you have already shown " intent to immigrate"
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    So if you move to Canada, you can kiss USA goodbye forever, unless you get through H1B lottery or come on L1 which are both dual intent
    Jun 23, 2018 2
    • Microsoft Adrashya
      What if you move there after getting an i140 here? Do you still need to go through lottery?
      Jul 16, 2018
    • Uber Jesuit
      Yes
      Jul 16, 2018
  • NEOGOV vran_gov
    No, if you have i-140 and from the date you leave US from h1 and while come back within 6 months, you are cap exempt. No lottery if you come back in 6 years
    Jul 11 0
  • FYI, eb1c dates have retrogressed. I am ready to bet they won’t become current soon
    Jun 12, 2018 0