well, i was born outside of canada and that's what they go by. The odds are still better than winning the lottery
do you have your permanent residence there? how long did it take?
I hope it works out for you.
It took me about 10 years in total. Lots of forms, interviews, fingerprints etc. It costs about $5k if you count all of the fees and expenses. I do live here permanently. When I go back to Canada, it feels a little wierd to me. I do like to go to the junior hockey game when I'm back in Canada though.
hold on a minute... 10 years to get a permanent residence? or to get your citizenship?
well, i'll see what I can do. who knows what can happen with firearms laws in the next 5 years (in Canada). In the US, I suspect that in 5 years you'll be able to open-carry full auto machine guns lol
go for gold!
10 years total. I was on a work visa for about 5, then I had a provisional permanent residence for a year, then a permanent resident for 3, then a year in application to be a citizen, then the oath.
Normally, after someone gets the permanent residence (green card), they have to wait for 5 years before they can apply to be a citizen. In the case of permanent residence through marriage, one only has to wait for 3 years.
hehe well, I'm already married
so what's life like where you live? can you compare it to living in Canada? here's a hot question - what's the health care like? is it as bad as michael moore's documentaries about the US ?
Michael Moore is an idiot who makes biased "documentaries" that adhere to his political agenda. He is the same dummy that said Canadians leave their doors unlocked because it is so safe. :quirky
My basic problem with health care in Canada is the shortageof equipment and doctors. You may hear opponents of thehealth care reform in the US claim that Canadians are limited by their health coverage as to what doctors and procedures they can get. That isn't true. You can have whatever you want absolutely free (well...it's not really free, but most people ignore the big deduction off theirpaycheck used to pay for their health care), however, there aren'tenoughmachinesand doctors to go around, so you get put on a waiting list.
My father waited 6 months for a quadruple bypass in Canada. My wife's unclewaited 4 days in the US. In the town where I lived for about 30 yearsin Canada, where the population was somewhere between75K and 110K, the hospitaldid not have any MRI or CAT scan equipment (and still doesn't as far as I know). You had to go about an hour and a halfaway to get those services. Guess what...waiting list. Of course, the hospital in town didn't do bypass surgery, so my dad had to go that hour and a half for that too.
In Canada, the only reason I never waited to see my family doctor was because I had an agreement with him through a sports clubI played for.When I went to see him, I went through a backdoor and went to the front of the line. His waiting room was always full, and some patients waited for hours to see him. There weren't enough doctors in the town I lived in, so every doctor was overbooked like this allthe time. New people in town had to go on a waiting list to even get a family doctor.Here is the bad news for those on a new doctor waiting list, no family doctor, no appointment with a specialist.
Remember my dad? After his quadruple bypass (at which time a pacemaker was installed), his family doctor passed away. Oh oh. He was on the waiting list for a new family doctor, when he had to be admitted back into the hospital after a fall. They were shocked that a 68 year old man, with a pacemaker, within months after a quadruple bypass didn't have a family doctor. Of course whey weren'tshocked enough to get him one.
In the US, I wait about 15 to 20 minutes to see my doctor. I don't have to have a special arrangement, and can wait in line like everyone else. When I move and need to get a new doctor, there is no waiting list.
So, there are varying opinions about the quality of care in Canada, and in comparing health care systems between Canada and the US. Here is my take: The health care system inCanada is great,as long as you don't get sick or injured. As always, your mileage may vary and others may get care in Canada that meets their needs.