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Old 06-12-2008, 08:24 PM   #1
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How can an American live in Vancouver, BC

Wondering, since retiring to Canada is not allowed by the Canadian government, how can an American do it? Buying real estate, or renting etc.

Any info would be appreciated.
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You can live in Canada for up to 6 months without a visa. When I have enough money, I'll have one condo in Canada for summer and one in Florida for winter.
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Put a needle in your arm and flop in the park. No one will bother you.
Or smoke pot in public at noon on a workday. Strange, but no one bothered that guy either. I can't believe what these apparently straight-laced Canadians can be up to on any given day.
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You can live in Canada for up to 6 months without a visa. When I have enough money, I'll have one condo in Canada for summer and one in Florida for winter.
You should rent the one in Canada, especially in Vancouver, unless you wait for the real estate bubble to burst.
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Marry a Canadian...

I did a quick look online as I thought it would be easy for our Southern Neighbours to live amongst us in their golden years but apparently not. There were "retirement" visas issued in years past but no longer. One more reason to hold onto my citizenship!

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Canadian political activists have a work-around for the situation:

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Funny how no other countries want Americans!! Heck I have plenty of money a pension and SS soon and would not be a burden on any government.
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Funny how no other countries want Americans!!
I suspect most countries don't want people that are around to collect retirement benefits without having contributed to GDP for that country.

Otherwise, for a working American, the path to moving to Canada didn't seem all that horrible.
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Funny how no other countries want Americans!!
Would you be eager to invite in a houseguest who barges in at 3AM, craps on your living room floor, shoots at your neighbors, writes "dick" in gasoline on your lawn and ignites it, and then tells you how you are ruining your life and you'd better shape up or he'll kick your ass?
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Would you be eager to invite in a houseguest who barges in at 3AM, craps on your living room floor, shoots at your neighbors, writes "dick" in gasoline on your lawn and ignites it, and then tells you how you are ruining your life and you'd better shape up or he'll kick your ass?


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Put a needle in your arm and flop in the park. No one will bother you.
Plus you will only need to invest in one needle--East Hastings has a needle exchange.

Seriously, I think there is an entrepreneurial immigration class. If you are willing to invest $400,000 in a business, and don't have serious health problems, I think you can do it.

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Of course, that might not be your idea of retirement....
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not sure where i read it or if is true but i recall somewhere something about canadian provinces being able to sponsor immigrants to allow for permanent residency. i don't know what is required to secure such sponsorship, but that might be one route.
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not sure where i read it or if is true but i recall somewhere something about canadian provinces being able to sponsor immigrants to allow for permanent residency. i don't know what is required to secure such sponsorship, but that might be one route.

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lazy,

There is such a program, but it applies to workers with skills in demand. The provincial program ties you to your employer. The national program is slower, but you are not tied to one employer.

Citizens from NAFTA countries with critical skills can get a NAFTA work permit after we show a job offer in writing with justification. A work permit enables you to apply for Permanent Residency on your own.

The key items are
a) NAFTA and
b) critical job skills (certain kinds of engineer, etc,)
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