Immigrate to Canada from the US

Our United States to Canada Immigration desk is widely regarded as being World Class in expertise, knowledge and exceptional delivery standards. We are ideally placed to help US based individuals, families, and businesses Immigrate to Canada from the USA.

The United States is a truly amazing Country with the strongest economy in the Free World. Low unemployment, a world beating lifestyle and the American Dream… Why then are people lining up in their millions to Immigrate to Canada from the US?

Why Immigrate to Canada from US?

There are many reasons why people want to Immigrate to Canada from the US, such as creating a better future for their families, a good work-life balance, furthering their studies or maybe just to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Whatever personal reasons for Immigrating to Canada from the US it’s much easier to move to Canada from the United States than it is to migrate from other countries in the World.

Here at Emigrate Canada we’ve assisted tens of thousands of people move to Canada from the US, from all walks of life and both expats as well as American Citizens. Our clients include American families, individuals and US based Businesses. We are truly proud to make Canadian Lifestyle Dreams Come True.

When most people immigrate to Canada from the US they have deep family or personal reasons for moving. For some, it’s a lifelong dream, for others, it’s about space and quality of life. Canadian Immigration is currently going through a once in a generation opportunity, with the Canadian Government announcing a critical need for up to One million highly skilled migrants over the next two years.

The varied reasons for Immigrating to Canada from the US include clean living, combined with unparalleled nature wilderness and winter sports opportunities. For some skilled immigrants to Canada moving from the US its to reunite with family and for others it’s a return to the place they built up great memories as a student or on a IEC working holiday visa. Others move to Canada from the US to start a new business or to invest in the country’s many opportunities.

After this One million quota has been reached the Canadian Immigration program could close entirely for many years. Once Canada is full, Immigration opportunities will cease.



Is Immigration to Canada from the US Easy?

The great thing about Canadian Immigration and those looking to immigrate to Canada from the US is that Canada has many opportunities for United States Citizens to obtain Permanent Residency status. And once Permanent Residency status has been secured, then you may become a Canadian Citizen after four years. And best of all, you don’t need to give up your United States Citizenship as Uncle Same allows Dual Nationality.

How to immigrate to Canada from the US

There are many different ways to immigrate to Canada from the US and Emigrate Canada are experts in every single Canadian Immigration Pathway from the United States.

Immigrate to Canada from the US on a Temporary Resident Visa

U.S. citizens can enter and reside in Canada as temporary residents for up to six months at a time without having to apply for a visa. This is a great way to test whether Immigrating to Canada from the US is right for you and your loved ones.

Immigrate to Canada from the US on a Work Permit Visa

Perhaps the easiest way to start your new life in Canada is to apply for, and obtain, a work permit that can potentially convert into permanent residence status later.

Canada work permits for US Citizens are valid for one to three years. To secure a Canadian work permit, you first need a job offer from a Canadian employer. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) work permits can be secured by many types of professional occupations such as medical professionals, scientists, financiers and accountants, architects, etc., as long as they have a formal valid job offer in Canada.

If I don’t have a NAFTA Occupation for a Canadian Work Permit can I still work in Canada?
For occupations not covered in the NAFTA professional status work permit category, a Canadian employer would first have to secure a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before they can offer a job to an United States Citizen, but don’t worry, with our expert support and guidance this process should only take a maximum of three months from start to finish.

Take the Free Visa Assessment to find out if you are Eligible to Immigrate to Canada from the United States.

Express Entry Immigration to Canada from the United States

For a US Citizen to move to Canada on Skilled Migration they must first qualify with an eligible occupation and then qualify to enter the Canadian Express Entry Pool of Candidates.

From there a range of options are available to move your application through the process. Depending on your profession in the United States, you may be able to obtain confirmed visas by passing a Red Seal Challenge if you are a US Trades Person. You may move ahead if you have a certified Job offer in Canada waiting for you, and you may have other ways open to you to move more quickly through the pool of candidates depending on your career and individual Canadian Immigration points.



To find out more, fill in the Free Visa Assessment as each profession has different options available. Emigrate Canada have dedicated occupation specialists standing by to assist you immigrate to Canada from the United States in as little as 6 months via the Express Entry Platform.

Can I Immigrate to Canada from the US with Express Entry?

The following checklist will enable you to work out (generally) whether you are able to migrate to Canada from the US.

Step One: Identify an Occupation in Demand
Firstly, in order for any migration to Canada from the US to be successful, you’ll be required to have an Occupation in Demand, as specified in this list below.

Occupations in Demand List for United States Citizens to Immigrate to Canada

0011 United States Legislators
0012 Senior government managers and officials in the US
0013 American Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
0014 Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations
0015 United States Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.
0016 Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities
0111 Financial managers in the US
0112 Human resources managers in the US
0113 Purchasing managers in the United States
0114 Other administrative services managers
0121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers from the US of A
0122 Banking, credit and other investment managers in the US
0124 United States Qualified Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
0125 Other business services managers
0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
0132 Postal and courier services managers
0211 Engineering managers in the US
0212 Architecture and science managers
0213 Computer and information systems managers
0311 Managers in health care
0411 Government managers – health and social policy development and program administration
0412 Government managers – economic analysis, policy development and program administration
0413 Government managers – education policy development and program administration
0414 Other managers in public administration
0421 Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training
0422 School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
0423 Managers in social, community and correctional services
0431 Commissioned police officers
0432 Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
0433 Commissioned officers of the Canadian Forces
0511 Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers
0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
0513 Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
0601 Corporate sales managers
0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers
0631 Restaurant and food service managers
0632 Accommodation service managers
0651 Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
0711 Construction managers
0712 Home building and renovation managers
0714 Facility operation and maintenance managers
0731 Managers in transportation
0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing
0821 Managers in agriculture
0822 Managers in horticulture
0823 Managers in aquaculture
0911 Manufacturing managers
0912 Utilities managers
1111 Financial auditors and accountants
1112 Financial and investment analysts
1113 Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
1114 Other financial officers
1121 Human resources professionals
1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting
1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
1211 Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers
1212 Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
1213 Supervisors, library, correspondence and related information workers



1214 Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations
1215 Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
1221 Administrative officers
1222 Executive assistants
1223 Human resources and recruitment officers
1224 Property administrators
1225 Purchasing agents and officers
1226 Conference and event planners
1227 Court officers and justices of the peace
1228 Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers
1241 Administrative assistants
1242 Legal administrative assistants
1243 Medical administrative assistants
1251 Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations
1252 Health information management occupations
1253 Records management technicians
1254 Statistical officers and related research support occupations
1311 Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
1312 Insurance adjusters and claims examiners
1313 Insurance underwriters
1314 Assessors, valuators and appraisers
1315 Customs, ship and other brokers
2111 Physicists and astronomers
2112 Chemists
2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers
2114 Meteorologists and climatologists
2115 Other professional occupations in physical sciences
2121 Biologists and related scientists
2122 Forestry professionals
2123 Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
2131 Civil engineers
2132 Mechanical engineers
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
2134 Chemical engineers
2141 Industrial and manufacturing engineers
2142 Metallurgical and materials engineers
2143 Mining engineers
2144 Geological engineers
2145 Petroleum engineers
2146 Aerospace engineers
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2148 Other professional engineers, n.e.c.
2151 Architects
2152 Landscape architects
2153 Urban and land use planners
2154 Land surveyors
2161 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designers
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175 Web designers and developers
2211 Chemical technologists and technicians
2212 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
2221 Biological technologists and technicians
2222 Agricultural and fish products inspectors
2223 Forestry technologists and technicians
2224 Conservation and fishery officers
2225 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
2234 Construction estimators
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2244 Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
2251 Architectural technologists and technicians
2252 Industrial designers in the US
2253 Drafting technologists and technicians
2254 Land survey technologists and technicians
2255 Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology
2261 Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians
2262 Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers
2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
2264 Construction inspectors
2271 Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors
2272 Air traffic controllers and related occupations
2273 Deck officers, water transport
2274 Engineer officers, water transport
2275 Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators
2281 US Computer network technicians
2282 User support technicians
2283 US Information systems testing technicians
3011 Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
3012 US Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3111 Specialist physicians
3112 General practitioners and family physicians
3113 Dentists
3114 United States Veterinarians
3121 US Optometrists
3122 Chiropractors
3124 Allied primary health practitioners
3125 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
3131 Pharmacists
3132 Dietitians and nutritionists
3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
3142 Physiotherapists
3143 Occupational therapists
3144 Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
3211 Medical laboratory technologists
3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
3213 Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3215 Medical radiation technologists
3216 Medical sonographers
3217 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
3219 Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
3221 Denturists
3222 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
3223 Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
3231 Opticians
3232 Practitioners of natural healing
3233 Licensed practical nurses
3234 Paramedical occupations
3236 Massage therapists
3237 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
4011 University professors and lecturers
4012 Post-secondary teaching and research assistants
4021 College and other vocational instructors



4031 Secondary school teachers
4032 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
4033 Educational counsellors
4111 Judges
4112 Lawyers and Quebec notaries
4151 Psychologists
4152 Social workers
4153 Family, marriage and other related counsellors
4154 Professional occupations in religion
4155 Probation and parole officers and related occupations
4156 Employment counsellors
4161 Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4162 Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts
4163 Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
4164 Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4165 Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4166 Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4167 Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4168 Program officers unique to government
4169 Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c.
4211 Paralegal and related occupations
4212 Social and community service workers
4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities
4216 Other instructors
4217 Other religious occupations
4311 Police officers (except commissioned)
4312 Firefighters
4313 Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Forces
5111 Librarians
5112 Conservators and curators
5113 Archivists
5121 Authors and writers
5122 Editors
5123 Journalists
5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5131 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
5132 Conductors, composers and arrangers
5133 Musicians and singers
5134 Dancers
5135 Actors and comedians
5136 Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
5211 Library and public archive technicians
5212 Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries
5221 Photographers
5222 Film and video camera operators
5223 Graphic arts technicians
5224 Broadcast technicians
5225 Audio and video recording technicians
5226 Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5231 Announcers and other broadcasters
5232 Other performers, n.e.c.
5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
5242 Interior designers and interior decorators
5243 Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers
5244 Artisans and craftspersons
5245 Patternmakers – textile, leather and fur products
5251 Athletes
5252 Coaches
5253 Sports officials and referees
5254 Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
6211 Retail sales supervisors
6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
6222 Retail and wholesale buyers
6231 Insurance agents and brokers
6232 Real estate agents and salespersons
6235 Financial sales representatives
6311 Food service supervisors
6312 Executive housekeepers
6313 Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors
6314 Customer and information services supervisors
6315 Cleaning supervisors
6316 Other services supervisors
6321 Chefs
6322 Cooks
6331 Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
6332 Bakers
6341 Hairstylists and barbers
6342 Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners
6343 Shoe repairers and shoemakers
6344 Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations
6345 Upholsterers
6346 Funeral directors and embalmers
7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
7203 Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
7232 Tool and die makers
7233 Sheet metal workers
7234 Boilermakers
7235 Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
7236 Ironworkers
7237 Welders and related machine operators
7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
7242 Industrial electricians
7243 Power system electricians
7244 Electrical power line and cable workers
7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers
7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers
7247 Cable television service and maintenance technicians
7251 Plumbers
7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
7253 Gas fitters
7271 Carpenters
7272 Cabinetmakers
7281 Bricklayers
7282 Concrete finishers
7283 Tile setters
7284 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
7291 Roofers and shinglers
7292 Glaziers
7293 Insulators
7294 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
7295 Floor covering installers
7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
7303 Supervisors, printing and related occupations
7304 Supervisors, railway transport operations
7305 Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
7313 Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
7314 Railway Carmen/women
7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
7316 Machine fitters
7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics
7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
7322 Motor vehicle body repairers
7331 Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
7332 Appliance servicers and repairers
7333 Electrical mechanics
7334 Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
7335 Other small engine and small equipment repairers



7361 Railway and yard locomotive engineers
7362 Railway conductors and brakemen/women
7371 Crane operators
7372 Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction
7373 Water well drillers
7381 Printing press operators
7384 Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.
8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry
8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying
8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
8231 Underground production and development miners
8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
8241 Logging machinery operators
8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers8255 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
8261 Fishing masters and officers
8262 Fishermen/women
9211 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
9213 Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing
9214 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
9215 Supervisors, forest products processing
9217 Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
9221 Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
9222 Supervisors, electronics manufacturing
9223 Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing
9224 Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
9226 Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
9227 Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
9231 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
9235 Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
9241 Power engineers and power systems operators
9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators

Step Two: Immigration Points Score Required to Migrate to Canada from the US
Once you’ve identified an Occupation in Demand from the NOC “National Occupation Code “ List of Canada above then next up we need to be able to identify your points on the Canadian Immigration Points score matrix for your Express Entry application, as the Canadian Government will offer invitations for visas to the higher points scoring candidates from the pool in the various NOC code sectors that Canada need under their immigration program.

In order to immigrate to Canada from the US, we’ll definitely need to work out your points though we will always work closely with you to maximize (and build on) your Canadian Immigration Points Score.

A couple of examples of where points are awarded in the Canadian immigration score grid are shown below. This does not cover all the areas where your points will be awarded – it is designed to give you an idea of how the system of points scoring works within the Canadian immigration system.



Migrate to Canada from the US Age Points

AgeWith a spouse or common-law partnerWithout a spouse or common-law partner
(Maximum 100 points)(Maximum 110 points)
17 years of age or less00
18 years of age9099
19 years of age95105
20 to 29 years of age100110
30 years of age95105
31 years of age9099
32 years of age8594
33 years of age8088
34 years of age7583
35 years of age7077
36 years of age6572
37 years of age6066
38 years of age5561
39 years of age5055
40 years of age4550
41 years of age3539
42 years of age2528
43 years of age1517
44 years of age56
45 years of age or more00
Migrate to Canada from Australia English Language Points
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level per abilityWith a spouse or common-law partnerWithout a spouse or common-law partner
(Maximum 128 points)(Maximum 136 points)
Less than CLB 400
CLB 4 or 566
CLB 689
CLB 71617
CLB 82223
CLB 92931
CLB 10 or more3234
Official languages proficiency - second official language
Maximum points for each ability (reading, writing, speaking and listening):
6 with a spouse or common-law partner (up to a combined maximum of 22 points)
6 without a spouse or common-law partner (up to a combined maximum of 24 points)
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level per abilityWith a spouse or common-law partner Without a spouse or common-law partner 
(Maximum 22 points)(Maximum 24 points)
CLB 4 or less00
CLB 5 or 611
CLB 7 or 833
CLB 9 or more66
Migrate to Canada from Australia Points for Education
Level of EducationWith a spouse or common-law partnerWithout a spouse or common-law partner
(Maximum 140 points)(Maximum 150 points)
Less than secondary school (high school)00
Secondary diploma (high school graduation)2830
One-year degree, diploma or certificate from  a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute8490
Two-year program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute9198
Bachelor's degree OR  a three or more year program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute112120
Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees. One must be for a program of three or more years119128
Master's degree, OR professional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession (For “professional degree,” the degree program must have been in: medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, law, chiropractic medicine, or pharmacy.)126135
Doctoral level university degree (Ph.D.)140150

Points for other Areas
There are points awarded for many other areas, such as work experience, job offers, family in Canada French language skills and more. It is a somewhat complex points scoring system and we suggest going through the process in more detail with one of our experts.

What’s the next step to migrate to Canada from the US?
The next step is to submit your express entry application to the Canadian Government.

What is Express Entry in the Canadian Immigration Process for US Citizens?

Express Entry is the name given to the candidate pool from all over the world of people wanting to Immigrate to Canada. This process involves having your professional qualifications credentialed and certified so they can be approved as being able to meet the standard of Canadian employment in the area of employment and note that many professions will have to go further to be fully assessed to industry or professional body registration within Canada and this may require testing as a condition of being granted your visa. So it is important to know the requirements of your trade or profession.

Every Profession, Occupation, and Trade has their own Skills Assessment Authority tied to Canadian Immigration or a specific Province and it’s their role to say an applicant is who they say they are, and has the right skills, experience, and qualifications.

Emigrate Canada has an enviable 100% success rate in most occupation codes and have subject matter experts in every occupation to ensure this success rate continues.

Making an Express Entry Application to Immigrate to Canada from the US

With a positive skills assessment or your education verified, it’s time to lodge your Express Entry application. It’s important that we make this Application as strong as possible because it’s the details in this declaration that Canada uses to decide which applications are going to receive their Invitation to Apply for the Visa.

Express Entry is not a ‘visa’ in its own right, it simply allows successful candidates to be filtered out to receive an Invitation to Apply for a Federal Skilled Trades Visa, a Federal Skilled Worker Visa or a Provincial Nomination Visa.

An Invitation to Apply (ITA) can be best described as approval in principle of your visa, allowing you to migrate to Canada from the US.

Final Visa Application to Immigrate to Canada from the US

With an ITA in hand, it’s time to complete the final complicated stages of the Canada Visa process and to complete health checks and medicals.

Once your Canada visa is granted you’re all set to make the move to Canada from the US. You don’t need to move immediately (though most do) and you have 12 months to activate your Canadian Permanent Residency Visas once they are granted.

How long does it take to Immigrate to Canada from the US with Express Entry

On average do allow six to eight months for the process from start to finish. Sometimes it happens sooner, sometimes later though one year is a good benchmark to keep in mind.

Get started by taking our Free Canadian Visa Assessment and see if you’re eligible to apply to Immigrate to Canada from the US.



Family Class Sponsorship Programs to Immigrate to Canada from the US

This program is for those US Citizens who have relatives living in Canada. Adult children or a spouse or partner who is a Canadian citizen or permanent residentcan sponsor you for Canadian permanent residence. This is an ideal way to immigrate to Canada from the US without a job offer.

Immigrate to Canada from the US on the Canadian Experience Class Program

If you’ve previously lived and worked in Canada as a you may be eligible to apply apply for a Permanent Residency card under this program.

Provincial Entrepreneur Program to Immigrate to Canada from the US

If you are going to immigrate to Canada and create employment, then you may qualify for a visa through one of the provincial entrepreneur programs. You may be eligible even if you haven’t started the business yet. Take our free visa assessment to check your eligibility to immigrate to Canada from the US on the Provincial Entrepreneur Program

Title of Article: How to Immigrate to Canada from the US
Author: Monty @ Emigrate Canada, the Worlds Number One Canadian Immigration Expert