I am retired and would like to spend the remainder of my retirement in SC in the U.S., with a visit or two to Canada per year. I am self-supporting and will invest in personal real estate if allowed to live in the U.S. First, can I just move here, purchase a condo and stay for 10 months per year? What do I do for Medical Insurance? And any other info you could provide. Thank you.
There are some very knowledgeable immigration attorneys on the Avvo website. Click on "find a lawyer" on this website to find out what you need to do. The attorney's advice to avoid getting banned is right on the mark. You should also speak to a Canadian immigration attorney since you may encounter Canadian/American tax implications with a move to the U.S.A. (try http://www.canadianlawlist.com/ for a Canadian immigration lawyer. Good luck.
As a Canadian you can enter the US, but you are not supposed to stay in the US for longer than six months at a time. You are not supposed to come to the US to live permanently. Be careful because you can get banned from the US if you have intent to live here permanently without permission. This question comes up every so often for me, and I'd say I wouldn't buy a house, etc., without consulting an immigration attorney and making sure that all my ducks were in a row. You may be able to qualify for an investor's visa and eventually become a US citizen, so why not go for that if you can? The US doesn't require you to give up your Canadian citizenship. This is a good article for you: http://www.forbes.com/sites/andyjsemotiuk/2015/01/19/how-long-can-a-canadian-stay-in-the-us-and-vice-versa/
No, you cannot just move to U.S. If you intend to live in the U.S. as a permanent resident, you would need to go through an immigration process. A person can see immigration to the U.S. under the employment based category or based on family immigration. Please contact an immigration attorney to discuss what options may be available in your case.
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