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If getting dual citizenship and moving to Canada was a piece of cake, would you?

Asked by Mama_Cakes (9315 points ) August 3rd, 2012

My partner will be making her way over here, so, that we can get married in the land of beer and beavers.

What would make you come? What would make you stay where you are?

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JLeslie's avatar

I would live in Canada for a few years, but probably not move there permanently. We would go for a job opportunity most likely, which we would do anyway, without the citizenship even. The big negative would be the weather! So, probably Vancouver would be my first choice, and only one I would consider unless the money was much more, then other parts of Canada would be considered. This is true in the States too. The weather and money is part of the equation, we would not think of Canada differently.

Now, if I could live there half the year (more or less) during summer months and it was easy to get citizenship, I would seriously consider it. My mom talks about spending a couple months in Toronto or Vancouver all the time. She loves Canadian cities, and that is very appealling to me too.

I have a friend who is a dual citizen, first Canada, then became American as an adult, in her 40’s I think, and she lives in both places, and knows what to do to get the best benefits from both countries regarding taxes, social services, things like that.

I think probably it is more appealing for Canadians to get US citizenship than the reverse, because of the climate.

Edit: The health care system would be attractive to me in Canada. Not sure if it matters much over age 65 though when US medicare kicks in.

Dutchess_III's avatar

No….I wouldn’t want to leave my family.

King_Pariah's avatar

Totally, and then for $50 get my Dad’s F-250 cranked up to 850 hp.

bolwerk's avatar

In theory, dual citizenship is frowned upon by the U.S. government and nationalizing in another country is doubly frowned upon. In practice, I don’t think anyone does anything about it.

wilma's avatar

Weather wouldn’t be a factor for me. Your’s (Southern Ontario at least) isn’t much different from mine.
I can’t really imagine any reason that I would want to leave my own country, but if for some reason I did want to leave, I think Canada would probably be my first choice as I would be the easiest to adapt to.
Dual citizenship might have some advantages if you could figure out how to use that to your best advantage, like @JLeslie pointed out.

amujinx's avatar

@bolwerk is correct. The US officially does not support dual citizenship, so if you become a citizen of another country, the US treats you as losing your American citizenship. You can sort of unofficially have dual citizenship in the US if you are from another country that allows dual citizenship and become an American citizen, but the US itself will not recognize you as one.

Jeruba's avatar

I’d sure think about it. I have strong ties to the Maritimes, and part of me longs to return there.

DaphneT's avatar

I used to think I would go there, even toyed with the idea of attending McGill University. That became a no-go, and now that I’m older the cold bothers me more. If I could live in a contained environment I’d go.

Sunny2's avatar

If I left the US, I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Generally speaking, I like Canadians better than my own countrymen. They are more polite, quieter, more humorous and relaxed than a large percentage of their southern neighbors. (Except those from Quebec,)

rooeytoo's avatar

I am American by birth living in Australia as a permanent resident. I could have dual citizenship. I have never pursued it because it requires an extraordinary amount of paperwork. But unless some law has been enacted recently, there is no problem with either country for dual citizenship.

AngryWhiteMale's avatar

I wouldn’t mind living in British Columbia (where I have some ancestral roots). I need a temperate climate, and the Prairie Provinces and eastern Canada would be too snowy/icy for me in winter, and too hot/humid in summer. I definitely prefer how our Canadian cousins handle some things, such as healthcare, so I’d be fine with moving up there. Highly unlikely to happen for me, though.

bolwerk's avatar

@amujinx: I don’t think they actually take away your citizenship that easily, though in theory I suppose they could. You’re probably not likely to get in trouble if you don’t do anything political or join a foreign military.

downtide's avatar

I love everything about Canada except its weather. If it had the climate of California I’d be there already.

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