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Canada: We’re Watching


A lot of you know from a previous post that I’ve been having trouble getting permanent residency in Canada so I can buy the tiny house of my dreams (which would be movable, but it’s already exactly where I want it). I stated before that it didn’t have anything to do with my disability, because I really thought that. It wasn’t until I was writing my response letter to their second terse blowoff that it became clear to me what’s going on.

Here’s a quick 101 on the immigration process—if you go as a visitor, you can stay 6 months of any one year. My friends all say “Stay 6 months, visit the US for 2 weeks and go back.” It doesn’t work that way. You are limited to 6 months of the calendar year, and they do check. The border stations share information about your crossings now and they know when you cross to either side. If you overstay, they can deny you re-entry, even if your home, your pets, and all your stuff is there.

 

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