www.h1base.com/page.asp?id=352 (external - login to view)
Google has all kinds of links to forms and articles regarding the type of status you seek. The link above is but one of many.... best to go to the US Government pages too but they are cumbersome to give a quick read to.... full of bureaucrat speak....
Apply as an individual for a 'green card' (they are pink)....for Citizenship (Naturalization) it takes approximately five years as a legal Alien after you cross the border with all of your forms and your Canadian Passport in tow. If you marry an American you only have to wait three years I believe.... to apply for Naturalization ... and get an 'N' number which for me took a little over four years... but I had been down in the US for many years prior to that as an Alien...the only limitations to being an Alien are some jobs are out of reach ... such as some government offices.... and sensitive occupations as law enforcement, etc. Genrally speaking there are few of these restrictions. In many cases Aliens have already been investigated so you are regarded as a more reliable citizen than an unchecked citizen for some employers.
When you have been accepted to cross the border as a legal immigrant, you get a huge bundle which you forfeit at the border crossing or the nearest immigration office and then you get a temporary card until you get more pictures taken for the U.S. Alien card and receive an "A" number which is your passport until death unless you decide to become a citizen which is not mandatory.... it is wisest however to have legal status ... especially these days.
It also helps to have a job to go to if that is possible.... or a family affiliation...
You can live and work and gain social security status on an alien card and never have to take out a citizenship if you don't want to. You just have to renew your alien card on a regular basis and I don't know how many years they are good for before renewal.
Last edited by Curiosity; Jul 17th, 2007 at 01:05 PM..