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If I am a US citizen, is it possible for me to work for a US

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If I am a US citizen, is it possible for me to work for a US company, but live in Edmonton?

My boyfriend currently lives in Edmonton (US citizen on a work visa). We will be getting married at some point, but I am trying to figure out if I am able to work up there and keep my current job.
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I am not sure what you mean when you ask if it's possible to work up there and keep your current job.

Are you asking if you can live with your boyfriend in Edmonton and still work in the US?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

No problem, thanks for the quick response. So to clarify. I currently reside in the US and work for a company in the US.


My boyfriend is a US citizien, lives in Edmonton and works for a Canadian company.


I am looking to move up to Edmonton shortly to live with him. I have the opportunity to continue working in my current job remotely, so I would still be an American, working for an American company, but living in Edmonton.


Legally, is that even possible? I don't know how it would work in terms of US and Canadian law, etc.


We are planning on getting married soon, so I would be able to get on his work visa and get a job up there if needed, but we do plan on coming back to the US at some point, so if I could continue working for my company, that would be an ideal set up.


Does that make sense? Let me know if you need any more info from me.


Thank you!




It makes perfect sense. Thanks for clarifying.

You can live in Canada and continue to work for your US employer.

If you want to work for a Canadian employer you would need a work permit.

But you would get an open work permit without any problem as you are entitled to this if you are on your spouse's permit.

But you don't need a permit to work for the US employer.

Let me know if you need any further clarification.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

One more question then. How would I be able to stay in the country? Aren't you only allowed to stay up there as a visitor for 6 months at a time? Would I have to get married to him right away to ensure I can stay up there?


I know the laws are a little weird, but I just wanted some preliminary information so I can start to figure out what I need to do.


Thank you for the help so far!

You would not come in as a visitor.

Your spouse would apply for a change of status for his work permit and add you to that application.

Then you would be entering on his work permit and not as a visitor.

You could stay as long as he permit is valid.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Awesome. I had a feeling we would have to get married right away in order for me to stay, but being able to work for a US company still is great news!


Do you pratice in Edmonton?


I am in Ontario but you can contact the Law Society and use their Lawyer Referral Service. You will be given the name of a lawyer and can consult with the lawyer and the first half hour will be free.

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