Patrice wrote in with some questions about immigrating from Canada.
Here is Patrice’s letter:
What kind of visa do you have? I don’t know in the states, but here in Canada I think )I still have to verify it) we should not leave the country more than six month if you don’t want to loose some benefits. I have a friend who live in Belgium and will verify with him. Regarding the doctors and medicine, how do you qualify them…the services and evrything is it good? still enjoy this site thank you again.
I have a 13(g) Resident Visa. It allows me to stay here permenantly without need to leave on yearly trips like a tourist visa would require. I find that living on the 13(g) to be the way to go in my case. So far I’ve been here for over 11 years and have never left the Philippines. So, making regular trips out just for visa purposes would be inconvenient for me.
The thing you are talking about with having to be in Canada part of the time to keep certain benefits is not something that is a problem in the USA. For us, it doesn’t matter how long you are gone, you lose nothing. I am not in that position anyway, as I don’t get anything in the way of benefits from the government anyway. I do know Canadians who live here, but I don’t know what they do about the supposed 6 month requirement.
As for the medical care here, I think it’s great. I have had excellent service when I needed any medical care, and inexpensive too.
Thank you for writing, Patrice.