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Anyone moved to another country (outside USA)? Canada?

Have you moved from USA to a different country to live off-grid or the country life? Please share your experience. Was it easy? How about the legal stuff and getting a job? Can you own property as another citizen?

I'm wondering if we should move to Canada. We are just starting out our country living (been trying it out for about 3 years), but now am wondering about Canada... just north of us - British Columbia. It's slightly warmer than where we are so that would nicely extend our growing season. But, that's not the only reason we'd move out there...

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I haven't ever lived in another country but I had also considered moving to a different country for a variety of reasons and would of course want to be off grid since that's our goal no matter where we are. I think this is the one thing dh is not likely to ever let me do though He did have a short fantasy over the Lasqueti Island after seeing a documentary on it until I showed him the prices. I have never considered Canada though. Too cold for me. As a southern girl I'm not sure I could survive an honest winter. I'd be better off moving further south. Heat, humidity and rain are things I understand. Snow... idk about that.

ETA: Oh I haven't really looked at Canada before but I'm pretty sure you can buy property in another country without being a citizen. If you planned to move and live on the property though I'd definitely want to know what the laws and such were as far as getting citizenship and visas and residency until then. Whether or not you wanted to become a full citizen is a major decision also and something to consider. I'm not sure how things work out with dual citizenship either. I think it really depends on the country. That's a major thing to consider as well if you would need or want to become a full citizen of just the other country. There are great reasons to move abroad but I think it'd be very difficult to do without a true love for the new country. Just something to consider.

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We LOVE Canada... seen lots of it from Vancouver to Quebec.

The cold is not so bad. I'm thin (little fat for insulation to keep me warm *hehe*) and from the desert southwest. It's not so bad here. Just have plenty of dry wood for the woodstove and dress in down, wool, and layers.

Good to know we can buy property as a foreigner. Dual citizenship would be better...
My Canadian friend tried to buy a house in Arizona and it didn't work out so well... something about not being a citizen. Oh well... oddly, it was the best thing that happened to her (to move back to Canada). Anyway... I know Canada has higher taxes... etc. I just love it there! ...love it every time I visit.

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If you love it and can do it then go for it! I definitely want to move but it hasn't been feasible yet. Dh actually called me today and told me to start saving money because we were going to do it! I'm extremely excited and extra in love with this man right now lol I'm not sure where all he's wanting to consider right now but we'll be starting the talks soon. It'll be quite a while as there's so much to do to prepare. I wouldn't expect to move for at least a year if not 2-3 but I'm glad we decided for sure what we're going to do as far as housing. The not building on the property yet but not moving was making me crazy living in limbo here. I'm excited to see what we decide. It'll be interesting to look at areas and decide where will be best for us. If you love Canada I say go for it! It's always better to live somewhere you'll be happy then try to make things work in an area you don't care for if you can.

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So excited for you 'going for it'. It's time... time to get out into the country. I hope you are able to figure it out and be out there soon.

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Thanks! We're in the country where we live right now but we haven't set up a permanent home anywhere yet. I feel so much better knowing it won't be in this area. Now I just need to figure out where it will be.

Have you looked around anymore at Canada and what you might do? Here's a few links I found that I thought might help you.
Immigrate to Canada http://www.cic.gc.ca/enGlIsH/immigrate/index.asp
Buying and Selling Canadian Property (This is for British Columbia too!) http://www.bcrea.bc.ca/working-with-...adian-property

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We lived in Nicaragua for 6 months to try it out. We would definitely consider that as a viable option for long-term off grid living. (We currently live off-grid in the Pacific Northwest.) In Nica the soil is incredibly fertile the country has all the necessary resources - wood, water, animals etc. necessary for sustainable living. Many foreigners retire there because the country is trying to attract that traffic by allowing them to import a car +household for free, among other things, to boost the local economy.
They've worked very hard to be a 'safe' country - even heard on NPR the other week that Nica is considered the safest country in Central America. As far as purchasing property goes... I think most people rent, and the land we were looking at purchasing ($500 for a lot near a small community!) had to be put in the name of a national. We were going to put it in the name of a fatherless child - there are lots of widows/single moms and orphans in the community we were looking at. That way if we ended up leaving years later or whatever then the child - feasibly then an adult with whom we had a relationship with would 'inherit' the property.
We ultimately decided against it because of unassociated reasons, but we still love Nica and often consider returning.
Most Gov websites have the initial info you would need to consider such as immigration fees, visas, citizenship etc. Good Luck with your search for 'True Love Land'!
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