First and foremost, I see this is your first topic on WBee… so a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”
The info provided here by the other Bees is correct.
Your original Question and the idea of getting married in the USA with limited requiements ONLY APPLIES to Canadian Citizens who are visiting as Tourists and choose to marry in the USA (such as Mr TTR and I who are BOTH Canadians, but Eloped to Florida over the Christmas Holidays)
In your particular case…
The issue is that in the USA, you would be considered a Non-American marrying an American… (doesn’t matter to them that you are a Canadian Citizen… the same rules applies to everyone).. because Americans take your marriage to mean that you’d probably WANT to “become an American”… then their Government wants a say in your Marriage. Hence why you ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE a Fiance Visa to marry there as a Non-American marrying an American.
Department of Homeland Security – US Citizenship and Immigration Services (Fiance Visas) = http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=640a3e4d77d73210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=640a3e4d77d73210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD
In Canada, we have a “friendly” relationship with many countries, including the USA when it comes to Marriage and “possible” immigration (same goes for the UK… and I believe Australia as well)… lol, this is because we see Citizens from these countries as “desirable” immigrants to our country (in that we all have a lot in common I suppose… language, education, etc)
So, one doesn’t require a Visa to visit Canada from the USA, not even to marry here (ONLY if one wants to go to school here, work here, or live here full-time)
So you guys getting married here will be a lot easier than in the USA. And I mean A LOT Easier !!
And as you’d already be married, going thru the US Immigration cycle for you to live in the USA with a Green Card as a Canadian (a highly desireable country to immigrate from to the US) the hold-up shouldn’t be a lengthy one
Instead of your going back and forth to the USA… you guys should be looking at his going back and forth to Canada (also means that if he wanted he could qualify for Canadian Citizenship and all the great things we have up here, like FREE Healthcare once you guys are married, if he chose to live here)
You are right about your Visitor Status in the USA in regards to Canada Health Care. As a general rule of thumb, you have to live in / be in your Province 6 Months Plus 1 Day (183 Days) annually to be considered a resident, and therefore qualify for national health care (as delivered by your Province of Residence). The clock runs from Jan 1st to December 31st. And visits outside of your own Province to other Provinces / Territories in Canada… also count against that number (something to be aware of).
As a Canadian Tourist (no Visa Required) to the USA, you can visit UP TO 6 months less a day annually (at the discretion / determination of the US Customs, Border & Immigration folks)… in that you have to be able to prove that you spend more time in Canada (your country of residence) than you do abroad.
For more info on this subject (well written article) check out this website = http://travelinsurancefile.com/headlines/how-long-can-a-canadian-snowbird-stay-out-of-the-country/
Additional info also available on the following Websites:
Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) = http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/menu-eng.html
US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) = http://www.cbp.gov/
Hope this helps,