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Canadian spouse moving to America short term?

I was wondering if anyone has any advice for our situation.

I am American and my husband is Canadian. I have been living in Canada as a permanent resident for our whole marriage (almost 10 years) and am in the process of applying for Canadian citizenship. Our kids are Canadian and I am applying for their dual citizenship as well.

My husband is working on his masters and then PhD from a school in the UK where he also is a long-distance employee. So he works and studies remotely. He is also self-employed by running a couple of businesses from home.

We have been considering moving to the US for a year or so as a change of pace. No long term plans, but we thought it would be nice to live right by my parents for a season before we possibly move to the UK to continue his work and school or back to Canada. Since we rent and since my husband’s job is working from home, the flexibility seemed ideal for this stage of life with young kids. For some reason we assumed he could get some kind of visa for a year or so as my spouse. But when I started actually looking into the process, it looks to me like the only way he could stay in the country for a year is to start going through the green card process?

I guess if we really wanted to do this, we could decide to stay in the US for as long as it takes for him to get his green card, and possibly his citizenship, and then all become dual citizens which would give us more flexibility about where it live in the future. It would take a few years, but might be worth it for the rest of our lives.

Mostly I am wondering if I am reading the situation right and there is no visa option for him other than applying for a green card.

It also looks like my parents would have to sponsor his green card application, since I am a stay at home mom with no income. They make more than enough money to do so. But he could apply for a work visa and continue to work for his overseas company from home while we wait? All the country boundaries get me a bit confused, lol.

TLDR: I may have naively assumed it would be easy for my husband and I to live in my home country of the US for a year!

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