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Border guards
Posted date : Sep 11, 2017.
I enjoy reading the various questions and answers re: Dear Bird Talk. One answer caught my attention in the summer 2017 issue 103.   Read more...

IRS
Posted date : Sep 11, 2017.
If my wife and I visit Arizona for five months every calendar year (say Nov. 1-March 31) and file an 8840 every year, will we be subject to U.S. taxes based on worldly income?   Read more...

30-Day rule
Posted date : Sep 11, 2017.
Regarding the 30-day absence rule, I have recently had a fellow snowbird inform me that they have been told that you must actually return to Canada....   Read more...

Use of medical marijuana
Posted date : Sep 11, 2017.
Many in the snowbird community must be thinking about the use of medical marijuana. Please give us guidelines concerning Medipac and U.S. border regulations.   Read more...

Travel outside of the U.S.
Posted date : Jun 15, 2017.
Do you have to return to Canada for 30 days or more to get a new B2 visa, or can you go to Mexico or other countries?   Read more...

U.S. duration limits
Posted date : Jun 14, 2017.
I would like to know how many months we can be in the U.S. every year and when does the year start?   Read more...

The Fruit Fiasco
Posted date : Mar 14, 2017.
In CSANews Issue 101 we, meaning me, provided an incorrect response to a Bird Talk letter from Weldon Hehr regarding importing fruit from the U.S. into Canada. I am not sure where my mind was when I answered the question, because I have often imported fruit from the U.S. myself.   Read more...

Form 8840
Posted date : Mar 13, 2017.
I am in the U.S. for approximately 80 days each year so do not need to file the form..   Read more...

Hotel Discounts
Posted date : Dec 12, 2016.
Every year, thousands of snowbirds travel south. I am wondering if the CSA has ever approached travel hotels to work out a travellers' discount, such as is offered with CAA?   Read more...

Fruit Across the Border
Posted date : Dec 12, 2016.
I have orange, grapefruit and lemon trees at my home in Arizona. Am I allowed to bring fruit from these trees when I return to my Alberta home?   Read more...

I-75 Traffic
Posted date : Dec 12, 2016.
It is also best to leave on a Saturday morning – no road work, nor business traffic.   Read more...

Passport Expiry Dates
Posted date : Dec 12, 2016.
Question: What are the requirements in the U.S. for how long after the scheduled return to Canada does the passport have to be valid upon exit from the U.S.?   Read more...

I-75 Traffic?
Posted date : Jul 20, 2016.
Traffic leaving Florida on I-75 was extremely heavy and we were wondering if this was because we left on the last day of the month?   Read more...

Form 8840
Posted date : Jul 15, 2016.
We simply forgot to file our Form 8840 in June and filed in November – are there any likely consequences?   Read more...

Staying past the 182-day limit if 8840 submitted
Posted date : Jul 15, 2016.
My question is, can I stay past the 182-day limit by filling out the form?   Read more...

Time out of country
Posted date : Jul 15, 2016.
How is this possible with calculating back two years prior?   Read more...

I-194 Form
Posted date : Jul 15, 2016.
Just received the I-194 Form from a past conviction 40 years ago.   Read more...

Six months vs seven months outside the province
Posted date : Oct 14, 2014.
I recently heard that the six-month rule was changed to seven months.   Read more...

Car Registration
Posted date : May 12, 2014.
Can we register our car in Arizona, or do we have to take it back to the Canada/U.S. border?   Read more...

NEXUS lane
Posted date : May 12, 2014.
The driver indicated that we should follow him. The same thing occurred at the other six stations, including the NEXUS lane. We fell into a line, were led to a large parking area and told that our vehicles were to be X-rayed.   Read more...

Visas for Travellers with convictions
Posted date : May 12, 2014.
We have recently found out that a waiver can be purchased for $580 plus, plus, plus, which ‘may be still rejected’ by an over-officious border guard.   Read more...

Do you have an address if you live full-time in an RV?
Posted date : Jan 07, 2014.
Dear Bird Talk, The vast majority of snowbirds are without a Canadian home address for the simple fact that they have sold their homes and are living full time in their RVs. Ever try to get into the U.S. with a title of homeless?   Read more...

Questions about time permitted in the U.S.
Posted date : Jan 07, 2014.
Dear Bird Talk, I read an article online that was published by the Star which stated some information of which I was unaware and am wondering if you could clarify. We are aware that we can stay for up to 182 days out of a year.   Read more...

Clarifying amount of time allowed in the U.S.
Posted date : Jan 07, 2014.
Dear Bird Talk, We understand that there is a limit of 182 days for Ontario residents to be in the states per year. Does the year run from January to December (calendar year), or how do they estimate your stay in the states?   Read more...

Unusual question throws snowbirds off guard at the border
Posted date : Jan 07, 2014.
Dear Bird Talk, We have just entered the U.S. at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo. We have a mobile home in Florida where we will be living for five months. We had all of our documentation at the ready and prepared for the crossing, something we have done for 15 years.   Read more...

Border Crossing
Posted date : May 01, 2013.
The official U.S. government website help.cbp.gov/app/answers notes that Canadian vacationers are only required under American law to present a valid passport. Admittedly, they add the caveat that individual officers may ask for further proof.   Read more...

Burden of Proof
Posted date : Jan 10, 2013.
During a recent U.S. border-crossing interview, we were asked to provide documentation showing closer ties to Canada.   Read more...

Crossing the border with dogs
Posted date : Jul 05, 2012.
I had to chuckle at the cartoon on p.53. we cross the border at least twice a year with our dogs, but the border patrol/customs people have never made any reference such as the one in the cartoon.   Read more...

Thank you for coming......
Posted date : May 05, 2012.
After he asked if we had fruit, etc. he waved us on with, "thank you for coming." that was a 'wow' moment.   Read more...

Going home for a week at Christmas and return to the U.S. - Will this be counted as time in U.S
Posted date : May 05, 2012.
What if I go in October and tell them that I am going for two months, then go home for a week at Christmas and return to the U.S. for a second trip from January to April? is my week at Christmas still counted as time in the U.S.?.....Yes   Read more...

An absence of less than 30 days will be considered as part of the same trip
Posted date : May 05, 2012.
if we go home to Alberta for two or three weeks, are we allowed to deduct this time from the amount of days we are allowed to be in the U.S.? People are telling us that nothing under 30 days is allowed......The people advising you are correct   Read more...

Crossing the border with alcohol - 40 oz limit
Posted date : May 05, 2012.
When crossing the border from the U.S. to Canada, realizing that each person gets 40 oz of alcohol   Read more...

A new law in Arizona requiring proof of residence!
Posted date : May 05, 2012.
There is a new law in Arizona requiring proof of residence, which is being challenged in the courts, and no one is certain what the real law is at this point.   Read more...

Canada America Border - Crossing Issues
Posted date : Dec 02, 2011.
I read in our magazine about people having border-crossing issues. We never have had any, either way. I wonder what triggers people’s problems. Like many Canadians, before being a snowbird and joining the CSA, I never thought much about such matters....   Read more...

Stay at Nevada / Las Vegas - few questions
Posted date : Dec 02, 2011.
There doesn’t seem to be a lot of Bird Talk from Nevada. But we have some basic questions to help us get started. Any info you can provide would be appreciated. Info about Length of stay, Money transfer, Nevada/Las Vegas state or municipal issues,Visa etc..   Read more...

Medical emergency and Our experience with Visa
Posted date : Dec 02, 2011.
I took your advice and contacted Air Canada and, because of my husband’s medical emergency, they were kind enough to offer us two tickets to Florida.   Read more...

Travelling With Pets
Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.
Dear Bird Talk: Re: Travel with pets I found, to my chagrin, that WestJet, the company I prefer to use, will not take an animal between May and October. However, Air Canada does.   Read more...

Taking Pets Across the Border
Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.
Dear Bird Talk, My wife and I are recently retired; we are seriously considering becoming snowbirds. We are wondering if we can take our pets across the border and what is required to do so.   Read more...

How long can we stay in the USA?
Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.
I would like some clarification on how long we can stay in the United States.   Read more...

Prolonged Stays in the USA/Homeland Security/Income Taxes
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
I am not sure that the advice you gave William in B.C. is correct regarding prolonged stays in the U.S. with respect to consequences from the U.S. government. There appear to be two issues and two major U.S. agencies at stake here. One is the verbal B2 visa (Homeland Security), which is violated in any one calendar year if you exceed 183 days in the U.S. This could have some dire consequences if you do stay beyond this number of days as you point out.   Read more...

Prescription Drugs For Longer Visits
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Re: the comment submitted by SE Leslie regarding medications over 90 days. I have never had a problem getting 4.5 months of prescription drugs for our stay in Arizona. Talk to your pharmacist. The restriction is that Pharmacare will not pay. So if you are willing to pay, it should be no problem.   Read more...

How long can we stay in the USA?
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
How many months are we allowed to stay in the U.S. coming from Ontario? I have heard six and seven months...   Read more...

Declaring Fruit at the Border
Posted date : May 27, 2010.
Just a reminder to not have any fruit in the car when crossing the border. If asked about fruit, and one does not declare it and fruit is found, it is a $300 fine.   Read more...

More than the 183 days in the US
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Dear Bird Talk, I would like to know how it affects us Canadians if we stay down in the USA for more than the 183 days.   Read more...

Cuban Cigars
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Dear Bird Talk, We have been members of the CSA for years and you have been very informative, interesting and helpful to us. Thought some members would like to know about our misfortune at the U.S. border on our last trip.   Read more...

Welcome Back to Canada
Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.
Dear Bird Talk, On some occasions when returning home after spending the winter months in Texas, we have been greeted by Canadian customs officers at the Sarnia/Port Huron border crossing who made us feel as if we were spoiling their day by being at their booth.   Read more...

Driving to Myrtle Beach
Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.
Dear Bird Talk, Your article headed "Myrtle Beach" by Gordon Garrison stated that the driving time to Myrtle Beach from Ontario was about 12 hours.   Read more...

BC Ferries
Posted date : Sep 19, 2008.
Dear Bird Talk, Recently, we travelled to the province of British Columbia to go over to Victoria. When we stopped at the visitor centre in British Columbia, we were told that being seniors and since we travelled on the ferries mid-week, that all senior passengers would travel for free.   Read more...

Windsor/Detroit Border Crossing!
Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.
Making reference to your reply to the letter in issue 66 of CSANews re: Florida Driver’s Licence, I would like to tell you about our experience and, at the same time, correct your statement.   Read more...

Non-Residents Driver’s Licence
Posted date : May 24, 2008.
Dear Bird Talk, At the Detroit border crossing on Oct. 26, 2007, we were unfortunate to get a very officious U.S. border agent by the name of Sanchez. He wasn’t very pleasant while informing us of the 180-day rule (we had our last five years of copies of Form 8840).   Read more...

Medications Crossing the Border
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, I thought that you would be interested in printing the enclosed information and, by finding out whether other seniors have experienced similar problems, take steps to enlist another voice on our side. Possibly Hon. Tony Clement, minister of health.   Read more...

Mobile Home Parks
Posted date : Oct 17, 2007.
ear Bird Talk, With reference to Arthur Duncan’s query regarding info for mobile home parks in Arizona, he should write for a list to the Arizona Winter Visitors’ Association, P.O. Box 3997, Apache Junction, AZ 85217 OR the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce, Apache Junction, AZ 85220. Or, better yet, just drive down there, stay in a motel for a week and look for yourself.   Read more...

Motel Security
Posted date : May 23, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, On my drive home from Florida last spring I made it a point to stop overnight, before dark, at a large well-lit center.   Read more...

Reputable Gas Stations
Posted date : May 10, 2007.
Dear Sir or Madam; Coming home to Canada from Florida this spring, I had a bad experience. I stopped for gas as we came along Highway 10, between I-75 and I-95, at a stop before we reached MacClenny.   Read more...

Nexus Lane
Posted date : May 02, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, Further to my discussions with your office about whether to use the Nexus Lane or not, I have taken your advice and talked to 2 different members of Nexus office in Blaine Washington and gotten two different opinions.   Read more...

Border Crossing with Children
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, We are planning a short trip across the border to visit with our daughter and her family.   Read more...

Vehicle Insurance and Licensing
Posted date : Apr 25, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, I spend four winter months in Florida and am getting tired of the return drive.   Read more...

Bringing Meat Across the Border
Posted date : Apr 15, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, We returned to Canada on April 7 after our winter in Arizona, crossing at the Coutts, Alberta/Sweetgrass, Montana border station.   Read more...

Coming Back Across the Border, AGRRR!
Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, Up to now, we have been reluctant to join your group, preferring to stay on the sidelines, but our recent return to Canada has forced a change.   Read more...

CANPASS Clarification
Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.
Paul Jenkins, CSA's vice-president, advised us that there has been some misunderstanding of the CANPASS program.   Read more...

Speed Traps
Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk: Thank you for your warning of speed traps in Florida.   Read more...

Savings in Arizona
Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, We hope you pass these savings along to our fellow snowbirds.   Read more...

LOVELACE AUTO SERVICE
Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.
Dear Bird Talk, On April 13/99, as we were returning home from Florida, we had a medical emergency while stopped at the CITGO gas station, LOVELACE AUTO SERVICE, Knoxville, Tenn. 37922. We don't know the exit #, but it was in north Knoxville, near 40 and 75.   Read more...