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Border crossing

Posted date : May 13, 2019

I took particular note of your editor’s comment in the fall issue which stated, “I have found no rationale for the many and varied decisions given by border guards.” You are so right! Here is a classic example. My wife and I spend just less than six months each winter in California from late October […]

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Passport Expiry Dates

Posted date : Dec 15, 2017

I am a new member, and just now getting up to speed on all things snowbird. 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.? P.S: have just finished reviewing “all” of the Bird Talk […]

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Non-Residents Driver’s Licence

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

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). Then, seemingly out of the […]

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Canada-U.S. borders to share information

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, Recently, the Financial Post printed an article about the plan, as of June of this year, to share information as to when Canadians enter the United States and when we return to Canada. “As of June 30, travellers will be required to swipe passports both when they enter and when they depart […]

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Arizona Immigration Laws

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, We were thinking of visiting Arizona. However, their new “anti-illegal” law is very intimidating. What exactly would count as proof of being there legally for a Canadian? Would we have to force the border person to stamp our passports, legibly? Anna Ontario Response: Ed: I do not believe that the new Arizona […]

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