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Travelling with a cat

Posted date : Dec 13, 2019

First-time snowbirds heading to Florida in January. We have a cat to bring with us…

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CSA Director Presentations

Posted date : Nov 15, 2019

Dear Snowbirds, Canadian Snowbird Association Directors are available for presentations in your local communities.

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Entry/Exit Initiative – 8840 Form Update

Posted date : Aug 19, 2019

As of July 11, 2019, the entry/exit initiative has been expanded to include the sharing of information of all travellers including Canadian and American citizens at land ports of entry.

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Proposed Border Fee

Posted date : Aug 19, 2019

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget requests a study to determine the feasibility of collecting a fee from pedestrians and passenger vehicles crossing between the United States and Canada by land.

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Vaccine for dog

Posted date : May 14, 2019

I will be spending the winter in Arizona and would like to know if I need to provide the Lyme vaccine to my dog before crossing the U.S. border? He has all of his other vaccines (basic + rabies) already. Christine Choquette Waltham, QC Response : Ed.: I love learning new things. I did not […]

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Form 8840

Posted date : May 14, 2019

You obviously receive a lot of inquiries regarding the maximum time Canadians can stay in the U.S. I’ve read many of them, but I am still unclear on a couple of points: If you file Form 8840 but the IRS is unresponsive, do you just have to hope that they’ve accepted your claim to a […]

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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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I-194 Form

Posted date : Dec 15, 2017

Just received the I-194 Form from a past conviction 40 years ago. My wife and I just crossed at Calgary on our way to Vegas. My passport was stamped February 26-August 23 – can we go to Arizona in November for 90 days? Really confused…been travelling back and forth for many years. Thomas T. Airdrie, […]

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Border guards

Posted date : Dec 15, 2017

I enjoy reading the various questions and answers re: Dear Bird Talk. One answer caught my attention in the summer 2017 issue 103. It was mentioned that, sometimes, a border guard will only allow you a shorter period (for instance – only 90 days). In that case, you will have to comply with the shorter […]

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US Tax Forms

Posted date : Nov 27, 2017

U.S. Internal Revenue Service Forms 8840 – Closer Connection Exemption Statement for Aliens Canadian residents who winter in the U.S. are technically subject to U.S. income tax if they exceed a specific number of days (based on a calculation on the form 8840) in the U.S. in any one year. To avoid U.S. taxation, IRS […]

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