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Bird Talk, c/o CSANews
180 Lesmill Road
Toronto, Ontario M3B 2T5
or by e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Bird Talk,
I know that if you spend a few hours across the border for shopping
or whatever, that is counted as one of the 182 days. However, if you
are only travelling through the U.S. and back into Canada to save
a few miles or avoid bad roads, is that also counted as one day?
Ed.: It is our understanding that if you are “in transit,” this day
or days will not count against your allotment of six months.
So, if you are doing what you indicated, or picking up a
cruise, or heading to Mexico, these days do not count. BUT,
every border guard has the right to do what he or she wants.
Be respectful, answer questions with short replies and never,
never lie. You will be fine.
Dear Bird Talk,
We are looking into the possibility of a permanent move to the U.S.
We have family who are dual citizens, so they could sponsor us. The
problem is health care, taxes, inheritance, etc. How complicated
is this process and where would I find good information on this
subject. We are retired, so don’t need work visas.
Ed.: None of this is really complicated; it is just a tedious
paper trail. If you leave Canada, you will be taxed on every-
thing you own as if you sold it on the day you leave. Your
health care will be terminated, but you should be able to buy
insurance in the U.S.; your relatives should know the approx-
imate costs. You will become a U.S. resident and you will
have to pay taxes on your “worldwide” income. There is an
inheritance tax of 15%, plus some states will levy more. The
Republicans are saying that this will be repealed and revert
to nothing and, apparently, the White House will sign it. Don’t
hold your breath on that.
Extensive information is available on government websites
both here and in the U.S. Simply search under “immigrating
to the U.S.” and look at the government sites that come up
first. Same with Canada, only search under “emigrating from
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