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Declaring Fruit at the Border

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, 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. If crossing at Detroit, there is a large Meijer grocery store just a few miles south on I-75, […]

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Getting a straight answer on how the U.S. counts days

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, Here’s another question about the 182-day issue. We live in Vancouver and have a vacation home in Washington State. Unlike true snowbirds, we use it on many weekends through the year and most of the summer. I keep track of our days (for example, if we go down on Friday afternoon and […]

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More than 182 days in the US?

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, Inadvertently, I have done something really stupid. I made an honest mistake muddling up my days spent in the U.S. for 2013 and only now realize that I was in the U.S. for more than my allotted 182 days…by six days (188). Am I the first idiot to have ever done this? […]

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Changes to Length of Stay

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk: Re: Changes to length of stay We keep hearing from friends that the U.S. is trying to change the length-of-stay time from 182 days to a maximum stay of 120 days for Canadian citizens. Is there any truth to this? I have been unable to find anything regarding this on the website. […]

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Canadian Goverment Health Benefits and Form 8840

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, Regarding the suspension of government health benefits ,” how would they know if I was away or home if I don’t go to the clinic for two years or whenever? Next, if I fill out the 8840 form, does that allow me to stay longer? Ron Wiltshire Miniota, MB Response: Ed: Big […]

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American waiver needed to enter U.S.?

Posted date : Nov 6, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, I read your article about the gentleman who was stopped at Newark because of an old DUI for which he had a Canadian pardon. The offence was from 32 years earlier, but he would require an American waiver. I was alarmed, as we travel to the states frequently and my husband had […]

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Prescriptions

Posted date : Nov 6, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, This will be our first time being snowbirds for a couple of months. We are wondering how people deal with their repeat prescriptions? Ken Cunningham Simcoe, ON Response: Ed: That’s an easy one, at least in Ontario. Simply have your doctor prescribe enough medication for your entire trip, with a little extra […]

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Is this considered “working” in the U.S.?

Posted date : Nov 4, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, My question is about defining working in the U.S. I could ask at the border, but I’m afraid that asking will bring attention to my situation with potential negative fallout. I am a contractor for a Canadian education company providing services to Canadian businesses only. Within this role, I provide course facilitation […]

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