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Road trip to Canada in three parts

The short of it: (1) Do you have any personal experience getting into Canada and re-entering the US with only a driver's license and birth certificate? (2) What is the drive like between Toronto and Ogdensburg for someone who has really only spent time in cities and driving on major highways up and down the East and West coasts? (3) What should we do in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by anthropoid on Jun 27, 2014 - 37 answers

Very very old lost US passport - can an immigration lawyer help?

Technically I have dual Canadian/US citizenship as my father was a US citizen living in Canada when I was born. I had a passport in the mid-1980s as a small child, but it's long gone now. Who should I talk to about getting another one? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by jess on Oct 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Historical border wait times for Sarnia?

I will be crossing the Blue Water Bridge border crossing at Sarnia-Port Huron the Friday evening starting the July long weekend. Anyone know how much of a wait to expect going into the States? Alternatively, is there a place where I can search historical (not current) border wait times? [more inside]
posted by Capt. Renault on Jun 11, 2013 - 4 answers

One name change. Two countries. Double the paperwork?

Dual U.S./Canadian citizen here. I want to change my name. This is not a marriage-related thing. But. I want my name change to be valid in both countries. If I go to the U.S. embassy with a Canadian name change certificate, will that be sufficient for a U.S. name change, or do I have to go through the paperwork on the U.S. side, too? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Apr 20, 2013 - 4 answers

San Francisco -----> Halifax: Parcel Edition

What's the cheapest way to get a large box from San Francisco to Halifax, NS? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Feb 21, 2013 - 16 answers

Do I need a CPA/CA to prepare my taxes?

I moved back to Canada in November 2012 after living in the US for the past five years. Last year I had a CPA prepare my 2011 US and Canada returns and was shocked when I was billed $2,200 for what I see as a relatively simple tax situation. (W2, 1099-INT from the bank, statements of 401K and RRSP contributions and charitable donations) I still haven't recovered from paying so much last year and well, it's that time of year again. What are my options of having my US and Canadian returns prepared for a more reasonable amount? Can I get a US tax preparer in the States and a different one in Canada or is there some sort of connection that's required? Can I do the taxes myself using a TurboTax package from the US and one from Canada? I have my 2011 returns to use as a guide. I'm scared I'll miss something or do something wrong, but it's awfully tempting under the circumstances.
posted by Babushka on Feb 17, 2013 - 5 answers

US customs when shipping from Canada?

If I'm ordering something online and they're based in Canada, will I have to pay customs when they ship to the US? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Jan 28, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for a cross-border Canada/US tax expert

Recommendation for cross-border Canada/US tax expert (in Bay Area, or other)? [more inside]
posted by Chaotic Bedlam on Sep 28, 2012 - 1 answer

Pin the tail on the donkey

Trying to make plans for my future: what country should we live in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Moving the dough from here to there

What is a cheap yet secure way to send money from Canada to the US on a regular basis? [more inside]
posted by yawper on May 22, 2012 - 15 answers

Canadian Looking for Amazon Turk Requester Account

I'm interested in having a requester account with amazon turk. I live in Canada...But I am physically close to the US border. Can anyone tell me of an acceptable workaround to accomplish this? I've considered driving to the US to open an account but I don't want to do that unless I know for sure it will allow me to run a requester account. Any ideas? Thanks!
posted by anewnormal on Apr 5, 2012 - 3 answers

Where should I cross the Niagara River?

Border crossings along the Niagara River: Peace Bridge or Lewiston-Queenston? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Mar 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Traveling with a soon-to-expire Chinese passport to the States, will we get trouble?

Asking for friend: Chinese passport with US Visa expiring in less than six months, will we get trouble crossing the border from Canada to US for a trip? [more inside]
posted by cyml on Mar 10, 2012 - 13 answers

US Tax Law Change for Americans Living Abroad

As a US citizen, living and working abroad for many years, I recently heard of a new law that I must file tax returns on the US by Aug 31, 2011 or face a penalty. Anyone know about this? If US citizens live and pay taxes abroad, they generally are exempt up to $91,500.
posted by foxinsocks on Aug 27, 2011 - 9 answers

Am I screwed?

I moved to Canada in 2008, but I haven't paid US taxes for the past three years. How much trouble am I in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2011 - 9 answers

How does international law work?

What laws would govern the use of a fake Canadian ID in the USA? [more inside]
posted by 932 on Aug 12, 2011 - 4 answers

Crossborder Debit Dilemma

I was recently in Canada (from US) and tried to use my debit card to buy some groceries. Two different cards were rejected, for different reason codes. I would have experimented more, but I was standing between a rapidly angering Canadian woman and her beer. I see by Googling that Canadian debit cards use a different network, Interac. Are there any banks/credit unions that issue debit cards usable in both Canada and USA. I know I could've used ATMs and cash, but this would make for a less hassling cross-border experience.
posted by ackptui on Jul 3, 2011 - 14 answers

Travel from Canada to the US with a passport expiring in < 6 months

Will I be able to enter the US with a Canadian passport that expires in 4 1/2 months? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Jan 17, 2011 - 6 answers

show me the money?

So, my awesome great aunt passed away, and she left me a bequest! It's coming this week. Snowflake: She was Canadian, I am an American citizen resident in the UK. It's a Canadian cheque, how long will it take to clear and will I have to pay US or UK tax on it, or both? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Oct 18, 2010 - 11 answers

O Canada

I would like to buy an iTunes Gift Certificate for someone in Canada. I'm in the US. Can I do this? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Sep 19, 2010 - 6 answers

How does a US senior citizen deal with insurance and health care while living in Canada?

My 83-year-old mom is thinking of moving to BC to be near me, which I would love. She's a US citizen. (I'm a US citizen, too, but I'm a Permanent Resident of Canada) Does anyone know how my mother would deal with issues such as insurance and health care? I don't think she'll ever be eligible for health care in Canada, so she would have to have something to fall back on if/when she needs health care.
posted by otfence on Jul 29, 2010 - 8 answers

Flying from US-->Canada; where's customs?

I'm a U.S. citizen flying from NYC to Canada via Houston: in which airport will I do immigration and customs? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Jul 7, 2010 - 9 answers

Chiropractic Regulations Worldwide

In Australia, to be a chiropractic you need to study formal chiropractic degrees (Bachelors and Masters at least) and do years of pracs that are pretty similar to other medical courses. Chiropractic is also recognised as a Skilled Profession under Australian immigration, and are generally considered amongst the same league as physiotherapy and other musculo-skeletal therapists. However, in the US and the UK, chiropractics are often considered quacks and charlatans. Why the huge discrepancies? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 2, 2010 - 28 answers

How can I find the 60 minutes of legal advice I need, on a very specific visa/immigration question?

How can I find the 60 minutes of legal advice I need, on a very specific visa/immigration question? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Feb 25, 2010 - 9 answers

Cuban embargo relevence in today's international world

What effects does the U.S. embargo on Cuba have internationally? Specifically Canadian imports/exports and trade. I know Canada still trades with Cuba; however, does the U.S. put enough political and economic pressure to change our own policies? What are the details? How much importance does the embargo have now (excluding U.S. trade)?
posted by Knigel on Feb 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Best route to a nicer future

I'm about to finish second year of Software Engineering at my mid-tier Canadian university and have no intention of continuing any further. I'd like to transfer into one of the more prestigious colleges in the US, although getting in seems like a complete crapshoot given my current circumstances. What course of action can I take in the coming months that would greatly increase my chances of being accepted? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2010 - 12 answers

Heading off trouble at the Peace Bridge

My I-94W visa waiver, given to me at the US border, was not collected when I crossed back into Canada. Will this be a problem if I want to come back? [more inside]
posted by randomination on Oct 6, 2009 - 11 answers

Can a U.S. citizen and PR of Canada legally file for divorce in the U.S. rather than in Canada?

My husband and I are U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Are we required to file for divorce in Canada because we're legal residents there? If it's permissible to file in either country, anyone know of pro's or con's for either choice? [more inside]
posted by otfence on Sep 16, 2009 - 4 answers

Best American hostels?

What are the best hostels in the U.S. and Canada? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Sep 12, 2009 - 17 answers

I thought of a really bad pun on the word "bean," but I guess I can spare you.

Why do cans of beans usually come in 19 fluid ounce cans in Canada, and 15 ounce cans in the US? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Aug 20, 2009 - 11 answers

Anyone know a practical way to get packages forwarded from the US to Canada?

How can I get a package forwarded to me from the US? [more inside]
posted by Nish ton on Jul 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Dual Citizenship Question

Question about a US/Canadian citizen moving to Canada. [more inside]
posted by jschu on Feb 5, 2009 - 7 answers

credit ratings across nations

I was born in the US, lived in Canada for ten years, and moved back to the States last year. While I was in Canada, I built up a solid credit rating- I had two credit cards, an unsecured line of credit with low interest (7%) and overdraft protection on my checking account up to $3,500. At one point when I was underemployed I built up some credit card debt, but I payed it off. Last year, when I moved back to the US for grad school, I got into a bad pattern of leaning on my credit cards and low-interest line of credit to pay for moving and start up expenses. This June, the world financial collapse coincided with one of my own- I was employed super part time, was making around $750 a month and was struggling to pay rent and buy $20 worth of groceries a week. I just couldn't pay my debt, and I paid very minimally, then not at all. I know I probably should have called the bank and tried to work something out, but what can I say- I panicked and froze. Currently, my total debt load is $14,000 on the line of credit, $3,700 on the overdraft and $1,400 on my Visa. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2009 - 6 answers

"North American Union? Awesome Idea!"

Are there any organizations directly supporting something analogous to a North American Union that people can join at a grassroots level? If not, what's the most integrationist? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Jan 9, 2009 - 6 answers

US Citizen Repatriation

I'm a US/Canadian citizen moving to the US by car with personal items (clothing, books, computers) accompanying me, via Michigan boarder crossing - Any tips and advice on how to declare my personal goods, Boarder Official communication, etc? Thanks
posted by strangelove on Dec 31, 2008 - 8 answers

Why are we sending work to Canada?

I work for the US division of my company; there are also divisions in Canada and the UK. Recently we laid off a few people, and were told that the work they did would be handled by the Canadian division. But we work with large video files (up to 10GB) so transferring them electronically is reasonably time consuming and often results in transfer failures. So why would my company do this? Why is it desirable for them to lay off people in the US and "send" the work to Canada? [more inside]
posted by The_Partridge_Family on Mar 8, 2008 - 14 answers

Easiest way to easily transfer finds from the US to my Canadian bank account?

I need to easily transfer finds from the US to my Canadian bank account. What's the easiest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero on Feb 25, 2008 - 14 answers

We Got What You Don't Got

Help me make my US friends jealous enough to visit me in Canada. [more inside]
posted by the dief on Jan 17, 2008 - 34 answers

Is it legal to for a Canadian to work in US for a Canadian company without working papers?

Is this illegal? I'm a Canadian living in the US legally but not allowed to work. I run an online business based out of Canada (use a Canadian address for all payments, bank account etc...). I suppose I'm working for a Canadian company (my own) but living in the US. Additionally, and I haven't done this yet, would importing revenues from the business to use for living expenses affect the legality?
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2007 - 10 answers

As a Canadian living and working in the US, should I pay off my Canadian student loans ASAP?

I'm a Canadian living in the US with an outstanding Canadian student loan. Getting paid in US dollars was working in my favour with regards to making monthly payments on the loan, but not so much anymore with the Canadian dollar on the rise. Is it predicted that the Canadian will stay up and keep rising in value, or this a temporary blip? I'm wondering if I should bite the bullet and pay my loans off now, in one go, or ride it out for a few months to see if the US dollar manages to pick itself back up. I realise that there is no one, scientific answer for this question, but educated guesses are appreciated.
posted by picea on Oct 9, 2007 - 12 answers

Best exchange rate for regular US$ to CA$ transactions?

I live in Canada and do contract work for a US company. How do I get the best exchange rate for regular currency exchange transactions? [more inside]
posted by Emanuel on Aug 1, 2007 - 8 answers

Metafilter - preventing international disputes since time imemorable

Are Canadian citizens flying from one US city to another required to show a passport? My friend wants to go from Toronto to New York next weekend for work. Complication: her Canadian passport has expired. There is, of course, [more inside]
posted by elkerette on Jul 27, 2007 - 11 answers

How can I bank in the US without a SSN?

Canadian moving to Louisiana, won't have a SSN, can I get a bank account? [more inside]
posted by JPDD on Jul 9, 2007 - 18 answers

The state of Canada-US relations 231 yrs ago?

Why did Canada *not* join the American revolution? [more inside]
posted by xetere on Jul 4, 2007 - 22 answers

how to import a Toyota from Canada to the US

How hard and expensive it would be to import a Toyota from Canada into the US? We're looking at the Yaris, but the love of my life wants the 5 door hatchback and Toyota only sells the 3 door in the US. This is new for us, so please help out! [more inside]
posted by NortonDC on Aug 21, 2006 - 25 answers

Are they in need of political hacks in Canada?

How's the market for mid-level political professions in Canada? I'm hoping to emigrate from the US and politics is about all that I do.
posted by willie11 on Aug 3, 2006 - 6 answers

US Gov't take on softwood lumber dispute with Canada

Please help me find more information on the US government's take on the softwood lumber dispute with Canada. [more inside]
posted by ykjay on Nov 18, 2005 - 12 answers

Immigrating to the US, UK and Canada

Immigrating to a nice, developed anglophone country in the northern hemisphere has been a long-time dream of mine. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Jul 5, 2005 - 20 answers

Historical difference between Canada and the United States

Can someone provide a good overview and possibly some links explaining what the difference was between the American colonies and the Maritime Provinces that led to their separation? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on Mar 3, 2005 - 9 answers

American Doctors Practicing in Canada

Anybody know anything about American doctors practicing in Canada? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky on Jul 16, 2004 - 10 answers

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