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Okay, I'm so paranoid about forgetting something, I'm just hoping you guys can help me make sure I haven't missed anything when it comes to THINGS I MUST DO. And also the order in which I must do them. I don't want to make a mess of it.

My list, as it stands now, in order, is as follows.

PRE QUITTING JOB:

1) Get new phone number (check)

2) Order tags for cat with new phone number
3) Write letter requesting official quitting date
4) Go through all my stuff and throw stuff out/donate stuff I don't want.

5) Pick up visa from Loomis

POST QUITTING JOB (pre move, though):
1) Go to EI office and see if they can help me fill out the ridiculous forms before I move
2) VISIT ALL THE THINGS IN TORONTO

3) Final pack and lists
4) Collect all records I might need
5) Take cat to vet for vet certificate for flight

6) Make sure THE SEALED ENVELOPE OF DOOM is actually accessible in all my stuff

MOVING DAY:
1) Make sure to arrive at the airport (Pearson) a couple hours in advance to activate visa and clear customs
2) Try not to cry

IMMEDIATELY POST MOVE:
1) Write OHIP and Canada Revenue Agency to alert them of my move
2) Obtain SSN (either it will come in the mail or I will have to go to the office)

3) Get on the lease
4) Find job

30 DAYS POST MOVE:
1) Go drive the test for a Texas driver's license

Is it really all this easy? Am I missing super important steps?


Met in 2010 on a forum for a mutual interest. Became friends.
2011: Realized we needed to evaluate our status as friends when we realized we were talking about raising children together.

2011/2012: Decided we were a couple sometime in, but no possibility of being together due to being same sex couple.

June 26, 2013: DOMA overturned. American married couples ALL have the same federal rights at last! We can be a family!

June-September, 2013: Discussion about being together begins.

November 13, 2013: Meet in person to see if this could work. It's perfect. We plan to elope to Boston, MA.

March 13, 2014 Married!

May 9, 2014: Petition mailed to USCIS

May 12, 2014: NOA1.
October 27, 2014: NOA2. (5 months, 2 weeks, 1 day after NOA1)
October 31, 2014: USCIS ships file to NVC (five days after NOA2) Happy Halloween for us!

November 18, 2014: NVC receives our case (22 days after NOA2)

December 17, 2014: NVC generates case number (50 days after NOA2)

December 19, 2014: Receive AOS bill, DS-261. Submit DS-261 (52 days after NOA2)

December 20, 2014: Pay AOS Fee

January 7, 2015: Receive, pay IV Fee

January 10, 2015: Complete DS-260

January 11, 2015: Send AOS package and Civil Documents
March 23, 2015: Case Complete at NVC. (70 days from when they received docs to CC)

May 6, 2015: Interview at Montréal APPROVED!

May 11, 2015: Visa in hand! One year less one day from NOA1.

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I will try to find my list. Not sure what you have already...

Missing from your list (might be done already - you seem organized!)

- Close all the Canadian accounts you do not need (subscription, bank, credit cards, etc.)

- Change your address to your new address (or friend/family if you need to keep a Canadian mailing address)

- Get a bank account in the USA

- Get a last check up with your M.D / Dentist, etc. get copies or your file if needed

- Get health insurance/get the brochures to understand how it works in the USA

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Found my list; it was actually like this... (I already had health insurance since the day we married, bank account from when we got engaged...)

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Yeah this is about all i did and the items listed by boston montreal

If you have benefits from employer make use before you leave. I got eye exam, massage, and i got my doctor to give me a year's worth of prescriptions

I don't know if you are moving any of your things, but you will need a moving company for that.

But yeah, that is about it. The throwong away things I didn't want was the most emotionally draining and difficult thing i did.

Oh! And now sure where you live now, but you have to vacate your current home, so ending lease there, cleaning it out, etc.

With EI, applying is pretty easy, just go online and fill in the form.

Congrats and good luck!


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05/29/2014: NOA2 via email

01/20/2015: Visa Received

03/15/2015: POE

04/01/2015: Married!! (L)

04/11/2015: Submitted AOS / EAD / AP

10/09/2015: Green Card Approved

07/20/2017: Submitted I-751 ROC

07/27/2017: NOA1 Received

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Just curious, can one apply for and collect EI when quitting your job to move to the US?

I thought if you quit your job you weren't eligible to collect.

So if you can get it, wouldn't that mean you have to keep a Canadian bank account so they can direct deposit your EI?

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You're moving from Toronto to Texas? Me too!

One thing to note about the driver's license is that your Ontario was is valid in Texas until it expires. Once it expires, you will either 1) ditch your Ontario license and just get a new Texas one or 2) if you want to keep your ontario license, you have to take a test to get your Texas one.

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I'm moving only via plane and I don't have an Ontario license. I had my g2 but it expired and living in Toronto I didn't bother with it.


Met in 2010 on a forum for a mutual interest. Became friends.
2011: Realized we needed to evaluate our status as friends when we realized we were talking about raising children together.

2011/2012: Decided we were a couple sometime in, but no possibility of being together due to being same sex couple.

June 26, 2013: DOMA overturned. American married couples ALL have the same federal rights at last! We can be a family!

June-September, 2013: Discussion about being together begins.

November 13, 2013: Meet in person to see if this could work. It's perfect. We plan to elope to Boston, MA.

March 13, 2014 Married!

May 9, 2014: Petition mailed to USCIS

May 12, 2014: NOA1.
October 27, 2014: NOA2. (5 months, 2 weeks, 1 day after NOA1)
October 31, 2014: USCIS ships file to NVC (five days after NOA2) Happy Halloween for us!

November 18, 2014: NVC receives our case (22 days after NOA2)

December 17, 2014: NVC generates case number (50 days after NOA2)

December 19, 2014: Receive AOS bill, DS-261. Submit DS-261 (52 days after NOA2)

December 20, 2014: Pay AOS Fee

January 7, 2015: Receive, pay IV Fee

January 10, 2015: Complete DS-260

January 11, 2015: Send AOS package and Civil Documents
March 23, 2015: Case Complete at NVC. (70 days from when they received docs to CC)

May 6, 2015: Interview at Montréal APPROVED!

May 11, 2015: Visa in hand! One year less one day from NOA1.

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Doesn't matter based on the OP's answer but why would you want to try to retain your ON license? You're no longer a resident there and you need a license from the state you reside it. No benefit to trying to renewing the Cdn one.


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Naturalization

02/22/11 - Filed

02/28/11 - NOA

03/28/11 - FP

06/17/11 - status change - scheduled for interview

06/20?/11 - received physical interview letter

07/13/11 - Interview in Fairfax,VA - easiest 10 minutes of my life

07/19/11 - Oath ceremony in Fairfax, VA

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Removal of Conditions

12/1/09 - received at VSC

12/2/09 - NOA's for self and daughter

01/12/10 - Biometrics completed

03/15/10 - 10 Green Card Received - self and daughter

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You're moving from Toronto to Texas? Me too!

One thing to note about the driver's license is that your Ontario was is valid in Texas until it expires. Once it expires, you will either 1) ditch your Ontario license and just get a new Texas one or 2) if you want to keep your ontario license, you have to take a test to get your Texas one.

You need a Texas License as you are a Texas Resident, you have 90 days to transfer it.

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/movingtotexas.htm

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Met Playing Everquest in 2005
Engaged 9-15-2006
K-1 & 4 K-2'S
Filed 05-09-07
Interview 03-12-08
Visa received 04-21-08
Entry 05-06-08
Married 06-21-08
AOS X5
Filed 07-08-08
Cards Received01-22-09
Roc X5
Filed 10-17-10
Cards Received02-22-11
Citizenship
Filed 10-17-11
Interview 01-12-12
Oath 06-29-12

Citizenship for older 2 boys

Filed 03/08/2014

NOA/fee waiver 03/19/2014

Biometrics 04/15/14

Interview 05/29/14

In line for Oath 06/20/14

Oath 09/19/2014 We are all done! All USC no more USCIS

 

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I just wish Texas would give up on this 'you must be a resident for thirty days' prior to applying for a new license (this does NOT apply to people surrendering an out of state license, btw). I was planning to get my license the first week I was there so I could get it out of the way, but eh, it'll have to wait.


Met in 2010 on a forum for a mutual interest. Became friends.
2011: Realized we needed to evaluate our status as friends when we realized we were talking about raising children together.

2011/2012: Decided we were a couple sometime in, but no possibility of being together due to being same sex couple.

June 26, 2013: DOMA overturned. American married couples ALL have the same federal rights at last! We can be a family!

June-September, 2013: Discussion about being together begins.

November 13, 2013: Meet in person to see if this could work. It's perfect. We plan to elope to Boston, MA.

March 13, 2014 Married!

May 9, 2014: Petition mailed to USCIS

May 12, 2014: NOA1.
October 27, 2014: NOA2. (5 months, 2 weeks, 1 day after NOA1)
October 31, 2014: USCIS ships file to NVC (five days after NOA2) Happy Halloween for us!

November 18, 2014: NVC receives our case (22 days after NOA2)

December 17, 2014: NVC generates case number (50 days after NOA2)

December 19, 2014: Receive AOS bill, DS-261. Submit DS-261 (52 days after NOA2)

December 20, 2014: Pay AOS Fee

January 7, 2015: Receive, pay IV Fee

January 10, 2015: Complete DS-260

January 11, 2015: Send AOS package and Civil Documents
March 23, 2015: Case Complete at NVC. (70 days from when they received docs to CC)

May 6, 2015: Interview at Montréal APPROVED!

May 11, 2015: Visa in hand! One year less one day from NOA1.

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