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Hi Everyone,

 

Not sure if these questions have been answered before, if so, please direct me to the relevant thread (couldn't find any). 

I'm a Canadian and we sent in our AOS package to the Chicago lockbox on 3/1/2019. We are waiting to hear when it's been received. Hopefully soon.

We now have questions regarding myself.

- Can my wife add me to her car insurance policy?

- Can I transfer my car over to the US etc. or is it best to wait? 

- Is it possible to get health insurance in the US instead of buying insurance from Canada? 

 

Once again, hope these weren't answered anywhere else. Any help would be appreciated. 

 

Thanks everyone!

 


3/1/2019 ~ Mailed in via lawyer to Chicago Lockbox

3/15/2019 ~ USCIS Processed payment

3/16/2019 ~ Received NOA1

3/23/2019 ~ Received Biometrics Appointment

4/2/2019 ~ Biometrics Appointment

4/10/2019 ~ Status of I-485 changed to 'Ready for Interview'

4/15/2019 ~ Interview has been scheduled

 

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37 minutes ago, Canadian87 said:

 

- Can my wife add me to her car insurance policy?

Yes.  You will need a letter of experience from your Canadian insurer.

 

37 minutes ago, Canadian87 said:

- Can I transfer my car over to the US etc. or is it best to wait? 

You will need a letter of compliance from

the manufacturer in order to import the car, and get it registered and insured here. You have up to a year from date of US entry to do this.

 

37 minutes ago, Canadian87 said:

- Is it possible to get health insurance in the US instead of buying insurance from Canada? 

Yes.  If you’re being covered under your wife’s insurance, it will be a special enrollment.  They will ask for a SSN.  If you don’t have one, push back as it is not legally required.  Also, most places have a short window for special enrollment so best to do it ASAP.  

 

I’m not sure the requirements or availability for private insurance.  Note:  Canadian healthcare is invalid the moment you leave with the intention to reside somewhere else, so while tempting, don’t use your provincial card. 

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On 3/7/2019 at 4:27 PM, Cryssiekins said:

You will need a letter of compliance from

the manufacturer in order to import the car, and get it registered and insured here. You have up to a year from date of US entry to do this.

When I came across initially I didn't intend to stay, but we ended up getting married sooner than we expected. So I did not process form 7501 when I came across the border. Does anyone know the procedure for importing my vehicle 'after the fact', now that I'm in the US. 

I can't drive back to Canada and do it upon re-entry because I can't leave the US, it is considered 'abandoning' my file. 

 

Thanks!


3/1/2019 ~ Mailed in via lawyer to Chicago Lockbox

3/15/2019 ~ USCIS Processed payment

3/16/2019 ~ Received NOA1

3/23/2019 ~ Received Biometrics Appointment

4/2/2019 ~ Biometrics Appointment

4/10/2019 ~ Status of I-485 changed to 'Ready for Interview'

4/15/2019 ~ Interview has been scheduled

 

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1 hour ago, Canadian87 said:

When I came across initially I didn't intend to stay, but we ended up getting married sooner than we expected. So I did not process form 7501 when I came across the border. Does anyone know the procedure for importing my vehicle 'after the fact', now that I'm in the US. 

I can't drive back to Canada and do it upon re-entry because I can't leave the US, it is considered 'abandoning' my file. 

 

Thanks!

Call the car manufacturer to obtain the letter of compliance first.  When you have that, you will need to go to a border crossing or a deferred inspection site, go into customs and they will process it.  No need to leave the US in order to do it.  Customs will give you the necessary form(s) to take to the dmv.  

 

In NY state, I had to have the car insured by a US insurer prior to being able to register and plate it with the dmv.  

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