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  1. Did the letter they gave you state the discrepancies needed to comply with DOT standards? My vehicle didn't meet them either but were simply badging discrepancies. I ultimately had to just get the passenger airbag light changed from the Canadian version (with symbols) to the US version (with words). Once I had that and the invoice from the dealership, along with the letter from the manufacturer, ownership and letter from bank that there was no lien it took about 30 minutes at the border to import. This was in May of this year
  2. Keep in mind that importing the vehicle and registering/insuring it are 2 different things. You can import the vehicle through CPB (Federal) and they don't care about registration/insurance (State). My experience was as follows: before I left Canada I spoke to my insurance company and they continued coverage as long as my vehicle was registered in Canada. On my initial entry in to the US, I had my visa stamped and I imported my vehicle which was still registered in Ontario. I continued to drive with Canadian plates and insurance until I received my SSN so I could then get my Michigan drivers license. I had to get US insurance on the vehicle before I could get it registered and plated, so once I had SSN/Michigan DL & US insurance, I registered the vehicle with the SOS and got it plated and then cancelled my Canadian insurance. It was about a month from importing to when I got it registered in Michigan and drove back and forth a few times from/to Canada during that time with no issues. As long as your insurance company will cover you while it is registered in Canada, you could just import it and get it registered in the US later.
  3. I crossed back and forth 7 times on my stamped Visa before GC arrived. No issues at all.
  4. XE is another option for large dollar transfers for very small margin. Don’t use a Canadian charter bank, you will pay a fortune. For example RBC charges around 2% over actual exchange rate for large amounts, XE is about .06%. If you’re talking in the hundreds of thousands, that difference is thousands of dollars of savings. It’s worth it for anything over $250k for sure.
  5. I waited to get the visa and then had some renovations done and put house up for sale. Fortunately it sold in a day with a fairly short closing so I wouldn’t have issues with my expiry on visa. I crossed to activate the visa 4 months after receiving the visa. House was sold so I entered and imported my vehicle then went back and drove a uhaul over with all of my belongings. Both very easy processes. I’d recommend selling the house prior to entry to US or else there’s too many tax issues potentially - including 25-50% holdback to CRA. You avoid capital gains tax in the US also going this route. It’s just much cleaner.
  6. I used Dr. Lee for my medical in January and it was very good, very easy. He will take a verbal for chicken pox, the rest he will look at the vaccination proof. Also, when the bloodwork came back, they called and let me know I needed to get a MMR booster, so they must check immunity on some/all of the things you need to be vaccinated against. I got the shot at a walk-in clinic and emailed the receipt and all was good, they sent off to the Consulate and everything went good. It was faster than many others getting medicals done at the same time with other Dr.'s. They don't offer any vaccines there at all. I did not need any photo's either. I would recommend him and sure yours will go fine.
  7. It is such a grey area with the whole thing. From everything I’ve looked at and speaking with an accountant, a house is the strongest tie you have for residence. In my own opinion, you may be fine on the Canadian withholding and have an argument as what residency is. I really think it depends on the real estate lawyer and how picky they might be as a non-resident does have to declare that’s what they are on closing. In your situation, he is going to live with his sister and hasn’t purchased property, so the Canadian house is the only (primary) residence. With you staying in the house until the closing date, I would feel that’s an even stronger case for you regarding non-resident withholding. Maybe it makes your case even stronger if your husband comes back a few times during the closing period as well. You may still be subject to US capital gains tax since you both own the house if you net over US$500k. That said I couldn’t find any black and white rules and am in no way well versed in this - just providing how I would look at it. My situation was a little more straightforward as I solely own my house and my wife has never lived in Canada, so I ended up selling it and will wait to cross to the US the day of the closing next month just so I don’t have to worry about any interpretation. I’d suggest talk to your real estate lawyer about it and an accountant who understands immigration/emigration.
  8. I used Lee and would use again. Everything is in the same building and they seem attentive to ensure the consulate gets the info on time.
  9. You dont bring original passports for them, just photocopy of the biometric pages. You might want to get a photocopy of your spouse's birth certificate also just in case. They asked me for my wife's b/c copy and I couldnt find it, and it was fine, but they did ask me for both the passport copy and b/c copy for some reason. I had a printed IRS tax transcript, not certified and it was fine.
  10. I don’t know if they always do them. I’m guessing so as my vaccination history has all dates on it so there wasn’t a question on whether I had them or when. I don’t know if this varies by doctor or not either.
  11. I used Dr. Lee for my medical. I did it 9 days before my interview and he told me that I should expect my bloodwork not to come back before the interview, however it was back 5 days after medical. They called me when they got the bloodwork back and said I needed a booster for MMR before they could send the paperwork to the consulate. I went to a walk-in clinic that day, got the booster and emailed the receipt to the Dr. and they sent my medical to the consulate the next day - on time for my interview. He does not administer any vaccines there, so you need to get them form a Dr or walk-in clinic. Shoppers Drug Mart does some as well but they charge a fee. As far as what they will accept as proof you have been vaccinated, I don't know. I had my vaccination list from the local Health Department from when I was a kid, my Covid vaccine proof and a receipt for the tetanus booster I received prior to the medical. He took my verbal confirmation of having chicken pox as a kid so I didn't need that vaccine. I suggest you get everything you can before your medical or they can't finalize it or send to the consulate which means they can't approve your visa at the interview and you will have to wait, likely several weeks or even months after it gets sent.
  12. I am referring to the Canadian 25% withholding tax for non-residents who sell property in Canada. If I cross the border to the US and activate my visa before the house is sold, am I essentially a non-resident and subject to the withholding at that point? As for the US tax, I will have to pay that on any amount I make over $500k on the sale on my first tax return in the US for 2022 filing correct? So if the gain is $550k USD on the sale, my wife and I will have to pay tax on the $50k portion?
  13. I’m curious if anyone has some insight on this hypothetical, but possibly realistic, scenario. I list my house to sell on April 10 I cross the border and activate my visa on April 15 and return to Canada April 16 to pack belongings. House sells April 20 and closes June 1. In this scenario, would I be considered a non-resident and be subject to the 25% withholding tax when selling the house (primary residence I’ve lived in since it was purchased 7 years ago)?
  14. While I don't know anything about how the Moroccan Consulate looks at things, I can tell you my wife has filed HOH each year before and since we've been married. Only thing that she changed was her status from Single to Married. Visa was approved at my interview. From a tax law standpoint it is perfectly fine...from an immigration perspective in a country like Morocco that might be different. I would assume if you have pretty strong evidence of the relationship in other ways it would help.
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