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Please introduce yourself..........

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Re: Please introduce yourself..........

Post Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:10 pm

I'm Linda and actually found this site by accident. I'm originally from Washington state and married a Canadian from Vancouver, B.C. years ago. I kept my US citizenship and have been filing tax returns each year in both countries for myself. However as I approach retirement (will be 62 this year) I've suddenly become aware of all the tax implications this implies. I'm hoping there is someway to minimize them but am having a terrible time locating a US/Canadian tax specialist locally to talk to and plan our strategy. I worry that much we have worked for may be lost. Does anyone have any suggestions ...I know tax specialist are out there I just don't know how to find them. Would appreciate any help. Didn't know a site like this existed!!

Hope I'm doing this right as have not done a forum before.



Re: Please introduce yourself..........

Post Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:54 am

Hello there,

Like the last post, we are also pomms leaving NZ for the white fields of Canada?? Go figure, it must be something in the air? We are due to pop over in June/July, depends on house sales here and all that malarchy?
It also scares the beejeezuz out of us, but a nice scarey, its quite a buzz really.


Re: Please introduce yourself..........

Post Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 7:50 pm

Hi there my name is Alan Eloff, im a South African from Cape Town aged 27, i recently got my legs hit out from underneath me by a girl from canda who i holidayed here for 4 months, we spent loads of time together and absolutely loved each others company. We are at a stage now that she is back over there and im over here, but want to be together, im trying to find out about what the possibilities is for me to go her not just as a holiday but maybe working visa

PLEASE HELP as all other routes are dead ends Sad

Thanks in advance

ps very glad to apart of this forum Smile


Re: Please introduce yourself..........

Post Posted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:56 pm


This is Chris in the U.S.. I'm sorry for the long message etc.. I appreciate all legitimate assistance.

Here's my deal - I'll marrying a gal in BC in Dec.!!! I've been there 5x since June (I believe border/customs (CBSA) keeps track of all of that on their PCs), and I've let CBSA know exactly why I'm there each time. I'm planning on moving up there, via the family/spousal sponsorship route (my police cert from the FBI has been applied for and everything else; all I have left to do is get the Med Cert).

We're having a big wedding in Victoria, hotel rented, etc.. We've sent invites, had engagement parties, etc. (we're saving photos, etc to show with our immigration paperwork).

We plan on submitting our immigration package after the wedding in Dec., even though we'll likely get a civil ceremony (or whatever you call it) at the end of November.

Question 1 - Is it ok to submit our immigration pkg before the wedding ceremony in Dec, after we have the civil ceremony? Or would it be best to wait and submit or pkg after we have the wedding, etc.?

Question 2 - (here's my more important question) - I want to move a couch, loveseat, clothes, motorcycle, mt bike, etc up there the last week of Nov.. Will it be a hassle getting across the border with a Uhaul trailer of that stuff? I mean - I understand I'm not a permanent resident, etc yet, but I don't see why I'd get turned down for the spousal sponsorship route (she makes enough $ and I have no felonies, I have good health, etc). I understand CBSA will view me as a visitor, who can only stay for 6 mos.. FYI - I know to make a list of what's in the trailer/boxes, etc..

OR should I go this route.... put stuff in storage in Washington until I get permanent residency status?




Re: Please introduce yourself..........

Post Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 7:37 am

Hi to all,
I hope to be moving to Calgary in spring of next year with my partner and two young boys. We have had our medicals, paid for our visa's and have had a request for a current police certificate, so we hope to maybe have a answer from immigration soon.

My partner works for our local council caring for special needs children and I am a self employed heating engineer, we live in the Lake District in Cumbria.

We would like to know if anyone can recommend a shipping company we could use, we don't wish to ship alot, but any advice would be much apprieciated.

Kind regards



Re: Please introduce yourself..........

Post Posted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:29 am

I'm new to the forum but I've been living in Okotoks (a town just south of Calgary) Alberta for 4 years. I moved here from the UK with my husband and two girls and it's the best thing we ever did. The first year was a struggle adjusting to the new way of life but now we call this Canada our home.
Thanks Sam


Moved from the UK to Okotoks Alberta and now help others do the same.


Re: Please introduce yourself..........

Post Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 7:31 pm

Hi Sam

Welcome to Expat Focus!

Glad to hear that you are pleased with your move to Canada. My husband and I also moved from the UK in 2004 and it is the best thing we have ever done, we are now trying to get our grandchildren out here as it is a great place to bring up children.

Why not write a small article about your struggle the first year so that other people can learn what the pitfalls are!

Any other comments, please post in "normal" section on the Forum page.

Great to have you on board!


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