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  1. canuckinla

    Filing Tax in both U.S. and Canada?

    I’ve been looking into brokers who could handle my IRA and non-retirement accounts. Currently I’m with Fidelity too. Looking at moving the assets to TD Ameritrade. They don’t appear to place restrictions on trading US equity markets.
  2. canuckinla

    Exporting a car from USA - 2 years after soft landing

    Tax is applicable on items of value in excess of $10K. Also you need to have declared the vehicle on your GTF list.
  3. canuckinla

    BSF186 and declaration card

    I declared my wife's wedding ring along with her watch she was wearing at the time. However, it wasn't necessary. If the jewelry appears expensive or you are wearing lots of it, it would be prudent to declare it to avoid issues.
  4. canuckinla

    BSF186 and declaration card

    If you have many items of jewelry and/or the items appear expensive it's best to declare it along with an appraisal. Any item over $10,000 is taxable. We had to remove the jewelry from the GTF list as we had not included photos or appraisals for it. Having an appraisal is important.
  5. canuckinla

    Transferring money from UAE to Canada

    I have personally used TransferWise. Their fees depend on the amount transferred but the exchange rate is far better than what banks offer.
  6. canuckinla

    What to do with US credit card

    If you plan to use the US cards in Canada I would only keep cards that don't charge foreign transaction fees. Those can add up quick.
  7. canuckinla

    First PR card arrival time

    Log into your GC Key account. Click on link existing application Select PR Card from the options Use your UCI and family name information to pull up your PR card application and link it
  8. canuckinla

    First PR card arrival time

    You can link your PR card application to your GC Key. You will then be notified when the card is mailed out. My wife's card took about 3 weeks to be mailed out.
  9. canuckinla

    BSF186 and declaration card

    You don't need to complete BSF 186 forms. Just have 2 copies each of Accompanying Goods and Goods to Follow printed on sheets of paper. Include serial numbers where applicable and appraisals / photographs of jewelry. Hand the lists over to Customs and they will stamp it and return one copy to...
  10. canuckinla

    Soft Landing Experience at YVR

    No. I used the Kelly Blue Book dealer trade in value.
  11. canuckinla

    Soft Landing Experience at YVR

    Last Tuesday my wife and I traveled to Vancouver to complete her landing as a permanent resident. Our flight from Los Angeles landed around 10:30 AM. We were doing a soft landing and returning to Los Angeles in the evening. I had already completed the customs declaration using the CanBorder...
  12. canuckinla

    Document request from Mississauga visa office

    I had the exact same request from Mississauga. About one week after the documents were uploaded we received PA DM and PPR.
  13. canuckinla

    JULY 2019 *OUTLAND* SPOUSAL SPONSORSHIP

    My wife received her CoPR today. We applied in early July and the processing was quite quick. Although we both reside in Los Angeles, the application was never transferred to the LVO. As a word encouragement, stay positive. There were a couple of times during the processing of our application...
  14. canuckinla

    JULY 2019 *OUTLAND* SPOUSAL SPONSORSHIP

    Congratulations!! No need to be nervous. Everything will be just fine.
  15. canuckinla

    PRTD required for U.S. citizen?

    Does a US citizen who's made a soft landing but not received their PR card yet need a PRTD to re-enter Canada by air or land from the US?
  16. canuckinla

    JULY 2019 *OUTLAND* SPOUSAL SPONSORSHIP

    This morning ECAS shows DM for the PA. Still not received email confirmation. GCKey shows application still in progress. Fingers crossed. A couple of weeks ago we received a request for additional evidence that the sponsor intends to return to Canada when PR is approved. Last Friday we submitted...
  17. canuckinla

    Proof of Residency requested again?

    Could it be the original documents were misplaced? This is what shows up in GCKey: https://photos.google.com/u/1/share/AF1QipPRpgG4Po_L15pRyS7vSIbIN6G8lIGBjPLAwaW63FdX6IFNqY0FhBSSgFKr6sfHUg?key=amlucWxzWE52eVZrREswT1RoQV9kOXJwUms1d1lB
  18. canuckinla

    Proof of Residency requested again?

    My wife the PA, received an email this morning requesting proof her sponsor intends to reside in Canada when she becomes a PR. I have been residing exclusively in the US for the past 20+ years. Here's the snippet from the email: > Proof of Residency: Please provide proof that your sponsor...
  19. canuckinla

    Los Angeles LVO INFO

    Congratulations!!
  20. canuckinla

    JULY 2019 *OUTLAND* SPOUSAL SPONSORSHIP

    My biometrics was collected on Thursday October 17 and the following day GCKey reflected the enrollment date. Today the application status has been updated to show biometrics completed on July 13. Any idea why the biometrics completion date is prior to the collection date? Our application was...