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      03-07-2007, 12:24 PM   #67
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What must one do to be allowed to move to Canada? =) I don't have a passport right now, so I'd probably need one of those, right? would I have to apply for a visa or something?
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      03-07-2007, 12:42 PM   #68
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nooooooo, CA is so awesome!!!! well move to Columbus OH then so you can help me out with my mods
on a serious note, i think if you really wanna move far away, go to hawaii...or somewhere in south america..venezuela has lots of babes
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      03-07-2007, 12:47 PM   #69
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Nor do you lose (eliminate) the obligation to pay US income taxes.
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What must one do to be allowed to move to Canada? =) I don't have a passport right now, so I'd probably need one of those, right? would I have to apply for a visa or something?
You will need a passport and a visa. What kind of visa depends on you. You can come in on a work visa. To see if you can qualify, take this test: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/skilled/assess/index.html . You generally need to have a real skill, which you do; and it helps if you have an arranged job (which will get you a work permit). It's also required your job is on this list: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/skilled/qual-2-1.html (which it is: 7321 Automotive Service Technicians, Truck Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers). Actually, it's surprisingly easy to get a work visa in Canada, since we're short on people in a lot of places (particularly the west). If you get serious you'll probably want an immigration lawyer to do all this for you (it's about $2,000), that's what my wife did. He did all the legwork.

Alternatively you can get engaged to a Canadian and then get a visa to come in to the country (then get married) and apply for permanent residence. Gay marriage works, you know, just in case that's what you're after.

You could try requesting asylum, but I don't think the US is quite that bad yet.
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Gay marriage works, you know, just in case that's what you're after.

You could try requesting asylum, but I don't think the US is quite that bad yet.


the Canadian government also love refugees, so feel free to trickle into our under monitored border thats over 3500 miles long...
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      03-07-2007, 09:27 PM   #72
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the Canadian government also love refugees, so feel free to trickle into our under monitored border thats over 3500 miles long...

but be quick, Boushes is talking about a big tall fence to cover the entire US-Canada border
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but be quick, Boushes is talking about a big tall fence to cover the entire US-Canada border
haha, thats probably not going to happen for a few decades, the US has a bigger border problem, not with their northern neighbour, but their southern one, i am sure thats a bigger priority
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Soooo.Aparently I'm a Canadian Citizen. =)

My Dad was born in Montreal, and according to the Canadian Gov't, this makes me a Canadian Citizen. I've just applied for my Citizenship Certificate to prove it.

Woot! That makes Vancouver SOOO much more appealing already. And it was already awesome.

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Since you like to ski, Idaho might be just the ticket. Hailey/Ketchum (Sun Valley) is very upscale. McCall is an upscale town near the new Tamarack Resort and Brundage. Very close to Boise is Bogus Basin for very affordable skiing. Jackson, Wyoming is just across the border to the East.

I don't know what all is around Cour d'Alene and Sandpoint in the North, but they are popular with the upscale life.

There is a lot to like about Idaho. There are four distinct seasons. In Boise, winters are a bit cold, but not all that cold. Low of 37, high of 65 degrees today. Summers get to be hot (over 100 degrees for maybe 20 days) but it is very low humidity, so it is all good. Spring is the "wet" season, but nothing like Western Washington where I came from where it is really wet year round (except a four week summer is usually pretty nice). Fall is similar to Seattle's four weeks of summer, except around Thanksgiving it becomes what seems like winter.

Also very popular is rafting and kayaking (especially on the Salmon River and the Payette River). Fishing and hunting is popular. Bicycling. The lakes aren't much to see except maybe at Hell's Canyon.

Even with the low crime and low cost for housing (in Boise and vicinity to buy or build it averages about $150 per square foot including the lot) there is a price to pay. The cities are small. The largest is Boise at around 200,000. Both Ada and Canyon Counties together (Boise is in Ada) the population is around 500,000. The whole state is not much over 1 million people.

If you want a relatively quiet place to live with lots of outdoor possibilities, Idaho might be right for you.

For myself, I would like something with a larger population not so far away. But I haven't looked at all seriously since two of us are decision makers.

[When too people have to agree on decisions, it's funny how often the decision is made by the one who doesn't want to change anything.]
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Did a little more research.

The United States gov't discourages dual citizenships, but in my case allows it. Since I was born a US citizen, in the US, but am granted Canadian Citizenship because of my parentage, I am allowed Dual Citizenship. If I was a US-born, and decided Canada was for me, and APPLIED for citizenship, then I have to renounce my US cit, or have it revoked.

And my Dad is of the impression that if I'm a Canadian Citizen (which I am! woot! heh) RESIDING in Canada, I'm not repsponsible to pay US Federal income taxes. If I was working in Canada, but Residing in the US, or vice-versa, I'd probably have to pay double taxes.

This whole Vancouver thing keeps getting more and more attractive, and all the details are working themselves out for me. =)

Still want suggestions, though! =)
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As a US citizen you're required to file US taxes no matter what. It's usually not a big deal though, since you will pay Canadian taxes on the income (if working and living in Canada), so when you file your US return you essentially say "all income earned in Canada" and unless it's over a set amount you pay nothing. That's my understanding, and how my wife has been doing it since we moved here.

Oh, the revoke citizenship thing is kind of outdated too. The US doesn't require you to revoke anymore, they just don't recognize the second citizenship. You're lucky though, because you get grandfathered in by virtue of your dad.
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Don't worry about the dual citizenship thing... overblown except if there is a draft in the US again.

You get credit for the taxes you pay in Canada plus there is a tax treaty between the two countries so don't make that a deciding factor.

Have you considered Calgary? 1 hr to the mountains for some of the best skiing around. Close to Idaho and Montana for more great skiing. Close to BC interior for even better skiing.

Lowest taxes in Canada. Unbelievable job growth and almost no unemployment (unless you count those who want to be unemployed in order to ski all winter).

Colder than Vancouver, of course, but not nearly as dreary. It rains 200+ days in Vancouver.

Vancouver is beautiful, like Seattle, but Calgary is a real gem.
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