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Living in Canada, Working in USA

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I wondered if there were specific reasons.

MooseBeTimeForCoffee Sat 26-Jan-13 01:09:56

Possibly because it's a great country?

Why do you want to live in Canada?

Want2bSupermum Sat 26-Jan-13 00:17:14

My sister lives in Seattle and my mother is in Vancouver. It is about a 3hr drive between the two.

My cousin lives in Ontario and is Canadian. He works here in the US for more than 2 months of the year so has a work permit. He was telling me two summers ago that colleagues were deported from the US after trying to enter without a work visa. They ended up losing their jobs because Company policy was for the employees to have a visa. I think he was on an L1 or L2 visa.

Seattle is not that bad when you compare it to BC. The taxes are also quite good.

pupsiecola Thu 24-Jan-13 07:47:15

Thanks all. That's useful to know.

westcoastnortherner Thu 24-Jan-13 05:39:02

Unless you are a Canadian citizen or have canadian PR with a US work permit it will be highly unlikely to be able to do this.

Trousersrolled Thu 24-Jan-13 04:52:46

It is possible. But crossing the border back and forth is not fun or easy, unless he is both a Canadian AND a US citizen. Bear in mind that the US may refuse him entry at the border for any reason, work visa or not - it has happened and is very stressful. I would consider that really carefully.

pupsiecola Thu 24-Jan-13 04:45:43

Thanks for your reply. We are currently in south east Asia. But we hope to move to Canada in 2014/15. DH's head office is in Seattle and he could very probably get a transfer. But we would rather live in Canada. He would hope to work from home sometimes, and stay in Seattle for a few days at a time sometimes. Just want to know if its even possible...

westcoastnortherner Thu 24-Jan-13 03:27:15


Do you already live in BC? If so how would you commute, sea plane, clipper? Or would you be working remotely, if so then that would be different again. It's a tricky one I'd speak to an accountant personally.

I can imagine you would pay tax in the US, but I wouldn't swear by it, would your extended medical benefits still be paid?

pupsiecola Thu 24-Jan-13 03:04:52

Hi all

What happens to your tax if you work in Seattle but live in Canada, specifically BC?


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