Social Security and coming back to Canada - Commuter Green Card - Greg Boos -
Here was the questions I wanted to ask
I have been in the US since
Jan 1, 1999 as a alien resident. At that time I removed myself as a canadian
resident by closing down all of my bank accts, cancelled my drivers license and
notified Revenue Canada of my intent to become a non-resident.
I have finally been advised
I have the oppt to become a permenant resident in the US but due to some changes
in my life I am considering turning down the oppt for permenant resident and
continueing as a alien resident or becomeing a canadian resident for the next
1. I have
contributed 10 years into social security and would like to know as a non -
resident / canadian resident will I be eligible for benefits when im 65 given I
have contributed for so long??
there a way to get the monies contributed to social security get transfered to
canada pension plan?
leaving the US as a alien resident will I be required to continue filing taxes
in the US?
4. What do I need to do in canada to declare myself a
canadian resident again.
5. How does the alien commuter status work and how come
more people dont know about this? are alien comuters not required to have visa's
to work in the US if you were a canadian
david ingram replies:
Thank you for another part
of the question where you pointed out at least two broken links on the
The answers to your questions are:
1. You will
be eligible for US social Security whether you retire in Canada or any of the
other 265 countries in the world
2. None that i know of and
none that I have heard of. there is a treaty that provides for the
governments to blend their payments according to your contributions to each but
you get two cheques (checks).
3. A resident alien for tax
purposes and a resident alien for immigration purposes are two different things.
If you have a resident alien (green) card or are a US citizen, you are required
to file US taxes for as long as you remain a green card holder.
If you give yup the green card, you do not usually have any further US
tax liability UNLESS you have a net worth and / or had a high salary
in the years before you leave the US. In this case, you might have
to pay a departure tax and fill out , you w
4. Nothing, just
have a list of everything you are bringing back to you and what you paid for it
to hand in at the border. The trucking company driver should have a copy
If any single item is over $10,000,you might be asked to pay an
excise tax but normally, you just drive across the border.
If bringing a
car, truck, motorcycle, etc., you have to have it precleared by US customs 72
hours before you leave the US at the US border point you are intending to
use. You have to stop at the US customs office and have your vehicle title
stamped by US customs as being approved for export.
If you do not
do this, the Canadian Government will turn you around and the US Customs will
fine you $500.00 for trying to take the vehicle out of the country without
When you do or prepare your first Canadian return, you will
see a place about 3 or 4 inches from the top where you will enter the date you
returned to Canada as "DATE OF ENTRY"
5. A commuter green
card allows you to keep your green card alive while working in the US. You
can find a lot out about this by reading my July 1996 newsletter which you can
is also possible to be an alien commuter to the US with an L, H or TN visa with
the advantage that you stay under Canadian health insurance while getting an
An Alien commuter would pay income tax to the US first
on any US source income and to Canada on their World income. any tax paid
to he US plus Social security and Medicare would then be deducted (usually
dollar for dollar) from any tax owing to Canada on Federal form T2209 and
Provincial form T2036 (Quebec has a different form which escapes my memory at
We of course look after all of this
by mail, fax or email (large pdf files only please)..
find a sample 1040NR tax question about selling real estate and
suggested price list at
CEN-TA Cross Border Services - Tax, Visas, Immigration