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Living in Windsor and working in Detroit on H1B, daily travel

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Posted by canyeah (46) 18 Oct 2012#1
Hello friends, I couldn't find much information on this, so starting this thread.
Please share your experiences if anyone has taken this path. To keep the PR and US Greencard application alive .
I have a PR and EB3 jul08 priority date.
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Posted by whatapain (97) 19 Oct 2012#2
to canyeah:

Hey I am in the same suituation like yours. Did lot of research on this and if you are eligible to apply for NEXUS card , this will make your commute between US and Canada easy. As I remember you should have PR from canada and if you stayed in US for more than 3 years you are eligible to apply for this card. Again do your own research on this.
Mail me at m_mailid@yahoo.com. We can discuss on this.
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Posted by dimple2001 (36) 28 Nov 2012#3

Hello friends, I couldn't find much information on this, so starting this thread.
Please share your experiences if anyone has taken this path. To keep the PR and US Greencard application alive .
I have a PR and EB3 jul08 priority date.

to canyeah:



We followed the path you are now following. Became Cdn PR in 2002, moved to Windsor, commuted on H1 on a daily basis, by 2006, we got our Cdn citizenship and continued to live in Windsor area. In the meantime, our GC PD was Aug 2002 under EB3, didn’t become current until early this year. In the meantime, I switched jobs (I was the dependant), moved to TN status and in 2011, I was in NY and my spouse moved to MI instead of commuting since the attorney advised us to live in US around the time of 485 filing. Middle of this year, we became GC holders and are now living in MI. We still have a house in Windsor that we had it built, no plans yet so far to sell. We go back and forth to take care of the house and live in MI.

We also hold Nexus cards making it easier to cross the border when it’s crowded since Nexus lanes tend to be leaner in traffic.

The only stinker was we had to obtain stamped visa when we were not Cdn citizens and that meant a painful pilgrimage to Toronto. That problem got solved after becoming Canadians.

Also, the uncertainty of job loss was sort of solved since we could simply go home to Canada and not worry about uprooting everything or finding a job before accumulating too many days of “illegal” stay in the US. This was tested when I lost my job in 2009. I still was able to enter US freely as a Cdn. Because of these subtle advantages, we didn’t care how long it took to get GC (it took 10 years) since we were both getting job solicitations in the SW ON region, so we figured we could always work in Canada if everything goes to dumps. And I did work in Windsor area for few months until I got another job in the US on TN.

So, there are advantages and pains of following this path.
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Posted by canyeah (46) 29 Nov 2012#4
to dimple2001:

Hi dimple2001 , thanks a lot for your detailed response. I have some hope now. May I ask did you get the Nexus card after becoming a Canadian citizen or on PR.and for crossing the border daily do you have to have your H1 visa stamped on your passport. Can the AVR not work on daily basis and any issues while crossing the border.
Thanks you
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Posted by canyeah (46) 29 Nov 2012#5
to whatapain:

hi Whatapain, Any luck with the Nexus card, when r u planning to move to Canada for good :), i will email you, so we can discuss :)
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Posted by dimple2001 (36) 29 Nov 2012#6

Hi dimple2001 , thanks a lot for your detailed response. I have some hope now. May I ask did you get the Nexus card after becoming a Canadian citizen or on PR.and for crossing the border daily do you have to have your H1 visa stamped on your passport. Can the AVR not work on daily basis and any issues while crossing the border.
Thanks you

to canyeah:



You are welcome.

We happened to get nexus well after we were cdn citizens. However, a pr is eligible to apply for nexus.

AVR will not work since you live in canada and entering USA, hence need stamped visa. I believe on e your 140 is approved, you can get 3 yr h1 and hence 3 yr multiple entry visa.

Initially, there might be more questions while crossing the border. hold the visa page and i-94 when approaching the officer and most questions disappear. once their computer shows a whole bunch of license plate captures, they know u r a frequent crosser and questions really come down. Hope this helps.

I hate typing on the iPhone :)
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Posted by canyeah (46) 30 Nov 2012#7
to dimple2001:

dimple2001 , Thank you again . Iphone:) hahaha I know.
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Posted by bpp9614 (32) 07 Dec 2012#8
Why people commute from Canada to US.
Is it -
We don't get jobs in Canada/ Or
we get less salary in Canada? Or
Is Canada not a good place to live in?

Please share your exp.

I have H1B and don't want to try GC as I have applied for Canadian PR. If USA GC is always better than PR in long term, may be I can try it out.
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Posted by justinline (61) 26 Dec 2012#9
to bpp9614:

Anybody tried commuting between Fort Erie and Buffalo, I mean live in Fort Erie and work in Buffalo, NY. Let me know. I might be able to move to my client Buffalo office and work from there.

To answer bpp9614 questions

Yes it is always difficult for fresh immigrants to land a job straight way. Salary is less as well and taxes are high. I am comparing with US standards. Also if you are in some regulated field such as Doctor, Nurse, Pharmacist, Accountant, Professional Engineers.......needless to say you need to complete all the required certifications before you even begin job search.


Justin
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Posted by maheshptl12 (50) 30 Jun 2013#10
Hi Everyone.. i am kind of the same boat.. contact me maheshptl12@gmail.com so we can discuss regarding the same in detail... my priority date is EB3-2011 and and became PR on end of the year 2012. its kind of tough call :)
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Posted by mkhan786 (1) 25 Oct 2013#11
to maheshptl12:

I am planning to move to Windsor area from GTA , working in Michigan (Commuting daily on TN).
I have few questions

a) Do I need to pay taxes both in USA and Canada. Any suggestion to reduce taxes.
b) 401K option, should I take this or not
c) Any suggestion regarding drug or health plan
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Posted by sai13 (22) 09 Mar 2015#12
Hello All,

Thanks for sharing your views, and especially thanks to Dimple2001!

I almost decided to move to Windsor and work in Detroit on H1B. Is any one doing already now? if so, please could you give me your contact email. Thanks!
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Posted by gcssp (96) 03 Jun 2015#13
to sai13:

Hi!! I got my Canada PR and CPR today. Currently working as a Contractor at Buffalo, NY. Have a full time offer with the same client. Planning to stay in Fort erie and commute to Buffalo thrice a week. This is my 9th year in US. Anybody followed the same path please shed some light.. :-)
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Posted by DanielaCappell (1) 09 Sep 2015#14
to sai13:

Hello sai13,
I live in Detroit and am a green card holder. I work in Detroit and my husband study at Wayne. Do you think that it is possible for us to live legally in Windsor? Could we obtain a residence permit from Canada without working there?
Thank you so much for your help.
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Posted by Pinky2000 (1) 24 Oct 2015#15
to sai13:

Hello

I m in kind of same boat.. Did you actually commute everyday?
Can you please share your email id.

I am on H1 and have canadian PR. So i m planning to work in Detroit and live in Windsor

Thanks
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Posted by satyashhinde7 (1) 11 May 2016#16
to Pinky2000:

Hi I plan to do the same, I see most of the posts to be old. With changes in Canadian immigration and if any recent border control. Do you think as of today we can be in trouble crossind the border everyday for work?
Thank you.
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Posted by DTWCanadian (362) 20 May 2016#17

Hi I plan to do the same, I see most of the posts to be old. With changes in Canadian immigration and if any recent border control. Do you think as of today we can be in trouble crossind the border everyday for work?
Thank you.

to satyashhinde7:



Understand the posts are old. However, I don't see any reason why one can't commute across on a daily basis, as long as valid documents are maintained and carried...and proper residence requirements are met in Canada (holding a Cdn driver license, plates, residential address, etc).
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Posted by GodBless2010 (70) 16 Mar 2017#18
to satyashhinde7:

Did you try to commute from Canadian side to USA on daily basis ? Please share your experiences.
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