HOW TO MOVE FROM THE US TO CANADA

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STEPS TO HELP YOUR MOVE TO CANADA GO AS EASILY AS POSSIBLE

Planning on moving to Canada from the US this year? Here is a guide to help make the process go as smooth as possible.

  • Step 1

Visit Canada to determine where you want to live and decide the logistics for that area.  Be sure your application for permanent residency is accepted prior to making your final decision.  Americans with a valid US passport, NEXUS card or passport card can stay in Canada up to 180 days without having to apply for their Canadian visa.

  • Step 2 

Deciding on what type of permanent Canadian residency you best qualify for.  You can choose from Skilled Workers and Professionals, Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers, Canadian Experience, Investors & Entrepreneurs, Provincial Nominees and Family-Sponsored categories.  You can reference the Citizenship and Immigration website for further review.

  • Step 3 

Complete the permanent residency application from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.  Be sure to use blue or black ink and write legibly to avoid delays.

  • Step 4

Submit the application, supporting documents and the appropriate fee to the Canadian office listed on your application.

  • Step 5 

Waiting for your application to be accepted.  Newly accepted applicants will receive an official resident card as soon as the application is accepted

  • Step 6

This is where we come into play.  Hire a mover!! http://amjmoversflorida.com/moving-services/residential-moving/  Below is a list of documents required for your cross-border move.  Speak to your mover prior to relocating to make sure all documents are in place to prevent delay.

Documents Required:
• Bar Coded Customs Cargo Control Document _____
• Completed Household Goods Bill of Lading _____
• Customs Form 7525v _____
• Copy of the customers passport/work visa _____
• Original Vehicle Title _____
• Two photo copies of the Title (front and back) _____
• Letter of Intent for Arrival at the Port _____
• Letter from Lien Holder Authorizing Exportation (if applicable) _____

Professional Van Operator Requirements:
• Two valid forms of ID (one being a CDL) _____
• Vehicle Registration _____
• Proof of Insurance _____
Additionally, effective January 1, 2008, all professional van operators crossing the border will be
required to have a valid, current passport.

CAN YOU DEDUCT MOVING EXPENSES FOR TAX PURPOSES

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CAN YOU DEDUCT MOVING EXPENSES FOR TAX PURPOSES

If you moved last year for your job or your business relocated you may be able to deduct your associated moving expenses.  Unfortunately meals are not included in those expenses but there are several items you can deduct.  There are three requirements you must meet in order to deduct those expenses:

  1. Your move relates to the start of your work
  2. You meet the distance test
  3. You meet the time test

Move Associated to Start of Work – Time and place must be closely related to your move in regards to the start of your new job and its new location.  Moving expenses that you have incurred within one year from the date you first reported to work would be closely related to the time and start of your job and would be deductible.

Distance Test – The new job location must be at minimum 50 miles further from your old home

Time Test – For employees, you must work full-time for a minimum of 39 weeks during the first 12 months immediately following your arrival to your new job location.  For self employed individuals, you must work full time for 39 weeks during the first 12 months and for a total of 78 weeks during the first 24 months immediately following your arrival to your new job location.  Exceptions to the time test:

  1.  Death
  2. Disability
  3. Involuntary Separation

Members of the Armed Forces 

If you are an active member of the Armed Forces and your move was associated with your military orders and permanent char of station you do not have to meet the distance and time tests

Obtain Several Moving Estimates To Make A Decision

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How To Pick The Right Moving Company

Have a few movers visit the location where the furnishings are to be moved from. This gives them the opportunity to see what they must move to complete the job. Discuss all information concerning what you request on the move to the new residence. Make sure that they understand everything that you explain to them.  Get an estimate in writing from each moving company so you can review it on the final decision of which company you hire. The company should give you a contract to sign after you have made the decision to hire them. This is called a bill of lading. An inventory list of all items to be moved and the current condition should be part of the final paperwork you receive. You should receive a document known as an order for service that authorizes the mover to transport all household items to the new location.  Make sure that the moving company has guaranteed you in writing that their insurance will cover any type of damages that occur. You have the right to know what charges that you pay before signing any contract between you and the mover.

Most people consider moving to be a challenge and consider hiring a company to do the job for them. Making the choice in whom to hire to do the move should involve careful research on each company. Here are a few questions to ask each mover to learn more about them.
How long have they been in business?  Years of experience can help you determine if they can safely move your valuables without causing any damage.

Can you move us to another State?  A company should be licensed for interstate travel by the government and have a DOT (Department of Transportation) number for interstate travel.

Does the company have insurance?  Make sure that they carry the necessary coverage in case of an accident.

Do they specialize in moving to high-rise apartment buildings?  A great company will have experience in dealing with difficult moves.

Can they guarantee on time delivery?  People want to know if a mover can be relied on to be there with their furnishing on a certain date.

Checking Websites

Research a company on the computer to learn more about their services. Many of them will detail valuable information about their experience in the field. They may have recent awards or certificates of excellence for providing service above others in the industry.  Positive reviews from satisfied customers are another resource to verify when doing research about a company. Those that have 4 or 5 star reviews are the ones that you can rely on.  The moving company might have a social media site that can give valuable information on how professional they are in the field. Other options can include the Better Business Bureau.

 

Obtain Several Estimates To Make A Decision

Have a few movers visit the location where the furnishings are to be moved from. This gives them the opportunity to see what they must move to complete the job. Discuss all information concerning what you request on the move to the new residence. Make sure that they understand everything that you explain to them.

Get an estimate in writing from each moving company so you can review it on the final decision of which company you hire. The company should give you a contract to sign after you have made the decision to hire them. This is called a bill of lading. An inventory list of all items to be moved and the current condition should be part of the final paperwork you receive. You should receive a document known as an order for service that authorizes the mover to transport all household items to the new location.

Make sure that the moving company has guaranteed you in writing that their insurance will cover any type of damages that occur. You have the right to know what charges that you pay before signing any contract between you and the mover.

How To Pick The Right Moving Company

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Most people consider moving to be a challenge and consider hiring a company to do the job for them

Making the choice in whom to hire to do the move should involve careful research on each company. Here are a few questions to ask each mover to learn more about them.

How long have they been in business?  Years of experience can help you determine if they can safely move your valuables without causing any damage.

Can you move us to another State?  A company should be licensed for interstate travel by the government and have a DOT (Department of Transportation) number for interstate travel.

Does the company have insurance?  Make sure that they carry the necessary coverage in case of an accident.

Do they specialize in moving to high-rise apartment buildings?  A great company will have experience in dealing with difficult moves.

Can they guarantee on time delivery? People want to know if a mover can be relied on to be there with their furnishing on a certain date.
Checking Websites

Research a company on the computer to learn more about their services. Many of them will detail valuable information about their experience in the field. They may have recent awards or certificates of excellence for providing service above others in the industry.  Positive reviews from satisfied customers are another resource to verify when doing research about a company. Those that have 4 or 5 star reviews are the ones that you can rely on.  The moving company might have a social media site that can give valuable information on how professional they are in the field. Other options can include the Better Business Bureau.

Back Up Your Tech

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Many professional moving companies include long lists of “non-allowable” items in their terms. These lists include things like perishable foods and hazardous materials, and the reasons that they are non-allowable are pretty obvious. The moving firms don’t want fires, explosions, toxic spills, or rotting food in their trucks and vans. Interestingly enough, when you look at what the best moving firms have to say about non-allowables, most also make a very surprising suggestion.

What is that? Among things they describe as not allowed you see many identify things like sentimental or personal items. Often noting that there are many things that are best taken along with you, personally, they list everything from wills and financial documents to tax records and car keys and photo albums. Read More