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Canadianindian
04-30-2008, 07:03 PM
I recently got transfered to our Detroit Office, and am contemplating living in Windsor (A Canadian City that borders Detroit).


Here are facts:
My 485 has been approved and have my EAD.
I have my EAD, but am using my H1-B.
I am Canadian Citizen.

My question is: Will living in Canada and working in US affect my GC process.

Thanks

americandesi
04-30-2008, 07:40 PM
I recently got transfered to our Detroit Office, and am contemplating living in Windsor (A Canadian City that borders Detroit).


Here are facts:
My 485 has been approved and have my EAD.
I have my EAD, but am using my H1-B.
I am Canadian Citizen.

My question is: Will living in Canada and working in US affect my GC process.

Thanks

If you are a Canadian resident, then you can opt for an “Alien Commuter Green Card”. Refer the link below for more details

http://www.immigrationalley.com/commuter.html

This Green card allows one to live in Canada/Mexico and commute to United States for work without loosing US permanent residency status. Though you would be loosing the year count towards US Citizenship with this GC, it’s the best option for people who travel between Canada - US frequently for work.

You need to submit an updated Form I-90 and check the box "I have taken up Commuter status." in section 2.h.1.

http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-90.pdf

Also note that you can revert back to regular GC anytime by submitting an updated Form I-90 by choosing the check box in section 2.h.2. "I was a Commuter and am now taking up residence in the U.S."

Hope this helps.

Canadianindian
04-30-2008, 11:46 PM
I guess the time spent in Commuter Resident Alien status does NOT counts towards the 3 or 5 years typically necessary to qualify for naturalization?

Is there a way around it. I just looking to stay in Windsor for a month or so till I find somthing in Detroit.

Also, if you are a MI IVian, can you direct me to the MI co-oridinators.




If you are a Canadian resident, then you can opt for an “Alien Commuter Green Card”. Refer the link below for more details

http://www.immigrationalley.com/commuter.html

This Green card allows one to live in Canada/Mexico and commute to United States for work without loosing US permanent residency status. Though you would be loosing the year count towards US Citizenship with this GC, it’s the best option for people who travel between Canada - US frequently for work.

You need to submit an updated Form I-90 and check the box "I have taken up Commuter status." in section 2.h.1.

http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-90.pdf

Also note that you can revert back to regular GC anytime by submitting an updated Form I-90 by choosing the check box in section 2.h.2. "I was a Commuter and am now taking up residence in the U.S."

Hope this helps.

Mahatma
05-01-2008, 10:08 AM
As a canadian citizen, there would be no problem to stay away from canada longer. Consider staying in the US (detroit, good area) and eventually try to accumulate 5 years of presence for US citizenship. There is a tax treaty between the US and canada and optimize your retirement and other portfolio (I mean do not abandon canadian benefits, remember, no tax-no benefits). Canadian tax deferred savings could be a good back up should US or Canadian safety net fall apart. Invest a bit in india as well. I am almost hinting that be a citizen of The US, maintain canadian citizenship (and associated benefits portfolio BUT pay some taxes as well and earn that previlege, DO NOT abuse the system...because that is not MKG's ideology...) and ofcourse, you are and will always remain, OCI. Aren't we all lucky?

Down the road 30 years, atleast one of the 3 nations (India, US, Canada) would provide sufficient safety net. Hence, diversify and invest wisely.

Enjoy the global success!!:)

AMA Nation
01-12-2011, 11:37 PM
If you are a Canadian resident, then you can opt for an “Alien Commuter Green Card”. Refer the link below for more details

http://www.immigrationalley.com/commuter.html

This Green card allows one to live in Canada/Mexico and commute to United States for work without loosing US permanent residency status. Though you would be loosing the year count towards US Citizenship with this GC, it’s the best option for people who travel between Canada - US frequently for work.

You need to submit an updated Form I-90 and check the box "I have taken up Commuter status." in section 2.h.1.

http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-90.pdf

Also note that you can revert back to regular GC anytime by submitting an updated Form I-90 by choosing the check box in section 2.h.2. "I was a Commuter and am now taking up residence in the U.S."

Hope this helps.




Thanks for the information, in which my sister got the same situation. I'm going to share it to her or maybe let her register here to know things or some questions.