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Old 08-23-2011, 07:27 PM
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I am currently US citizen and permanent resident in Canada. My wife is Canadian citizen. We live in a Toronto area. I am thinking about getting Canadian citizenship. How do I proceed when I cross borders. Do I show US passport entering USA and Canadian entering Canada? I still have a condominium in USA and my income is from my work in USA. I pay taxes in USA. Once when I was entering USA, I said that I live in Canada and the guy at a border was questioning me for about half an hour about some BS. I do not know if it standard for residents of two countries, or if the situation I had at the border was an isolated incident.

I would like to hear from the people who have dual citizenship, and their experiences. I know it will impact my taxes, but I am not sure how.

Last edited by brianm1972; 08-23-2011 at 08:25 PM.. Reason: irrelevant info
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:17 PM
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The rule of thumb is to present your US passport when entering the US and your Canadian passport when entering Canada.

The BS at the border is just that -- it has nothing to do with where you live. And Canada Customs is just as guilty of occasionally hassling someone as their US counterparts.

Canada levies income taxes based on residence whereas the US taxes on citizenship.

If you been a PR living in Canada for the prescribed 3 years, you should have been filing a Canadian tax return, so changing your status from PR to Canadian citizenship shouldn't change your tax obligations to either country.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:50 PM
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Off topic. To the Original Poster - is your wife a PR in the states as well? My fiance is from the States and I'm planning on moving there shortly. How did everything go for you? Application process, etc. We will be married by the time we apply.
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