Originally Posted by Whipple
I am planning on visiting a friend over next winter, from September to March. I know I will need ties to Canada to prove to border control or whoever that I will be returning to Canada. Is a return ticket enough? Or should I have something else.
Also, what about my cell phone? Can I suspend it, or can I use it? I'm planning on calling the phone company tomorrow but I'm curious if anyone here knows.
Sounds like you will have fun in the states! Contact Canadian Custom and they will let you know how many days you are allowed to be gone for. The only big issue you are going to deal with, is health care. You have to prove you reside in Canada for so many days a year or they drop your health care and you become and an Alien US resident. How old are you(you under 18?)??
As for your cell phone, depending on the company you are with, there are some great US-Canada plans. My current phone allows me to us a US sim card in my phone which means I get a local number here when I fly down (6-7 times a year). The other issue is travel insurance. I don't know of a travel insurance that covers you for more than 30 days at a time; that means you have to set foot in Canada at least 24 hours every 30 days, and you can't screw around with those days because if you were to need them, they WILL check. You are going to have to do a lot of research on that one. I had to do a lot of phoning around.
I fly back and forth from across the boarder all the time. My mom tho a Canadian Resident, lives and works in the US but makes regular trips back home to maintain her healthcare and Canadian Resident status.