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August 28th, 2006

11:47 am - Clergy & Immigration? (X-Posted_
My DH is entering a M.Div. (Masters of Divinity) program, and at the end of it, he will be an ordained pastor for the ELCA (Evangelica Lutheran Church of America). He plans on applying for positions within the ELCIC (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada). I remember reading a blurb (somewhere) that those who were entering Canada as members of the clergy had different immigration requirements than those who were applying for entry. (The requirements were not as stringent, provided that he have the requisite proof.)

Any truth to this? (And PLEASE forgive the cross posting!)

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December 13th, 2005

07:58 pm - Paying Taxes? Travelling to Cuba?

If an American citizen is in Canada, legally, and is a landed immigrant or a permanent resident - or heck, even in on a student visa, is it illegal for them to travel to Cuba? My thoughts are that you're still an American citizen, and in the US, travel to Cuba is restricted...so no go.

Okay - questions about taxation: A friend told me that once you're a US citizen, you cannot renounce your American citizenship...and that if you're granted Canadian citizenship, you'll have dual citizenship. That, in and of itself, I don't have a problem with...but I have a question about taxes: depending on my status, I know that if I'm living & working in Canada, I'd have to pay Canadian Income tax, but would I still have to pay US income taxes as well? I can see the point of paying Canadian income taxes, as I'm living & working in the country...but if I have permanent residency, would I still have to pay US income tax? My friend tells me that regardless of my dual citizenship that I would still be regarded as an American working abroad, and as such, I'd still have to pay US income taxes, even if I have Canadian citizenship, live & work in Canada.


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November 15th, 2005

04:38 pm - Visa? Healthcare?
(X-posted to ther Canadian Immigration LJs)

I'm still debating whether or not to move to Canada. My DH would come with me, and he's very supportive regardless of where we live. We would both be students - I'd be starting Law School (I already have a Masters in Library Science) and he'd be starting Divinity school (he also has a Masters in Library Science).

From what I understand, if you've already applied and were granted acceptance into a Canadian university, then you could enter through one of the border crossings and have a student visa issued on the spot. (With proper documents, of course.) Is this true?

Also, I have a question regarding the Canadia Healthcare system - if you're an American Citizen, legally in the country on a visa (student or otherwise), are you entitled to use Canadian healthcare, or do you have to carry your own private health insurance?

I am still so torn on whether or not to move to Canada. Part of me REALLY wants to go and the other part of me wants to stay here in Chicago. *Sigh*

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November 7th, 2004

09:48 am - Hot liberal Americans, free to good home

(Of course, despite being a member of this community, I think that at this point it would be foolish to leave the US as long as it still has the power to fuck things up all over the world. Sure, I could go to Canada and get away from domestic policy here, but right now I couldn't get away from foreign policy unless I found a way to get off-planet.)

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October 18th, 2004

02:30 am - Excuse me if you are already in the know but...
I was just informed of this site

It pairs voters in swing states who prefer 3rd party candidates with voters in non-swing states who prefer Kerry so they can swap votes. They only pair 3rd party swing state voters with Kerry supporters in solid Bush states (until they run out and need to pair them with some solid Kerry states), but it allows third party candidates to get a much higher popular percentage without screwing up the electoral college votes for Kerry to help him defeat Bush.

(Or not...but wow. I likes!)

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October 13th, 2004

09:04 am
Canada, where tax-and-spend big government is king and healthcare is free, builds up a $9.1 billion federal budget surplus


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October 1st, 2004

01:57 pm - This is fucked

This is the absentee ballot a friend of mine got in the mail earlier this week...

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April 1st, 2004

06:44 pm - OK another reason to move to Canada...No copyright laws.
Though I am somewhat uneasy with the idea of total copyright anarchism, I think the Canadian gov't was doing something ours rarely does, ie protect people from coprorate BS. I can't wait to be there.

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March 23rd, 2004

09:25 am
Hi folks, Hi Julian--

I'm Paul, a 28 year old multimedia studio guy in Columbus, Ohio. We prefer the term "plutocracy" to "aristocracy"--the difference being that a plutocracy holds us to none of the old customs like kind treatment of your serfs.

My gfriend and I have been eyeing Vancouver or some other reasonably warm part of Canada for over a year now. I would love to hear any one's experience of moving up north and what their experience has been so far. I'm aware of the permanent resident for three years thing...but I'm not clear on any of the other details of the move.

Glad to be here--I hope people start posting more often.

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March 20th, 2004

05:30 pm

Who thinks this is messed?

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