Many different settlement issues arise when relocating to a new country. To facilitate your smooth transition and relocation to Canada, the United States and other global destinations, it is helpful to gain an understanding of the following relocation topics: tax, employment, social security, health, education, and moving.Destination Canada and Destination United States address each of these topics and more. Should you or your company require assistance relocating to any other country, we invite you to contact the Bomza Law Group for assistance with the immigration and relocation process worldwide.
The Bomza Law Group has prepared a detailed brochure to assist all of our Canadian immigration clients in making a smooth transition to life as a permanent resident in Canada. A hard copy brochure, called Guidelines to Settlement in the US, is available to you at no charge, provided that you are a current client of the Bomza Law Group.
Guidelines to Settlement in the US is prepared by our settlement consultants in partnership with our Canadian immigration lawyers to provide our clients with a wealth of information including:
Over the past few years the US has experienced dynamic growth and activity in industries such as Information Technology (IT), Engineering, Finance and Film Production.
In the US, skilled professionals in particular industries have become more difficult to find due to the global technology boom of the ‘90s. Corporations are faced with the challenge of seeking out professionals and skilled trades persons beyond their national borders, and aim to recruit globally.
The North American career market has emerged as a widely recognized international talent pool. The immigration law firm of Bomza Law Group takes pride in welcoming and assisting you to a promising future in a new country.
We respond to the escalating labour demands in the US We assist our talented and experienced skilled professionals by familiarizing and introducing you to the growing US employment market.
There can be considerable confusion with respect to taxation when a citizen of one country moves to another country to reside either temporarily or permanently. While residency is a primary determining factor in the taxation or non-taxation of an individual, the United States taxation system is actually based upon citizenship rather than residency.
As such, US citizens are required to pay federal income taxes even on income earned outside of the US. However, certain foreign income exclusions and foreign tax credits do exist which reduce the federal income tax otherwise payable.
As for individuals moving to the US, a consideration of the tax laws of their country of citizenship or permanent residency is imperative. The interplay between the taxation laws of their home country and American tax laws will have significant effects on the individual. For example, Canada and the US have signed an income tax treaty to prevent the double taxation of the same income by the two countries. This could otherwise occur frequently as Canadian citizens and permanent residents are subject to Canadian tax on their worldwide income for as long as they remain "residents" for income tax purposes. Where according to the laws of US that Canadian citizen or permanent resident is also considered to be a resident of the US, a conflict arises which must be resolved.
Preferably, these issues should be examined by those moving between Canada and the US or across international borders before the move takes place to ensure better preparation and a smooth transition.
An alien is required to apply for a Social Security Card before he or she can be paid by an employer in the US Applications for Social Security Cards are made using Form SS-5. A downloadable Form SS-5 is available from the Social Security Administration Web Site in Adobe PDF format.
In addition to the application form, the Social Security Office normally requires evidence of age, citizenship, and identity. According to the instructions to Form SS-5, this normally means providing a birth certificate. In addition to a birth certificate, the Social Security Office requires one additional document showing identity. An applicant who is not a US citizen must provide a foreign birth certificate or passport and proof of lawful status in the United States. With regard to proof of status, this usually means the I-94 Departure record issued to a nonimmigrant alien upon entry to the United States or the Form I-551 Alien Registration Receipt Card (green card) issued to lawful permanent residents. The Social Security Office must be shown the original documents. Persons who are 18 or older who are applying for their first Social Security Card must apply in person.
Dependents who are not authorized to work in the United States may still be issued Social Security Cards, if they are in the country legally and need a card for some other valid reason. Such a Social Security Cards will be marked to show that the alien cannot work.
Even if nonimmigrant dependents cannot obtain a Social Security Card, they can obtain a tax number from the Internal Revenue Service which will permit them to be claimed as dependents on the principal alien's US income tax return.
For further information with respect to US and Canadian immigration or to find out if you or a company employee is eligible for temporary or permanent relocation to Canada or the US, we invite you to contact our experienced immigration lawyers and attorneys by contacting the Bomza Law Group at:
1-800-993-9971 or by clicking here: “Contact Us”.