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Old 10-17-05, 05:21 PM
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I'm Moving to America!

Well after years of wishing and praying, my wife and I are finally moving to America. We will be living in California. Hello Palm Trees, goodbye snow.

Anyway, what I am wondering is if any of you on this site have moved from Canada to the US and if you have any suggestions for me. For example, getting new drivers licences, one spouse being able to work and the other not, anything you can think of to help me would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.

By the way, I guess my thread where I was asking tips about what to do in San Francisco this Christmas is a little funny now (especially since I will be living 45 minutes south of there).

Also, any Silicon Valley people here? Is it just cost of housing that's expensive or is it everything else as well? Any tips?

The big adjustment will be renting an apartment (coming from a nice size house which we owned). But it will all be worth it in the end to us.

I'm surprised at how hard some people are taking our news. My wife was given the job offer two weeks ago and we are moving on Oct 31st. So it's all happening quickly and insanely. We have sold our home and all our funiture and are in the process of selling our cars. We had a garage sale on Saturday. So all I think we are taking with us are some clothes, art, photos/scrapbooks, CD's and DVD's and a laptop.

I can't wait until the rollercoaster comes to a stop, but damn I sure am happy too.

Again thanks for any helpful tips you may give.
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get ready for a culture shock
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You should bump this thread when you move back to Canada.
Old 10-17-05, 05:27 PM
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I've moved from ireland to California.
I'm assuming the missus has an H1B right? If you have a list of questions I'll ask mrs bdb later, she deals with all that hr stuff on a daily basis.
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Anywhere in the bay area is $$$. Cali in general is expensive.

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Why sell your cars? You Canadians do use the same kind of gasoline, don't you?
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You can both get a d/l you get it based on her employment, but its a temp one as far as I can remember, I hear all these stories, and filter most of the stuff out.

You can't work though I'm 90% certain of that unless you yourself get sponsored.
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Nobody watches Hockey here.
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Originally Posted by shaun3000
Why sell your cars? You Canadians do use the same kind of gasoline, don't you?
I imagine it's because of California emissions requirements and possibly US Customs issues.
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Come live in Santa Clarita / Valencia.. It's awesome here.
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Wait, they let Canadians in, now? Where are the hell are the Minutemen?!
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Wait, they let Canadians in, now? Where are the hell are the Minutemen?!
And we're bringing the King of England with us.
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You're not moving to America, you were already living there.
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I was born in Ireland and moved here when I was 11. I have for years wanted to be living in the US. I doubt I'll have too much culture shock as I have visited about 17 states and have visited this area of California about 5 times. As for selling our cars, well it's basically that we need to fly down together and we'll only be using one car anyway when we get there, so we thought we'd start of fresh. It's actually quite hard for a 'Canadian' to move to the US unless they work in a certain field. I have no intentions of coming back to Canada to live, but I will visit friends and family.

BadlyDrawnBoy. Thank you for your comments, I may very well have questions for you as things progress. Thanks again.
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They'll make you change your name when you go through Ellis Island.
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Originally Posted by General Zod
Come live in Santa Clarita / Valencia.. It's awesome here.

Valencia????? it's so boring there...but the houses are cheap.

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At least you're moving to the part of the Bay Area with sunshine. If you're in the SF area it's always cloudy.
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I am in the south bay.

everything here is pretty expensive. I am guessing your wife got a good paying job, otherwise, it would be pretty hard for 2 people to live off of one income and live here.
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Originally Posted by lordwow
Nobody watches Hockey here.
You took my advice
Old 10-17-05, 08:12 PM
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Curious as to why you've wanted to move to the US given you've got both European access (via Irish birth) and Canadian residency. Is it a case of the 'grass being greener' or something else?

Just curious, that's all. Reason I ask is that I'd move to Europe if I had half a chance
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"Myself and the other dark overlords want to welcome you"
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Originally Posted by TomOpus
"Myself and the other dark overlords want to welcome you"
[GRAMMER NAZI]I guess given English wasn't his first language, that's close enough...[/GRAMMER NAZI]
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So which California liberals did you two swap places with, was it a 2-for-2 deal, and did Arnold get any 1st round draft picks as a result?



PS: Welcome!
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Originally Posted by naughty jonny
Curious as to why you've wanted to move to the US given you've got both European access (via Irish birth) and Canadian residency. Is it a case of the 'grass being greener' or something else?

Just curious, that's all. Reason I ask is that I'd move to Europe if I had half a chance
As a Canadian (who, by way of a British parent, could live and work in Europe), I have an answer for you: the economic opportunities are much greater, and it's possible to realize one's full career potential. Canada has been in economic decline for nearly 25 years (something masked by a recent boom in raw materials prices), which has brought about a slow but steady decline in the standard of living (which the ruling elite only recently admitted).
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Get ready to pay out the ass for health care when you get sick... joy joy
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Originally Posted by glassdragon
Get ready to pay out the ass for health care when you get sick... joy joy
Do you mean "get ready to not be taxed for everyone else's health care when you don't get sick" ?

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