What to do before moving to Canada?
Brief story first, the questions begin after the Canada flag emoji so scroll down.
Indian citizen, don’t see the point being on a temporary status the rest of my life, being one misfortune or employment screwup away from losing status, and being an un-free person in a generally free country for the rest of my life. I’ve lived here in the US since age 16, and did my undergrad in CS at a (very) top university. It’s been a great 11 years. Spending my late teens and 20s here was good, but continuing to stay here on this status is not.
Until people actually vote with their feet and leave, Congress will not feel the need to change the system (having more employment-based green cards available, having a more equitable system of distributing them, and also cutting abuse).
I have a job offer in Vancouver, and have received Permanent Residence in Canada through the Express Entry program (the job offer gave me plenty of points). I went to Canada last month to get the formalities done, and intend to move there in September. By comparison, I will likely be old and dependent (or probably dead) by the time I get Permanent Residence in the US - and I certainly don’t want to travel abroad for visa stamping every 3 years for the next 60 years. I’m looking forward to my freedom in Canada.
My plan currently is:
- Close all savings and investment accounts.
- Hold on to a checking account, with ~$10K in it.
- Hold on to a US credit card (Chase Sapphire Reserve).
- Leave my 401(k) as-is.
- What to do about LendingClub? It’s not liquid, so I can’t withdraw easily.
- Do I need to notify the IRS, the USCIS, or anyone else?
I do not own property, and my car lease is up this year so I’ll just pay up the remaining 2-3 months.
I will likely then visit here next year (I’ll need a B1/B2 visa for that, sigh) in order to close things out for good.
Does this checklist sound reasonable?
And finally, I will go on an awesome NY-to-SF road trip before I self-deport. I’ll gladly take suggestions for that!