My young family (we're 30, our kids are 4, 2 and 5 months) want to
immigrate to Quebec, Canada beginning in June 2007. I say "beginning"
because I won't complete my company-sponsored MBA program until
December 2007 at the earliest.
The idea is that we sell our house in southern New England and rent in
Quebec where my wife and kids will stay full-time. I'll commute to my
job in southern New England for three consecutive days and go to my
MBA classes those same nights. The other two days, I'll either work
from my new home in Quebec or out of our company's Montreal office.
We already know the extra requirements to immigrate to Quebec and we
are well qualified (ex. young, well-educated, fully bilingual, visit
the province frequently ... we passed their online test easily), so
we're not concerned that we would be denied admission.
Although it would be nice, I don't expect my company to pay for the
fees related to immigration documentation. However, I'm concerned
about the issues related to commuting from Canada for those 6 months
while I finish my MBA. I won't have to worry about the 180 day tax
requirements since I will have satisified that by working the first
half of the year in the US full-time. But will wife is a freelance
copyeditor / proofreader and hopes to continue this work from the new
home in Quebec.
I'm sure people do it from border towns (ex. Detroit / Windsor), but
I'm concerned about my family's health insurance while they live in
Quebec, my residency status (ex. driver's license, registration, etc.)
and things of that sort.
I understand the strain that this "commute" (will stay with family in
New England for those 3 days a week) will put on my family, but as my
wife has said, she doesn't see me much with my MBA classes anyway.
I'm looking for advice related to my questions above as well as some
general information about those who have experienced these types of
Following the completion of my MBA studies in December 2007, I plan to
work full-time out of company's Montreal office. In the meantime, it
feels a little overwhelming.
Clarification of Question by
25 Aug 2006 08:28 PDT
If my wife and kids will be spending the majority of their time in
Canada, I think it would make sense that they be covered by a
Canada-based health insurance. In addition to the
provincially-sponsored health insurance, my employer's Canadian
subsidiary offers private medical insurance as well, including Dental,
prescription coverage, vision, etc.). My company does not force its
employees to exclusively depend on public insurance.
For me, since I would be in the US so often, I could retain my
company-sponsored insurance in the US. By the same token, I could use
the Canadian plan as well.
To help give you some perspective, I'm asking these questions in
anticipation of approaching my manager (will likely be supportive) and
my internal HR folks. I'm looking for data to show them that in the
long run, working from Montreal should be no more (or even less)
expensive for the company that my current situation.