KeatsConnelly Cross-Border Weekly Best of the Web 2013-1-18

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This week we bring you news on the difficulty Canadians may experience obtaining credit in the US, benefits Canadians are providing Florida businesses, an issue US expats need to start planning for and a call to action to the US Congress.

Canadians living in US struggle to obtain credit ( – Canadian citizens living part-time in the United States find it nearly impossible to obtain bank and store credit cards. Lack of Social Security numbers, no credit scores and lack of employment often leave Canadian residents facing rejections when applying for credit in the U.S…

Golfers from Canada giving Palm Beach County courses a nice boost ( – A cruise through the parking lot at Westchester Country Club in Boynton Beach this time of year reveals license plates from typical snowbird states such as New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan and Ohio. In recent years there also has been a growing number from north of the border: Quebec and Ontario. It’s rare nowadays to visit a public or semi-private golf course between Boca Raton and Stuart during the season without hearing French spoken…

U.S expats in Canada face new Obamacare health care tax ( – The roughly one million Americans living in Canada have another reason to fear the U.S. Internal Revenue Service: a new U.S. health care tax.Many wealthier Americans are about to be hit with a new 3.8-per-cent tax on their investment income, introduced to help pay for U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care reforms, known as Obamacare…

Canadian Retiree Visa – Start Writing and Calling NOW! ( – Before the weekend, I asked around DC, both in Congress and in the special interest organizations, about the Canadian retiree visa. Capitol Hill is focusing on comprehensive immigration reform. At this early stage, I don’t think any particular item on anyone’s immigration agenda has been ruled out, though some items are considered “in” and non-negotiable…

Come back next Friday for more interesting news and articles. Enjoy your weekend!

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