This morning we were up early and on the road because today is the day that we consider ourselves home. Home is where you are with family and on familiar ground and although Manitoba is our summer destination, we still consider being in Alberta with Gord and Sheri and all the kids, HOME! We had no problems at the border and again we were only there for about 3 minutes. Most of the questions were the standard ones like how long we have been in the states and where is our home, but he did ask a weird question today that made me think for a minute. He asked me "Have you ever had problems with immigration?" Now if you were asked that, what would you think before you answered? Well I paused for a second and then answered "Not that I am aware of!" He immediately asked me "Are you sure?" Well now I am wondering what I may have missed but I had to answer, "Yes I am sure". He handed me our passports and with a little grin said "Have a nice day". The questions they ask are for a reason, and are asked just to see your reaction. I think they can tell from your reaction to those questions whether you are trying to cover up anything. Anyhow we made it back into Canada and were glad to see the Alberta sign.
One of the things I do is keep a spreadsheet of how many days we have been in the USA on this trip and also how many days we have been in the USA this year. They are two different things and you have to make sure that you do not exceed 182 days in either category. The border people want to know how many days you have been on this trip and then when we get home we fill our a form 8840 that wants to know how many days we spent in the USA in the last year, which is 2018 this time.
If you look closely at the spreadsheet, you will see by the green columns that we were in the USA for 174 days this trip which was from Nov 1 to April 23. We can now decide when we can go back down south this fall, because we know that we have been in the USA for 113 days already so only can be in the USA for 69 more days in 2019! That means that the earliest we can head back down is October 23. When we get home in a couple weeks, we will fill out form 8840, which is a form that declares that Canada is our prime country of residence, and declare on that form that based on the blue columns, we were in the USA for 166 days in 2018. We then send this form to the IRS in the USA. This keeps everyone happy and hopefully they let us go back again.
As I said earlier, we are happy to be back in Canada and love to see the Canadian Flag blowing in the wind and the majestic Rocky Mountains at the end of the road.