US Citizenship and Immigration nonresidence letter

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plaster
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US Citizenship and Immigration nonresidence letter

Post by plaster » Mon May 27, 2019 1:57 am

I completed a W8BEN form for iTrade and included my SSN, which I got when I worked in the US a while ago. Unfortunately, that caused iTrade to question my status as a Canadian citizen or resident. They are requesting a letter/declaration from the US Citizenship and Immigration Service stating that I am not a resident of the US. They seem to imply that it is a standard letter. I've search the US CIS website and there is no mention of such a thing. Unfortunately, you can not contact US CIS through their website unless you have a case number, you can not phone them unless you are calling from the States, and they will not answer emails on general questions. Has anyone gotten or heard of a letter of nonresidence from the US CIS?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: US Citizenship and Immigration nonresidence letter

Post by Bumble » Tue May 28, 2019 1:28 am

I kind of doubt USCIS would issue such a letter, as this isn't a standard document. Can you provide some other document that indicates your non-resident status, such as an expired work permit or perhaps a copy or transcript of any 1040-NR you have previously filed?

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Re: US Citizenship and Immigration nonresidence letter

Post by nelsona » Tue May 28, 2019 8:13 am

There is no such letter.

Is iTraDE a Cdn brokerage? If so, wouldn't proof of Cdn residency be better, like an NR74 from CRA? Have you lived in US in the past?
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Re: US Citizenship and Immigration nonresidence letter

Post by plaster » Wed May 29, 2019 1:37 am

Thanks Bumble and nelsona for your replies. I worked in the US under a TN visa and left 15 years ago. Unfortunately, I don't have many documents from that period. I do have a stamp on my old passport showing admittance under TN status and I'll see if iTrade, which is a Canadian brokerage firm, will accept that. I looked at the NR74 form and it didn't seem to apply to me. I hadn't previously thought of looking for forms from CRA. I searched and found 2 that might help me. One is a declaration of tax residency (RC518 https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency ... rc518.html) and the other is a certificate of (tax) residency issued by CRA ( https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency ... dency.html ). The certificate, which is issued by CRA, is more official but will take 8 to 10 weeks. Anyways, I'll ask if either are acceptable. Thanks again.

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Re: US Citizenship and Immigration nonresidence letter

Post by nelsona » Wed May 29, 2019 3:51 pm

Just tell them you are a CDN resident. This has nothing to do with US.

Better yet, tell them you will take your business elsewhere.
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