This information is based on a presentation given at the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver on October 27th, 2005. The information provided is of a general nature and does not constitute legal advice. Furthermore, it is subject to change without notice. For legal advice you should contact an immigration lawyer directly.
I have the good fortune to work with a great many "Foreign Buyers" as part of my normal "day to day" real estate activities. My client base includes Buyers from across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. I understand how difficult the concept of buying property in Canada can seem when you may be unfamiliar with the area, the laws, the immigration requirements, the tax implications and more specifically the unique nature of the real estate transaction in British Columbia.
I make every effort to simplify the Real Estate buying process. I clearly explain each step of the process to my clients, and where necessary, refer them to qualified professionals to answer complex legal, immigration, and/or taxation questions.
Put my knowledge and years of experience to work for you and rest assured that I have a qualified professional and experienced network of contacts to assist with your unique circumstances.
Joshua B. Sohn is an immigration lawyer at Sedai Law Office www.immigrationcitizenshiplaw.com
Following are some key points of interest to Foreign Buyers:
NOTE: In some cases "Inadmissible" persons may be able to apply for Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) based on sufficient means of supporting yourself, expiry date of passport or travel documents, reason for coming to Canada and length of stay, and what ties you have to your home country and admissibility.
2 years residency in every 5 year period met by:
There is NO such status.
There is a "Customs Category" that allows non-residents to bring certain personal goods into Canada Duty and Tax free, in some cases, in order to furnish a home they have purchased or leased for a minimum of 3 years, if they plan to use the home for a few months out of the year.
There is NO such status.
In fact, an Immigration Officer can prevent a person from entering Canada based on a determination that the person will be "residing" on a long-term basis in Canada.
For example, a Retiree has stronger ties to Canada than they do to their "home country".
Tom Davis | REALTOR®
Personal Real Estate Corporation
Royal LePage Sussex
604 787 1456
This communication is not intended to cause or induce breach of an existing agency contract.