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Top 3 Money Transfer Providers for Canada to USA

Provider Amount Received Fee Exchange Rate Speed
TorFX TorFX USD $7,585.26 £0.00 0.7585 1-3 days more...
OFX (prev. CanadianForex) OFX (prev. CanadianForex) USD $7,543.97 No Fee 0.7544 1-4 days more...
Moneycorp Moneycorp USD $7,569.96 £0.00 0.757 1-3 days more...
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The dollar, the world’s most traded currency, is held on a free-float exchange rate and is fully convertible to foreign currencies Read More
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TorFX

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Est. 2004

Bank-beating FX rates | Safe and secure | Free transfers for FXcompared customers

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Amount Received
USD $7,585.26
CAD $114.93
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OFX (prev. CanadianForex)

OFX provides secure and speedy international money transfers to over 300,000 people in 55 currencies at better-than-bank rates.

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OFX provides secure and speedy international money transfers to over 300,000 people in 55 currencies at better-than-bank rates.

Amount Received
USD $7,543.97
CAD $60.93
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Moneycorp

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Est. 1979

One-off payments | Regular payments | Great rates | Safeguarded customer funds

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One-off payments | Regular payments | Great rates | Safeguarded customer funds

Amount Received
USD $7,569.96
CAD $94.93
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Currency Solutions

Currency exchange specialists ranking No.1 on Trustpilot for the past two years

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Currency exchange specialists ranking No.1 on Trustpilot for the past two years

Amount Received
USD $7,576.85
CAD $103.93
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WorldFirst

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Est. 2004

Transparency and security | Great customer feedback rating from Feefo

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Transparency and security | Great customer feedback rating from Feefo

Amount Received
USD $7,608.20
CAD $144.93
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Currencies Direct

Call us0203 018 1318

Bank-beating FX rates | Safe and secure | Free transfers for FXcompared customers

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Amount Received
USD $7,562.32
CAD $84.93
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Smart Currency Exchange

Smart is focused on helping clients to effectively and efficiently send and receive payments internationally
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Smart is focused on helping clients to effectively and efficiently send and receive payments internationally
Amount Received
USD $7,569.96
CAD $94.93
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RationalFX

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Est. 2005
Established in 2005, RationalFX helps individuals and businesses achieve significant savings on international payments
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Established in 2005, RationalFX helps individuals and businesses achieve significant savings on international payments
Amount Received
USD $7,577.61
CAD $104.93
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Global Reach (formerly FC Exchange)

Great rates | One-off payments | Regular transfers | E-Money Institution | No fees for FXcompared customers

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Great rates | One-off payments | Regular transfers | E-Money Institution | No fees for FXcompared customers

Amount Received
USD $7,577.61
CAD $104.93
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Average Canadian Bank

Average of the top Canadian Banks costs as compiled by our own FXC Intelligence group

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Average of the top Canadian Banks costs as compiled by our own FXC Intelligence group

Amount Received
USD $7,446.86
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How to Transfer Money from Canada to USA

Daniel Webber
Summary written by Daniel Webber

Canada to USA Summary

There are no money transfer restrictions if you are sending money from Canada to the US, whether to purchase a property, fund university education, or pay for imports. Canada and the US have a very close economic and political-social relationship as neighbours and main trading partners.

Banking & Money for Canadians in the US

If you move to the US, it is likely that you will need to open a US bank account. US citizens or resident aliens may open bank accounts online in most cases. To do so, you must provide your US address, driving licence or other state-issued ID, and your Social Security Number (SSN). We recommend that you apply to the Social Security Administration as soon as possible for a SSN, which is required in order to be locally employed and collect Social Security benefits and other government services.

None of Canada’s main commercial banks, such as RBC and CIBC, have a major branch network in the US. The private banking arms of groups such as RBC are global, but it may be preferable to open an account with one of the major American banks. US banks, by contrast, have a larger presence in Canada.

 

Taxation for Canadians in the US

As in Canada, US taxes are calculated on the calendar year. This will simplify the process of paying a partial year of taxes in either country. Nonetheless, we recommend seeking expert advice on how your move will affect tax payments, particularly if you plan to make a large purchase, such as a home, in the US.

For tax purposes, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) allows Canadians to stay in the US for only 182 days a year, while the limit set by the Homeland Security, Immigration and Naturalization Act is 180 days. Canadians who remain in the US for more than 180 days in any rolling 12-month period risk being deemed unlawfully present and face a three-year travel ban. Stay longer than 182 days and you could be taxed by the IRS on your worldwide income. However, this 182-day limit is more complicated than that. The IRS has a more complicated way of calculating residency called the “substantial presence” test, which adds the number of days you were in the US in the current year to one-third of the number of days you were there the previous year, and to one-sixth of your US days in the year before that. If this exceeds 183 days, then you could be considered a US resident for tax purposes.
 

Visas and immigration for Canadians for the US

Canadian citizens only require a valid passport to enter the US and may visit the country for up to six months per year without a visa. Visas are required in certain cases for visits exceeding six months, including foreign citizen fiancé(e) (K-1 Visa), a US citizen’s foreign spouse awaiting completion of immigration processes (K-3 Visa), and spouses of lawful permanent residents (V-1 Visa). Approval is also required for non-immigrants travelling to the US for short-term work assignments, including employees of foreign governments (A Visa) and international organisations (G Visa). Requirements vary, and we recommend consulting current guidelines at your nearest US consulate.

If you plan to immigrate to the US for work, you will need to obtain a work visa. Canadians are eligible for several different types of visas depending on experience, citizenship status and professional projects. Professionals with certain skill sets may be eligible to obtain a three-year TN visa under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Canadian students do not require a visa to study in the US and need only obtain an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility from their university.

 

Canadians Buying Property in the US

The US is a popular destination for Canadians – typically retirees – buying a holiday home to escape the harsh winters, with Florida, Arizona, California, Hawaii and Texas the most popular states for Canada’s so-called “snowbirds”. Beyond the issue of sending funds to pay for a purchase, there will be many issues to consider, such as bearing in mind that it will be considerably easier to obtain a mortgage with a Canadian bank rather than a US bank. Given the complexity of the US tax code, the tax implications of owning such an asset can be significant. If selling a property to a US citizen, the purchaser is ordinarily required to remit 10% of the gross sale proceeds to the IRS on sales over US$300,000. However, thanks to the US-Canada tax treaty, Canadians are exempt from US estate tax up to US$5.3m (US$10.7m for a married couple), so beneficiaries will not have to pay estate tax on assets below this level.
 

Canadians Studying in the US

Canada is a large source of foreign students in the US, with 27,000 student visa holders registered in 2016-17. Together, all international students spent some US$34bn in tuition fees and living costs during 2016/17. Canadian citizens do not need visas to study in the US, but do need to be registered by an accredited institution with the US Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

 

Importing from Canada to the USA

With trade in nearly all goods and services duty-free since the NAFTA agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico came into force in 1994, trade between the two countries has surged. The US is Canada’s largest source of imports, with total imports of goods reaching almost US$300bn in 2018. The exports for Canada to the US were set at a high level with almost US$320bn in exports made during 2018.

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