I have been in the US for a couple weeks now, my wife and I drove down to Illinois from Canada and brought our car with us. We have insurance on our vehicle now from a US company, but now we are running into the issue of registration.
Illinois has requirements for anyone who moves here and is a resident, that they must register their car in 30 days.
Am I considered a "resident" here, even though my visa is "non immigrant" status?
I can't find any exact explanation to this question, I even called the Secretary of State office here and he wasn't sure. The law allowing Canadiands to "tour" the US as detailed in this question is a bit confusing too - but I think it would only apply to B visas (tourists). (Entering the US with car using J-visa)
My plan is to register the car in the next two weeks, and suck it up I have to pay taxes, but I wanted to see if anyone else know this exact situation and if I could potentially get away with keeping my Canadian plates and avoiding the taxes.