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Old 05-30-2012, 07:19 PM   #1
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How Long Can You Stay in the US?

Hi All,

A question about Canadians visiting the US.

Can you stay longer than 6 months if it spans two years...i.e. We would like to go down to the States at the beginning of October this year and stay down there until May of next year...a total of 8 months...but not over 6 months in one year.

Is this allowed?

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Old 05-30-2012, 07:28 PM   #3
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Who keeps track if how long you spend in US?
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Could you please elaborate.
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:30 PM   #5
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Who keeps track if how long you spend in US?
When we enter the US they scan our passports, so when we leave they know how long we've been down there.
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And then what? They scold you and tell you to go home? You going home anyways? I have no idea.
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I guess maybe talk to state dept.?
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I don't know how much has changed but (18 years ago) a Canadian could enter the as a visitor for six months without a visa. If before entering ths US the Canadian knew he wanted to stay longer he could apply for a visitor visa at a US Consular office in Canada. Or after about five months go to an immigration office and request an extension. I tend to think most simply stay as long as they like without going through the visa process.
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It's 6 months at a time without a visa. Not sure the max with one but 8 months is reasonable. You will want to check about your health insurance. There could be a problem keeping it if you are out of the country over 6 months.

I would advise you not to rely any info you get here, contact the proper authorities well before your trip!
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As there is no visa requirement for short visits between our two countries for short visits, I would suspect you may need one for longer visits. I would recommend you contact the U.S. consulate and inquire as I tend to doubt you will get an authoritative answer on this forum. Good luck, and enjoy your visit as there are so many nice places south of the border as I know there are many in your Nation. I hope to spend an extended visit North after retirement.
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It looks like six months.

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/619/~/visiting-the-u.s.---documents-required-for-canadian-citizens-%2F-residents-%2F
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When looking at this issue, you must separate the immigration issues from the taxation issues. I have many friends who spend 6 months a year in the US. They have, however, indicated to IRS that they have no intention of immigrating to the US and that they have maintained all of their connections to Canada. There is a form that you can submit that states this. I would look on some Snow Bird sites for more complete information.
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Hi All,

A question about Canadians visiting the US.

Can you stay longer than 6 months if it spans two years...i.e. We would like to go down to the States at the beginning of October this year and stay down there until May of next year...a total of 8 months...but not over 6 months in one year.

Is this allowed?

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It looks like the answer to your question is no. You MIGHT be able to extend your stay if you enter with a Visa. Here are some pages with info. (Good luck understanding them. Because they are not only written in lawyerese, but the infamous government lawyerese.) Anyway these pages may help.

What the Visa Expiration Date Means

http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Resources/C1en.pdf
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Canadian retirees/snowbirds

Canadian retirees seeking to winter in warmer climates will receive a maximum admission period of six months. Those who wish to stay longer may apply for an extension with the nearest office of USCIS once they are in the United States, but before their authorized stay expires. They may be asked to demonstrate that they are only remaining temporarily in the United States.

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