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heritage2006 10-27-2011 08:29 PM

Over staying in the States
 
Not sure if this is the right section for this question....

Any Canadians have experience with staying in the States longer than the allotted 6 months ??

I have spent 178 days (off and on) in the States so far in 2011. Would love to be heading South now as it's getting cold but figuring I cannot due to this 6 month limitation.

Any feedback ??

cfwin 10-27-2011 09:09 PM

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Originally Posted by heritage2006 (Post 994586)
Not sure if this is the right section for this question....

Any Canadians have experience with staying in the States longer than the allotted 6 months ??

I have spent 178 days (off and on) in the States so far in 2011. Would love to be heading South now as it's getting cold but figuring I cannot due to this 6 month limitation.

Any feedback ??

I really don'y know too much about overstaying in the US...but if you are from Ontario to keep your OHIP valid you must make your primary place of residence in Ontario and you must be in Ontario for at least 153 days in any 12-month period.

Does this help at all?

heritage2006 10-27-2011 09:32 PM

Yes, I do know there's the whole 'Provincial' side of things as well - but more interested in knowing more about the U.S. side for now. Thanks !

Mageksl 10-27-2011 09:37 PM

From the US State Dept website: Canadian visitors are generally granted a stay in the U.S. for up to six months at the time of entry.

Looks like no single stay can exceed six months as long as you aren't working or going to school. There are other purposes of visit that require a Visa. The US Embassy in Ottawa has a good web site, Embassy of the United States Ottawa, Canada - Home I would think they would be your best contact.

Wayne M 10-28-2011 08:59 AM

When you say "Off and on," that implies you have returned to Canada at some time. Would that not start the count over again when you come back into the United States?

How do they determine how long you have stayed? Do they stamp the passport. it's been a while since I traveled in the opposite fashion.

TW 11-05-2011 05:26 AM

IRS might contact you for a US Tax Return..... ??? They need money

Jdsengl 11-06-2011 08:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Wayne M
When you say "Off and on," that implies you have returned to Canada at some time. Would that not start the count over again when you come back into the United States?

How do they determine how long you have stayed? Do they stamp the passport. it's been a while since I traveled in the opposite fashion.

Never stay more than 6 months total in a 12 month period. They do record your passport date of entry and Canada customs reports date of return to Canada. If more than 6 months in the US, you owe them income tax for all earnings in the calendar year.

UFO Pilot 11-06-2011 08:54 PM

My Father-in-law's Canadian girlfriend used to return to Canada every 5 months and stay for a couple of weeks. She did this for quite a few years as I recall. This was back in the 80's and 90's, things may be different now.

TW 11-07-2011 04:29 AM

It is still 6 month within one (1) year.

And you should stay for 6 month in Canada, before going south again.

Remember Howard Hughes ? He stayed in a Vancouver Hotel for a long time. 'Somebody' told him, if he wakes up in the morning all Taxes are due to Canada. He left within a few minutes. Same for Canadian people, if they stay a day too long south of the 49 th.

Firehoser75 11-07-2011 04:17 PM

No Expert, but...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by heritage2006 (Post 994586)
Not sure if this is the right section for this question....

Any Canadians have experience with staying in the States longer than the allotted 6 months ??

I have spent 178 days (off and on) in the States so far in 2011. Would love to be heading South now as it's getting cold but figuring I cannot due to this 6 month limitation.

Any feedback ??

I am new to this, so very far from an expert, but the whole situation is actually quite complicated. The US IRS will probably go after your income for tax purposes (from all sources) if you "overstay" according to their rules. They have what they call "a substantive presence test" that consists of 1/6 of the days you were in the US from 2 years ago, 1/3 of the time from last year, and all of this year. If this totals more than (I think) 182 days, you have to file a form US 8840 to show a "closer connection" to another country (Canada). Otherwise, they can ask for income tax. If you can prove the closer connection, then you are allowed up to 6 months (I think), but still must file the form.

Please do not take what I have stated as the "gospel", but it was my intent to explain that it is fairly complicated and that you should obtain the correct facts or else it could cause you a lot of trouble you probably don't need. The Canadian Snowbird Assoc. has good info on this.
Good luck,
Tom

1ciderdog 11-07-2011 04:59 PM

I used to know a fair amount about this subject having worked for US Immigration for 28 years but I retired in 1993 so can not promise that what I say now is still correct. Most Canadians & people from most foreign countries can visit the US for a period of six months and they can request a six month extension & an extension after that. A key factor was/is does the visitor (Canada or any other country) have a residence they intend to return to. A second factor was do they have the means to support themselves without becoming a burden on US taxpayers. Other things that would bother US Immigration was the background - narcotics use including marijuana, any type of conviction even minor ones for certain offenses. There was no limit to six months during a 12 month period. That's certainly not all the criteria used to determine if a person is a legitimate visitor but should give a general idea of Congressional thought process when they passed the immigration and nationality act. You could try to get answers at the American Consul if one is located near you.
Come on down and enjoy us as much as we enjoy visiting Canada.
Safe Travels
Bob

Firehoser75 11-07-2011 06:53 PM

Lawyer's Website
 
The attached website has some specific information regarding being a "Canadian Snowbird" and the complications involving US tax law.
Hope this helps,
Tom
Canadian Snowbirds and U.S. Tax

brad03ca 11-26-2011 07:03 PM

Hey all...Brad here

Midniteoyl 11-26-2011 08:31 PM

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Originally Posted by brad03ca (Post 1018290)
Hey all...Brad here

Hello Brad...

Bushman512003 11-29-2011 05:01 AM

Hey Bud How are You?
 
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Originally Posted by brad03ca (Post 1018290)
Hey all...Brad here

Dam good to hear You are about this site again How You doing.You getting down south this Year?I hope to leave soon as I can for a few days.Like about 120 at least lol .Trying to sell the Ceadar Creek and the big Super Duty and down size a bit age is slowing Me down a tad.You know what I am saying?Any way good to know You are back I am not here often any more not a lot of people want to talk on the site to bad but I tryed to keep it going and no luck so the fence sitters can sit I have to keep moveing take care Brad ....John:dance:

Groveite 11-29-2011 06:51 AM

Good to see you back Brad...and Bushman too! We are just back from 2 wks in Canadys SC and I'm off to plate the new TT after getting the RIV inspection done. Like you John we have moved to a smaller truck and a 26' TT with a power jack and awning....age related!

Bushman512003 11-30-2011 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Groveite (Post 1020324)
Good to see you back Brad...and Bushman too! We are just back from 2 wks in Canadys SC and I'm off to plate the new TT after getting the RIV inspection done. Like you John we have moved to a smaller truck and a 26' TT with a power jack and awning....age related!

Like Me?No not yet still have the big guns.Cedar Creek and Super Duty.For sale as a mated set up or trailer 1st then truck .If you hear of any one looking...My Truck has less that 55,000Ks and loaded that riv is a cash grab again the goverment stealing from a tax payer they do not want any one to get a ride on easy street.You will save a little on fuel now 6 speed tranny will help..Bushman:dance:

NALSO 12-02-2011 08:21 AM

Greetings from the sunny south of Texas.

NALSO


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