New Immigration Law In The United States Will Benefit Canadian Retirees
Many Canadian citizens who are approaching their retirement ask us if there is a retirement visa for the United States that would allow them to spend more time in warmer states like Florida. Unfortunately, the maximum amount of time a Canadian can spend in the United States as a visitor without a visa is six months. And while this is generous compared to the restrictions on citizens of other countries, many people don’t find it to be enough.
New law proposes that Canadians be allowed to stay in the United States longer
A new immigration bill has proposed that Canadians can stay in the United States for longer provided they meet certain requirements.
Many lawmakers recognize that Canadians are the largest group of visitors to states like Florida, and that they spend plenty of money to boost the economy while they’re there.
The bill would allow Canadians who are retired to remain in the United States for 240 days per year instead of the current six months (or 180 days) so long as they invest at least $500,000 in the United States through property purchases – which could work out to a really nice house in Florida.
Do you want to retire in the United States? Do you currently travel to Florida every year to escape winter? What do you think about this proposed legislation, is it a good trade-off?
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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