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. Canadian Retirees

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?


Michael Niren

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

  • Brenda

    So if this new bill gets passed is there an age requirement? I’m very fortunate and am retired at 44 and have purchased a vacation home in the US which is over the 500,000 limit but I thought I heard it was for 55 plus.

    • Hello Brenda

      I am not sure about the age requirement yet. But as soon as I know I will provide and update as soon as I can.

  • Janet

    500,000$ as an investment seems high I am a single person and would love to spend time in Florida but it would probably take me the rest of my lifetime to be able to invest that much money at once

    • Hello Janet

      Yes $500,000 is a lot of money but there may be other ways depending on your situation.

      Michael Niren

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