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Entry/Exit Initiative – 8840 Form Update

Posted date : Aug 19, 2019

As of July 11, 2019, the entry/exit initiative has been expanded to include the sharing of information of all travellers including Canadian and American citizens at land ports of entry.

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NB Health Coverage Extension

Posted date : Aug 19, 2019

The Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) is pleased to report that effective May 16, 2014, eligible residents of New Brunswick may now be absent from their home province for up to 212 days, for vacation and visiting purposes, and still retain their Medicare coverage.

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182-day limit

Posted date : May 13, 2019

My husband and I bought a home in St. Petersburg in 2014 and now drive there each fall and home in the spring. My question is, if we drive to Florida and spend three nights on the road each fall and three nights on the road coming home in the spring, do those nights on […]

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Staying past the 182-day limit if 8840 submitted

Posted date : Dec 15, 2017

I have faithfully submitted my IRS 8840 Form for quite a few years now. My question is, can I stay past the 182-day limit by filling out the form? Or am I not protected by the friendly country alliance after the 182 days is up? Alex B. Victoria, BC Response: Ed.: Congratulations on regularly completing […]

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Border guards

Posted date : Dec 15, 2017

I enjoy reading the various questions and answers re: Dear Bird Talk. One answer caught my attention in the summer 2017 issue 103. It was mentioned that, sometimes, a border guard will only allow you a shorter period (for instance – only 90 days). In that case, you will have to comply with the shorter […]

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Join CSA

Posted date : Dec 12, 2017

The Canadian Snowbird Association is a national not-for-profit advocacy organization dedicated to actively defending and improving the rights and privileges of travelling Canadians.   We need your help! The greater the membership, the more powerful and effective voice we cast against provincial, state and federal governments when lobbying for the rights of all travelling Canadians, […]

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Clarifying amount of time allowed in the U.S.

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, We understand that there is a limit of 182 days for Ontario residents to be in the states per year. Does the year run from January to December (calendar year), or how do they estimate your stay in the states? Beth Duffield Point Edward, ON Response: Ed.: For clarity, a Canadian is […]

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The “30-Day Limit”

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

If Canadian snowbirds can’t deduct their “allowed days” during short times back in Canada (i.e. for Christmas) unless the visit lasts for 30 days or longer…do the U.S. regulations also state for any SHORT trips by Canadians INTO the U.S. (say for taking a seven-day cruise out of a U.S. port and then returning to […]

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Medical extensions for illness when it’s time to go home

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, With the new Canada/U.S. border-crossing procedures, the issue of days spent in the U.S. is becoming more and more troublesome for many of us. It recently occurred to me that if you have used up most of your 182 days’ entitlement and you are still in the U.S., and a medical problem […]

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Changes to Length of Stay

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, We keep hearing from friends that the U.S. is trying to change the length-of-stay time from 182 days to a maximum stay of 120 days for Canadian citizens. Is there any truth to this? I have been unable to find anything regarding this on the website. Karyn Farthing Speargrass, AB Response: Ed: […]

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