Earlier this week, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik [R-NY] and Congressman Greg Stanton [D-AZ] introduced the Canadian Snowbird Visa Act, bipartisan legislation to extend the amount of time Canadians 50 years of age and older can visit the United States by two months.
Current law limits the amount of time a Canadian visitor may spend in the United States to six months less a day in any 12-month period. The Canadian Snowbird Visa Act will allow Canadian citizens aged 50 and older who either own or rent a residence in the United States to remain in the country for up to 240 days each year. The bill prohibits these individuals from working for United States employers or seeking public assistance while in the United States, and clarifies that they will retain their non-resident tax status.
The full text of the bill can be read here:
In February, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio [R-FL] reintroduced the Canadian Snowbirds Act of 2023, S. 387 in the U.S. Senate. This bill was cosponsored by Senators Rick Scott [R-FL], Kyrsten Sinema [I-AZ], and Mark Kelly [D-AZ].
CSA representatives will continue to work on passage of the Canadian Retiree Visa and provide members with updates as soon as new information becomes available.