Canadian Snowbirds Hoping Congressional Measure Gives Them More Time In U.S.
Canadian snowbirds currently in Florida are keeping a close eye not just on the weather, but on Capitol Hill.
That’s because Congress is expected to reintroduce a bill soon that looks to extend the amount of time older Canadians visiting the U-S can stay by another two months.
Current law allows for up to six months, but Immigration Attorney Glenn Cooper with Gray Robinson and President of the Quebec Florida Chamber of Commerce says staying outside of Canada for too long can get risky.
“Insurance benefits and social security benefits from Canada,” continues Cooper, “If they spend too much time out of Canada, they might run into issues with regards to their coverage.”
Canadians are a big economic boom for the Sunshine State.
In 2012, they pumped close to $4.5 billion dollars in economic revenue.
Cooper says the extra two months is beneficial because longer Winters can push temperatures in Canada to as low as the 20s in May.