Cana­dian Snowbird As­so­ci­a­tion Clar­i­fies U.S. Travel Rules

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Toronto

CNW/- In a re­cent ar­ti­cle which ap­peared on CBC News’ British Columbia web­site, it was sug­gested that Cana­dian cit­i­zens are only al­lowed to spend 120 days in the United States each year. For clar­i­fi­ca­tion pur­poses, the Cana­dian Snowbird As­so­ci­a­tion would like to re­mind trav­ellers to the U.S. that this in­for­ma­tion is in­cor­rect.

“Un­der cur­rent pol­icy, el­i­gi­ble Cana­dian cit­i­zens may spend up to six months less a day, in the United States, in any 12 month pe­riod,” said Bob Slack, pres­i­dent of the Cana­dian Snowbird As­so­ci­a­tion. From a tax per­spec­tive, long-term visi­tors who typ­i­cally spend four or more months in the U.S. each cal­en­dar year may be deemed res­i­dent aliens for tax pur­poses. In or­der to be treated as a non-res­i­dent alien, these in­di­vid­u­als need to claim a “closer con­nec­tion” to Canada by fil­ing IRS Form 8840 an­nu­ally.

Fur­ther, the CBC News ar­ti­cle also dis­cussed the En­try/Exit Ini­tia­tive, a bi-na­tional bor­der pro­gram in which en­try and exit data will be shared on in­di­vid­u­als trav­el­ling be­tween Canada and the United States. While this ini­tia­tive was sched­uled to be ex­panded on June 30, 2014, to in­clude Cana­dian and Amer­i­can cit­i­zens, the nec­es­sary leg­isla­tive and reg­u­la­tory changes have not been im­ple­mented. At pre­sent, the En­try/Exit Ini­tia­tive is not fully oper­a­tional.

The Cana­dian Snowbird As­so­ci­a­tion is an 85,000 mem­ber, non-profit, non-par­ti­san or­ga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sent­ing Cana­dian trav­ellers from across the coun­try. The CSA works in part­ner­ship with govern­ment and busi­ness to ed­u­cate and ad­vo­cate on be­half of all trav­el­ling Cana­di­ans, help­ing to en­sure ac­cess to safe, healthy travel with no re­stric­tions on free­dom of move­ment.

SOURCE Cana­dian Snowbird As­so­ci­a­tion

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