Florida Lawmakers Seek To Allow Canadian Citizens More Vacation Time In United States

By  //  July 17, 2018

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3.2 million Canadians visited the Sunshine State in 2016

Members of the Florida delegation on Capitol Hill continue to champion proposals to allow some Canadian citizens more time to vacation in the United States.

(SUNSHINE STATE NEWS) – Members of the Florida delegation on Capitol Hill continue to champion proposals to allow some Canadian citizens more time to vacation in the United States.

Last week, Florida’s two senators–Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio–unveiled a proposal giving some Canadians up to eight months to vacation in the U.S., changing the current law which gives them six months. Nelson’s and Rubio’s proposal would let Canadians who are over 50 and either own or rent property in the U.S. the two extra months while adding provisions that they cannot work or take public assistance while here.

“It’s no secret that Canadians love to visit Florida in the winter,” Nelson said. “The millions of Canadian snowbirds who visit our state each year play an important role in our state’s tourism-driven economy. Allowing them to stay even longer is a win for them and for the local economies they visit.”

Nelson‘s office noted that Visit Florida found that 3.2 million Canadians visited the Sunshine State in 2016 while the Canadian embassy insisted that these visitors added more than $4 billion to Florida’s economy.

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