Canadians Who Have Been In The US For Over 6 Months Could Be Breaking The Law

Travellers could be breaking the rules without even realizing! 👇

Canadians In The US Could Be Breaking The Law & Here's Why
Senior Editor

Canadians in the United States could be breaking immigration laws without even realizing it, according to the federal government.

In a notice shared via Twitter, the Government of Canada's travel department urged Canadians who have been in the U.S. for longer than six months to double-check entry and exit requirements ASAP.

It explained that Canadians "may be in violation of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services laws without knowing it."

While Canadian visitors can "usually" stay in the States for six months without a visa, a traveller's intended duration of stay must be declared upon their entry.

"Requests to extend or adjust a stay must be made prior to expiry to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service," explained the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Canada.

It's also worth keeping in mind that the Canada-U.S. border remains closed to all non-essential travel, with the current restrictions set to end on June 21, 2021.

Helena Hanson
Senior Editor
Helena Hanson is a Senior Editor for Narcity Media, leading the Travel and Money teams. She previously lived in Ottawa, but is now based in the U.K.