I wonder if someone can help me with this rather complicated situation.
My son is 17 and is deemed a minor. He has spent probably 9 months of the last year training as an athlete in the USA with the understanding that his coach would apply for an athlete's visa. At this point it looks like that promise is no longer going to happen.
He has overstayed by less than 180 days. A major sporting event that he wishes to compete in occurs after the 180 days overstay. After that he would return home and reapply for health coverage in Canada. I cautioned that overstaying longer than 180 days could lead to a 3 year ban, but after further research I discovered that minors are exempt from this punishment?
I am trying to determine the best course of action. If I should bring him home now and miss the sporting event or let him stay and risk a greater punishment. Any clarity on the rules would be much appreciated.