I've been in the US for a few months and I just realized I don't know process of what happens if you stay longer. I flew to the US one-way and wasn't too sure when I was returning. How many months can a Canadian stay in the US before having to leave and come back and how does one get permission to stay longer?

  • The second sentence looks a bit weird and is hard to read. Commented Aug 25, 2013 at 19:44
  • Did you check for a stamp in your passport? It may give the validity date. Commented Aug 25, 2013 at 21:22
  • @Nate: Kind of misplaced it right now.
    – verve
    Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 1:53
  • There are at least two different durations to consider: One for US immigration, and another for tax. Make sure you check them both in detail for your situation so you aren't surprised later. For example, the IRS can consider you a US tax resident (so you have to file US tax) in advance of the INS objecting to your presence.
    – alx9r
    Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 18:42

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Canadians can stay up to six months from the entry date before they need to leave the US and re-enter. If you want to stay longer you can request an extension, from the Visa Waiver Program official page:

If you are from Canada, the length of stay for tourism is up to 6 months. Canadians may file for an extension of stay with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

  • Waiver program? What if you entered without a Visa?
    – verve
    Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 1:51
  • Hmm, so you must apply even if you didn't enter with one? Is it a long process or will stepping out of the border for 10 minutes and waltzing back in be more efficient?
    – verve
    Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 2:04
  • @verve: Well, keep in mind that if you leave, there's no guarantee you'll be allowed back in. Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 3:40
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    @verve Waiver program is entering without visa.. Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 8:14
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    @verve: Sorry, I don't know how renewals are usually handled. I just wanted to point out there is the possibility it would not be renewed, or not right away. (And I'm not sure what "media people" have to do with this; are you one?) Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 18:23

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