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H.R. 3241: Canadian Snowbird Visa Act

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How long should Canadian residents be allowed to stay in the U.S. at a stretch?


Last year, Canada accounted for 21.5 million visitors to the U.S., or more than a quarter of all American tourists. Many of them are retirees looking to escape their comparatively colder home country for a more hospitable southern climate, for months at a time during the winter.

Currently, Canadian citizens can stay in the U.S. for six months in a year without a visa, meaning using only their passport.

What the legislation does

The Canadian Snowbirds Act, also known as the Canadian Snowbirds Visa Act, would allow residents of the Great White North who are over age 50 and own or rent a home in the U.S. to visit ...

Sponsor and status

Elise Stefanik

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 21st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 12, 2019
Length: 4 pages
Jun 12, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jun 12, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on June 12, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jun 12, 2019

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H.R. 3241 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3241. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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