There's no doubt about it, Canadians are hot for Florida. And who could blame them? Sarasota's Siesta Beach is beautiful, but it undoubtedly takes on a whole new level of grandeur for those whose often face consecutive months of below-freezing temperatures.
But if our neighbors from the north want to stay longer to escape the cold, they run into a hitch: American visas for Canadians are only good for six months. This meant that they would have to either return to Canada, or file for an extension of stay with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
This might not seem like a big deal until you consider some facts compiled by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
- 70 percent of Canadian visitors who come to the U.S. for a month or longer visit