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The law is that anytime a Canadian comes to the U.S. as a visitor, he must establish that this is the purpose of the trip. The admission is for six months. If in fact the individual really just lives in the U.S. and only returns to Canada to extend the time in the U.S., they should not be admitted, since they intend to immigrate, not visit.
Go see a good immigration attorney. As a Canadian, you generally get 6 months. And you could probably get a 6 month extension after that. But frankly, the more time out of a year you spend here, the more likely the CBP guys are going to question whether you are a true "visitor." "Visiting" more than 6 months a calendar year will often get you stopped, and hard questions asked about where you actually live and what you do here.
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