Immigration Law

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Ted Cruz Slow-Walks His Canuck Expat Paperwork
Posted on 7 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz vowed months ago to renounce his Canadian citizenship. It’s now 2014, and the Calgary-born Republican lawmaker is still a dual citizen. That’s confounding Canadian immigration lawyers. Renouncing Canadian citizenship... Read More

Rafael Edward 'Ted' Cruz, All-American
Posted on 11 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Canada-born U.S. Senator [Rafael Edward ] Ted Cruz has given up his citizenship from his birth country, making good on a promise from last summer. Spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said the Tea Party favourite formally gave up his citizenship May 14. He received... Read More

US Border Guards Refuse Entry to Potential Marchers from Canada
Posted on 21 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, Jan. 21, 2017 - "British national Joe Kroese and a Canadian were turned away from the same border crossing on Thursday as they traveled with two American friends. Kroese, 23, was asked by an American border agent... Read More

Tags: march , Canada , entry , border

Inside the Canadian Visa Selection System
Posted on 2 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"It is always a mystery how immigration officials come to the conclusion if a marriage is genuine or fake, but now a new study has shed light on the inner thinking of the decision-makers. McMaster University professor Vic Satzewich was given rare... Read More

Canada's 'Points System' for Immigration: How Viable Is It?
Posted on 23 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This week, guest blogger Felicia Zeidman will examine Canada’s points assessment and explore whether it can fit into a US immigration reform proposal. One of the criticisms of the points system is that it fails to match the prospective immigrant... Read More

Tags: zeidman , Canada , mehta , points

Data Collection Ramps Up Along U.S.-Canada Border
Posted on 12 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today the implementation of Phase II of the Entry/Exit information system, a commitment of the Beyond the Border Action Plan. ( Beyond the Border Action Plan ) Under Phase II, DHS and the Canada... Read More

Mexican Border Controlled, CBP Looks North
Posted on 1 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Now that net migration from Mexico has fallen to zero , CBP turns its attention to the wily Canuck , approaching by stealth via canoe. "There are no roads into or out of Canada in this remote wilderness area. All travel into and from Canada... Read More

DHS to Consider 'Known Employer' Program for Canadian Business Travellers
Posted on 15 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On January 8, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security is considering a “Known Employer” pilot program to streamline adjudication of certain types of employment-based immigration benefit requests filed by eligible U.S. employers. The... Read More

Bordering on Failure: Canada-U.S. Border Policy and the Politics of Refugee Exclusion
Posted on 27 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC) released today a comprehensive report titled Bordering on Failure: Canada-U.S. Border Policy and the Politics of Refugee Exclusion . The result of extensive research and fact-finding investigations... Read More

They're Paddling to America, Today
Posted on 21 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Using a shovel for an oar, a BC man paddled a stolen canoe across the Niagara River from Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, to Youngstown, NY, early Thursday, a US border official said. "He had a desire to go to New York City," said Border Patrol... Read More

Tags: Canada , canoe , border

Canada Benefits from U.S. Immigration Reform Failure
Posted on 11 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Stalled immigration reforms in the United States are an opportunity for Canada to scoop up a wealth of young, "brilliant" foreign nationals and direct them into burgeoning tech-sector employment, the federal employment minister said Wednesday... Read More

Canadians Denied Entry to U.S. Due to Depression; DHS Snoops on Canadian Mental Health Records
Posted on 30 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Two disturbing stories from the Canadian press: Canadians with mental illnesses denied U.S. entry Canadian woman refused U.S. entry because of depression "A document completed by a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer says that at a... Read More

'Nothing worse than a whiny Canadian...'
Posted on 28 Sep 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Is there a culture of anti-Canadian, anti-immigrant attitudes among some U.S. Customs and Border Protection members? According to Bellingham immigration lawyer Greg Boos, there is – and, he says, it’s a factor in border inspections,... Read More

Tags: peace arch , Canada , cbp , boos

DREAMer Set to Leave U.S., Turns Around
Posted on 17 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" Today was supposed to be the day when I bought my first airplane ticket – to Mexico . Mexico was the first leg on a long journey that ended with me going to college and becoming a resident of Canada . I had everything ready. My bags were... Read More