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Residency Rule Relaxed for Canadian NEXUS Applicants

"The United States and Canada are continuing to deliver on key commitments under the Beyond the Border Action Plan for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. Announced today and effective immediately, the Canada Border Services Agency lifted the three-year residency requirement for Canadian...

U.S.-Canada Visa and Immigration Information-Sharing Agreement

"U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson and the Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney signed a U.S.-Canada Visa and Immigration Information-Sharing Agreement on December 13, 2012. This agreement will enable Canada and the United States to share information...

They're Paddling to America, Today

"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 spokesman Michael Scioli. Scioli said he stole the...

Canada's 'Points System' for Immigration: How Viable Is It?

"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 to an employer, and there are cases of many...

Excerpts From the Feb. 1, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Transitions to Centralized Policy Manual On January 7, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services launched its transition to an online policy manual that will ultimately replace the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM). According to USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas, the change follows an agency...

News Excerpts from the June 15, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Finalizes Policy Memo on EB-5 Adjudications On May 30, 2013, USCIS issued a final policy memorandum on the adjudication of EB-5 petitions and applications. The policy memo affirms that adjudicators are to use the "preponderance of the evidence" standard when reviewing submissions...

Data Collection Ramps Up Along U.S.-Canada Border

"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 Border Services Agency (CBSA) will expand the...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Napolitano Resigns as Secretary of Homeland Security On July 12, 2013, Janet Napolitano announced her resignation as Secretary of Homeland Security, a position she has held since the start of the Obama administration. Napolitano will remain in her position until September, after which she will become...

U.S. - Canada Border Intelligence

Think you know a lot about crossing from Canada? Think again. Greg Boos has the inside skinny, and he shares: July 2013 Beyond the Border Letter June 2012 CBP NAFTA Guide for TN and L Applicants

Visa Snafu Forces Teacher to Leave USA

[Nutshell: This man's work visa was approved and renewed five times. Nothing changed in the law or his qualifications. His sixth renewal was denied for no reason. Welcome to my world.] "Eight years ago, Canadian Jim Tibbatts received immigration status that allowed him to teach in Bluegrass...

CA9 Amicus Brief on Expedited Removal for Canadians

Greg Boos writes: "As per the attached my Amicus Brief has been accepted in the expedited removal case before the 9th Circuit. A copy of the brief is attached. Please feel free to publish or distribute via e-media. Oral argument is set for August 26." United States Court of Appeals for the...

'Nothing worse than a whiny Canadian...'

"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, including questioning about marijuana use." ...

Bordering on Failure: Canada-U.S. Border Policy and the Politics of Refugee Exclusion

"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 led by HIRC affiliates Dr. Efrat Arbel (SJD '12...

Canadians Denied Entry to U.S. Due to Depression; DHS Snoops on Canadian Mental Health Records

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 secondary inspection at Pearson airport in Toronto...

Ted Cruz Slow-Walks His Canuck Expat Paperwork

"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, they say, is a simple, quick and straightforward...

Inside the Canadian Visa Selection System

"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 access by Citizenship and Immigration Canada inside...

CBP Canadian TN Checklist

"This list is intended as a guide to assist you in preparing for your application for admission into the United States pursuant to NAFT A (TN). The information listed below is intended to help you in meeting eligibility requirements as well as in identifying any documentary deficiencies, if any...

Rafael Edward 'Ted' Cruz, All-American

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 official confirmation of the action at his...

Canada Benefits from U.S. Immigration Reform Failure

"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." - Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press...

DHS to Consider 'Known Employer' Program for Canadian Business Travellers

"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 “Known Employer” pilot, which the Department...

News Excerpts From the April 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

ICE Announces Safeguards for Releases of Noncitizens with Convictions | On March 18, 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that it would implement additional safeguards prior to releasing noncitizens with criminal convictions from custody. Under the new policy, the discretionary...

US Border Guards Refuse Entry to Potential Marchers from Canada

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 why he was traveling to the United States. He told...

Anti-Trump Canadian Heading to Women's March Refused Entry to USA

CBC Radio, Jan. 20, 2017 - "The first question that he asked point blank was, "Are you anti or pro-Trump? At that time, I just assumed that he was just trying to feel out our opinions and what we were doing. We all expressed that we were anti. We simply had nothing to hide. He took a lot of...

How Would 'Merit-Based' Systems Change US Immigration?

David Iaconangelo, CSM, Mar. 2, 2017 - "Points-based systems, as the models are generally known, seek to determine how useful a prospective immigrant is for the national economy, with points assigned to factors like education, profession, and linguistic proficiency. Family connections often help...

Expert: Will Congress Give USCIS Enough Authority to Run a 'Points' System?

Trump's push for 'merit-based' immigration may not deliver the benefits he expects - Don Lee, Los Angeles Times, Mar. 13, 2017 - "President Trump wants to reform the immigration system to favor foreigners who have special skills that would contribute to the U.S. economy, breaking from...