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Category: Enter The US

  • NIEs Automatically Extended for 12 Months

    On July 6th 2021, the Department of State released guidance confirming that, “existing National Interest Exceptions (NIE) will be valid for 12 months from the date of approval and for multiple entries, as long as they are used for the purpose under which they were granted.” The 12-month extension applies retroactively to all existing NIEs […]

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  • A Path Forward for the Canadian Border?

    The Canadian border has been restricted since March 2020. For the last 16 months or so, all inbound travellers (essential travellers or returning citizens/permanent residents) to Canada have been subject to a mandatory 14 day isolation period, in addition to testing requirements. In February 2021, the Federal Government introduced the mandatory “hotel quarantine” which required […]

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  • Phased Reopening to the US-Canadian Border

    On Wednesday, Canadian authorities announced a phased reopening of the U.S.-Canadian border. No official schedule or start date has been released, but once implemented, this will represent the first opportunity for non-essential travel across the border in over a year. It is anticipated that the first phase will loosen the 14-day mandatory quarantine period for […]

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  • Update: Current COVID-19 Travel Restrictions for Travel to the U.S. & National Interest Exceptions

    The U.S. continues to limit travel into the U.S. due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. As many are aware, India is experiencing the world’s worst Covid-19 outbreak. The country is facing a new wave of COVID-19 due to the widespread, on-going transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and now accounts for over one-third […]

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  • President Biden’s Immigration Initiatives during his First 100 Days in Office

    When he took office in January, President Biden pledged to take several actions within his first 100 days in office to expand, improve, and transform U.S. Immigration policy and law. Specifically, he promised to roll back his predecessor’s hard-line agenda, legalize undocumented immigrants, expand legal immigration, and reassert America’s commitment to refugees. Now that the […]

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  • Guidance for Lawful Permanent Residents having issues returning to the U.S. due to COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented and deterred many individuals from traveling, including U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs). As such, many LPRs who traveled abroad before last March may find that their status as a LPR has expired or that they have “abandoned” their residency from being out of the U.S. for too long. This has […]

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  • Canada Border Services Agency announces changes for NEXUS members

    On April 12, 2021, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced two new changes that will effect NEXUS members and applicants.  First, CBSA announced that NEXUS members and individuals on exempt travel are now subject to reporting requirements for travelers arriving in Canada. Since February 22, 2021, certain travelers arriving by land or air in Canada […]

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  • The Biden Administration Allows Nonimmigrant Visa Ban to Expire

    On March 31, 2021, the Presidential Proclamation restricting the entry of certain nonimmigrants, including H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and certain J-1 travelers, into the United States, has been allowed to expire by President Biden.  It has been widely reported that President Biden will not renew this June 2020 Presidential Proclamation, put in place by the Trump […]

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  • New York State Legalizes Recreational Marijuana, CBP warns New Yorkers still cannot cross Border with Marijuana

    On March 31, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation passed by state lawmakers legalizing recreational marijuana in New York state.  New Yorkers can now possess and use up to 3 ounces of marijuana, while sales of recreational-use marijuana will not become legal for an estimated 18 months until the state draws up regulations.  New York became […]

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  • Submitting a Petition at the US/Canada Border (TN/L-1)

    This week Gabriella provides an update on submitting petitions at the border. CBSA Agents have confirmed that if you are just driving to the U.S. for the limited purpose of applying for TN or L-1 status and plan on turning right back around, you will need to quarantine for 14 days and have a quarantine […]

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