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  • What’s Going On At The Canadian Border?

    This week, the Canadian government announced the first step towards re-opening its international borders. Through a positive lens this is the first steps towards easing the restrictions that have been in place since March 2020. Through a more pointed lens, no plan or targets were announced which has led to outcries of frustration on both sides of […]

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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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  • Canada Remains One of the Strictest Countries to Travel Into

    As of February 21, 2021, new COVID testing and quarantine requirements have been set for travelling into Canada, making it one of the strictest countries regarding travel and border measures. This includes the requirements for both air and land travel into the country. All travelers, whether arriving by land or air are required to submit […]

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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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  • President Biden Signs 6 Immigration-related Executive Orders his First Day in Office

    On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed 17 executive orders, including six immigration-related directives that focus on reversing the “Muslim travel bans,” halting construction of the border wall, preserving protections for “Dreamers,” and more. This is the beginning of President Biden’s efforts to unravel former President Donald Trump’s restrictive immigration measures and […]

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  • PERM Update: Processing Times and Employer Audits Have Increased in the Wake of COVID-19

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has put a strain on U.S. employers and the foreign workers they hire. Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) processing times have increased, and employers are seeing a sudden uptick in audits by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The PERM process is the first step of the green card process for foreign […]

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  • Canada to Change Border Restrictions this Week, Allowing Certain Individuals with Pre-Approval to Enter

    Last Friday, Canada announced that it will share new procedures on Thursday that will allow some extended family members, international students, and individuals with compassionate reasons to cross the border. All individuals will need pre-approval from the Canadian government in order to cross the border.  Canada has stated that there will be a “robust process” […]

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  • Canadian Border Remains Closed Until September 21, 2020: What You Need to Know

    The U.S.-Canada Border has been closed since March 21, 2020. Initially, the border was closed for 30 days, subject to reevaluation and further extension, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On August 14, 2020, the closure was extended for the fifth time since March, leaving the border closed through September 21, 2020.  What You Need […]

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  • Executive Order Overview: L-1 Visa

    In today’s video, our Associate Attorney, Zach Ahlstrom, discusses the impact of President Trump’s executive order on certain nonimmigrant visa categories. One of these categories is the L-1 visa. However, as Canadians are visa-exempt, Canadians are still eligible to apply for and renew L-1 status at the border. When the executive order was initially issued […]

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