Whirlpool Rapids Bridge Closing Temporarily

On April 1, 2019, the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge, which spans the international border between Canada and the United States in Niagara Falls, will be temporarily closing. The closure is necessitated by the upcoming removal of the 1,700-foot Niagara Scenic Parkway viaduct above the bridge and customs plaza. The removal of the viaduct is part of a larger project for the renovation of the parkway along the Niagara River Gorge. The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, which is overseeing the redesign project, is hopeful that the project will ultimately expand the waterfront, increase access to the Niagara River Gorge, and add new green space to the area. The bridge is scheduled to be closed for 35 days until May 5, but these dates are tentative. Despite the closure, the Amtrak trains that run on a track on top of the bridge will continue to operate during the demolition. However, the closure of the bridge will certainly affect travel into, and out of, the United States because the NEXUS enrollment center at the bridge will also be closed temporarily. To help alleviate the loss of this entry point, the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge and the Rainbow Bridge will offer extended hours of NEXUS lane availability. […]
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DOS discontinues visa page inserts in U.S. passports in 2016

Jet-setters, take note: the U.S. Department of State has made a change to its passport policy. Starting January 1, 2016, the DOS will no longer add visa page inserts into U.S. passports. Those who need to obtain additional pages in their valid passports will have to get a new passport by mail. Currently, U.S. passport holders have the option to pay for the insertion of additional 24-page visa inserts if extra pages are needed to accommodate entry or exit visa stamps. Requests for these inserts will only be accepted until December 31, 2015. The DOS decided to discontinue the option to add inserts in an effort to “enhance the security of the passport and to abide by international passport standards,” according to a November 19 media release. Starting October 1, 2014, applicants within the United States were given the opportunity to select a 52-page passport at no extra cost. Twenty-eight page passports are also available. If you are a frequent traveler with a valid passport, be sure to ask for the 24-page visa inserts before the new year. For more information on passports, visit travel.state.gov/apply early or call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793. Berardi Immigration Law […]
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