Tag Archives: Canada

DHS Releases Fiscal Year 2017 Entry/Exit Overstay Report

On Aug. 7, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the Fiscal Year 2017 Entry/Exit Overstay Report (or Overstay Report). Visa Overstay Reports have been requested by Congress in recent fiscal years as a means to encourage development of a barometric Port of Entry visa checking system and to report on overstays that were identified … Continue Reading

European Commission Delays Decision about U.S. Visa Waiver Reciprocity

In June we wrote about the April 12, 2016, European Commission Communication to the EU Council and Parliament concerning visa-free travel reciprocity with the United States and Canada.  In its communication, the Commission requested a response and advice from the EU Parliament and Council by July 12 on how to move forward in light of … Continue Reading

Canada Border Services Reminds LPRs Travelling to Canada by Air of eTA Requirements

The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) issued a reminder to Lawful Permanent Residents (“LPRs”) of the United States regarding new guidance for travelling to Canada by air.  The Electronic Travel Authorization (“eTA”) is a new Canadian entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air, which went into effect on March 15, 2016. … Continue Reading

U.S. Consulate in Toronto Suspends Third Country National Appointments in Summer 2016

Following a trend from past summers, the U.S. Consulate in Toronto has suspended Third Country Nationals’ (non-Canadian Nationals’) visa appointments in the summer months of June, July, and August. This suspension only applies to Third Country Nationals and Canadian citizen applicants. Those Third Country Nationals who are legally living in Canada are unaffected. Third Country … Continue Reading

United States to Expand E-Visa Processing Options in Canada

On Feb. 26, the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto, Ontario, announced enhancements to the E-Visa process for Canadian applicants. It announced that it will streamline the registration process at the Toronto Consulate General for Canadian companies employing E-1 and E-2 visas.  Further, the Consulate General announced that it was expanding the locations at which E-Visa … Continue Reading

The Department of Homeland Security Announces Agreement with Canada and Mexico to Create North American Trusted Traveler Network that will Facilitate Travel for Eligible Travelers

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has signed a trilateral agreement with its counterparts Public Safety Canada and the Secretariat of Governance of Mexico to create a North American Trusted Traveler program that will permit pre-approved, low-risk travelers to participate in expedited screening programs at international airports to facilitate travel across the continent. Under the … Continue Reading

Canada to Implement Electronic Travel Authorization System

Starting in March 2016, Canada will require individuals who may visit Canada without a visa to first obtain approval from its electronic travel authorization system (eTA). Visitors to the United States will recognize eTA as similar to the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), which is used by the United States to pre-screen its visa-exempt visitors. … Continue Reading

Announcement of Express Entry by CIC Results in Increased Number of Applications Under Current Program

The announcement of the Express Entry immigration selection system by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has resulted in a surge of applications under the current Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). Under the current program, applications are submitted based on a list of eligible occupations, which will be eliminated under the Express Entry program. Only 1,000 … Continue Reading

Ebola-Related Immigration Restrictions: Canada, Australia, Singapore and the United States

In response to the Ebola epidemic, Canada, Australia and Singapore have all implemented immigration restrictions on citizens from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.  Other countries are expected to implement similar restrictions. Starting today, Singapore requires all citizens of Ebola-stricken countries to obtain entry visas before they can be admitted into the country – previously visas … Continue Reading

Canada Introduces More Rigorous Requirements for Work Permits in Attempt to Increase Immigration Compliance

In our previous posts regarding Canada, we discussed the numerous changes in immigration laws and regulations being implemented in the country.  As seems to be the theme with many countries around the world, including the United States, Canada has taken steps to increase its focus on immigration compliance across major industries and implemented measures designed … Continue Reading

Canada’s ‘Express Entry’ Permanent Residence Program Beginning in January 2015

Applicants for certain Canadian immigration programs can look forward to a faster permanent residency process in the new year. Foreign nationals seeking permanent residence through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and parts of the Provincial Nominee Program should complete the Express Entry process in six months. … Continue Reading

Canada Encourages Business and Tourist Travel from Mexico, India and Brazil

Seeking to increase business and tourist traffic from economically booming countries, Canada is expediting its visa process for certain visitors from Mexico, India and Brazil. Canada has implemented the CAN+ expedited visa processing program this year in Mexico, India and Brazil for applicants who have visited Canada or the U.S. in the past 10 years. … Continue Reading

CBP Announces Optimized Processing for First-Time Canadian TN and L Applicants

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced optimized processing procedures at fourteen ports-of-entry, including four pre-clearance locations, for Canadian citizens seeking TN or L status for the first time. This initiative is designed to increase customer satisfaction, decrease wait times and allow CBP to effectively deal with increased volume of Canadian TN and L … Continue Reading

Global Immigration Series – Canada/U.S.: The World’s Longest Border is Creating Challenges for Business Travel

Over the last several years, the Canadian government has increased scrutiny on the activities of employers and foreign workers to ensure compliance with Canadian local and federal agreements regarding the hiring of temporary foreign workers. Instructions and amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations were announced recently by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) … Continue Reading
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