One of our partners, Douglas Halpert and a senior associate, Christy Turovisky recently published a helpful article about issues that business travelers may encounter at the border. Check it out here. If you advise business travelers at your company, this will be worth the read.
Customs and Border Protection has stated that they will only accept educational equivalencies prepared by members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES.ORG) for cases presented at the Preflight Inspection or Port of Entry. A review of their website indicates that only 19 educational evaluation services providers are listed including the Foundation for… Continue reading Change in Policy Regarding Educational Equivalencies for Border Cases
The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) expects to launch the “Known Employer” pilot program by late 2015 which is designed to streamline adjudication of certain types of employment-based immigration benefit requests filed by eligible U.S. employers. The pilot program is designed to make adjudications more effectively and less costly and reduce paperwork and delays for… Continue reading DHS Expects to Launch “Known Employer” Pilot Program in 2015 to Aid U.S.-Canada Business Travel
As of September, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is optimizing processing for first-time Canadian TN and L applicants at 14 designated ports of entry including 4 preclearance locations. According to CBP, optimized processing will ensure a more efficient approach to processing the high volume of applications received every day. Optimized processing is only available… Continue reading CBP is “Optimizing” Processing for first-time Canadian TN and L Applicants
In a change that has been planned for a long time and delayed several times, it appears that the process which will eliminate the issuance of I-94 cards at most ports of entry will finally go into effect as of April 30, 2013 and be phased in over the following month. CBP has published a… Continue reading No more I-94 cards !
The CBP released a statement on its procedures for handling L petitions under NAFTA. Our experience is that CBP officers have a far greater grasp of the L regulatory standards and far less of a political agenda than their US Consulate brethren and that well-prepared L petitions are met with routine approval at the border.