Vancouver Immigration And Cross-Border Injury Law Blog

How does the US immigration Visa Bulletin work?

The U.S. Visa Bulletin is published every month, and it serves to update employment- or family-sponsored visa applicants with the status of their applications. British Columbia residents who have visa applications filed with U.S. immigration can keep track of their positions in the queue by studying the bulletin. This is where they will be able to tell when their visas are available, which will allow them to file an application for a green card or adjustment of status.

The time an applicant has to wait depends on various matters. Only a specific number of visas for immigrants are issued every year, and the number already issued that year, along with the demand for visas, will play a role in the waiting time. There are also limits to the numbers of visas available for issue per country along with limits per category. All these can affect the time it takes to obtain a visa.

Cross-border personal injury: Cyclist killed by utility truck

British Columbia residents who travel to destinations south of the border might not consider their safety on their travels. The ramifications of cross\-border personal injury can be significant, especially if it involves the negligence of another party. In a recent case, a British Columbia cyclist was killed while he was cycling in the United States.

Reportedly, the 74-year-old man was riding in the lane dedicated for cyclists at around 10 a.m. on a recent Monday. For reasons not yet clear, a driver of a utility truck veered into the bicycle lane and struck the cyclist. The truck driver remained at the accident scene following the accident.

U.S. Immigration: Be prepared for the F-1 student visa interview

People from across the globe flock to the United States to study, including some residents of British Columbia. However, there is much more to it than being accepted as a student in a competitive and desirable U.S. university or college. Obtaining an F-1 student visa may turn out to be a challenging process. Furthermore, students will have to attend an interview with a U.S. immigration official, during which they have to answer a variety of questions, some of which could be personal.

The interviewer will ask questions about the applicant's study plans and his or her reason for choosing to study rather than pursuing a career in the workforce. They will also question the applicant's reason for selecting a United States institution rather than a university or college in his or her home country. At this time, the applicant will also have to explain his or her choice of university and provide proof of academic capability. The documented proof will include previous GPAs, test scores and other educational evaluations.

Denied long-term disability after a cross-border personal injury?

British Columbia residents who suffer debilitating injuries often find it challenging to secure long-term disability benefits. If a cross\-border personal injury caused the disability, the process could be even more difficult. Any accident in another country will involve laws and insurance companies from two jurisdictions, adding to the challenges.

Denied benefits claims after years of contributing to the insurance fund can be discouraging, mainly because a person might not have any other source of income. However, receiving a letter of denial does not necessarily mean all is lost. The letter should explain why the application was rejected. Long-term disability policies differ from country to country and from company to company.

US immigration: What is an E2 Treaty Investor visa?

Owners of companies in British Columbia who want to grow their businesses in the United States have different options. However, seeking answers on Google might be frustrating because the online information could be outdated, and it is often inconsistent. An experienced U.S. immigration lawyer can provide valid solutions and explain the available options -- one of which is an E2 Treaty Investor visa.

It is a visa for non-immigrants who have a business in Canada that already has an established association with U.S. business partners. Holders of E2 visas are allowed to work and live in the United States while they conduct international business. One of the requirements for obtaining this visa is a significant investment that the foreign business must have made in the United States before applying for the E2 Treaty Investor visa.

Visiting the U.S.? Which type of visa will you need?

Whether you are a British Columbia citizen who wants to travel across the border for temporary employment, to study or to visit, getting the paperwork done can be a daunting task. With frequent changes to U.S. immigration laws and visa requirements, it can be nearly impossible to understand all of the intricacies involved without professional assistance. Having the process simplified might improve your chances of a successful visa application.

Visas to authorize education, employment or training may require extensive documents, applications and petitions to demonstrate your eligibility. The fact that you have to navigate the laws of both Canada and the United States doubles the complexity of the process.

How do big-rig drivers deal with cross-border personal injury?

Many commercial truck drivers that cross the border between British Columbia and Washington State are independent contractors. The fact that they are responsible for their own expenses in the event of an accident may create concern. Cross-border personal injury lawsuits can be challenging to navigate because a victim has to deal with the laws and insurance policies of two countries.

Every time a truck driver takes to the road, he or she must assume risk and liability. Truckers have challenging deadlines while having to comply with hours of service regulations and maintaining driver logs. Furthermore, regular inspections and maintenance must also be scheduled in between, and breakdowns can leave them on the side of the road for hours -- often in extreme temperatures.

US immigration, Snowbirds and tax liability

British Columbia Snowbirds who intend to flee the Canadian winters in favour of warmer locales across the border and to the south may not realize that they might be obliged to pay taxes in the United States. The answers to these questions are complicated. For this reason, it might be a good idea to consult with a lawyer who is experienced in all matters related to U.S. immigration.

One crucial mistake to avoid is confusing the U.S. income tax laws with those related to immigration. Advisers say that such confusion may create a misconception that Canadians may spend half of each year south of the border without having some of the income tax responsibilities to which United States residents are bound. The border control of both countries collaborate with information related to border crossings, providing both countries data about the length of stays on each side of the border.

Cross-border personal injury claims can be challenging

Day trips across the border are not unusual for U.S. residents visiting Vancouver or British Columbia residents travelling to Seattle. However, many people never consider the challenges they will have to face if they should suffer a cross-border personal injury while on such a trip. Dealing with accident injuries and recovering damages are challenging procedures in one's own country, but having to deal with the jurisdictions of two countries can be a whole lot more complicated.

Fortunately, our lawyers at Border Solutions Law Group handle only those cases because we are registered to practice in both British Columbia and Washington State. With our guidance and support, injured accident victims do not need to hire two separate lawyers to deal with the laws and insurance rules in each country. Our lawyers can navigate the systems on both sides of the border.

U.S. immigration rules for those fleeing the cold Canadian winter

British Columbia residents who want to escape the extreme cold of the Canadian winters have various options. For some, the ideal situation is to spend some months of every year in the United States to enjoy the milder weather. However, there are specific U.S. immigration laws with which they must comply.

Those who enter the United States from British Columbia are typically allowed to remain there for as long as six months at a time. This time is measured from the date of entry; at which time, the officer at border control will determine the allowed length of stay based on the declared purpose of the trip. Individuals who want to extend their stays must apply for an extension.

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