Vancouver Immigration And Cross-Border Injury Law Blog

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.

Dealing with cross-border personal injury to the spinal cord

British Columbia residents and those in Washington frequently travel across the border for business or pleasure. Of course, accidents can occur at pretty much anyplace and at any time. Regardless of whether a Vancouver resident suffers injuries in Seattle, or a U.S. citizen is involved in a car crash in British Columbia, cross\-border personal injury claims can be challenging when the insurance practices and laws of two countries come into play. The complexity can be exacerbated if the accident victim suffered spinal cord damage, paralysis or another back injury.

Spinal cord damage can interfere with the nerve impulses that use it as a highway to carry messages to and from the brain. To wriggle a finger or take a step, the message must come from the brain, and if a person touches something sharp or stubs a toe, the brain will instantly be informed via the spinal cord. Damage to this thick bundle of nerves can permanently impact strength, sensations, motor ability and other bodily functions.

Explore U.S. immigration laws before arranging trips for minors

Travelling between Canada and the United States is not as easy as it used to be. With the many changes in the U.S. immigration laws, British Columbia residents who are arranging trips for minors to or from the United States might be best advised to explore the latest specifications. The two countries have different requirements for children to meet when they cross the border.

Children who are not yet 18 years old can only enter Canada with a valid passport or birth certificate to prove identity and citizenship. When minors who enter into Canada are tourists, they can do so without a visa. However, they may not stay for longer than 180 days. When children return to the United States from Canada, the rules are slightly different.

Cross-border personal injury claim at trampoline park dismissed

On a recent Saturday, a 46-year-old British Columbia man suffered a fatal injury at the Extreme Air Park in Richmond. This man's family may pursue financial relief through the British Columbia civil justice system. However, such claims may be significantly more complicated when it involves a cross\-border personal injury claim.

Such was the case in 2013 when a Washington State businessman suffered severe injuries when he visited the same park. It was during February of that year when he and his family were enjoying a day at the entertainment facility. Reportedly, he suffered several fractures and dislocated joints when he landed on the supporting metal frame of the trampolines. The defendants denied the claims the following year, and by the end of 2015, an order to dismiss the claim was filed.

Tech groups ask U.S. immigration to allow spouses to work

Trade and business groups in the United States recently expressed concern about the loss of access to exceptionally talented tech workers from across the border such as British Columbia and other international origins. The matter arose from suggested U.S. immigration changes to H1b visa holders and their spouses. They urged the U.S. administration to continue allowing the spouses of skilled international tech workers to apply for legal jobs as was permitted in the Obama era.

The Information Technology Industry Council published the letter on their website in which they made the call to the government. Members of the Council include Inc, Apple Inc, Alphabet Inc's Google and Microsoft Corp., along with ten other concerned national business groups. The letter also mentioned the fact that competing tech companies in countries such as Australia and Canada do not face the restrictions that new U.S. regulations might bring.

Are all cross-border personal injury suits financially viable?

The legal proceedings of personal injury lawsuits in British Columbia and Seattle differ significantly. For this reason, navigation of a cross-border personal injury claim in the event of an accident in a neighbouring country can be particularly challenging. Fortunately, the Border Solutions Law Group focuses their practice on such cases -- in fact, cross-border claims are the only types of injury cases they handle.

The complexity of these claims comes with the fact that you will have to deal with two claims at once. Claiming insurance in one country and pursuing a tort claim across the border in the city where the injury was suffered can be overwhelming -- especially if you are recovering from accident injuries. Fortunately, the lawyers at the Border Solutions Law Group are registered to practice in Washington State and British Columbia.

U.S. Immigration: Changed rules for electronic device searches

Reportedly, Customs and Border Protection officers inspected 30,200 mobile phones during the last fiscal year. However, as with many U.S. immigration law changes, new guidelines for cell phone searches were recently announced. The electronic devices of people from British Columbia and elsewhere who enter the United States may still be searched, but the powers of the border agents will be limited.

CBP officials say the agency's searches aim to combat terrorist activities, export control violations, child pornography, visa fraud and violations of intellectual property rights. Inspectors at the U.S. borders will still be entitled to search these devices, but only the information on the phones and not anything stored in the cloud. However, they will no longer have the right to copy the data they find on devices, nor may they analyze the information via a connection to an external device.

U.S. Immigration: More Canadians are crossing the border

In the past, British Columbia residents had no problems with travelling across the border into Washington for day trips or more extended stays. However, with the many changes in the U.S. immigration laws, the proposed travel ban and the anti-immigrant policy of the United States, Canadians may be reluctant to cross the border. Those who had plan to study or pursue a career south of the border may also be hesitant to proceed.

The general travel and immigration picture in the United States might have caused fewer foreign visitors. In fact, tourism authorities there say the number of international visitors to the United States has dropped significantly. However, the lower numbers recorded applied to visitors from all countries except Canada. They say the number of visitors from Canada increased by almost five percent.

Cross-border personal injury claims might follow Amtrak crash

On a recent Monday, an Amtrak train made its inaugural run of a new faster service that is scheduled to run between Vancouver, British Columbia and Eugene, Oregon. Unfortunately, the train left the tracks as it went around a bend. It was not immediately clear whether any Vancouver residents were among the deceased or the more than 100 people who suffered injuries. If there were, the victims might seek assistance with the navigation of cross\-border personal injury claims.

Reportedly, at least three individuals lost their lives. This incident happened as the train crossed an overpass soon after it left Seattle. As the train left the tracks, it caused 13 rail cars to derail, some of them falling from the overpass onto vehicles that were travelling on the highway below. There were 84 people on the train, seven of which were crew members. It was reported that some of the victims were occupants of two cars that were crushed by the rail cars.

Traumatic brain injury symptoms and seeking help as a victim

Are you one of many British Columbia residents who loves to take trips across the U.S. border to go shopping, see a show, or enjoy the beaches, parks and other attractions? While you probably do your best to stay safe on these occasions, the unfortunate possibility that you could be involved in an accident while you are on the other side of the border between British Columbia and the state of Washington is real. Car crashes and other accidents can happen to anybody at any time, but if they occur while you are in another country, the aftermath can be even more daunting.

Accident injuries could range from those that need no more than on-the-spot treatment or a few days in a hospital to life-changing injuries that may prevent you from returning to work and living a healthy life. This includes traumatic brain injury that could leave you debilitated and in need of long-term medical and personal care.

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