Vancouver Immigration And Cross-Border Injury Law Blog

US immigration laws might deny Canadians of green cards

Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) has introduced an amendment that will likely be alarming to business executives and managers, IT workers, and even snowbirds in British Columbia and other provinces and territories in Canada. The proposed amendment intends to change the current U.S. immigration cap for employment visas per country to a system of first-come-first-serve. Such a bill would have high-skilled workers waiting for years to obtain a visa or a green card.

The amendment will affect the EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 green card categories. According to the State Department, Canada was allocated 4,757 immigration visas in these three categories in 2017. Some analysts reckon that the Yoder amendment would cause the first year's number to drop by 77 percent, the second year 85 percent and almost zero for a significant period after that. The analysts also say that Canadian applicants with extraordinary abilities, multinational managers and outstanding professors who seek EB-1 visas would almost immediately be excluded for an indefinite period.

Potential cross-border personal injury risks over the holidays

British Columbia residents who plan to head south to spend the holidays with family and friends in the United States this year may be wise to take some time to consider the risks of landing in a U.S. hospital during that time. Dealing with cross-border personal injury issues can be challenging, and it is not only automobile accidents to consider. There are many circumstances that could lead to injuries, especially if there are young children involved.

Children must never be without adult supervision, and it is a good idea for adults to take turns watching them. Knowing who is supervising the little ones, instead of assuming someone is watching them is an important safety consideration. Potential hazards regarding kids include access to purses that contain medication, lighters and other hazardous items, tripping hazards like cords, lights and holiday decor. Unsafe toys pose choking hazards, and sharp edges can cause lacerations. Even if age-appropriate toys are gifted, toddlers could get hold of dangerous toys that belong to older children.

US immigration laws can put lifetime entry ban on cannabis users

As it stands currently, anyone who crosses the border between Canada and the U. S. who admits to using cannabis before Oct. 17, 2018, when restrictions on the use of this substance were lifted in Canada, could receive a lifetime ban on entering the United States. British Columbia residents might feel at ease when they travel to Washington State because recreational marijuana use is legal in that state. However, it remains illegal under federal laws, and as long as that remains the case, U.S. immigration laws will prohibit entry by anyone who has anything to do with cannabis.

Although border authorities warned that even marijuana-related investors, business owners and their employees would be denied access and could be permanently banned, they have slackened that stance. Previously, they maintained that people working in the marijuana industry were dealing and distributing drugs. The latest ruling is that those involved in the industry will be allowed to cross the border as long as the reason for their travels does not involve cannabis.

Cross-border personal injury can have long-term consequences

British Columbia residents who travel to Seattle or other destinations in Washington might not consider the potential consequences of auto accidents. Cross-border personal injury issues can be complicated. It can become considerably more challenging if the injuries have long-term health and financial implications.

The Canadian Medical Association Journal recently published a study that determined that four in ten accident victims who suffered significant trauma are subsequently admitted to hospitals for mental-health issues. Diagnoses include anxiety, depression and alcohol-abuse disorder. Furthermore, researchers found that the suicide rate among these patients is also exceptionally high when compared to the general population.

US immigration: Do you or don't you need a green card?

Sometimes, when residents of Vancouver or other British Columbia cities have to travel across the border into the United States, they are unsure of which documentation would be required. If you are experiencing such a dilemma, you might find comfort in knowing that the Border Solutions law firm can provide support and guidance throughout your dealings with U.S. immigration authorities. Cross-border law is the exclusive focus of our lawyers.

Our lawyers will assess your needs, and although you might think you need a green card, other options that are less time-consuming, costly and complicated might suffice. Obtaining a green card from Canada could take up to 18 months. Our lawyers can save you a lot of time and anguish by explaining the most optimal way in which to accomplish your goal.

Cross-border personal injury can cause chronic myofascial pain

Auto accidents happen to anybody, at any time and anywhere. For that reason, British Columbia residents who take trips across the border into Washington will always be at risk of being involved in auto accidents. Sometimes, accident injuries have delayed symptoms, and victims decline medical examinations at the time of the accidents. However, when it comes to cross-border personal injury, medical reports might benefit any future legal action to pursue financial relief.

Crashes, particularly those involving rear-end or side-impact, can cause soft tissue injuries that might only become evident in the days following the accident. One type of injury that could cause long-term health problems is chronic myofascial pain. It produces ongoing pain that affects the tissue that connects groups of muscles. It is typically caused by injuries to tendons, ligaments and muscles that are common consequences of car accidents.

US immigration requirements for nonimmigrant visitors

British Columbia residents who plan trips south of the border as tourists, to visit family, for medical treatment, conventions, amateur sports, social activities or other nonimmigrant purposes might have many questions. Getting answers before crossing the border could avoid potential problems. The required visa type, eligibility, questions that border agents might ask and which supporting documents to have along with other U.S. immigration-related matters might need clarification.

The required visa type is the B-2 visitor's visa, and for eligibility, travellers will have to prove that their visits to the United States are of a temporary nature. They must show that they plan to stay for limited periods, after which they will return to their residences outside the United States. Furthermore, border agents would want to see that a tourist has sufficient funds to cover his or her travel and accommodation expenses.

Cross-border personal injury and the need for travel insurance

For many residents of Vancouver, trips across the border into Seattle are nothing unusual, and they might not even stop to think about the possibility of being injured in car accidents south of the border. Maybe they feel confident knowing that they have healthcare insurance. However, government insurance will not cover a cross-border personal injury.

British Columbia residents who frequently travel to Washington will only be covered if they purchase travel insurance to pay for unanticipated medical and hospital expenses. Choosing the perfect travel insurance can be tricky because, although the various policies are mostly similar, they all have exclusions that differ from one provider to the next. While most exclude pre-existing conditions, other exclusions may affect travellers in different ways.

US immigration: Jay Inslee asks B.C. cannabis users to be patient

The prohibition of cannabis in British Columbia and elsewhere in Canada has come to an end, and although the substance was legalized in the state of Washington as far back as 2012, taking it across international borders is still illegal. U.S. immigration laws are based on the fact that marijuana possession is against federal law. This is despite the fact that it is legal in both British Columbia and the state of Washington.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recently met with British Columbia Premier John Horgan. He says the midterm elections in the United States might bring about changes that will make it easier for British Columbia people to bring cannabis across the border. However, he says tourists would be wise to leave their marijuana behind to avoid difficulty when they cross the border into the United States.

Cross-border personal injury: Spinal injuries can be devastating

Automobile accidents can happen to anyone at just about any time and place. The accident location can lead to many challenges when British Columbia residents are involved in crashes while they are travelling south of the border. Any injuries suffered in such an accident might lead to cross-border personal injury claims, and dealing with the legal and insurance aspects of two different countries could be a complicated process.

In cases in which the accident injuries have potentially long-term health consequences, it will require special skills of an experienced lawyer to obtain monetary compensation for past and future losses. An example is a spinal cord injury, which is one of the most severe car accident injuries to suffer. The damage could be minimal with only bruising or pressure, but it could be severe with damage that severed the spinal cord and caused permanent damage to nerves.

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