Vancouver Immigration And Cross-Border Injury Law Blog

Renouncing U.S. Citizenship

As an American citizen, you may find yourself in a situation where renunciation makes sense. Whether it’s for tax purposes, applying for citizenship of another country, or for any number of other reasons, the process and outcome of renouncing your citizenship has serious and permanent implications.

 

The Roles and Responsibilities of Canada Border Services Agency Officers

For tourists and would-be immigrants alike, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers are what stands between wherever you were and where you want to be. The role of a CBSA agent is multi-faceted and worth understanding if you intend to cross the border.

 

Navigating U.S. Inadmissibility

There are a range of reasons that a person may be inadmissible to the United States, some more common than others. Regardless of the cause of inadmissibility, handling the consequences can be complicated.

For some people, being inadmissible to the U.S. means restricted job opportunities or not being able to visit loved ones. For others, it simply means that they cannot travel freely. The implications of being inadmissible are lifelong and permanent, making it critical to understand what you are up against.

Honesty Is The Best Policy And Other Tips For Border Crossing

Crossing the border can be nerve-wracking at the best of times. Whether you’re headed to the United States for business or pleasure, chances are that you don’t want to have you trip end before it starts by being turned away. So how you minimize your chances of having a negative border experience? Border Solutions’ Mark Belanger has a few important tips.

 

What You Need To Know About P Visas

As a musician, part of the job (and part of the fun) includes touring. Whether you’re just starting out or have enjoyed a long, successful career, chances are good that you will find yourself on the road at some point.

Canadian musicians, like everyone else, are required to fulfill certain obligations to cross the border into the United States. So how can you ensure that the show will go on? Understanding the ins and outs of the P visa is a great start.

Navigating U.S. Immigration and Border Issues As A Business Traveler

For business travelers in Canada, visiting the United States for work purposes is part of the job description. In an era of increased border security and scrutiny, a little preparation can go a long way.

Ever since incidences of border detentions and talk of travel bans started making headlines on a regular basis, business travelers have become rightfully concerned that their efforts to cross the border could become complicated. So how does one prepare to navigate any potential setbacks that may occur? In an article for the Financial Post, Border Solutions’ Mark Belanger offered some insight.

U.S. Immigration: Requirements for K-1 fiancé? visa

Many Canadian citizens, including some from British Columbia, live and work in the United States. That and the growth in online dating have led to a surge in U.S. immigration involving marriages between citizens of the United States and Canada. When this happens, the Canadian citizen will be entitled to obtain a green card, which will allow him or her permanent residency, and ultimately, U.S. citizenship.

To enter the United States as the fiancé of a U.S. citizen, the Canadian citizen must obtain a K-1 non-immigrant visa. Eligibility for such a visa requires the other party to be a U.S. citizen, and the couple must intend to get married within 90 days after the K-1 visa holder enters the United States. Also, both parties must be legally free to marry, meaning that annulment, death or divorce has legally terminated any previous marriage of either party.

Cross-border personal injury claim: Recovery for whiplash damage

Whiplash injuries can have a profound impact on the life of a victim. Unlike bone fractures that can be identified on x-rays immediately after an accident, the complicated nature of neck injuries can cause delayed symptoms. If the victim is a U.S. citizen injured while visiting British Columbia, justifying such claims in pursuit of financial recovery can be challenging. This can become eve more complicated if it is a cross\-border personal injury claim of someone who has already returned home.

Whiplash injuries are caused by the rapid head movement upon impact in an accident. The force of the extreme backward and forward -- or sideways -- movements of the head cause damage to supporting ligaments and muscles in the upper back and neck. Other connective tissues and the nervous system can also be damaged, but symptoms may be delayed for two weeks or longer. Sometimes, serious complications develop before the injuries are recognized, by which time, the damage could be permanent.

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.

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