Although the United States government’s issues with illegal border crossings might be primarily focused on its borders with another country, Canadian citizens are often unprepared for the harsh treatment by border officials. Even those whose documents are in perfect order and in compliance with U.S. immigration laws might have a tough time. Taking some precautionary steps might ease the border crossing process for travellers from British Columbia and other provinces and territories.
Cellphone issues can be avoided by removing any confidential information, including any references to cannabis or prescription medicines, which might not be approved in the U.S. before reaching the border post. Travellers cannot be forced to unlock their phones, in which cases, their phones might be confiscated and returned to the owner upon his or her return to Canada. It might also be wise to clean the car and remove litter, clutter and prohibited food products. This will make it easier for border agents to search the vehicle.
Those who have undergone recent radiation treatment might be wise to postpone their travel plans because the slightest signs of radioactivity can prevent clearance to enter the United States. Also, even if the police dogs seem adorable, do not approach or touch them. Any parent who is accompanied by a child will have to present a letter of consent that is signed by the other parent to prevent suspicion of child trafficking.
Many British Columbia residents who want to simplify the border crossing experience and avoid issues with immigration agents seek the support and guidance of legal counsel. A lawyer who is registered on both sides of the border and has extensive experience in dealing with U.S. immigration laws can be an invaluable asset. He or she can determine the type of visa required and assist with applications and preparation of all the necessary documentation.