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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.

Know What To Expect

Having to explain the purpose of your trip is common practice when traveling to the United States. When traveling for business purposes, having the right documentation can go a long way in simplifying the process. An itinerary and accommodation confirmations are important to have on hand, as is an official letter from your employer. Expect to be questioned and be prepared to back up your claims with proof.

Understand Visa Requirements

Does your business trip require a B Visa? Are you at risk of being accused of attempting to work illegally? Knowing whether or not you require a visa and having the right one is critical. B visas are often required for travelers intending to attend a conference, meeting, or seminar as well as to negotiate contracts and settle estates. Other situations may require different visas such as the H1-B, the L-1B, or an E1. Know which visa applies to your situation and ensure that you have taken the necessary steps to avoid a stressful situation.

Protect Yourself

The best way to ensure a smooth crossing is to get the right support. A lawyer experienced in cross-border issues can provide comprehensive legal advice and guidance to help you avoid unnecessary complications. While business travel may be unavoidable, it needn’t be complicated provided that you have the right help.