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to the Pacific Northwest Cross Border Law Blog (“PNXBLB”).  The goal of this blog is to serve as a practice resource for other attorneys, so you won’t see any advertising masquerading as thoughtful content.  Daily updates are unlikely because producing useful posts will take some time.  If we are achieving our goal, however, then there should… Read More

Prescription medication: a hidden risk when crossing the US border

Imagine traveling to the United States by car with your prescription medication in a pill organizer. You are referred to secondary inspection while officers search your car and discover your pill organizer. Later, local police arrive, inform you that you have the right to remain silent, and issue you a notice to appear in court to defend a criminal charge. Read More

Border Security: America’s Front Line – Season 1, Episode 8

This show is available on Netflix, and is worth watching for anyone practicing U.S. immigration law because the penalties presented on camera are far less severe than the actual penalties that the travelers likely suffered. While not necessarily deliberate, the picture presented to viewers may set up unwitting travelers to a game of ‘gotcha’ at the port of… Read More

Putting the SEC’s CanAccord No Action Letter into the EB-5 Context

On January 18, 2002 the SEC issued a ‘No Action’ letter to CanAccord Capital Corporation (“CanAccord”), which was actively seeking “investments” for an immigrant investor program in Quebec, Canada. Unlike section 203(b)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the statute governing the Quebec immigrant investor program explicitly provides for reimbursement. Act Respecting Immigration to Quebec… Read More

The U.S. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card Program

After brief correspondence with a colleague who travels to China frequently, it became apparent that the U.S. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card (“ABT Card”) Program is not as well-known as it ought to be. Since DHS will stop issuing these cards on September 18, 2018 people who travel to China regularly for business, such… Read More