Uptick in expedited removal at local ports of entry

Last week CTV News did a story about a Canadian who applied for admission to the US at Point Roberts. This traveler was not only denied admission to the US, but barred from applying for admission for five years. At approximately the same time, I learned of a similar case at the Pacific Highway port… Read More

New procedures for Canadians filing applications for non-immigrant waivers of inadmissibility

Many Canadians who have been found inadmissible, and wish to continue traveling to the United States must apply for a non-immigrant waiver of inadmissibility. Common reasons for inadmissibility include past conviction for a “crime involving moral turpitude,” drug-related convictions, and misrepresentation when applying for admission to the US. Anyone who has made a material misrepresentation… Read More

Failure to declare imported items may lead to USD $5,000 fine

Before October 2018 I had not yet seen a customs penalty case. Since then, inquiries about customs penalty cases have increased to approximately one every two months. At ports of entry, Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) is asking visitors and U.S. citizens about goods that they are importing or have imported to the United States.… Read More

Phone searches when entering the U.S.

On December 3, 2018 the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) published the findings of its audit of U.S. Customs and Border Protections’ searches of electronic devices at U.S. ports of entry. The OIG found that officers were inadequately supervised to ensure that searches were properly documented. As a result, the OIG further found that… Read More

Put this in your pipe and smoke it – U.S. Customs and Border Protection answers questions about Canadian cannabis users and investors seeking entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection held a press conference today to explain its position on the admissibility of Canadians who use cannabis after it becomes legal for recreational use in Canada. According to CBP, its enforcement policies will not change in response to this change in Canadian law. As to investments in Canadian marijuana enterprises,… Read More

Simple Planning for Canadians seeking admission to the US as visitors

Unlike citizens of most other countries, Canadians are not required to obtain a visa before applying for admission to the U.S. as visitors (8 CFR 212.1(a)). Instead, Canadians may apply for admission to the US as a visitor by proceeding to a US port of entry and presenting themselves for inspection. To be classified as… Read More

Cannabis, Canada Day, and crossing into the USA

Cross-border travel tends to increase significantly on Canadian long weekends. On the first business day after the long weekend, the phone starts to ring with people telling a familiar story. I pulled up to the booth. The officer sent me inside. When I got inside they asked if I ever smoked marijuana, and I said… Read More