Extended Visitor Travel to the US and CBP Procedures at Vancouver International Airport

A few months ago a friend reached out to me for some guidance crossing the border. His long-time girlfriend had to attend an 8-month training in the US for work. Her company took care of her work-authorization, but my friend was on his own. Lucky for him, his employer was going to allow him to… Read More

Additional information on getting caught with marijuana at the US border

Last week US Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) issued a warning to “Canadians wanting to head into the U.S. with their stash.” According to that article, attempting to cross the border with marijuana could lead to “being fined, arrested, or both.” Although both of these consequences are possible, an additional, severe consequence was not mentioned:… Read More

Border Security: America’s Front Line – Season 1, Episode 11

In this episode of Border Security two segments show travelers from Canada applying for admission to the US in visitor status. In one segment, the travelers were able to convince the inspecting officer that they would only be engaged in legitimate activities while in the US. In the other, the evidence the traveler presented suggested that he would engage in unauthorized employment, and thus his application for admission was denied. 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