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U.S. Border Protection Agency Warns: Lifetime Ban Possible for Cannabis Industry Links

Ahead of Canada’s new law legalizing restricted recreational use of cannabis (marijuana), U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson Stephanie Malin stated: Although medical and recreational marijuana may be legal in some U.S. states and Canada, the sale, possession, production and distribution of marijuana or the facilitation of the aforementioned remain illegal under U.S. federal law. … Continue Reading

Texas Anzalduas Port of Entry May Test Face Recognition Technology

Starting in August, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reportedly will begin a pilot program at the Anzalduas port of entry in Texas using face recognition technology to capture facial images of occupants in moving vehicles as they travel to and from Mexico. Facial recognition technology is already being tested at a number of … Continue Reading

L Intracompany Transfers Pilot Program for Canadian Citizens

USCIS and CPB at the Blaine, Washington, Port of Entry (POE) have formally announced that from April 30, 2018, until October 31, 2018, the agencies jointly will implement a pilot program for Canadian citizens seeking entry in L status pursuant to NAFTA. L-1 admission is for intracompany transfers into the U.S. of managers, executives, and … Continue Reading

U.S. Customs Remind Travelers of Restrictions on Confetti-Filled Eggshells

The hollowed-out, colored eggshells known as Cascarones that children (and adults) fling at each other often appear around the time of the Easter holiday and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) unit is reminding travelers that Cascarones are a restricted commodity. When the Cascarones hit their targets, they explode with … Continue Reading

ALERT: Possible Change in Processing of L-1 NAFTA Applications

According to CBP personnel, a pilot program is being developed that would eliminate “instant” border adjudications of L-1 NAFTA applications. The pilot program is expected to be introduced at the Blaine, Washington port of entry.  At this time, processes and procedures are still under review and consideration but it appears that the current CBP border … Continue Reading

New Secretary of DHS Announces New Country Requirements for Visa Waiver Program

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has announced new security measures applicable to all countries in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP allows citizens or nationals of 38 participating countries to enter the U.S. for business visits or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without obtaining a visa stamp in their … Continue Reading

Guide for Individuals Traveling Outside of U.S. During Holiday Season

Extreme vetting, strict scrutiny, travel warnings, and the latest travel ban have made travel abroad more worrisome than ever this holiday season. Reminders for individuals who will have to apply for new U.S. visas while abroad in order to return to the United States: Consulates are dealing with new guidance and procedures. This means that … Continue Reading

Trump Issues Country-Specific Travel Ban

President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation that imposes new travel restrictions on eight countries, “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry in to the United States by Terrorist or Other Public-Safety Threats.” Five of the eight countries were included in the previous travel ban. The new restrictions were issued on September 24, … Continue Reading

Insights: USCIS Denying Pending Advance Parole Applications Due to International Travel

USCIS is adopting a new approach for international travel and Form I-131 Advance Parole (AP) applications. Until recently, USCIS has approved AP applications even where the beneficiary travelled internationally during the pendency of the application. This was the case even though the I-131 application states, “If you depart the United States before the Advance Parole … Continue Reading

Federal Immigration Resources Assisting in Hurricane Response in Texas

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is deploying staff and equipment for search and rescue efforts and to work at local, state, and federal emergency operations centers in Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey. Hurricane Harvey hit Texas just as the state’s plan to outlaw sanctuary cities is about to go into effect.  Texas also … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Allows Partial Effect to Trump Travel Ban, Will Review Case in October

It comes as no surprise that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the travel ban case and will do so in early October. Meanwhile, the Court stayed lower court injunctions allowing President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban to go in effect, but only to the extent that it affects individuals with no bona fide connection … Continue Reading

Travel Ban Case on Fast Track at Supreme Court

Expectations are that the U.S. Supreme Court may decide soon whether to stay the injunctions blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Meanwhile, the President has issued a Memorandum meant to amend and clarify the revised travel ban executive order. The President declared that the 90-day travel ban and the 120-day ban on refugee admissions would … Continue Reading

State Department Proposes Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants

To evaluate terrorism or national security-related ineligibilities of visa applicants, the Department of State has requested emergency review and public comment on a new rule on the collection of additional information from some visa applicants. The proposed rule would “institutionalize” and expand Secretary Rex Tillerson’s “extreme vetting” directive. The new or expanded areas of inquiry … Continue Reading

TSA Aims for More Customer Satisfaction with Expedited Process, Interactive Social Media, App

The Transportation Security Administration has expanded its Pre✔ program to 11 new airlines for a total of 30 participating airlines.  This expedited process enables trusted travelers to be screened without removing shoes, laptops, 3-1-1- liquids, belts, or light jackets. Members are pre-screened and pay $85 for five years or $17 a year for this service. … Continue Reading
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