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Save the Date! The Jay Treaty’s Promise & Potential, May 21-22 2017.

Friday, April 28th, 2017 by Heather Fathali

You are invited to The Jay Treaty’s Promise & Potential, a conference co-hosted by Cascadia Cross-Border Law and the Northwest Indian College. The conference will take place on May 21 and May 22, 2017 at the Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, Washington. It will directly follow the Northwest Indian College’s Vine Deloria, Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium on May 19–21.

Attendance is free – reserve your ticket here!

The conference will discuss the preservation and expansion of cross-border rights of the indigenous peoples of Canada and the U.S.  It will include sessions on the following topics:

  • Restorative Justice & Treaties
  • The Jay Treaty & Post-Secondary Education in the U.S.
  • The Jay Treaty as an Economic Development Tool
  • The Jay Treaty & Cultural Cohesion
  • The Jay Treaty & Endangered Species Laws & Other Environmental Protections
  • The Jay Treaty’s Potential for the Future

To learn more about the Jay Treaty and American Indian born in Canada status, we invite you to read our recent article on the topic. The article explores the practical effects of holding American Indian born in Canada status, including exemption from most U.S. immigration restrictions, reciprocity (or lack thereof) by Canada, and implications for traditional forms of cross-border commerce. Canadian Indians, Inuit, Métis, and Métis: An Exploration of the Unparalleled Rights Enjoyed by American Indians Born in Canada to Freely Access the United States, 4 SEATTLE J. ENVTL. L. 343 (2014).

To stay updated on conference details, please visit www.jaytreaty.com. A list of speakers and a detailed schedule will be posted soon!

For questions, please do not hesitate to contact us – inquiries may be directed to Dr. Kate Buchanan at kbuchanan@cascadia.com.

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 Doing Business in the USA Seminar – Save the Date: April 27th!

Friday, January 13th, 2017 by Heather Fathali

 

Save the date!

The next Doing Business in the USA trade seminar will be held April 27th at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, located at 655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7. Co-sponsored by Cascadia Cross-Border Law; the half-day event will provide small to medium-sized businesses with advice on expanding sales in the U.S. Seasoned attorneys, accountants, customs brokers, and logistics professionals will explain your options and responsibilities when engaging in cross-border trade. Our presentation will of course focus on U.S. immigration and work authorization options.

Learn more and register here!

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The Department of State’s 2018 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2018) registration is now open!

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 by Heather Fathali

Online registration for the DV-2018 Program begins on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-4).

The entry form must be submitted during this period, and entries may only be submitted online at https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/.

Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants,” born in countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. A limited number of diversity visas (DVs) are available each fiscal year, which traditionally begins on Oct. 1. The DVs are distributed among six geographic regions (Africa; Asia; Europe; North America; Oceania; and South America, Central America, and the Caribbean) and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year. Entrants are “chargeable” according their country of birth, not their current country of residence or citizenship. For example, if a person was born in Iran but is a citizen of Canada and resides in Canada, they remain chargeable to Iran for DV purposes; and may apply for the program despite the fact that Canada is not a DV country.

The U.S. Department of State provides a helpful step-by-step guidance on the program and how to submit an entry at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOQlh2d2EbQ&feature=youtu.be. Instructions are also available at https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Diversity-Visa/DV-Instructions-Translations/DV-2018-Instructions-Translations/DV-2018%20Instructions%20English.pdf.

DV-2018 Entrants will begin to be able to check their entry status starting May 2, 2017. Entrants may only check their status by entering their confirmation information at https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/; the U.S. government will not mail out a notice regarding an Entrant’s status, and embassies and consulates will not provide a list of selectees. DV-2018 Entrants should keep their confirmation number until at least September 30, 2018.

The list of DV-2018 countries is available in the official DV-2018 Program Instructions, and is also copied below:

 

LIST OF COUNTRIES/AREAS BY REGION WHOSE NATIVES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR DV-2018

The list below shows the countries whose natives are eligible for DV-2018, grouped by geographic region. Dependent areas overseas are included within the region of the governing country. USCIS identified the countries whose natives are not eligible for the DV-2018 program according to the formula in Section 203(c) of the INA. The countries whose natives are not eligible for the DV program (because they are the principal source countries of Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based immigration or “high-admission” countries) are noted after the respective regional lists.

 

AFRICA

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Djibouti, Egypt*, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, The Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

* Persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria.

In Africa, natives of Nigeria are not eligible for this year’s Diversity Visa program.

 

ASIA

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region**, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel*, Japan, Jordan*, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria*, Taiwan**, Thailand, Timor-Leste, United Arab Emirates, Yemen,

*Persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria.

**Hong Kong S.A.R. (Asia region), Macau S.A.R. (Europe region, chargeable to Portugal), and Taiwan (Asia region) do qualify and are listed here. For the purposes of the diversity program only, persons born in Macau S.A.R. derive eligibility from Portugal, and must select Portugal as their country of eligibility.

Natives of the following Asia Region countries are not eligible for this year’s Diversity Visa program: Bangladesh, China (mainland-born), India, Pakistan, South Korea, Philippines, and Vietnam.

 

EUROPE

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (including components and dependent areas overseas), Estonia, Finland, France (including components and dependent areas overseas), Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau Special Administrative Region**, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands (including components and dependent areas overseas), Northern Ireland***, Norway (including components and dependent areas overseas), Poland, Portugal (including components and dependent areas overseas), Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vatican City

**Macau S.A.R. does qualify and is listed above and for the purposes of the diversity program only; persons born in Macau S.A.R. derive eligibility from Portugal, and must select Portugal as their country of eligibility.

***For purposes of the diversity program only, Northern Ireland is treated separately. Northern Ireland does qualify and is listed among the qualifying areas.

Natives of the following European countries are not eligible for this year’s DV program: Great Britain (United Kingdom). Great Britain (United Kingdom) includes the following dependent areas: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, St. Helena, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

NORTH AMERICA

The Bahamas

In North America, natives of Canada and Mexico are not eligible for this year’s DV program.

 

OCEANIA

Australia (including components and dependent areas overseas), Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Federated States of Nauru, New Zealand (including components and dependent areas overseas), Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

 

SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN

Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

Countries in this region whose natives are not eligible for this year’s DV program: Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, and Peru.

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Avoid Payment Scams: USCIS Does Not Accept Fees By Phone or Email

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 by Heather Fathali

USCIS has published the following ALERT:
Avoid Payment Scams: USCIS Does Not Accept Fees By Phone or Email
Immigrants all over the country are being targeted in scams. Don’t be one of the victims! Scammers may call or email you, pretending to be a government official. They will say that there is a problem with an application or additional information is required to continue the immigration process. They will then ask for personal and sensitive details, and demand payment to fix any problems.

Remember, USCIS officials will never ask for payment over the phone or in an email. If we need payment, we will mail a letter on official stationery requesting payment.

If you receive a scam email or phone call, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at http://1.usa.gov/1suOHSS. If you are not sure if it is a scam, forward the suspicious email to the USCIS Webmaster at uscis.webmaster@uscis.dhs.gov. USCIS will review the emails received and share with law enforcement agencies as appropriate.

Visit the Avoid Scams Initiative at www.uscis.gov/avoid-scams for more information on common scams and other important tips. If you have a question about your immigration record, call customer service at 800-375-5283 or make an InfoPass appointment at http://infopass.uscis.gov.

available at: https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/avoid-payment-scams-uscis-does-not-accept-fees-phone-or-email

 

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Doing Business in the USA Seminar – Save the Date: October 19th!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 by Heather Fathali

 

Save the date!

The next Doing Business in the USA trade seminar will be held October 19th at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, in Richmond, B.C. Co-sponsored by Cascadia Cross-Border Law; the half-day event will provide small to medium-sized businesses with advice on expanding sales in the U.S. Seasoned attorneys, accountants, customs brokers, and logistics professionals will explain your options and responsibilities when engaging in cross-border trade. Our presentation will of course focus on U.S. immigration and work authorization options.

Learn more and register here!

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August 8 is the Deadline to Apply to Add 7 Months to a 17-Month STEM OPT Extension

Monday, August 1st, 2016 by Heather Fathali

Do you currently hold a 17-month STEM OPT extension? August 8th is the deadline to apply to add 7 months, for those seeking the new 24-month STEM OPT extension!

On March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security published a final rule allowing certain F-1 students who receive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees, and who meet other specified requirements, to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT. The 24-month extension will replace the 17-month STEM OPT extension previously available to STEM students.

 

USCIS has published the following alert to remind stakeholders of this deadline:

If you currently have a 17-month STEM OPT extension, you may apply to add 7 months to your STEM OPT period. If you want to apply for this 7-month extension, you must properly file your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (with the required fee and signature) on or before August 8, 2016. USCIS will deny applications filed after August 8, 2016. You may apply to add 7 months to your 17-month STEM OPT period if:

  • You are currently participating in STEM OPT based on a 17-month extension;
  • You request the additional 7-month period by filing a new Form I-765 between May 10, 2016 and August 8, 2016, and within 60 days of the date your designated school official’s enters the recommendation for the 24-month OPT extension into your SEVIS record;
  • You have at least 150 days of valid employment authorization remaining on your 17-month STEM OPT period on the date you properly file your new Form I-765; and
  • You, your designated school official, and your employer meet all the 24-month STEM OPT extension requirements.

For more information on the STEM OPT extension, visit our Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT) page.

Available at: https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/august-8-deadline-apply-add-7-months-17-month-stem-opt-extension.

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Are you a US Citizen living overseas? Be absent but accounted for! Every vote counts.

Friday, July 15th, 2016 by Heather Fathali

Are you a U.S. citizen living abroad wondering about how to cast your vote in the upcoming elections? Voting Absentee is easy using the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s online assistants: https://www.fvap.gov/

Be absent but accounted for!

 

 

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Canada to Lift Mexican Visa Requirements

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 by Heather Fathali

Good news for our friends to the south, wanting to visit our friends to the north!

News Release from the Office of Prime Minister Trudeau, June 28 2016:

The Government of Canada has made it a top priority to re-establish and strengthen our relationship with one of our most important partners, Mexico.

Today, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced Canada’s intention to lift the visa requirement for Mexican visitors beginning December 1, 2016. The announcement came during a productive two-day State visit to Canada by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Lifting the visa requirement will deepen the ties between Canada and Mexico and will increase the flow of travellers, ideas, and business between both countries.

Canada and Mexico both understand the importance of having a productive and respective relationship – one that allows for greater trade, stronger growth, and more clean job creation.

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“Canada is pleased to deliver on the government’s commitment to lift the visa requirement for Mexican nationals. We look forward to the social and economic benefits that lifting the visa requirement will bring to both countries, especially to the middle class here in Canada.”
—The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Quick Facts

  • Canadian officials are currently working with their Mexican counterparts on final details to ensure a successful visa lift. This includes expanding existing collaboration and cooperation on migration issues––with the goal of ensuring that the benefits of the visa lift are fully maximized by both countries.
  • Until November 30, 2016, the visa requirement is still in place for Mexico. Additional information will be provided to Mexican citizens in advance of the visa lift, so that they can experience a seamless transition to visa-free travel.

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(available at http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2016/06/28/canada-lift-mexican-visa-requirements?utm_content=buffer8a38b)

 

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Applied for the Diversity Lottery? Don’t forget to check your status!

Friday, June 17th, 2016 by Heather Fathali

DV-2017 Entrants are able to check their entry status as of May 3, 2016. Entrants may only check their status by entering their confirmation information at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ESC/; the U.S. government will not mail out a notice regarding an Entrant’s status, and embassies and consulates will not provide a list of selectees. DV-2017 Entrants should keep their confirmation number until at least September 30, 2017.

 

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Doing Business in the USA – June 9th Seminar – Register Now!

Thursday, May 12th, 2016 by Heather Fathali

 

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Join us on June 9th for a fast paced guide to expanding your sales into the U.S. Whether opening a store front with a U.S. address or partnering with a distribution centre for your ecommerce activity, our seasoned cross-border lawyers, accountants, customs brokers and logistics professionals will present options that will help you determine your export strategy  and understand your responsibilities with government departments such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection and immigration.

Small and medium sized businesses in the export development planning stage who attend this event will:

Determine:

  • Optimal structure for your U.S. business presence
  • Cost effective distribution channels fit for your goods
  • Responsibility for Federal and State tax
  • What is considered ‘working’ in the U.S.

Understand:

  • Purchasing behaviour of U.S. consumers
  • Canadian export requirements
  • U.S. import compliance
  • Resources available to you

 

Event Type: In-class seminar

Date: June 9th, 2016

Time: 8:00 – 12:00 pm

Place:  Signature Sandman Hotel 8828 201 Street Langley, BC (Note:Access from 88th Ave.)

Fee: $75.00

Register here! 

 

 

 

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