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Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

Canadian Residents With NEXUS Privileges May Complete On-Line Declaration Form

Many NEXUS card holders in the Trusted Traveler Program are not aware that there are electronic forms available on-line that they can complete prior to returning to Canada with their purchases.  The declaration process is...

Canada Border Services Agency Seized $2.4 Billion in Goods Last Year

Kathleen Harris is reporting in the Toronto Sun that the Canada Border Services Agency seized illicit and illegally imported goods worth more than $2.3 billion at the border last year. Records obtained by QMI Agency under Access...

Canada Issues Travel Advisory Re Mexico

On March 16, 2010, Canada issued the following travel advisory regarding Mexico:

Ciudad Juárez: Avoid non-essential travel

OFFICIAL WARNING: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against non-essential travel to...

U.S. Issues Travel Advisory Re Mexico

On March 14, 2010, the United States Department of State issued a travel advisory raising warning flags re travel to Mexico. Please go to the following link - travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_mexico.html

The U.S....

The 2010 Vancouver Olympics: Avoiding Immigration Problems at the Canadian Border

We are happy to provide a guest post by Henry J. Chang - my "go to" Canadian immigration lawyer called in both Ontario and California;

As the 2010 Vancouver Olympics will begin on February 12, 2010, it is important to...

CBSA Posts Information for 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Visitors

On January 10, 2010, Trade Lawyers Blog posted that the Canada Border Services Agency had not posted any information to assist visitors arriving to attend the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. On January 21, 2010, the...

Visitors to Canada With Criminal Convictions May Not Get Past CBSA To See The Olympics

On December 30, 2009, Steve Mertl wrote an article entitled "DUI charge could bar Olympic tourists from entering Canada", which appeared at www.ctvolympics.ca/news-centre/newsid=24271.html.

He makes good points warning...

Visitors to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics Need to Comply with Canada's Customs/Import Laws

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has not yet released a policy statement or guidance for the many visitors to Canada, who specifically plan to attend the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Canada is looking forward to receiving the...

The New TSA "Countries of Interest" Airport Security Rules May Offend Canada's Human Rights Laws

I am not saying that airport security is not important. I am not intending to undermine the security of people who fly on airplanes (as I fly a lot).

That being said, the new Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) rules may...

Should I Stay or Should I Go - Listening to the Clash's Question While Pondering a Trip to China

I have been to China many times and love to travel to Beijing. However, there are a number of Canadians being quarantined in China over H1N1 flu panic. The Canadians were singled out on flights even though they have not been to...

Canadians Encouraged to Prepare for Document Requirements to Enter the USA by Land or Water

The Government of Canada is reminding Canadian citizens to prepare now for any travel plans to the United States by applying for an accepted document to enter the United States under the Western Hemisphere Travel...

Useful information for Lawyers and Professionals about Securing Laptop Information When Crossing Borders

This has been a topic that I have been writing about on this blog for a number of months. 

 

The Canadian Bar Association has issued one of the best articles I have seen on what lawyers should be doing to protect their...

CBP Updates Policy re Laptop Searches

On July 16, 2008, CBP published a policy statement regarding how its officers are to conduct themselves when dealing with searches of laptops, PDAs and other electronic devices. See...

Top 10 Tips on Dealing with the Canada Border Services Agency at a Canadian Border Checkpoint

This blog entry on quicker passage through the Canada Border Services Agency checkpoints into Canada is adapted from James Wysong's "10 Tips of Getting through Customs", which was posted on MSNBC on April 22, 2008 -...

Canada Lifts Visa Requirements for Visitors From Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Lithuania

On March 1, 2008, Canada announced that it would no longer require visitors from Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Lithuania to obtain a temporary resident visa to enter Canada.  The visa-free entry is effective...

Warning for Travelers to the United Arab Emirates - Avaoid Carrying of Consuming Banned Substances

Trade with Dubai and the United Arab Emirates is increasing. In fact, Dubai is a new land of many opportunities.  However, Canadians and other travelers have not familiarized themselves with the laws of the UAE and are...