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Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 8:10 AM

No NEXUS for New Yorkers: Access to trusted traveller programs revoked newyork_license_sm

As of Feb. 5, 2020, New York state residents are no longer eligible to apply for or renew their status in one of the trusted traveller programs such as Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST, which provide expedited border crossings. The Trump administration is banning their participation in response to the state’s enactment and implementation of its Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, also known as the “Green Light Law,” which allows undocumented immigrants in New York to apply for driver’s licences. The Green Light Law also precludes U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from accessing data in the DMV records. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 1:09 PM

Powers of attorney for mobile clients: Separate situs suitcase_travel_sm

Many of us are familiar with the use of multiple wills for those with assets in different jurisdictions. But what about multiple powers of attorney? ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 1:09 PM

Corporate immigration compliance: What in-house counsel should know work_permit_sm

Canadian companies are increasingly reliant on skilled foreign talent to support business strategies, to be first to market and to stay competitive in a global economy. The need for foreign workers in Canada has resulted in an increase in activity for in-house counsel as they manage internal processes and engage with outside specialty counsel. With innovation and technology underpinning the growth in many sectors of the Canadian market, it is likely that the need for foreign talent in Canada will continue to increase, making corporate immigration compliance a “must-know” topic for in-house counsel. ... [read more]

Monday, February 24, 2020 @ 8:53 AM

U.S. immigration: Policies creating logical inconsistencies immigration_reform_gear_sm

As we stated in our previous article on the increasing impact of U.S. immigration policy shifts, we now have policy — which was never meant to trump law, no pun intended — being used as a weapon to circumvent reason. ... [read more]

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 2:06 PM

Humour in the practice of law: Seriously | Marcel Strigberger

Are you sometimes overstressed practising law? Is your sense of humour dormant or even worse, muzzled? Of course not, but if it is … ... [read more]

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 12:04 PM

CBA urges better regulation of immigration consultants, denounces Bill 21 religious discrimination Vivene Salmon

Lawyers are mobilizing to push Ottawa to rein in immigration consultants who harm the public and to denounce the Quebec government’s denial of public employment to lawyers and others who wear religious symbols as an expression of their faith. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 2:02 PM

Canada’s rights, limitations in face of plague crowdwithmasks.jpg

The recent outbreak of the coronavirus has filled the Internet with images that seem to be straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster film. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

Dunton Rainville adds lawyers in Montreal, Joliette

The Dunton Rainville law firm and notaries announced that Marie-Josée Maltais has joined the Montreal labour, employment and immigration law team, while Marc-André Michaud has joined the civil law team at the office in Joliette, Que. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 9:43 AM

Ottawa wants new citizens to pledge to observe Aboriginal and treaty rights Murray Sinclair

The federal government has introduced amendments to the Citizenship Act that would require new citizens to commit that they will faithfully observe the laws of Canada, “including the Constitution, which recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 2:34 PM

U.S. immigration: Increasing impact of policy shifts immigration_reform_gear

Systemic immigration reform has long been an American dream, with the last several administrations (covering both sides of the political aisle) attempting to overhaul key provisions or the country’s current system entirely. But over the last 20 years, little has been achieved in changing the actual laws underpinning U.S. immigration — leaving it up to policymakers to inject change where possible based on policy interpretations of existing laws. ... [read more]