ESTA 60-Day Transition Period.

Posted by Karen|Global Immigration
Jan 10
25


Beginning 1/20/10, CBP will initiate a 60-day transition to enforced Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) compliance for air carriers. U.S.-bound travelers from Visa Waiver Program countries (such as the United Kingdom) are required to log onto the ESTA Web site (located at: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov) and complete an online application.  It is important to remember that a positive ESTA application does not guarantee admission into the United States.

If you require assistance with this process, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.


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USCIS Designates Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti

Posted by Marwah Serag|US Immigration
Jan 10
18


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, has issued an 18-month designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti due to the recent earthquake which occured on January 12, 2010.  Haitian nationals (and other individuals without nationality, who last habitually resided in Haiti) in the United States are unable to safely return to their country and are eligible for TPS.  TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to certain nationals whose home country has experienced temporary negative conditions, which prevents nationals of the country from returning safely to their country.  TPS beneficiaries are permitted to remain in the U.S. and obtain work authorization for a temporary period (18 months).  Applications for TPS for Haiti must be filed within the 180-day registration period.  Contact our office for more information on TPS for Haitian nationals.


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Haiti Earthquake Crisis – Immigration to Possibly Relax Rules and Expedite Applications from Nationals of Haiti

Posted by Veronica Zanfir|Global Immigration
Jan 10
15


In the wake of the Haiti earthquake disaster it is anticipated that Citizenship and Immigration Canada may relax the entry requirements for Haiti nationals being sponsored by Canadian family relatives and, at a minimum may fast track such applications.

Canada has, in the past, recognized the importance of humanitarian response to international disasters not only through aid, but legislatively as well. A corresponding relaxation of immigration requirements was seen following the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami disaster for Sri Lankan and Indonesian applicants, and more recently following Typhoon Ketsana in the Philippines. Similarly, expedited processing for Canadians seeking to sponsor family members fleeing the war in Iraq has also been in place for some time. In these cases, Citizenship and Immigration Canada considers sponsorship applications by members outside the Canada class and/or expedites applications in the interests of family reunification. In all cases, applicants must prove that they are affected both directly and significantly by the disaster in order to qualify for expedited processing or relaxed processing requirements. Applicants must still meet security clearance requirements in order to secure Permanent Residence in Canada.

For further information on this topic contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP at 1-800-993-9971 or  pwcimmigrationlaw-info@ca.pwc.com Our experienced immigration lawyers will respond quickly to provide you with further clarification or address your options for coming to Canada.


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