Aluminum Quotas

Aluminum Quotas

This past Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Trade Representative announced that after consultations with the Canadian government, the U.S. government had determined they would place the recently imposed 10% tariff on hold, and instead, they would impose a quota system on Canadian aluminum. The U.S. quotas limit Canadian aluminum exports to be between 70,000 and 83,000 tonnes per month until December....

CTCC Statement on Aluminum Tariffs

CTCC Statement on Aluminum Tariffs

President Donald Trump announced yesterday that he will reimpose tariffs on aluminum imports from Canada, a move that reignites trade tensions just a month after USMCA took effect. The administration’s creation of trade fallouts with America’s key trading partners further increases the commercial risks and uncertainties faced by American companies. The 10% tariff will undoubtedly have a significant negative impact...

Agency Declarations and Federal Litigation Continue to Reshape U.S. Immigration Policy

Agency Declarations and Federal Litigation Continue to Reshape U.S. Immigration Policy

The policies and processes associated with U.S. immigration law have changed more frequently and more profoundly in the past four months than in the preceding four years. The past week alone included several developments that directly affect the administration of U.S. immigration law. Rescission of New Restrictions for Foreign Students On July 14, 2020, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)...

Welcome new Alberta Agent General to Houston

Welcome new Alberta Agent General to Houston

The Canada-Texas Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome Dave Rodney, the new Alberta Agent General to Houston. We look forward to working closely with him to continue improving cross-border commerce. Dave Rodney is a former Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and has been appointed by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to promote economic cooperation between their province and the state of Texas.

CTCC Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Statement

CTCC Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)  Statement

On July 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced modifications to Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a condition for maintaining F-1 or M-1 status, a foreign student may take a limited number of online courses. This policy was modified by SEVP...

Canadians are Exempt from the Proclamation Suspending Entry to the U.S.

Canadians are Exempt from the Proclamation Suspending Entry to the U.S.

A presidential proclamation announced on June 22, 2020 suspended entry to the U.S. by a broad range of immigrants and nonimmigrants. Persons already in present in the U.S. and those in possession of a visa or other travel document are exempt from this new immigration restriction. Canadian Nonimmigrant Worker Exemption U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed that Canadian nonimmigrant...

CTCC Statement on Section 232 Tariffs on Canadian Aluminum

CTCC Statement on Section 232 Tariffs on Canadian Aluminum

The CTCC exists to strengthen and increase not only the sizable commercial and trade relationship between Texas and Canada, but also to foster travel, tourism, study and closer relationships overall between us.  When the USMCA/CUSMA was ratified by the signatories, the CTCC noted at the time the greatest value provided, after months of rancorous negotiations, was the ending of uncertainty and...

Entry to the U.S. is Suspended for Most Immigrants and Nonimmigrants

Entry to the U.S. is Suspended for Most Immigrants and Nonimmigrants

On June 22, 2020 the President issued a new Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens to the United States.  The ostensible purpose of the suspension of entry of certain categories of immigrants and nonimmigrants is to protect U.S. workers from competition during the current period of high unemployment. The proclamation both extends a previous suspension of entry to the United States...

Considerations for Nonimmigrant Workers Traveling Internationally

Considerations for Nonimmigrant Workers Traveling Internationally

There are several considerations that should be evaluated by any nonimmigrant worker prior to planning travel outside the United States with the intention of returning to resume temporary employment. Travel restrictions, inaccessible consulates and the practicality of finding flights together make international travel uniquely challenging at this time. In addition, it is likely that the current administration will introduce new...