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...

North By Southwest Podcast: Episode 3

North By Southwest Podcast: Episode 3

Mark Salkeld, oil industry veteran and former president of Petroleum Services Association of Canada, joins Doug McCullough and Tobias McFaul to talk about the state of the Canadian oil industry in light of the Covid19 pandemic, along with governmental efforts to revive the economy and support the industry. North by Southwest · NSXW Ep. 3: Mark Salkeld on the Oil...

Trumps Limits Immigration to the U.S. by Presidential Proclamation

Trumps Limits Immigration to the U.S. by Presidential Proclamation

At one minute before midnight on April 23, 2020, a new Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants to the United States will become effective. There are several notable exceptions to the broad suspension of immigration announced in the Proclamation. Many of the exceptions appear to bear little relationship to the stated objective of aiding U.S. workers recently unemployed due to...

Trump Suspends Immigration to the U.S.

Trump Suspends Immigration to the U.S.

Late on April 20, 2020, President Trump posted a tweet announcing he was suspending immigration to the U.S. in an effort to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Chaos ensued among foreign workers in the U.S. and companies utilizing the skills of those workers. This illustrates the primary problem with governing by tweet. No one knows yet what...

North By Southwest Podcast: Episode 2

North By Southwest Podcast: Episode 2

Join us for our new Podcast: North By Southwest. Want to learn more about navigating through the travel restrictions from Canada to the US? In this episode, Ken Harder, immigration attorney with Dunbar Harder and CTCC advisory board member, joins us to discuss the Covid-19 travel restrictions from Canada to the United States.

The CARES Act Summary

The CARES Act Summary

Relief Available for Businesses and Individuals The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the Act) became law on March 27, 2020. The estimated $2+ trillion and 880-page legislation includes public health spending, immediate cash relief for citizens, a lending program for small businesses and targeted relief for hard-hit industries. A brief summary of the Act follows: Please contact Weinstein...

Statement of the Canada-Texas Chamber of Commerce on COVID-19-Related Border Issues

Statement of the Canada-Texas Chamber of Commerce on COVID-19-Related Border Issues

On March 18, the Governments of Canada and the United States both agreed that the 8,891 kilometre (5,500 mile) border between the two countries would be closed to all but commercial and other essential traffic.  For both countries, this is an extraordinary and unprecedented measure. Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland, who also led Canada’s negotiations, in her former role...