How to Move to Canada – A Guide For Americans Looking North – Free eBook | Evelyn Ackah | Immigration Lawyer

Hello!   

Evelyn Ackah | Calgary Immigration LawyerThank you for your interest in our eBook, How to Move to Canada – A Guide For Americans Looking North. As an immigrant to Canada, as well as an immigration lawyer, I’m delighted that you are interested in learning more about moving to Canada.

Canada is a beautiful country that values freedom and equality for all. It is a welcoming and progressive country that values and appreciates cultural diversity and quality of life. Canada is truly a multicultural country that welcomes people from all over the world. We have excellent health care and education, and we take pride in our vibrant and thriving economy.

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Three Canadian cities – Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto (Ackah Law has offices in all 3 cities!) are continuously ranked in the top 10 most livable cities in the world. In addition, all 10 provinces and 3 territories are always looking for skilled immigrants to help continue to grow our economy, transfer skills and knowledge and establish businesses.

Over the next three years, the Canadian government has pledged to increase immigrant admission targets to Canada from 310,000 in 2018 to 340,000 in 2020. This is the highest admission target to Canada in more than 100 years! The key drivers for the three-year immigration plan are the Provincial Nominee Programs (across the country) and the Express Entry Program which will total 65% of the growth. These are the main Permanent Residence programs in Canada.

A Guide for Americans Looking North is intended to provide information for American citizens who want to immigrate to Canada:

  • How to do it

  • How long it takes

  • What are the challenges; and

  • How you can make it as smooth as possible by working with an experienced immigration lawyer

Please feel free to contact the Ackah Law Team to discuss your immigration questions and plans. We hope this eBook is helpful to you as you make plans to move to Canada. We are here to help you “Cross Borders Seamlessly into Canada”.

Sincerely,

Evelyn L. Ackah
Founder and Managing Lawyer, Ackah Business Immigration Law
www.ackahlaw.com
info@ackahlaw.com
Toll-Free: 1 (800) 932‑1190

Updates to Canada Border Security and Crossing Regulations | Evelyn Ackah | Immigration Lawyer

“Don’t risk getting denied entry to the United States and face a potential lifetime ban due to inaccurate information,” advises immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah. “If you have any questions about your eligibility to cross the border as Canada border security regulations constantly change, please consult an immigration lawyer to deal with potential problems and remove obstacles before you get to the border.”

Immigration expert Evelyn Ackah is concerned about recent reports that most Canadians get their information about Canada’s border police from a border security Canada tv show that was canceled in 2015, Border Security: Canada’s Front Line: 

Immigration law and the role of Canada’s border security police continuously evolves and changes. Depending on information from a 2012 reality TV show is worrisome. With 43% of respondents to a recent survey saying they get their information about Canada’s border security from this outdated program, that means they are not aware of the many recent changes to border security and other border agency regulations. 

Since the Canada Border Service Agency CBSA border security TV program began in 2012, there have been significant changes to immigration and border regulations:  

  • New and increased taxes on goods imported from the United States.
  • US travel bans that have impacted Canadian residents and citizens.
  • Changes to CBSA’s Trusted Traveller Programs (TTPs) including CANPASS, Free and Secure Trade (FAST) and NEXUS eligibility.
  • Pre-clearance customs authority to American border guards for Canadians who want to enter the United States.
  • Expanded screening when flying into the United States.
  • Tightening of border security to address increased US to Canada refugee traffic as the United States has strengthened enforcement of illegal immigrant prosecution.
  • Effective October 2018, Canada will legalize the recreational use of marijuana, although it will remain illegal to take cannabis across Canada’s national borders.

Learn More: Border Security Canada: What You Need to Know 

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Do you have questions about Canada / US border immigration?
We Can Help

Evelyn Ackah is a US and Canada immigration law expert and founder and managing lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. Immigration law focuses on helping people move into new opportunities — both personally and professionally. Ackah Immigration Law helps you to navigate the complex maze of rules and regulations involved with Canadian, US and international immigration law with confidence. Headquartered in Calgary and with offices in Vancouver and Toronto, Ackah Business Immigration Law provides legal immigration advice for those looking to move for work, education or personal reasons.

We provide expertise in all areas of immigration law ranging from corporate immigration to personal and family immigration matters. We provide comprehensive immigration services to clients around the world representing corporations, institutions, not for profit organizations and individual clients. As your immigration lawyers and paralegals, we provide you with timely and strategic advice relating to the constantly changing immigration laws and regulations.

Contact Ackah Business Immigration Law

Calgary: (403) 452‑9515     Vancouver: (604) 985‑9512     Toronto: (416) 643‑7177

North America: 1 (800) 932-1190

contact@ackahlaw.com 

How Canada's New Marijuana Laws Impact Employees Who Travel Between Canada and the US | Evelyn Ackah | Ackah Business Immigration Law

HR Advisory:
How Canada’s New Marijuana Laws Affect US and Canadian Cross-Border Business

America and Canada have long enjoyed a friendly personal and business relationship. Many US and Canadian businesses conduct cross-border business and have employees who regularly or occasionally travel between the US and Canada for work or business. With Canada’s new marijuana laws impact employees who legally smoke pot while in Canada may face difficulty crossing the border into the United States – even if they are American citizens. Corporate HR policies must reflect the changing issues confronting employees who cross borders for business.

Immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah explains,

Human Resource departments in Canada and the US should update their HR policies and notify all employees who currently or in the future may travel between Canada and the US for work, business, education – or even vacations – about how the new marijuana laws impact employees – and what they should and shouldn’t do when crossing the Canadian border into the United States. 

  • Americans who admit to US border guards that they legally used marijuana while in Canada could face difficulties re-entering the US.
  • Canadians who legally purchase marijuana in Canada may be barred from entering the United States.
  • Canadians who legally invest in or work in the cannabis industry – even if they do not use marijuana themselves – are subject to the same US federal laws that ban the use, purchase or distribution of cannabis – for any reason.
  • Electronic records which show the purchase of legal marijuana in Canada may be available to US border patrol agents – including credit card records, cell phone records and other electronic data.

Evelyn Ackah advises,

Never lie about marijuana use at the border crossing, but instead refuse to answer the question about marijuana use. In that case, Canadians will be denied admission to the United States on that occasion, but will not be banned for life. Americans returning to the US from Canada can be questioned about their legal use or purchase of marijuana in Canada, and are subject to US penalties and laws.  

Review HR Policies and Practices and Consult a Canadian Immigration Expert 

Ackah Business Immigration Law offers employment law and human resources advisory services for companies that do cross-border business. Ackah Law’s legal team works with HR departments to protect their business interests and employees. We recommend you review your HR policies and practices and consult a Canadian immigration expert if your business to see how Canada’s new marijuana laws impact employees:

  • sends employees to meetings, events or conferences for educational, sales or networking reasons to the US or Canada from the other country
  • has locations and employees in both the US and Canada
  • is considering expanding from the US to Canada, or vice versa
  • recruits and hires employees from Canada to work in the United States
  • has American employees who visit Canada on holiday, for study or other personal reasons

Learn more about Canada’s marijuana legalization and cross-border travel:  

What US and Canadian Employers Need to Know About Canada’s New Marijuana Laws

How Canada’s New Marijuana Laws May Impact Your US Travel

Marijuana Legalization in Canada Causes Issues for Investors at the US Border

Canadians Who Legally Buy Marijuana in Canada May be Denied Entry to the US

Book a Consultation Today Evelyn Ackah Immigration Lawyer

Do you have questions about US / Canada border immigration?
We Can Help

Evelyn Ackah is a US and Canada immigration law expert and founder and managing lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. Business immigration law focuses on helping people move into new opportunities — both personally and professionally. Ackah Immigration Law helps you to navigate the complex maze of rules and regulations involved with Canadian, US and international immigration law with confidence. Headquartered in Calgary and with offices in Vancouver and Toronto, Ackah Business Immigration Law provides legal immigration advice for those looking to move for work, education or personal reasons.

We provide expertise in all areas of immigration law ranging from corporate immigration to personal and family immigration matters. We provide comprehensive immigration services to clients around the world representing corporations, institutions, not for profit organizations and individual clients. As your immigration lawyers and paralegals, we provide you with timely and strategic advice relating to the constantly changing immigration laws and regulations.

Contact Ackah Business Immigration Law

Calgary: (403) 452‑9515     Vancouver: (604) 985‑9512     Toronto: (416) 643‑7177

North America: 1 (800) 932-1190

contact@ackahlaw.com