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Author Archive - Henry J. Chang, Dentons LLP

Henry J. Chang is a partner in the firm’s Employment and Labor Group. He currently practices in the areas of Canadian and United States business immigration law, international business law, and cannabis law. Read more

An overview of Canada’s Start-Up Business Class

Despite the fact that the United States (and many other western countries) have adopted more restrictive immigration policies, Canada remains relatively open to accepting new immigrants.

 

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Cannabis in the United States and its implications in naturalization applications

In April 2019, the media reported that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had denied the naturalization applications of at least two lawful permanent residents who had worked for state-licensed cannabis businesses in the State of Colorado.

 

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Immigration consequences of Canadian criminal offences

When criminal lawyers represent their clients, they may not always consider the immigration implications of the case. However, unless their client is a Canadian citizen, many criminal offences will have potentially adverse consequences. A brief discussion of immigration consequences arising from Canadian criminal offences is provided below.

 

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How US federal cannabis legalization would affect US immigration laws

During the 115th United States Congress, several Bills were introduced to legalize marijuana at the federal level. The Bills that received the most attention were:

 

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A review of U.S. border crossing issues one month after cannabis legalization

As we are now at the one-month anniversary of cannabis legalization in Canada, it would be an appropriate time to revisit the issue of U.S. border crossings, in the context of cannabis.

 

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Canadian companies should educate their employees prior to marijuana legalization

In order to minimize the risk of employees being barred from the United States, Canadian employers should educate their workforce on the above issues prior to (or soon after) October 17, 2018.

 

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Does the Canada Border Services Agency have the authority to search your electronic devices?

Travellers may feel that searches of their electronic devices at border crossings are an unreasonable violation of their privacy rights. However, they need to be aware that refusing to provide their password can have serious consequences.

 

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Recent changes to impaired driving offenses and their effect on Canada’s immigration laws

Once Bill C-46 becomes effective, even impaired driving offences not involving bodily harm or death will be considered serious criminality under IRPA 36(1).

 

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How the legalization of marijuana will affect your ability to travel to the United States

The legalization of marijuana (both in Canada and in some US states) has created considerable uncertainty for Canadian citizens, Canadian permanent residents, and other foreign nationals.

 

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USCBP updates policy on border searches of electronic devices

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On January 4, 2018, United States Customs and Border Protection (“USCBP”) updated its official policy on border searches of electronic devices. The new policy directive[1] (the “New Directive”) supersedes its prior policy directive (the “Prior Directive), which was issued on August 20, 2009[2]. The New Directive addresses some, but not all, of the issues that arise in relation to border searches of electronic devices.

 

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President Trump’s latest travel ban and its effect on Canadian citizens and permanent residents

On December 4, 2017, in a 7-2 decision the United States Supreme Court lifted the temporary restraining order that had initially blocked President Trump’s latest travel ban.

 

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CETA offers enhanced labour mobility for EU nationals entering Canada

Canada and the European Union (“EU”) commenced their provisional application of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”) on September 21, 2017.

 

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Notice to TIFF attendees: Watch out for Canada’s immigration laws

As in previous years, the Toronto International Film Festival (“TIFF”) is expected to receive thousands of visitors from around the World. However, many of these visitors are not aware that relatively minor offences can prevent them from entering Canada.

 

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Update on express entry

Since Express Entry began on January 1, 2015, it has been necessary for prospective permanent residents to first receive an Invitation to Apply (“ITA”) before submitting an application for permanent residence under one of the following categories:

 

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How foreign nationals can legally avoid Ontario’s foreign buyer tax

There is no doubt that the NRST (and other Ontario Government initiatives) has caused a significant drop in residential real estate sales. However, it may not have as significant an impact on many foreign nationals.

 

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