Friday, December 4, 2009

Continuing with the travel theme in the last blog posting, CBP has launched a communications campaign in adavnce of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver next year.  The campaign aims to advise travellers of the documents they need to return to the US, pursuant to the WHTI (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative).  See my prior blog posting on WHTI here.

For the CBP news release, see here.  For WHTI, see here.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

CBP prepares for cross-border football fans

Are you a fan of the Buffalo Bills or New York Jets and traveling to the game in Toronto on Thursday, 12/3?  If so, the US Customs and Border Protection agency has travel advice for you here.  CBP advises travelers to  check traffic conditions at the four border crossings within the Buffalo/Niagara region, and select the crossing that is least congested. Travelers can easily obtain current border traffic conditions by calling the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission’s toll free number at 1-800-715-6722 or by visiting various web sites listed by CBP.

Travelers should prepare for the inspection process before arriving at the inspection booth. Individuals should have their crossing documents available for inspection and they should be prepared to declare all items acquired outside the U.S. In compliance with full implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which commenced June 1, all travelers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, will need to present documentary proof of citizenship.

These documents include a Passport, U.S. Passport Card, trusted traveler card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST) or an Enhanced Drivers License. Children under the age of 16 can present an original or copy of their birth certificate. CBP will remain practical and flexible in its approach to full implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and will continue to educate and inform the traveling public. Please visit the WHTI Web site for additional information. (

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H-1B cap count updated

USCIS has updated the H-1B cap count. As of November 27, 2009, CIS has received approximately 58,900 cases against the regular (non-Master's) H-1B cap. This is 4,000 more than the last count 3 weeks earlier, so numbers are going fast.  

For more information, see the previous blog posts here.