Canadian Immigration Information

The review for immigration purposes takes into conisderation many factors— including the applicants criminal history. While expungement may not completely hide a past conviction for immigration purposes, it does make a bad situation look better. A court will only grant a setting aside or expungement if the applicant has complied with court terms and is now considered favorably by the court. Have an experienced expungement attorney handle your case and make sure it is done right and in time for any important hearing.

Expungement Facts and Background
Immigration is the movement of people from one nation-state to another. While human migration has existed throughout human history, immigration implies long-term permanent residence (and often eventual citizenship) by the immigrants: tourists and short-term visitors are not considered immigrants (see expatriates). However, seasonal labour migration (typically for periods of less than a year) is often treated as a form of immigration. The global volume of immigration is high in absolute terms, but low in relative terms. The UN estimated 190 million international migrants in 2005, about 3 percent of global population. The other 97 percent still live in the state in which they were born, or its successor state. The Middle East, some parts of Europe, little areas of South East Asia, and a few spots in the West Indies have the highest numbers of immigration population recorded by the UN Census 2005.
The modern idea of immigration is related to the development of nation-states and nationality law. Citizenship of a nation-state confers an inalienable right of residence in that state, but residence of immigrants is subject to conditions set by immigration law. The nation-state made immigration a political issue: by definition it is the homeland of a nation defined by shared ethnicity and/or culture, and in most cases immigrants have a different ethnicity and culture. This has led to social tensions, xenophobia, and conflicts about national identity, in many developed countries. Illegal immigration refers to immigration across national borders in a way that violates the immigration laws of the destination country. Under this definition, an illegal immigrant is a foreigner who either illegally crossed an international political border, be it by land, sea or air, or a foreigner who legally entered a country but nevertheless overstay their visa in order to live and/or work therein.

Anyone with a criminal record (including a drunk driving conviction) may be excluded from Canada. A waiver of exclusion may be issued but several weeks are required and a processing fee must be paid. There are attorneys who can assist with the application of a waiver or immigrating to Canada. The expungement law firm, (877-573-7273) can help clear your criminal record. SEE MORE BELOW

Shared Border Accord – NEXUS
NEXUS is a joint program of Canada and United States initiated under the Shared Border Accord at major land crossings in 2001 and expanded to air travel in a pilot program for passengers flying in and out of Vancouver in 2004. The program was integrated last December to include air, land and marine travelers on one card. More than 120,000 NEXUS members from Canada and the U.S. enjoy the privileges of membership. The initiative, under the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, improves services to the traveling public while maintaining safety and security.

Earlier this year, NEXUS began at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and Montreal’s Pierre Trudeau International Airport; the airports in Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Halifax are to follow by the end of the year. There are currently 11 land borders with dedicated NEXUS lanes. For boaters, there are 450 designated marine reporting sites that allow NEXUS members to call up to four hours in advance of crossing the border by water.

The NEXUS card serves as an alternative to a passport for entry into the United States by air under the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), and it is anticipated that the card will be acceptable when the WHTI is extended to land and sea travel.

About the United States – Canada Border
Canada and the United States of America share the longest common border in the world. Officially known as the International Boundary, it is generally unmilitarized. The terrestrial boundary (including small portions of maritime boundaries on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic coasts as well as the Great Lakes) is 8,891 kilometers (5,522 mi) long, including 2,477 kilometers (1,539 mi) shared with Alaska.

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