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On January 29, 2021, the Canadian government announced tighter restrictions on all international travel. Having considered a more complete suspension of all international travel, the Government of Canada ultimately did not ban international travel outright.  The new rules aim to enhance travel safety while leaving essential channels for goods and services open.  First in a multi-layered approach is a suspension on all flights from Mexico and […]

On Friday, January 29, 2021, the French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, announced that, starting from Sunday, January 31st, “any entry into France and any exit from our territory to or from a country outside the European Union will be prohibited” with certain exemptions.   To date, exemptions from France’s new travel restrictions include cross-border workers, haulers, healthcare workers, students and diplomats as well as […]

On January 26, 2021, Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson issued a memorandum to federal prosecutors formally rescinding the Zero-Tolerance for Offenses Under 8 U.S.C. 1325(a) policy implemented by the Trump administration on April 6, 2018.    Under the now rescinded zero-tolerance policy, any non-U.S. citizen who entered or attempted to enter the United States without inspection or was granted entry […]

Foster first reported in March of 2020 that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was providing flexibility to employers in completing the Form I-9, allowing employee documents presented in connection with the Form I-9 review process to be examined remotely (e.g., via video link, fax, e-mail, etc.) rather than in the employee’s physical presence. This was permitted under certain circumstances for employers with employees taking […]