ard to believe that I’m sitting down to write my
column for the fall edition of
means that it’s almost time to begin the journey
to our winter homes.
In the last President’s Message, I discussed the 30-day
rule and its basis in the instructions to the I-94 Arrival/
As we already know, Canadian citizens are generally exempt
from the requirements of Form I-94, although U.S. Cus-
toms and Border Protection (CBP) officers may, at their
discretion, apply the 30-day rule to Canadian travellers.
However in April 2013, the Form I-94 process became
automated and CBP officers began creating an electronic
automated arrival record during the admission process for
non-immigrants entering the United States – including
Canadian citizens – at air and sea ports of entry.
This electronic automated arrival/departure record can be
accessed online by travellers athttps://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/ consent.html . If
you retrieve your most recent record or
travel history using this online tool, you may notice that
exit records from the United States by land do not appear.
This may be due to the fact that the information-sharing
program known as the entry/exit initiative has still not
been extended to include Canadian and American citizens.
It is important to keep inmind that the onus is always on the
traveller to prove, if requested by CBP, their departure from
the United States. The following documents are examples
which you can use to validate your exit, which can be kept
in your border binder:
• Original boarding passes that you used to depart
from the United States;
• Entry or departure stamps in your passport
indicating entry to another country after you
departed the United States;
• Dated bank records showing transactions which
indicate that you were in another country after
you left the United States; and/or
• Dated credit card receipts (showing your name)
for purchases made after you left the United
States to indicate that you were in another
country after leaving the United States.
On October 19, 2015, Canadian voters go to the polls
to elect a new federal government. In order to ensure
that issues of concern to our members are prominently
featured during the campaign, we are in the process of
preparing our Federal Election Handbook. The purpose
of the handbook is to give you the tools which you need to
effectively question your local candidates when they arrive
at your door seeking your vote. It includes a great deal
of useful voting information, including dates of advance
polls, absentee ballot information, voter identification
requirements and voter registration requirements. The
handbook is a handy, one-stop-shopping tool that will help
you to cast an informed vote with respect to “snowbird
issues.” All of our members will receive a copy in the mail
and we’ll also e-mail you a link to an electronic version that
we’ll post on our website atwww.snowbirds.org .
In the summer issue of the magazine, we reported that the
JOLT Act, which contains our retiree visa provision, had
acquired 70 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Represent-
atives since its reintroduction on March 17, 2015. In July,
I, along with members of the CSA staff, spent four days
in Washington, D.C. meeting with various members of
Congress in an attempt to garner more support for the bill.
As we go to press, the JOLT Act now has 87 co-sponsors so
it was a week well spent. I can also report that work is now
nearly complete on a companion bill to be introduced in
the United States Senate which, last session, actually passed
the JOLTAct as part of comprehensive immigration reform.
We suspect that it will not be tied to immigration reform
this time around and look for Senator Charles Schumer
(D-NY) to be the lead co-sponsor of the bill. As always,
we will be sure to keep you posted regarding its progress.
Once again, I’d like to thank everyone who renewed their
CSA membership. If you have yet to renew, please take a
moment and do so. You can renew your membership in
the mail, on the telephone or on the Internet, so we are
sincerely trying to make the process as convenient as we
Lois and I look forward to meeting you at one of our shows
this fall or during the winter months!
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