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President’s

Message

H

ard to believe that I’m sitting down to write my

column for the fall edition of

CSANews,

which

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/

Departure Record.

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 at

https://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 at

www.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

possibly can.

Lois and I look forward to meeting you at one of our shows

this fall or during the winter months!

Bob Slack

CSA President

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