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Sunday, August 16, 2015

And here now the news...

Sorry for the delay in writing. For the past two weeks I have been focusing on a new project: I have reestablished my immigration law practice, this time in a virtual office format. Check out the website for Frontier Strategies: An Immigration Law PracticeBORDERS will serve as the blog for the law practice. 
Notice the new header for the blog. The four connected puzzle pieces are intended to remind viewers of the interconnectedness of issues in cross-border planning. The absence of edge pieces is no accident: there are always more issues with which to connect!


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Back on the Air!

My name is Brad and I am a blogaholic. It's been two years and one month (Canada Day, actually) since my last blog post...

I have good news! 


As before, I will bring you news and commentary regarding cross-border issues from the unique perspective of an immigration attorney who is also trained as a financial planner (apparently, I am still the only one in North America). However, I will be writing as an independent commentator, rather than as a financial planner at KeatsConnelly, the cross-border wealth management firm. This time, BORDERS will address issues important to individuals relocating to the US from Canada as well as other countries.

I will begin posting during the first week of August. Live news feeds from numerous sources will be available 24/7, so check back often.

I am soooo glad to be back!


Saturday, March 22, 2014


After 25 years in international advisory services, I am assessing new career directions and taking an indefinite break from this blog. You may find some posts valuable but remember that posted information and observations become stale over time. Blog posts are not a substitute for advice from a qualified professional who understands your situation

Current news and commentary, courtesy of Google, is still available at the bottom of the page. 

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day, to all my Canadian friends, wherever you are!

Check out the story behind the photo and gifted Canadian photographer +Don Komarechka

Friday, June 28, 2013

US Immigration Bill: On to the House!

Yesterday, June 27, the US Senate passed a broad immigration reform bill. The bill included both the retiree visa (Section 4504) and the Canadian 240 day extended stay option (Section 4503). Now the House of Representatives must propose and approve its own immigration bill (or package of immigration bills), before a House-Senate conference committee tries to synthesize the House and Senate versions.

The daunting task in the House, deeply divided over immigration, is to get a broad immigration reform package approved. Getting such a package approved would be nice but is not necessary. If even a pared-down version of immigration reform gets approved by the House, good things may (will likely) happen behind closed doors in the House-Senate conference committee. Conference committees can check extreme politics with their hats and coats and focus on crafting a bill that a majority of both houses can live with.

At this point it does not seem that the retiree visa or 240 extended stay proposals are going to be negotiated away. They are not dear to either side of the immigration issue so they have little or no value at the table, but they are also a win-win (what’s not to like?). Despite the political bluster, it seems to me that the special path to citizenship for undocumented people will be sacrificed to save the rest of the bill. Check out the Washington Post WonkBlog for three different ways an immigration bill might pass the House: