Be warned: ‘Work’ a 4-letter word at border (Guest Commentary)

Sometimes entry to U.S. denied to wrong people
By Joel S. Guberman
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/20/2011

The majority of the one million-plus people seeking entry into the United States and Canada daily are either business visitors or tourists. To enter the U.S. as a business visitor requires either a B-1 visa or the categorization of “B-1.” To enter Canada, either a visitor visa or categorization as a “business visitor” is required.

Both countries face the challenge of facilitating legitimate entry swiftly and seamlessly while blocking those without proper permission, as well as potential security threats. Officials often err on the side of intense scrutiny and sometimes deny entry to the wrong people for the wrong reasons.

At the crux of this issue are the rules for what is permitted, how long a visitor can stay and how a business visitor is defined.