Immigration changes make it tougher for companies

Steps HR professionals can take to ensure successful cross-border travel
By Nan Berezowski
||Last Updated: 03/10/2003

In the post-Sept. 11 era, borders and airports have become increasingly security sensitive places. Moreover the United States and Canada recently negotiated a 30-point border declaration that will see the implementation of a number of additional security measures, ranging from the biometric tracking of Canadian passport photos to the routine registration and fingerprinting of certain nationals.

The border declaration also clearly contemplates the increased sharing of information between U.S. and Canadian authorities. Although this new reality is certainly not directed at corporate travelers, heightened security, border and pre-flight immigration processing requires especially thorough preparation, organization, and presentation.

The following 10 pointers are initiatives HR professionals can take to ensure smooth cross-border immigration processing: