Happy 2011 Thanksgiving to our American Friends and Immigration Clients

Its turkey time again south of the border and while it hasn’t been the best year for the US in terms of the economy and geo-political developments, there is always a lot to be thankful for as Americans.

America is a free country founded on the principle of individual rights where its citizens can pursue their lives without fear of government censorship, unlawful search and  seizure and persecution. Sadly, this cannot be said for many other countries. The US has gotten a lot of bad press over the last few years and I think people lose perspective about how great a nation it really is. America remains the major immigration destination worldwide and for good reason.

Annually, thousands apply to come to the US on permanent and temporary visas in search of better opportunities, freedoms and peace. Looking at the forest though the trees will tell you that here in Canada, we should be thankful for America not only as our largest trading partner but also as our de facto protectorate as well. Our safety here is Canada is taken for granted and the fact remains that we can walk the streets because our closest neigbour is a friendly Super Power.

So while the Canadian Thanksgiving has passed, I want to wish all our American friends a Happy Thanksgiving and a Thank you from us.



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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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