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Henry Chang

Partner at Dentons Canada LLP. Expert in cross-border legal issues. 

Henry J. Chang is a partner in the Employment and Labour Group of Dentons Canada LLP. He currently practices in the areas of Canadian and United States business immigration law, international business law, and cannabis law. Henry obtained his JD from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1990. He was admitted to the practice of law in the State of California and the Province of Ontario in 1992. A recognized authority in the field of United States and Canadian business immigration law, Henry writes and speaks extensively on the subject of United States/Canadian immigration law and other cross-border legal matters. His work has been published in numerous nationally- and internationally-recognized publications, including LexisNexis’ Immigration Law & Procedure, which has been cited in over 300 Federal Court decisions in cases from across the U.S. circuit courts of appeals, federal district courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Henry is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top business immigration lawyers by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Who’s Who Legal, and Best Lawyers. He also holds an AV (Preeminent) Rating with Martindale-Hubbell.
What Trump Killing NAFTA Would Mean For Canadian Workers In

What Trump Killing NAFTA Would Mean For Canadian Workers In U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump has clearly expressed a willingness to walk away from the NAFTA if he does not obtain the concessions that he expects from Canada and Mexico. For this reason, it may be appropriate to consider how such a withdrawal might affect Canadians.
05/01/2017 10:11 EDT
Preclearance Bill Raises Concerns Over Canadian

Preclearance Bill Raises Concerns Over Canadian Sovereignty

Numerous concerns have been raised regarding the broad powers that will be granted to preclearance officers under the preclearance bill. Critics of the preclearance bill say that it goes too far and that Canada has given up too much of its sovereignty.
02/21/2017 11:00 EST
What To Know About The Suspended Enforcement Of The U.S. Travel

What To Know About The Suspended Enforcement Of The U.S. Travel Ban

President Trump has publicly denounced the decision and vowed to reinstate the travel ban. So while it is not being enforced at the present time, if the U.S. Department of Justice is able to overturn the temporary restraining order, the travel ban could be reinstated.
02/06/2017 03:13 EST
What To Know If You Are Barred From The United

What To Know If You Are Barred From The United States

When I previously discussed why Canadians may be barred from the United States if they admit to smoking marijuana, I did not discuss what options might be available if a Canadian is actually barred by United States Customs and Border Protection ("USCBP") based on criminal grounds. I will now address this issue.
01/03/2017 04:28 EST
How To Wait Out Donald Trump's Presidential Term In

How To Wait Out Donald Trump's Presidential Term In Canada

It is widely believed that Donald Trump will not win a second term as president. In fact, some outspoken Americans have opined that he will not even finish his initial four-year term. If we assume that Donald Trump would not serve a second term, permanent resident status in Canada is clearly not required. There are several options available that would permit a U.S. citizen to temporarily reside in Canada for the next four years.
11/14/2016 11:20 EST
Why Americans With DUIs Can't Enter

Why Americans With DUIs Can't Enter Canada

Canadians may be surprised to learn that United States citizens who have been convicted of (or who have committed) a single instance of Driving under the Influence ("DUI") will actually be barred from Canada. Some U.S. citizens may believe that this is unfair also, especially since Canadians who have DUI convictions are generally not barred from the United States.
10/05/2016 12:06 EDT
Why That One Time You Smoked Pot Can Get You Banned From The

Why That One Time You Smoked Pot Can Get You Banned From The U.S.

Matthew Harvey, a British Columbia resident, was permanently banned from the United States because he admitted to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) officer in 2014 that he had previously smoked marijuana. But why does this occur and what can be done if it happens to you?
09/09/2016 11:47 EDT
NEXUS And Trusted Traveller Programs Face Possible

NEXUS And Trusted Traveller Programs Face Possible Overhaul

Among other things, CBSA is proposing significant changes to the eligibility criteria. The current regulations only require applicants to be of "good moral character." Unfortunately, this term is not defined and it has sometimes resulted in inconsistent adjudications.
08/22/2016 01:20 EDT
Brexit-Weary Brits Will Have A Tough Time Moving To

Brexit-Weary Brits Will Have A Tough Time Moving To Canada

U.K. citizens may believe that they will have an easier time moving to Canada than the Americans. This is quite understandable since Canada shares so many things with the U.K. However, U.K. citizens will be disappointed to learn that none of this makes it any easier for them to move to Canada.
06/29/2016 02:24 EDT
How Canadian Entrepreneurs Can Open Businesses In The United

How Canadian Entrepreneurs Can Open Businesses In The United States

Although there is often more than one strategy available to a Canadian entrepreneur seeking to establish a business in the United States, the E-2 treaty investor category remains one of the most popular options. It is essentially available to a citizen of any eligible treaty country (including Canada) who invests a substantial amount of capital in an eligible United States business.
05/09/2016 02:38 EDT
Can Trump-Dodging Americans Really Move To

Can Trump-Dodging Americans Really Move To Canada?

With every Trump victory, an increasing number of U.S. citizens are considering the possibility of moving to Canada. Of course, wanting to move to Canada is not the same thing as actually being allowed to move here. So how hard would it really be for a U.S. citizen to move to Canada?
03/28/2016 11:58 EDT