On February 4, 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper announced the United States-Canada joint declaration, Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. Beyond the Border articulates a shared approach to security in which both countries work together to address threats within, at, and away from our borders, while expediting lawful trade and travel.
On December 7, 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper released the Beyond the Border Action Plan (PDF, 40 pages - 505 KB), which sets out joint priorities and specific initiatives for achieving this vision.
On May 19, 2015 the White House released the third annual Beyond the Border Implementation Report, which summarizes the significant progress made in the third year following the release of the Beyond the Border Action Plan, and includes new and enhanced measures intended to deepen and strengthen the unparalleled bilateral partnership. On December 19, 2013 and December 14, 2012, the White House released the second annual Beyond the Border Implementation Report and the first Beyond the Border Implementation Report respectively. The governments of the United States and Canada have worked together in a concerted way to advance our shared interests in perimeter security and economic competitiveness, achieving results that will improve the lives of residents, visitors, and businesses in both our countries.
Known Employer Program
On January 8, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security is considering a “Known Employer” pilot program to streamline adjudication of certain types of employment-based immigration benefit requests filed by eligible U.S. employers. The “Known Employer” pilot, which the Department expects to commence by late 2015, is intended to test a program designed to make adjudications more efficient and less costly, while reducing paperwork and delays for both the Department and U.S. employers who seek to employ foreign workers.
The pilot would be jointly implemented by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A goal of the pilot would be to expedite or otherwise facilitate legitimate cross-border business travel along the Northern border ports of entry, which is a bi-national commitment under the North American Free Trade Agreement as well as the U.S.-Canada Beyond the Border initiative. In particular, one specific commitment made by the U.S. and Canadian governments under the Beyond the Border initiative is to “explore the feasibility of incorporating a trusted employer concept in the processing of business travelers between Canada and the United States.”
Beyond the Border Documents
- Beyond the Border Action Plan
- 2014 Beyond the Border Implementation Report (PDF, 17 pages - 158 KB)
- 2013 Beyond the Border Implementation Report (PDF, 13 pages - 131 KB)
- 2012 Beyond the Border Implementation Report (PDF, 11 pages - 157 KB)
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