Live webinar March 12, 2024 at 12:00pm EST
OR available video recording

  • Mark Holthe

2 hours


This course will provide an overview of “flagpoling” as a method of obtaining immigration status at a Port of Entry. The instructor will explain when it may be a good idea to flagpole, and when you should avoid flagpoling. The course will also teach how to properly prepare for submission of immigration applications at the Port of Entry.

  • The basics of flagpoling
    • Who can flagpole at the port of entry?
    • What applications can be processed at the border?
    • When to flagpole and when not to
    • Validating the COPR
    • The risks associated with flagpoling?
  • Flagpoling in action
  • Where to flagpole?
    • How to prepare for flagpoling?
    • The documents needed to prepare a solid application at the port of entry
    • Interaction with the officer at the border – Do’s and Don’ts
    • What to do when things go wrong?
  • Real life flagpoling stories and lessons learned
    • Learning from others’ mistakes
    • Best practices for smooth flagpoling experiences

For Lawyers and Paralegals

  • Law Society of Ontario
    Substantive Hours: This program is eligible for up to 2 hours.
  • Law Society of British Columbia
    Approved for 2 CPD credits.
  • Law Societies of Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia
    For members of these Law Societies, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual requirements

For Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants

  • College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants
    • Approved for 2 CPD hours
    • Video recording valid until March 12, 2025



  • Attendance at the live two hour webinar.
  • Access to the course materials.
  • Ability to watch the webinar until  December 31, 2025
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Mark Holthe

Immigration Lawyer
Founder, Holthe Immigration Law

Immigration Lawyer Mark Holthe started his legal career with a large national law firm in Calgary where he initiated the business immigration practice at the firm. Since those early days, he has had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of law firm configurations before finally realizing that the best place for him was within the confines of an immigration boutique firm of his own making.

As a Canadian Immigration lawyer Mark Holthe has particular experience in assisting clients with all aspects of Canadian immigration law. He assists large national and multinational companies in navigating the complex world of Canadian immigration and provides strategic immigration advice to international and domestic companies seeking to recruit and retain foreign skilled and semi-skilled personnel.

Mark also assists temporary foreign workers with their transition to permanent resident status in Canada and over the past few years, he has taken great satisfaction in helping individuals and families with their various immigration related needs. Mark finds no greater satisfaction than helping to facilitate the reunification of families.

While attending law school, Mark worked as an Immigration officer for Citizenship and Immigration Canada on the Alberta/Montana border. While completing his final year of law school, he worked as a pro bono student to the Canada Border Services Agency Hearings Officers representing the minister before the Immigration Appeal Division in Calgary, Alberta. As a result of his prior experience as an immigration officer, Mark has been able to enhance the services he offers to his cross-border and overseas clients. Since that time, he has continued to work hard fostering positive relationships with the various immigration related government departments and has focused a significant portion of his practice on cross-border matters.