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Express Entry Draw #84 Results: 3,000 Invitations Issued on February 21st

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February 21, 2018

Mario BellissimoThe latest Express Entry Draw took place during the period of February 21st. During this round 3,000 Invitations to Apply have been issued to foreign nationals who had 442 points or more. For more information on Express Entry, please click here.

My spousal sponsorship has been refused – what went wrong, and now what?

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February 21, 2018

Joanna MennieLearning that your spousal, common-law, or conjugal partner sponsorship application has been refused is one of the most devastating outcomes in immigration law. Making matters worse, people are often surprised by this result and by how demanding the legal test really is. The good news is that there are legal means to challenge these kinds of refusals. The first question we often hear when approached by a client who has had their sponsorship application refused is “why?” To understand what may have gone wrong, we have to look at section…

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This Week’s Success Story: Express Entry Canadian Experience Class Application Approved Despite Medical Inadmissibility Finding

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February 21, 2018

Michelle AtkinsonOur client met the requirements of the Express Entry Program, under the Canadian experience class, and filed an application for permanent residence, receiving a high CRS score. However, there was a roadblock as the Applicant was determined to likely be inadmissible under subsection 38(1) of the IRPA, for an excessive demand, due to the costs of the prescription treatment required for a pre-existing medical condition. Following extensive research and consultations, a Plan was built for private funding and that Mitigation Plan was presented together with legal submissions, advocating that the…

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Toronto has been ranked the 13th wealthiest city in the world!

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February 16, 2018

Michelle AtkinsonToronto sits on a list of the most affluent cities in the world thanks to a South Africa-based market research firm that specializes in global wealth migration called New World Wealth (NWW). According to their 2018 Global Wealth Migration Review released this month, Toronto is the 13th wealthiest city on earth. Total wealth, as defined by NWW, refers to “the private wealth held by all individuals living in each city”. This list only includes assets like property, cash, equities and business interests of Torontonians with assets of $1 million USD…

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Updates to Spousal Reunification in time for Valentine’s Day

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February 14, 2018

Today, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, spoke on the subject of family reunification in Canada. In doing so, he highlighted efforts taken by his office to shorten backlogs and reduce processing times. The Minister noted that the backlog in spousal sponsorship applications had been reduced by over 80% between December 2016 and December 2017, making reference to past changes to the sponsorship package made in December 2016 and June 2017. As of today, IRCC has introduced more changes to the sponsorship application kit. Namely,…

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This Week’s Success Story: Successful Outcome at the Refugee Protection Division!

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February 14, 2018

Michelle AtkinsonOur office assisted a client from south Asia seeking refugee protection in Canada. The client initially arrived in Canada and claimed refugee protection several years ago. This case presented some difficulty, as the events forming the basis of the claim were not recent and the client had to demonstrate that there would be present risk were he to be returned to his country of nationality today. We extensively examined the client’s claim and collected ample information to show that the situation in the client’s country of nationality had not improved…

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Expedited Processing of Refugee Claims by the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

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February 12, 2018

Zohra SafiAfter a claim for refugee protection is made in Canada, the claimant receives a hearing date to appear before a member of the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) who will question the claimant about the issues raised in his or her basis of claim narrative. Although the nature of the hearing is non-adversarial, the member can use a vigorous line of questioning to elicit the required information and evidence from the claimant. The member will then render a final decision on the day of the hearing or after the hearing by…

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Canada is sending their largest-ever Winter Olympics delegation for 2018!

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February 9, 2018

Michelle AtkinsonThe Olympics will commence on Friday, February 9th in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Canadian Olympic Committee is sending 225 athletes and 87 coaches! The team includes 122 men and 105 women. Ontario has the largest contingent of athletes with 68, followed by Alberta with 54 and Quebec with 50. Canada is in a position to win a record number of medals in Pyeonchang, topping the previous mark of 26 in Vancouver in 2010. Canadians brought home 25 medals in 2014. Here is the remaining breakdown of athletes by province and/or…

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Express Entry Draw #83 Results: 3,000 Invitations Issued on February 7th

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February 7, 2018

Mario BellissimoThe latest Express Entry Draw took place during the period of February 7th. During this round 3,000 Invitations to Apply have been issued to foreign nationals who had 442 points or more. For more information on Express Entry, please click here.

This Week’s Success Story: Student Approved for Study Permit After Two Refusals

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February 7, 2018

Michelle AtkinsonAfter being refused twice for previous study permit applications, we were recently successful in securing a study permit for a student passionate about learning and gaining international experience in Canada. A comprehensive study plan was submitted with extensive documentation to alleviate the concerns outlined by the visa officers in his two previous refusal letters. Furthermore, we worked with the student to provide strong evidence that he is a bona fide student based on his language ability, proposed course of study, and ties to his home country. We are pleased that we…

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