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Upcoming Changes to Age of Dependent Child

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May 19, 2017

Maria KogayThe new changes that will come into effect this fall, on October 24, 2017, will allow more families to stay together. The Government of Canada has published regulatory changes to increase the maximum age of a dependent child from the current “under 19” to the new age limit of “under 22”.  Children who are 22 years of age or older and who rely on their parents due to a physical or mental health condition will continue to be considered dependent children. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada continues to focus on family reunification…

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Small Towns Target Immigrants

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April 12, 2017

Ann WelshIt is no secret that most immigrants to Canada settle in what is referred to as the MTV triad – namely Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. These are Canada’s largest cities, most diverse, and well-recognized worldwide. However, increasingly, smaller cities and towns outside of these major centres are letting us in on another secret: they are ready and open for increased immigration. This growing interest in immigration by smaller and rural communities across Canada stems from a number of factors, not the least of which is the steadily declining populations in…

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This Week’s Success Story: Client Granted Authorization to Return to Canada to Visit Relatives

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March 15, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniOur office was approached by a client who was seeking our assistance to return to Canada. In the late 80s he arrived to Canada and submitted a refugee claim.  Unfortunately, his claim was refused and an exclusion order was issued against him. Unintentionally he failed to notify Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)/Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) when he departed from Canada and as a result his departure was not formally executed at that time. Years later he tried to enter Canada to visit his relatives, and only at that…

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“Global Talent” Pilot Stream

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March 13, 2017

Maria KogayOn 9 March 2017, Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, and Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced a new “Global Talent” pilot stream for temporary foreign workers that will be launched on 12 June 2017. This program will facilitate companies in Canada to bring highly trained and skilled foreign nationals to Canada and create more Canadian jobs. The goal is to help innovative companies grow by ensuring they can access the highly skilled talent they need quickly. The new stream will let eligible…

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Federal Court of Appeal Finds an Incomplete Application is Not an Application!

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February 21, 2017

Mario BellissimoIn a recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal, Gennai v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) – 2017 FCA 29, the Honourable Mr. Appellate Justice Near writing for an unanimous Court held that an incomplete application is not an application within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.  Specifically the Court found an incomplete application can no longer exist because the text of section 12 of the Regulations provides that the entirety of an application that has failed to meet the…

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Three New Reasons to Consider Atlantic Immigration

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January 30, 2017

Chi-Young LeeStarting in early March, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting permanent resident applications from the Atlantic Immigration Pilot program. This pilot program will be accepting a total of 2,000 applications under three new employer-driven permanent residence immigration programs. A list of the three programs requirements can be found on the IRCC website and is reproduced below:   Atlantic Intermediate-skilled Program (AISP) Atlantic High-skilled Program (AHSP) Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)  Job Offer from a   designated employer  Full time  Indeterminate  NOC 0, A, B or C Full time…

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Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen

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January 19, 2017

Maria Kogay  Ahmed Hussen’s journey took him from Mogadishu to Toronto and then on to Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, where the former Somali refugee was recently named as the new Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in a reshuffle of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet. Ahmed Hussen is the Member of Parliament for the riding of York South-Weston, and a Member of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Born and raised in Somalia, Ahmed immigrated to Canada in 1993 as a 16-year old, where he settled in Regent Park and quickly…

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Canada Celebrates 70th Anniversary of Canadian Citizenship

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January 16, 2017

Jamie BoongalingRecently, Canada celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Canadian Citizenship Act and the first time that Canadian citizenship was recognized as a legal status. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) marked the occasion by hosting a citizenship ceremony at the Supreme Court of Canada for 26 people. These 26 individuals added to the more than a million and a half people who have become Canadian citizens just over the last 10 years. Before the Canadian Citizenship Act came into effect 70 years ago, all Canadians were legally considered as British subjects….

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Linking Paper Applications to Online MyCIC Accounts

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August 15, 2016

Maria KogayThe Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offered an option to link paper applications to online MyCIC accounts to make sure applicants will be able to see the most up-to-date information about their applications. As of now, the following applications can be linked to online accounts: Visitor visa Work permit Study permit Visitor record Canadian Experience Class (applications made before January 1, 2015) Family Sponsorship (excluding applications to become a sponsor) Federal Skilled Worker (applications made before January 1, 2015) Federal Skilled Trade (applications made before January 1, 2015) Provincial Nominee…

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This Week’s Success Story: Permanent Residence Granted Despite Criminal Inadmissibility Finding

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August 10, 2016

Marisa MastrogiovanniWe were recently successful on a permanent residence application that had been previously refused for criminal inadmissibility. Following careful and extensive research, it was discovered that the applicant may have been incorrectly identified as inadmissible. As such, a new application was filed together with detailed and strong submissions in connection with the applicant’s admissibility to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. This ultimately resulted in the applicant receiving permanent residence!


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