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What Does Dual Citizenship and Biometrics Have to Do With One Another?

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January 10, 2018

Michelle BoeriuQ: I am a dual citizen of Jamaica and St. Kitts and Nevis. I would like to apply for a visitor visa to Canada and I am not sure which passport or citizenship to apply under? Can you help me? A: Commencing in January 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada introduced new legislation, requiring biometric information (fingerprints and photographs) from foreign national applicants of 29 countries including Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian…

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Parental Sponsorships Lottery Now Open – Act Fast and Be Mindful of Deadlines!

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January 8, 2018

Mario BellissimoQ: I understand that the parental sponsorship has dramatically changed from the past. I would like to sponsor my parents, can you give me more details about the new procedure? A: First, Happy New Year! As to your question, we have been receiving so many inquiries about sponsoring parents recently and for good reason.  This question and others are very timely, as the new parental sponsorship procedure has just opened again for 2018. It is the second year that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is using the new, online system….

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Open Work Permit Pilot Project for Spousal Sponsorships Extended

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December 15, 2017

Chi-Young LeeThe processing times for spousal sponsorships submitted under the in-Canada class have come down significantly to approximately 12 months from 27 months. Fortunately, the spouse or common-law partner being sponsored is eligible for an open work permit while the application is being processed. An open work permit allows an applicant to work for any Canadian employer for a specified period of time. On 15 December 2017, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) officially renewed its pilot program issuing open work permits more quickly to applicants being sponsored under the in-Canada class…

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The Global Talent Stream Facilitates Entry of High-Skilled Foreign Workers

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November 24, 2017

Rebecca KimThe Global Talent Stream provides Canadian employers with expedited access to global workers with specialized talent. The Global Talent Stream is part of the Global Skills Strategy implemented in June, 2017 and became available to employers in Quebec in September, 2017.  Since its launch, the Global Talent Stream is estimated to have brought in over 1,600 workers. Employers are required to pay a $1,000 CAD fee per position and work with ESDC to develop a labour market benefits plan, which demonstrates their commitment to activities that will have lasting, positive…

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Federal Government Announces Three-Year Immigration Plan

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November 6, 2017

Adam SadinskyThe federal government announced on Wednesday, November 1 that Canada will welcome close to one million immigrants over the next three years. After accepting 300,000 newcomers this year, that number will rise to 310,000 in 2018, 330,000 in 2019, and finally 340,000 in 2019. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada said that the increase in immigration levels is the result of a need to add to the workforce as more and more Canadians retire. The vast majority of immigrants in 2018 will come from the economic class,…

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Young Adult Children Can Now Qualify as Dependents

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October 30, 2017

Rebecca KimImmigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) raised the age limit for dependent children in immigration applications to under 22 years of age, as of 24 October 2017. The increased age limit enables Canadians and permanent residents to bring their young adult children to Canada. A child under 22 years of age can now be included as a dependent on his or her parent’s application as long as he or she is not married or in a common-law relationship. Furthermore, individuals who are 22 years of age and older can also be…

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New Client Centric Focus for IRCC is Long Overdue, Now Let’s Get it Right!

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October 18, 2017

Mario Bellissimo  In a recent story by Nicholas Keung in the Toronto Star[1]Customer service a new concept for Canada’s Immigration Department the piece spoke to a new client centric focus happening at Immigration Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC).  It read in part: The cultural shift from an enforcement mindset to a client-centered approach could mark a new era at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, which has long faced complaints about poor customer service, long processing times and failing to provide timely and accurate information to applicants. In an upcoming piece for…

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Maintaining My Permanent Resident Status – Can I Come Back Later?

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July 11, 2017

Mario BellissimoThe procedure of applying for permanent residence and then waiting for your file to be processed can be long and frustrating – sometimes it takes several years. Immigration and Refugees Citizenship Canada(IRCC) is working diligently to improve processing times but it remains a work in progress. Once a person becomes a permanent resident after landing in Canada, there are a number of obligations that everybody must observe in order to maintain this precious and hard sought status. We receive many questions regarding this topic as many newcomers are reluctant to…

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I Withdrew My Refugee Claim & Left Canada: Why Do I Have a Deportation Order?

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May 23, 2017

Mario BellissimoThis is a very common question and I have seen hundreds of people in this situation in my career.  The good news is it is avoidable.  The bad news is it is very difficult to know when this happens.  Let me explain. When refugee claimants initiate a claim for protection they are issued a Departure Order and pursuant to section 49(2)(d) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, (IRPA) this order will automatically become a deportation order 15 days after a claim is withdrawn if the claimant has not left…

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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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