Promotions can impact a temporary worker’s immigration prospects

When rising the career ladder can sometimes cause one’s immigration prospects to slide A Canadian business is employing a foreign worker. They want to promote them or give them a raise. What could be wrong with that? Quite a few things, as it turns out. There are certain immigration requirements that all employers and foreign […]

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Canadian visa requirement lifted for UAE citizens

The Canadian government is lifting the visa requirement for United Arab Emirates (UAE) citizens as of June 5, 2018. After a comprehensive evaluation of the UAE against Canada’s visa policy criteria, the Canadian government found that the UAE meets Canada’s criteria for a visa exemption. “The United Arab Emirates is a key strategic partner and […]

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What if there were no immigration to Canada? asks Conference Board

Canada is known as a nation of immigrants, but with growing immigration numbers recently, some anti-immigration critics question if so much immigration is really necessary. Rising populism across the globe has also put the value of immigration into question. Would Canada be better with no immigration at all? A new report presupposes this scenario of […]

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Lonely? Sponsor a relative to immigrate

Beyond parents, grandparents, children and spouses It is generally well known that Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their spouses, common-law partners, children, parents and/or grandparents to immigrate to Canada. What is less well-known is that in certain circumstances it is also possible for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to sponsor an extended […]

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Medically inadmissible to Canada before? Things have changed

On April 16, 2018, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen announced changes to the medical inadmissibility provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to ensure the country’s immigration policies better reflect the importance Canada places on the inclusion of persons with disabilities. Under the 40-year-old policy, applicants could be found medically inadmissible to Canada […]

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Refugee crisis is on our doorstep, says advocate Mohammed Alsaleh

Syrian-born refugee advocate Mohammed Alsaleh knows that life can “turn on a dime.” A medical student in Syria with goals of becoming a cancer specialist, his life turned upside down during his final year of medical school. He was arrested by the Assad regime for taking photos on his cellphone during the peaceful Syrian uprising. […]

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Asylum claims in Canada has reached highest level in decades

Asylum claims reached highest level in decades in 2017, and that trend isn’t slowing down. This week, Pew Research Center published a new analysis of data from the Canadian government on the number of people who sought asylum in Canada in 2017, and it found that more people sought asylum in Canada in 2017 than at any point in […]

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Government of Canada renews support for LGBTQ2 refugees

LGBTQ2 refugees have a renewed commitment for support from the Government of Canada. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen announced that the federal government is renewing a cost-sharing agreement with Rainbow Refugee Society until March 31, 2020. As of April 1, additional funding of $100,000 will be made available to support refugees sponsored […]

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“Borderlines” podcast on overcoming barriers to LGBTQ asylum claims

“Borderlines” Podcast Topic #14:  How to overcome systemic barriers in LGBTQ asylum claims, with Sharalyn Jordan Listen to more episodes of the “Borderlines”  podcast at http://meurrensonimmigration.com/podcast. This podcast was originally broadcast in 2017.  Rebroadcast with permission from Steven Meurrens (meurrensonimmigration.com).

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Nova Scotia wants immigrant doctors

The province of Nova Scotia has introduced a new immigration stream to welcome more physicians to the Atlantic province for positions they have been unable to fill. According to the province’s immigration website, the Physician Stream will assist Nova Scotia’s public health authorities — the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and the Izaak Walton Killam […]

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