Do you need to hire a lawyer or representative for your immigration application?

Credit to Author: Steven Meurrens| Date: Mon, 05 Apr 2021 21:12:30 +0000

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will often tell people that they do not need to hire a lawyer or consultant in order to immigrate to Canada. They are right.

In 2018, IRCC approved 191,337 applications for permanent residence. Of these, 7,334 were represented by a lawyer, 11,262 by a regulated consultant, 52,066 by a family member or friend, and 191,337 had no representative.

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Avoid the scramble: Prepare immigration documents in advance

Credit to Author: Steven Meurrens| Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2021 21:33:45 +0000

Much of the scramble that follows an Invitation to Apply can be prevented with better planning by individuals and an understanding by them of which documents Express Entry applicants can apply for in advance, and which documents have to wait until after the Invitation.

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The importance of submitting a complete application

Credit to Author: Steven Meurrens| Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2021 19:10:32 +0000

Canadian Immigrant’s Immigration Law columnist highlights the importance of submitting complete applications and offers tips to reduce the risk of an application being rejected for incompleteness.

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Canada’s planned immigration levels for the future

Credit to Author: Steven Meurrens| Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2020 14:43:57 +0000

On October 30, 2020, Marco Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), tabled Canada’s 2020 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration. In this annual publication, Canada’s immigration department summarizes Canadian immigration statistics of the previous year and provides immigration levels planned for the future. 

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What makes an immigration application strong?

Credit to Author: Steven Meurrens| Date: Tue, 08 Sep 2020 17:03:06 +0000

As the immigration implications of COVID-19 continue through the summer and into autumn, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website changes daily. These frequent changes have generally left most people confused. However, what has remained remarkably steady are the principles behind what makes an application strong, and what to do if an application is refused.

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What does the academic future hold for international students?

Credit to Author: Steven Meurrens| Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 17:38:32 +0000

Preparing for the start of the school year As the summer nears to an end, students will be preparing for the start of the school year. They will be double checking that they have the most recent version of Zoom on their computers, and possibly upgrading their home internet. COVID-19 has impacted everyone, and international […]

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The other side of COVID-19: What comes next for Canada’s immigration system?

Credit to Author: Steven Meurrens| Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2020 23:07:10 +0000

Canada is currently in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Its borders are closed to discretionary travel.  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has suspended the processing of most temporary residence applications. The Canada Border Services Agency has put a pause on removing people from Canada.  Civil servants are largely working from home. The Royal […]

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Questions about immigration issues during COVID-19? Canadian Immigrant 2020 Podcast Series, Episode 1

Credit to Author: Ramya Ramanathan| Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 07:20:43 +0000

Impact of COVID-19 on travel and immigration processing, change in application fees and other important information Episode 1 of the Canadian Immigrant 2020 Podcast series features Steven Meurrens, who has written the Canadian Immigrant Immigration Law column for close to a decade now. Steven, speaks about the impact of COVID-19 on issues including immigration policies, […]

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Canadian Immigrant launches 2020 podcast series

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2020 19:37:37 +0000

Canadian Immigrant launches our 2020 podcast series this April to connect our community of newcomers and immigrants with  information and resources to help you thrive in your new home. Through inspirational stories, conversations on critical issues, valuable resources, connections and tips on a range of topics, we continue to support your path to settlement in […]

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Questions about immigration law during COVID-19? Canadian Immigrant 2020 Podcast Series, Episode 1

Credit to Author: Ramya Ramanathan| Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 07:20:43 +0000

Impact of COVID-19 on travel and immigration processing, change in application fees and other important information Episode 1 of the Canadian Immigrant 2020 Podcast series features Steven Meurrens, who has written the Canadian Immigrant Immigration Law column for close to a decade now. Steven, speaks about the impact of COVID-19 on issues including immigration policies, […]

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