Cannabis Act stricter driving rules can impact immigrants

With the legalization of marijuana comes stricter driving laws, which could have an impact on immigrants and visitors The possession of marijuana for personal use has been legalized in Canada. But, along with that, there are new laws on transportation-related offences that could impact visitors and immigrants in Canada. On June 21, 2018, Bill C-46, the […]

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Improved estimates for Canadian immigration processing

Better estimates of Canadian immigration application processing times as of July 31, 2018 How Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) estimates immigration processing times has been changed, hopefully for the better. “We understand how frustrating it can be when applications take longer than expected. That’s why we have made changes to improve the experience for […]

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Biometrics now required for nationals from Europe, Africa, Middle East

On July 31, 2018, nationals from countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East are required to provide biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) if they are applying for a Canadian visitor visa, a work or study permit, or permanent residence. Currently, Canada already collects biometrics from in-Canada refugee claimants and overseas refugee resettlement applicants, individuals […]

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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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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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“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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A job offer is no longer key to immigrating to Canada

Only 10 per cent of invitations to immigrate to Canada now go to those with a job offer, down from 40 per cent before changes were made in November 2016. Canada’s rebooted economic immigration selection system has created a bigger pool of eligible candidates by making it easier to apply without a job offer. With […]

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