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Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

Safeguard order delays Quebec’s plans to terminate 18,000 immigration applications

Days after the Quebec Immigration Lawyers Association successfully obtained a temporary injunction against the Quebec government’s contentious plan to terminate 18,000 pending immigration applications, the provincial government agreed to a safeguard order that would be in effect until the adoption of a controversial immigration bill that is widely expected to be passed sometime this June. ... [read more]

Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 9:24 AM

Beware misconceptions about U.S. residency rules american_calculator_sm

We’re in the throes of winter and countless Canadians spend time in Florida. But Snowbirds have a common misconception that they are limited to a stay of six months in the United States for any calendar year. U.S. immigration rules don’t actually impose such a limitation but allow a Canadian citizen to stay for six months at a time without a re-entry wait period, as long as the person is a temporary visitor. This means a Canadian can potentially stay much longer than six months without running afoul of American laws. However, U.S. laws are not limited to immigration laws. You also have to consider their tax laws and that means the IRS. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 07, 2019 @ 9:06 AM

New immigration calls: Surviving the early years immigration_law_sm

The entirety of law school is focused on the finish line that is qualifying as a lawyer. At every step of the JD process, law students push themselves to secure the grades to secure the summer placement to secure the articling job to get called to the bar. After that, it is smooth sailing. The associate position awaits and becoming partner is just a hop, skip and a jump away. Or so the story goes. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 10:27 AM

Ex-AG alleges PM, senior officials tried to ‘politically interfere’ in SNC case; Trudeau ‘completely disagrees’ Jody Wilson-Raybould

In an accusation strenuously denied by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Jody Wilson-Raybould alleged that before he removed her as attorney general of Canada last month, she and her then-chief of staff experienced sustained “very inappropriate” political interference and escalating “extraordinary” pressure from senior government officials, including the prime minister and Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, to reverse her decision last fall not to shelve the criminal bribery prosecution of Montreal-based construction giant SNC-Lavalin in favour of a negotiated deferred prosecution agreement (DPA). ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 12:42 PM

New immigration pilot: Rural and northern communities wanted northcompass.jpg

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently announced the launch of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot to bring the benefits of immigration to rural and remote communities in five provinces and the three territories. The program excludes Quebec which has authority to select its own skilled immigrants and the Atlantic provinces which currently benefit from the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 7:59 AM

OFFENCES AND ENFORCEMENT - Human smuggling and trafficking

Appeal by the Crown from stay of proceedings granted to the respondents pursuant to their s. 11(b) Charter application. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

Human rights lens required for governments’ use of AI, panel says Cynthia Wong, Irene Poetranto, Petra Molnar sm

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are making it easier for governments worldwide to collect data on citizens and assist in making decisions in the immigration and justice sectors. While science fiction-esque advances in technology are the norm, the implications for human rights are not, so academics and rights-based organizations are asking the big questions. ... [read more]

Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 9:55 AM

CPTPP facilitates immigration of investors and professionals immigration_approved_sm

On Dec. 30, 2018, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) came into force. Article 12 of the agreement governs the temporary entry for business persons and Canada has agreed to facilitate the temporary entry of business persons under four main categories. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 07, 2019 @ 10:33 AM

Scoring work authorization: Immigration for athletes lemar_derozen_sm

When Chris Bosh and DeMar DeRozan played for the Toronto Raptors, they needed work permits. But now when they come to play against the Toronto Raptors, they enter as visitors. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 07, 2019 @ 9:51 AM

Chief Justice Wagner improves public communication, brings new ideas, change to top court, CJC and NJI TLD Exclusive

Richard Wagner, Canada’s reform-minded top judge, has already overseen changes at the three major legal institutions he leads — the Supreme Court of Canada, the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC), and the National Judicial Institute (NJI) — and there are more changes to come, he advises in a wide-ranging exclusive interview. ... [read more]