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Tuesday, May 08, 2018 @ 8:55 AM

Medical inadmissibility and the movement toward inclusivity immigration_exam_sm

The subject of Canada’s medical inadmissibility provisions has been a hot topic on the government’s radar in recent years. The focus has been on s. 38(1)(c) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), which provides a foreign national is inadmissible to Canada on health grounds if their health condition might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand on health or social services. The effect is to exclude foreign nationals from entering or remaining in Canada, if they are found by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to fall under the provision. ... [read more]

Friday, May 04, 2018 @ 11:10 AM - Last Updated: Friday, May 04, 2018 @ 12:43 PM

N.L. legal system has part to play in cultural diversity, says top human rights official Carey_Majid_sm

Newfoundland and Labrador’s legal sector must provide better access to justice for immigrants as the province continues its push to attract and hold on to people of cultural diversity, says the head of the province’s human rights commission. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 03, 2018 @ 8:47 AM

Four common reasons for being refused entry to the U.S. refused_entry_sm

There are lots of obvious reasons why someone might be turned away at the border (such as drug trafficking, smuggling, having committed a violent felony, etc.). However, many well-meaning individuals can also get caught in the U.S.’s net of inadmissibility due to far less deliberate or insidious acts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 02, 2018 @ 8:11 AM

Legal responses miss the mark on human trafficking, exploitation | Karen Campbell

Since the adoption of the Palermo Protocol (2000), Canada has included trafficking as an offense in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Criminal Code and has invested millions in its National Action Plan to Combat Trafficking. Despite significant investments and public attention, laws and policies to address trafficking have missed the mark on what trafficking is and why it’s a problem and, in many cases, have made women less safe. ... [read more]

Monday, April 30, 2018 @ 8:28 AM

EXCLUSION (INADMISSIBLE PERSONS) - Grounds for inadmissibility - Misrepresentation

Application by the Minister for judicial review of a decision by the Immigration Appeal Division upholding a finding that the respondent was not inadmissible for misrepresentation and had no duty of candour to disclose his father's criminal history. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 6:55 AM

Federal lawyers’ union says low pay contributing to ‘crisis’ in hiring, retention, court delays and stayed prosecutions Ursula Hendel

The union leader representing 2,600 federal government lawyers says Ottawa’s persistent failure to pay competitive compensation is contributing to lacklustre lawyer recruitment, and severe staff shortages in major cities across the country — as well as to court delays and criminal charges being stayed for violating the Supreme Court’s speedy trial deadlines. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 2:19 PM

Volunteer lawyers win OBA president’s award

An organization that worked to assist travellers facing uncertainties at Canadian airports due to U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2017 travel restrictions from Muslim-majority countries, is being honoured for its efforts. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 8:52 AM

The pros and cons of renouncing U.S. citizenship renounce_citizenship_sm

On Dec. 22, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed off on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which marked the first significant overhaul of U.S. tax law since the Reagan era. Although the Act lowered the tax rate for most Americans, the new rules may have a negative effect on a number of Americans abroad and may also provide an incentive to those who want to renounce their U.S. citizenship. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 8:26 AM

Judgment Day: Employer penalties for IRPR non-compliance employer_penalty_sm

It has been over two years since the employer compliance regime under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) came into effect. Employers are being audited at a rate of at least 25 per cent, and many are still taken aback by the significant penalties resulting from a finding of non-compliance during an audit. ... [read more]

Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 11:44 AM

Feds to hike threshold for medical inadmissibility, more can qualify for Canadian residency

Upcoming changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, will likely permit more applicants for permanent and temporary residence to be approved, even if they have serious health conditions that would have formerly rendered them inadmissible. ... [read more]