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Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

IMMIGRANTS - Application for immigrant visa - Documentation and corroborative evidence - Units of assessment/Point system - Language

Appeal by Cabral and others from the summary judgment granted to the Crown in the appellants’ proposed class proceeding challenging the denial of each appellant’s application for permanent residence as part of the Federal Skilled Trades Class. ... [read more]

Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 11:16 AM

Federal Court of Appeal upholds ruling in immigration detention case due to insufficient certified question Anthony Navaneelan sm

A refugee who has been kept in immigration detention for almost five years will remain there as the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal for release. The court ruled that it didn't have the jurisdiction to decide the appeal due to an insufficient certified question, required under s. 74(d) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.  ... [read more]

Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

The immigration detention vortex immigration_vortex_sm

If I could take you to an immigration detention hearing, you would be shocked. Perhaps you would meet an immigration detainee who has been locked up for years. They would have no criminal record and they would have developed mental health issues. Notably, they would have no hope of being released. ... [read more]

Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 9:40 AM

Financial implications a consideration when deciding U.S. status green_card_sm

Lawful permanent residents should only decide to maintain status, abandon their green cards or apply for U.S. citizenship with the knowledge of how this can affect them. Understanding the implications of these actions before they are taken could save tax or tuition dollars, ensure continued ability to live in a desired location, and prevent legal proceedings. ... [read more]

Friday, January 26, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

Decision to be or not to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident can’t be made lightly

Whether to become or remain a U.S. citizen or green card holder is a strategic decision that can be quite complex, depending on the client’s circumstances. Counsel need to be aware of the risks and rewards when advising clients. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:20 AM

Empathy needed in dealing with health-related immigration cases, say lawyers Wennie_Lee_sm

Immigration decision-makers must cast aside stigma and compassionately “step into the shoes” of those with serious medical conditions wanting to move to Canada, say lawyers following a successful appeal involving an HIV-positive Chinese man. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 9:26 AM

Canada’s provincial business immigration programs turn to two-step process

Provincial entrepreneur programs increasingly require candidates to spend up to two years in Canada on a conditional temporary work permit before being issued a nomination for permanent residence. ... [read more]

Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 1:47 PM

Cannabis Act changes may cause excessive strain on border services, CBA warns Jonathan Leebosh sm

Cannabis legalization’s impact on criminal admissibility may be heavily felt by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) cautions the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) Immigration Law Section in a letter addressed to the agency’s manager of customs enforcement policy unit. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 9:31 AM

Federal Court of Appeal decision may lead to changes at border: lawyer Leo Salloum, Grill Barristers

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of a man who argued several thousand dollars were improperly seized from him by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), a decision the man’s lawyer says could lead to changes in how people who express a desire not to enter Canada are treated by federal officials. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 9:24 AM

Migrating south: The changing landscape for Canadian snowbirds in the U.S. Florida

As the cold, snowy winter batters residents of Canada, many look to the U.S. sunshine states for relief from shovelling, slippery roads and other headaches of daily life. But new challenges are arising every day at the U.S. border, as immigration-related agencies put the government's "America First" slogan into action. ... [read more]