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Revoking Canadian Citizenship: Beware if you didn’t disclose your past

Lots of news about the government cracking  down on citizenship fraud. Many applicants are not disclosing that they had past criminal records in order to obtain Canadian citizenship. The government is now looking back at these cases and is taking steps to revolk Canadian citizenship Applications and even move towards deportation.  So what are the rules […]

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More Canadian Experience Class Applications To Be Accepted in 2013

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is a relatively new immigration program – only a few years old. But it is an extremely successful program that allows people who have worked or studied in Canada to use their experience as a gateway to permanent residency.  The Canadian Experience Class The Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister, Jason Kenney, […]

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Biometrics

Canada to use Biometrics in Visa Program in 2013: Big Brother is watching

According to a recent press release from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the government will begin including biometrics in its temporary resident program sometime in 2013.  What are biometrics? Biometrics are digital fingerprints and photographs that are taken to go with a Canadian temporary resident permit, also called a visitor visa. If you are from a […]

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Visiting Canada for Rosh Hashanah in 2012?

The Jewish New Year is upon us and many people worldwide have relatives in Canada whom they wish to visit for Rosh Hashanah this year. Visiting Canada and Tourist Visas     Depending on where you are from, you may need a tourist visa to Canada in order to join your family for the holidays. It is […]

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Canadian Embassies

Canada Imposes New Visa Requirements on Several Formerly Exempt Countries

According to a press release from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the government of Canada has now (12 a.m. September 12, 2012) imposed visitor visa requirements for citizens of the following countries: St. Lucia St. Vincent Namibia Botswana Swaziland Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, “We continue to welcome genuine visitors to Canada. These changes […]

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Happy Ramadan to our Muslim Clients and Friends

Also known as Ramadhan or Ramzan, Ramadan marks the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar that lasts between 29 to 30 days depending on the visual sightings of the crescent moon. Practically every Muslim in Canada during this period customarily takes part in prayer, fasting, and charity-giving. Muslims who are fasting refrain from eating, […]

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More changes for Skilled Worker Applications and other Economic Visas

Proposed Changes to the Skilled Worker Category “Immigration is key to economic growth and prosperity,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenny.  Following the controversial immigration reform in March 2012 proposing to wipe out a waiting list of more than 280,000 foreign workers and returning $130 million they paid in processing fee, Minister Kenney […]

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Did you know it’s Fraud Prevention Month? Don’t become a victim of immigration fraud!

Don’t become a victim of immigration fraud in Canada Despite new regulations and restrictions implemented and proposed by the Canadian government over recent months, shady immigration consultants and other people attempting to abuse the system are still taking advantage of those who want to immigrate to Canada. Ways to prevent becoming a victim of immigration […]

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Canadian Government re-vamps Entrepreneur Immigration Program

New Entrepreneur Immigration Program to be announced by end of 2012 Last year, the Canadian government cancelled the immigration entrepreneur program with little notice after 10 years. The program had a 10,000-application backlog before it was cancelled. Now, in an interview with the Globe and Mail last week, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney […]

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Immigration Lawyer Michael Niren in Yahoo News

Yahoo News Canada recently published an article titled, “Should Canada’s immigration policy favour poor and oppressed or educated and rich?”, with commentary and debate from a number of immigration experts including our own immigration lawyer Michael Niren. He said: “Canada’s immigration history is based on family reunification. This means that a main objective in immigration […]

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Immigration Minister Kenney considers doing away with older immigration applications

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney said on Wednesday that simply getting rid of the backlog of immigration applications using legislation might be an option, similar to what New Zealand did in 2003 – basically putting all of the “old ones” in the same pool with new ones, where potential immigrants to Canada are […]

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New Restrictions for Spousal Sponsorship Applications now in force

Below is a summary of the recent changes to Spousal Sponsorships for Canada introduced by Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney and the Conservative Government.  Please note these sponsorship restrictions affect spousal sponsorships but do not affect any other type of sponsorship application.  Further, these changes are aimed at sponsoring spouses who were themselves sponsored to come to […]

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New Point System for 2012 Skilled Worker Program

Federal Skilled Worker Points to be harder to get? At a recent appearance in Toronto, Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced that the points system for the Federal Skilled Worker Program is being revised to favor better language skills and people younger in age. Applicants need a certain number of points for […]

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada to change spousal sponsorship rules

Spousal sponsorship changes on the way According to this Winnipeg Free Press article, the government of Canada is bringing in new regulatory changes that would force a sponsored spouse to live with their sponsoring spouse for at least two years before they can receive their permanent residence status, or they will be deported from Canada. […]

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Government Considering Removing Birthright Canadian Citizenship

Immigration department looking at ways to prevent foreign women from giving birth on Canadian soil to claim citizenship Birthright citizenship – automatically granting Canadian citizenship to anyone who is born on Canadian soil no matter where their parents hail from – may soon become a thing of the past. According to this Woodstock Sentinel article, […]

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