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Actor Randy Quaid

Actor Randy Quaid Denied Permanent Residency, Appeals Decision

Randy Quaid is a famous American actor known for his more goofy characters like Cousin Eddie from the National Lampoon’s Vacation series, and for more serious roles like his supporting role in the film Brokeback Mountain. He has also been nominated for an Academy Award. The last we heard from Randy Quaid (brother of Dennis […]

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Immigration Fraud

Woman Sentenced To Once Year House Arrest for Immigration Fraud

A woman in Calgary has been sentenced to one year of house arrest after being convicted of immigration fraud for misrepresenting herself. The woman used a false identity to make a refugee claim, and ended up pleading guilty to her charge.  It was a public tip that led the Canada Border Services Agency’s Criminal Investigations […]

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Sabreena Shabdeen Deported From Canada

Family With Autistic Canadian Child Set To Be Deported From United States

Sabreena Shabdeen, a 17-year-old girl with severe autism who was born in Canada, was set to be deported from the United States on January 3rd to her family’s native Sri Lanka, leaving her family with a choice: return her to Canada, alone, where she was born and without support – or bring her to Sri […]

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New Refugee Laws

Canadian Court Rules Human Smuggling Laws “Too Broad”

The British Columbia Supreme Court has struck down a human smuggling statute in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, because it could result in refugee’s family members and humanitarian workers facing criminal charges for human smuggling. The Act was recently amended to make it tougher on human smugglers, who rarely set foot in Canada. The […]

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“Safe” Countries List Announced, Refugees From These Countries Will Not Be Able To Appeal

According to this CBC article, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced the 27 “safe” countries alluded to in refugee Bill C-31, which was deemed highly controversial and criticized by human rights associations including Amnesty International.  As per the bill, these countries are deemed “safe” because there are a large number of refugee […]

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The Danger of The New Refugee Regulations: Pre-Removal Risk Assessments

This summer, along with other significant changes to Canada’s refugee system, the government of Canada placed restrictions on pre-removal risk assessments. A pre-removal risk assessments explores whether there is significant danger (the threat of death, torture, other cruel and unusual punishment etc.) to failed refugee claimants if they were to be deported. While the refugees […]

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Putting a Face on the Removal of the Pre-Removal Risk Assessment: Refugee Claimant Could Be Deported And Face Death Penalty

Earlier this summer the Government of Canada introduced changes to Canadian immigration regulations in order to help prevent abuses to the refugee system. The law drew criticism from human rights advocacy organizations across the world because it only hurts refugees and not the actual criminals, such as the human smugglers. One of the changes of […]

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Toronto immigration consultant

What Services Do Immigration Consultants Provide?

Many people who want to immigrate to Canada use the services of an immigration consultant or an immigration lawyer. Both types of immigration representation are different, but the services do overlap. Before you hire an immigration consultant, you should always ask if they are a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. This […]

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Human Rights Watch to Canada: STOP Bill C-31

Human Rights Watch, a non-government organization that monitors human rights world wide, has published a letter sent to Canadian MPs regarding Bill C-31, also known as the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act, because it violates the rights of refugees in Canada. We’ve blogged about this before. If you’re unfamiliar with the threat this bill poses […]

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Refugee Claims in Canada – the luck of the draw?

Does the approval/denial of a refugee claim depend on which adjudicator’s lap your claim lands in? The CBC just posted an article that shows a disturbing trend in refugee claim approval rates. A York University assistant professor used the Access to Information Act to go over all of the Immigration and Refugee Board claims for […]

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Balanced Refugee Reform Act (Bill C-11) To Be Made Unfair To Refugees In Canada

Stipulations removed from Balanced Refugee Reform Act to be put back We recently posted on our blog about how rumours were circulating that the Balanced Refugee Reform Act (Bill-C11) might be facing some changes before it is implemented in June of this year – changes that were initially removed because they were harmful to refugees […]

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Expect Changes to the Balanced Refugee Reform Act This Month?

Original bill that trampled refugee rights may return The Balanced Refugee Reform Act (or Bill C-11) is a piece of legislation that received royal assent in mid-2010, and is scheduled to take effect in late June of this year. The original bill only received royal assent after changes were made to it, because opposition critics […]

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Common Canadian Immigration Myths: Refugees in Canada

Untrue myths about refugees in Canada We’ve been looking at the number of untrue myths about Canadian immigration and immigrants lately. You can find our previous entries on the subject here, here and here. Immigration in Canada is sometimes a hot topic and is often the subject of untrue myths and cause uninformed prejudices. Refugees […]

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Changes to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program

Proposed changes to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program Canada has proposed changes to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. Currently, people may sponsor refugees from abroad. These people who sponsor refugees can include groups of give or more Canadians or permanent residents as well as community organizations. Permanent Residency Application and Sponsorship Application to […]

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69% Acceptance rate for North Koreans making Refugee Claims in Canada. WHAT?!

Yes it’s true. Unfathomable really. According to the Toronto Star, out of the 173 North Koreans seeking asylum in Canada during the first 6 months of 2011, only 69% of the claims have been accepted. I would think that anyone who proves they were from North Korea and came to Canada directly or even indirectly, […]

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