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January 11th, 2018

As an immigration law firm assisting those seeking to visit or immigrate to Canada and the United States, we have been well-placed to observe the significant changes in each country which have occurred over the past year. Policy and rhetoric in the United States have been marked by increased hostility to immigration, in particular towards … Read More

January 11th, 2018

On January 4, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a new directive on border searches of electronic devices in order to provide guidance and standard operating procedures for searching, retaining, and sharing information contained in computers, tablets, removable media, mobile phones, cameras, and any other communication, electronic or digital devices subject to CBP … Read More

January 11th, 2018

As many healthcare and social services are publicly funded, Canada has a current policy in place which refuses immigration applicants who might be expected to cause excessive demand on Canadian health care system or social services. This type of exclusion is referred to as medical inadmissibility. On November 22, 2017 Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen appeared … Read More

November 16th, 2017

On October 24, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) increased the maximum age of a dependent child who may be included on an application to immigrate to Canada from under 19 years of age, to under 22 years of age. Principal applicants can now include dependent children under the age of 22, who are … Read More

November 2nd, 2017

The Canadian government has announced a significant milestone in implementing changes to the Canadian citizenship Act. New requirements will come into effect on October 11, 2017. The long-awaited changes will give more flexibility to both younger and older eligible immigrants to obtain citizenship. T They will also help individuals who have already begun building lives … Read More

November 2nd, 2017

The Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) — a free trade agreement between Canada, the EU and its member states —came into effect on September 21, 2017 New Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exemption codes have been created to better facilitate the mobility of labour between Canada and the European Union. CETA … Read More

September 26th, 2017

    As of October 1, 2017, the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) website is being changed to a new cloud based system called the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP). The GOES website allows registered users to enter their own applications for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler Programs, such as NEXUS. The website … Read More

September 6th, 2017

  Canada’s Start-up Visa Program offers permanent residency to foreign entrepreneurs who agree to bring their companies to Canada. Successful applicants link with private sector organizations in Canada, where they can receive funding, guidance and expertise in opening and operating their enterprise in Canada. The program was launched in 2013 as a pathway to Canadian … Read More

September 6th, 2017

  As of August 31, 2017, the Canadian government provides individuals with the option to have a gender-unspecified “X” designation on their Canadian passport and immigration documents, instead of just “M” for male or “F” for female. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has enacted interim measures to enable Canadians to add observations on their … Read More

August 8th, 2017

  All employers who make an offer of employment to a foreign national are responsible for complying with the program under which they apply. Work permits are issued to foreign nationals through one of the following programs: International Mobility Program (IMP) for foreign nationals who are exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirement … Read More