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October 29th, 2018

Canada, the United States and Mexico recently reached a new agreement on trade: the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). While the USMCA signals a new era in North American trade, the deal does not bring any major changes to immigration policy. It is important to note that while the agreement has been reached between the three … Read More

July 3rd, 2018

On June 26, 2018, the United States Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s third travel ban in landmark 5-4 decision. The verdict comes after months of litigation over Trump’s Executive Order 13769, titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry in the United States”. The ban places entry restrictions on eight foreign countries whose systems for … Read More

June 21st, 2018

First-time, non-citizen impaired driving offenders may receive a significant penalty as a result of Bill C-46. The new federal legislation could make deportation mandatory for those who receive a conviction on indictment. The increase in maximum penalties is part of complementary Criminal Code changes in Bill C-46 aimed at preventing people from driving after consuming marijuana. … Read More

June 11th, 2018

Studying in Canada just got a whole lot easier for students from four of the most populous countries in Asia. On June 8th, 2017 the Canadian government announced that the Student Direct Stream (SDS) will be open to students applying for a study permit from China, India, Vietnam and the Philippines. To qualify for the … Read More

June 8th, 2018

Who needs to give biometrics? As of July 31st, 2018, travellers from Europe, Middle East and Asia who are applying for a visitor visa, work or study permit, permanent residence, or refugee or asylum status must submit biometric information (photograph and fingerprints) to the Canadian government as part of their application. On December 31st, 2018 … Read More

June 5th, 2018

UAE travellers looking to take a trip to Canada just got a big break. As of 5:30 a.m. ET on June 5th, 2018, United Arab Emirates (UAE) citizens no longer need a visa to travel to Canada for short stays (normally for up to six months) for business, to visit family and friends or for … Read More

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