Refugee Acceptance Rates and Designated Countries of Origin

30th Sep 2010 Comments Off on Refugee Acceptance Rates and Designated Countries of Origin

The CBC has compiled Canada’s refugee acceptance rate for 2006-2009. The information helps ascertain which countries will likely be designated as safe countries.

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Federal Court Rules on Galloway Inadmissibility

28th Sep 2010 Comments Off on Federal Court Rules on Galloway Inadmissibility

The Federal Court has released its decision on the legality of the “decision” to prohibit former British MP George Galloway from entering Canada for having committed terrorism or been a member of a terrorist organization.

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Permanent Residency for Low-Skilled Workers

23rd Sep 2010 Comments Off on Permanent Residency for Low-Skilled Workers

In addition to the family class stream and the availability of an exemption to a visa requirement based on humanitarian & compassionate grounds, it is possible for low-skilled workers to immigrate under provincial programs designed to facilitate permanent residency for people in certain “low-skilled or semi-skilled” occupations. In British Columbia, this program is known as the “Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled Pilot Project”.

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Getting an LMO for an Employee

Getting an LMO for an Employee

18th Sep 2010 Comments Off on Getting an LMO for an Employee

A reminder to employers that as a result of the global recession, concurrent processing for work permits and labour market opinions are no longer available. Not only that, but all Labour Market Opinions now expire six months after issuance.

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SSNP Members Immigrating to Canada

15th Sep 2010 Comments Off on SSNP Members Immigrating to Canada

The Federal Court has affirmed that membership in the Syrian Socialist Nationalist Party (“SSNP”) can render an individual inadmissible to Canada pursuant to s. 34(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

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From Working Holiday Program to Permanent Residence

10th Sep 2010 Comments Off on From Working Holiday Program to Permanent Residence

When an individual under the Working Holiday Program wants to become a permanent resident.

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Canada Launches Blue Blindfold Campaign

8th Sep 2010 Comments Off on Canada Launches Blue Blindfold Campaign

According to the Toronto Star, the federal government has taken a page from Ireland, the UK, and the United States, and launched its own version of the Blue Blindfold Campaign. This awareness campaign will urge Canadians to “stop turning a blind eye to potential victims of human trafficking”, and to anonymously report what they see.

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Canada and Birthright Citizenship

3rd Sep 2010 Comments Off on Canada and Birthright Citizenship

Those reading about the immigration debate raging in the United States over Arizona’s recent attempt at passing Senate Bill 1070 might be forgiven for missing a quieter discussion that is taking place in the immigration community about recent calls by prominent Republicans for the abolition of birthright citizenship. Should Canada do the same?

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The Bill C-11 Changes – What is Now in Effect

3rd Sep 2010 Comments Off on The Bill C-11 Changes – What is Now in Effect

Last Updated on September 3, 2010 by Steven Meurrens

On June 29, 2010, Bill C-11, the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, received Royal Assent.  This Bill provided the most significant changes to Canada’s refugee law in several years.  Getting it through Parliament proved to be extremely contentious, and it took a last minute deal between the Conservatives, the NDP, and the Bloc to pass it. It is now law, though many of its provisions have yet to take effect.

The Bill introduced significant changes to Canada’s refugee system, including:

  • Replacing the 28 days to prepare a Personal Information Form with an information-gathering interview which will occur no sooner than 15 days after a claim has been made;
  • Reducing the wait for a hearing from approximately 18 months after arrival to 90 days after the informational interview for most claimants;
  • Allowing the government to designate certain countries of origin. Whether a country is designated or not will depend on the approval rate of refugee applications from that country. If a claimant comes from a designated country, than their hearing will occur 60 days after the informational interview;
  • Creating a Refugee Appeal Division. Decisions on appeals will be held within 120 days of the original decision unless a hearing is held. Decisions on appeals from people from designated countries of origin will occur within 30 days;
  • Allowing the Refugee Protection Division to declare a refugee claim as being manifestly fraudulent. If this occurs, then the time for appeal will be 30 days;
  • Removing people within 12 months of a final negative decision by the Immigration and Refugee Board;

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Medical Exam Requirements to Visit Canada Change

2nd Sep 2010 Comments Off on Medical Exam Requirements to Visit Canada Change

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has removed 45 countries from the designated country or territory list, and added four. The countries removed include Iran, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore.

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