Conditional Permanent Residency for Spousal Sponsorships

The Canadian government has quietly put out a notice in the Gazette requesting comments on a proposal to introduce a conditional permanent residence period of two years or more for sponsored spouses and partners in a relationship of two years or less with their sponsors.

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The Bill C-11 Regulations

The Bill C-11 Regulations have been released

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Increased Labour Market Opinion Requirements

Effective April 1, employers will have to submit the following information when applying for a Labour Market Opinion.

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Canada to End Source-Country Class for Refugees

There are three types of refugee classes for refugees that are re-settled from abroad. These are the Convention Refugees Abroad Class, the Country of Asylum Class, and the Source Country Class. Minister Kenney has introduced regulatory changes to eliminate the Source Country Class.

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CSIC to be Replaced by the ICCRC

On March 18, 2011, Minister Kenney announced that a new regulatory body would be created to oversee immigration consultants. The name of the new agency will be the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (“ICCRC”). The public has been provided with 30 days to comment.

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Paying to Wait to Immigrate

In the immigration world, the waiting game is a fact of life.

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The Canadian Embassy in Hong Kong (Immigration)

The Hong Kong Office is responsible for the processing of all applications from Hong Kong and Macau. It is also responsisble for processing family class applications from China’s four southern provinces. All other applicants from China have the option of either choosing the Hong Kong or Beijing office.

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Internal Flight Alternatives

An area of refugee law that often frustrates refugee claimants is the requirement that they show that there was no reasonable internal flight alternative to claiming refugee status in Canada.

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Pending Criminal Charges and Immigrating

I have previously written that criminal convictions for foreign offenses can result in individuals being inadmissible to Canada. I was recently asked what the implication of charges or pending charges that have not yet been adjudicated.

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The Canadian Embassy in Taiwan

SM, the Program Manager for the Taiwan Office, recently gave an interesting presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.

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