Caregiver Judicial Reviews

Meurrens LawUncategorized

The history of caregiver programming in Canada, aimed at providing pathways to permanent residency for caregivers, dates back decades, with key developments occurring after the introduction of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). There have been four main caregiver pathways since the 1950s: Live-in Caregiver Program (1992 to 2014): This program was established to … Read More

Responding to Procedural Fairness Letters

Meurrens LawImmigration Trends, Work Permits

Where an applicant submits a complete application, but an immigration officer nonetheless has concerns regarding the merits of it, the immigration officer will often provide a fairness letter to the applicant.  This requirement has arisen from Federal Court of Canada jurisprudence which provides that the duty of procedural fairness can require that an applicant be … Read More

Borderlines Podcast #56 – Responding to Deportation Letters, with Michael Greene

Meurrens LawInadmissibility

We discuss issues involving the deportation of long term permanent residents for criminality. Michael Greene, Q.C. is an immigration lawyer in Calgary. He served as the National Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship & Immigration Section in 2000-2001. He is representing Jaskirat Singh Sidhu in his immigration and deportation matters. 5:45 – What are … Read More

When the Court Will Award Costs

Meurrens LawJudicial Reviews

In this post, which will be updated frequently, I will be looking at scenarios where the Federal Court ordered costs. I’m hoping that this post can become a useful reference for Federal Court practitioners.

Ability to Perform the Work Sought

Meurrens LawWork Permits

Regulation 200(3)(a) provides that an officer shall not issue a work permit to a foreign national if there are reasonable grounds to believe that the foreign national is unable to perform the work sought. Procedural Fairness In jurisprudence on applications for skilled worker class permits it has also been held that if the officer has … Read More

The Start-Up Business Class

Meurrens LawBusiness and Entrepreneur Immigrantion

On April 11, 2018, regulations for the Start-Up Business Class (the “Start-Up Business Class”) came into effect.  The regulations slightly modify the program that has been in effect since April 1, 2013.  Both applicants as well as designated entities should be aware of the changes.

Arranged Employment

Meurrens LawSkilled Immigration (Express Entry, CEC, FSWC, Etc.)

Regulation 82 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, SOR/2002-227 states: 82 (1) In this section, arranged employment means an offer of employment that is made by a single employer other than an embassy, high commission or consulate in Canada or an employer who is referred to in any of subparagraphs 200(3)(h)(i) to (iii), that is … Read More

Artificial Intelligence and Canadian Immigration

Meurrens LawUncategorized

When people submit applications to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada they typically have spent significant time carefully completing forms and assembling documents. They expect that their applications will be processed by visa officers who carefully review the information before them.  However, applicants need to understand that their artificial intelligence is playing an increasing role in visa … Read More

Dual Intent

Meurrens LawUncategorized

One of the most common questions that immigration lawyers and consultants get asked is whether someone can visit, work or study in Canada if they either have a permanent residence application in process or plan to submit one.  The issue is often especially pronounced in Canada’s family reunification programs, as families do not want to … Read More

Procedural Fairness Where Credibility is an Issue

Meurrens LawHumanitarian and Compassionate

In an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC“) the burden is on the applicant to put forward a complete, convincing and unambiguous application which provides sufficient evidence to establish that the requirements of Canadian immigration legislation are met. Visa officers are not under an obligation to ask for additional information where the submitted … Read More