Temporary Resident Visa Statistics

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From 2011 – 2020 the visitor visa approval rate for some of Canada’s top source countries of applications was as fol

Temporary Resident Visa Approval Rate By Country

Country
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020

Algeria
80
77
74
68
70
65
58
44
46
44

Bangladesh
64
70
65
46
48
53
53
53
55
63

China
85
88
90
89
88
89
89
88
87
87

Colombia
72
74
78
78
80
79
80
78
78
67

Egypt
55
61
69
73
70
68
57
62
57
57

Ghana
54
53
50
30
48
47
47
47
50
38

Haiti
60
50
45
44
43
42
37
37
29
39

India
79
77
78
78
77
74
67
56
53
62

Iran
67
58
68
68
73
69
74
68
46
52

Jamaica
59
64
67
65
59
58
58
72
75
75

Lebanon
80
75
75
73
78
73
61
67
63
58

Nigeria
56
54
60
59
58
50
32
40
33
38

Pakistan
59
56
51
52
55
53
34
44
41
40

Phillipines
84
85
85
81
79
78
76
78
78
82

Russia
89
90
84
79
78
85
84
78
78
76

South Africa
97
97
96
95
95
92
88
88
89
79

Sri Lanka
71
69
69
65
74
72
66
67
59
56

Turkey
89
89
89
90
90
75
72
74
73
69

Ukraine
84
85
84
71
69
72
72
71
71
74

Venezuala
77
88
92
80
74
77
49
43
47
62

Vietnam
82
78
78
79
79
84
77
75
68
76

Global
82
82
83
81
81
79
74
70
64
66

A full breakdown can be found here:

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Open Spousal Work Permits After September 27, 2021

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Last updated on September 30th, 2021

In a previous blog post I wrote about how Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) was increasingly focusing on genuineness.

On September 27, 2021 IRCC updated its webpage to reform the open spousal work permit program.

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2021 Election Results and Canadian Immigration

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On September 20, 2021 Canada had its 44th Parliamentary election.  The results leave the composition of Canada’s House of Commons essentially unchanged from before.  As of September 21, 2021, the Liberal Party of Canada, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has again won a Minority Government with 32% of the vote and 158 seats, 12 short of the required 170 needed for a majority.  This means that the Liberals do not have enough seats in the House of Commons to unilaterally pass legislation and must collaborate with the other parties.  The Conservative Party of Canada won 34% of the vote and 119 seats. The Bloc Québécois won 8% of the vote and 34 seats. The New Democratic Party won 18% of the vote and 25 seats. The Green Party of Canada won 2% of the vote and 2 seats.

The Liberals can pass immigration legislation as long as they have the support of either the Conservatives, the Bloc or the NDP.  They do not have to commit to one party, and can pick and choose which party they get support from depending on the specific change they are proposing. It is accordingly worth understanding these parties’ immigration campaigns.

The Liberal Party of Canada

The Liberals said that if re-elected they would abolish citizenship application processing fees, which are currently $630.00 per adult and $100.00 per child.  They also committed to reducing processing times that have been impacted by COVID-19 and creating a visitor visa program for the spouses of Canadians who wish to visit their partners while their spousal sponsorship applications are in process.

The Liberals also plan on establishing a trusted employer system to streamline foreign worker applications, expand the Global Talent Stream and maintain its two-week processing standard.  The will Francophone immigration outside of Quebec and create pathways to permanent residence for foreign workers and international students through Express Entry.

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C-14 Work Permits

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On February 17, 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) introduced a Labour Market Impact Assessment (“LMIA”) exemption for foreign nationals in the television and film industry whose position or occupation is essential to a TV or film production.  On September 13, 2021 IRCC narrowed the LMIA exemption.

The exemption previously read:

(exemption code C14) – Canada.ca”]

The current requirements are that the work that a foreign national is performing must be:

  • essential to a live-action TV or film project in the production stage (filming): Essential positions are those where the physical presence of foreign workers on location in Canada is required to generate the expected benefit;
  • be high wage: Evidence of high-wage work is meant to establish that Canada will reap a significant economic benefit (for example, tax revenue) from hiring a foreign national and to protect the Canadian labour market from wage suppression;
  • unionized: Proof of unionized work demonstrates that the employment of the foreign national is critical to the production occurring in Canada while protecting the direct employment of Canadians.

Occupations that may meet these criteria include, but are not limited to, actors and actresses, directors, stunt persons, lighting specialists and choreographers.

Consideration under this exemption is to be given for the production (filming) stage of live-action television and film projects in Canada, regardless of whether

  • the production is foreign or Canadian;
  • it is filmed entirely or in part in Canada.

IRCC has also clarified that the following situations would not qualify:

  • Pre- or post-production work, for example, storyboarding, visual effects, sound editing or film editing. This work is not considered essential to the on location production stage (filming),

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Borderlines Podcast #60 – Where Canada’s Political Parties Stand on Immigration in 2021, with Chantal Desloges

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A discussion of the 2021 immigration platforms of the Liberals, Conservatives, New Democrats, Greens, Bloc Quebecois and the People’s Party of Canada.

Chantal Desloges is the Founder and Senior Partner of Desloges Law Group.

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Heading – The Election and Canadian Immigration

On September 20, 2021 Canada will have its 44th Parliamentary election.  There are six main political parties running.  The first is the Liberal Party of Canada, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  The Liberals are generally regarded as a centrist party and have governed since October 2015.  The second is the Conservative Party of Canada, led by Erin O’Toole.  The Conservatives are a centre-right party that previously governed Canada from 2006-2015 under Stephen Harper.  The third is the New Democratic Party, a left-wing led by Jagmeet Singh.  The fourth is the Green Party of Canada, led by Annamie Paul, a party that is typically known for its environmental platform.  The fifth is the Bloc Québécois, led by Yves Francois Blanchet. The Bloc is a Quebec nationalist party that only runs candidates in Quebec.  Finally, there is the People’s Party of Canada, a right-wing party led by Maxime Bernier.

As of writing, polls suggest that Canada is likely heading to a minority government.  This means that none of the political parties above will win enough seats to govern without the support of another party. 

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Memorandums to the Minister

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In this post are various Memorandums to the Minister.

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Access to Information Act Exemptions

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The following chart is a helpful summary of the exemptions to disclosure under the Access to Information Act.

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