Understanding Judicial Review

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When a visa application has been refused and an applicant is convinced that the decision is unreasonable then it may be advisable to file an Application for Leave to Commence Judicial Review with the Federal Court of Canada (the “Federal Court” or the “Court”). The Federal Court has the jurisdiction to review the decisions of … Read More

Addressing IRPR r. 117(9)(d)

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Regulation 117(9)(d) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations provides that a foreign national shall not be considered a member of the family class by virtue of their relationship to a sponsor if the sponsor previously made an application for permanent residence and became a permanent resident and, at the time of that application, the foreign national was … Read More

Responding to Procedural Fairness Letters

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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

Canada Lifts Visa Requirement Against Mexico; Bulgaria, Romania, Brazil Soon to Follow

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On December 1, 2016, the Government of Canada lifted the requirement that Mexican nationals obtain a temporary resident visa (a “TRV”) prior to travelling to Canada.   As with all TRV exempt travellers, excluding Americans, Mexican nationals are still required to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (an “ETA”) prior to boarding aircraft to travel to Canada.   … Read More

Educational Credential Assessments

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An Educational Credential Assessment is a report by a designated company company that evaluates an individual’s foreign education and compares it to a Canadian equivalent. It is necessary to be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, to get education points in Express Entry and for certain provincial nomination programs. The designated organizations are: Comparative … Read More

A22.1 Declarations to Deny People Entry to Canada

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On January 28, 2014, Chris Alexander, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, issued the following statement (emphasis added): Recent actions by members of Ukraine’s ruling elite in the face of popular and growing protests have been utterly deplorable, and compel us to take targeted and meaningful action. “Given the violent repression of legitimate protest and … Read More

Environmental Overview – Nairobi

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The following blog post contains information specific to the Canadian visa office in Nairobi. 2013 OVERVIEW The following is a summary of the Environmental Overview of the immigration functions at the Canadian High Commission in Naiorbi (the “Environmental Overview”).  The Environmental Overview was prepared as part of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada 2013-2014 planning exercise, … Read More

Environmental Overview – Accra

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The following is a summary of the Environmental Overview of the immigration functions at the Canadian High Commission in Accra (the “Environmental Overview”).  The Environmental Overview was prepared as part of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada 2013-2014 planning exercise, and is current as of January 2013. Environment The Canadian High Commission in Accra (“CIC Accra”) … Read More

2024-2026 Immigration Levels Plan

Steven MeurrensImmigration Trends

On November 1, 2026, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) published its Supplementary Information for the 2024-2026 Immigration Levels Plan (the “Immigration Levels Plan”).  Under the Immigration Levels Plan, the target for new permanent residents to Canada for 2024 is 485,000.  This number will increase to 500,000 in 2025.  The permanent resident target will then … Read More

Family Reference Letters

Steven MeurrensImmigration Trends

Many applicants for various types of applications will request that family letters provide reference letters. The Federal Court has repeatedly held that visa officers should not discount reference letters from family and friends. For example, in n Magonza v Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2019 FC 14, Justice Grammond wrote: [44] Immigration decision‑makers have on a … Read More