Immigrant Investors and the $120,000 Myth

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The “common scenario” under the old immigrant investor program was that investors would pay financial intermediaries $120,000 to finance their loans to the Canadian government. At least 90% of immigrant investors paid this amount. However, those immigrant investors that paid $120,000 to the financial institution paid too much.

Canada Launches Blue Blindfold Campaign

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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.

Canada’s Ageing Demographics Compared to Other Western Nations

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In today’s Daily Reckoning, Dan Denning analyzes the age demographics of numerous Western countries to determine the attractiveness of government treasuries. He summarizes the relationship between aging countries and government finances as follows: Through either low immigration or low birth rates, or a combination of both, aging countries face some grim demographic math. Pension (private … Read More

Does Party Affiliation Affect Views on Immigration?

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Recently, the Conference Board of Canada published a series of articles relating to immigration. One of them, written by Nick Nanos, talks about extensive polling on Canadian opinions regarding immigration. It has been widely quoted in the media that while Canadians approve of immigration, they generally want the numbers to stay the same. I made … Read More

Decline in Chinese Immigration to British Columbia : 渥京改政策 省推薦名額增

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On Tuesday, June 29th, I was quoted in Ming Pao, Vancouver’s largest Chinese daily newspaper. 另一本地移民律師辛湉王(Steven Meurrens)則認為,技術移民及新推出的加拿大經驗類別(Canadian Experience)移民均甚多限制,有意申請人士最好另走他途,他認為PNP仍是移民最快增長點,但許多人對PNP仍認識不夠。 辛湉王 續稱,雖然近日投資移民的投資額及資產額都提高了一倍,但聯邦及省府均有充分信心,認為投資移民金額提高一倍不會影響申請人數,這是政府迅速增加收入的有 效途徑。 My comments were a response to recent Chinese immigration trends to British Columbia. The interviewer wanted to know my response to the following statistics compiled by BC Stats: PRC LANDINGS TO BC Family Refugee … Read More

The Federal Skilled Worker NOC List

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As part of its recent changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (“FSWP“), the government has changed which National Occupational Classification (“NOC“) categories are eligible under the program. In short, the FSWP requires that a prospective immigrant either have a job offer or sufficient experience in a designated NOC occupation. These are typically occupations of … Read More

加拿大政府宣布将暂时不再接受申请加拿大联邦投资移民计划

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计划与家人移民到加拿大的富裕中国人,希望已经听到加拿大政府宣布将暂时不再接受申请加拿大联邦投资移民计划 (IIP)。加拿大政府在今年夏天更改条例后将恢复接受联邦投资移民计划的申请。 加拿大联邦投资移民计划越来越变成成功的商人移民到加拿大最受欢迎的选项。在 2009 年,约 1 万人在该计划下移民到加拿大。 暂停接受申请并不影响这些加拿大当局于 6 月 26 日前收到的申请表,这些将仍会正常处理。 但是,那些尚未能够提交他们申请表的人必须在加拿大政府恢复接受联邦投资移民计划的申请后,确保它们符合新条例的规定。 以前,想用联邦投资移民计划移民到加拿大的申请人,必须拥有丰富的商务经验、 有个人净资产CAD 80 万 (CN 5.2 百万),和必须愿意作出 40 万元投资 (CN 2.6百 万),这40万将于5年后全数退回给申请人但是没有利息。在各种融资选项中,申请人支付的实际金额是 CAD 80,000 (CN 524,000)至 CAD 120,000元 (CN 787,000) 之间。这金额实质上将确保申请人的加拿大永久居民身份。 在新的联邦投资移民计划的新条例下,个人净资产要求增加了一倍CAD 1.6 万 (CN 10.4百 万),并且愿意投资CAD 800,000,但是现在尚未有新的融资方案。 这是自 1999 年以来加拿大政府第一次更改联邦投资移民计划的规定,加拿大政府指出条例更改的部分原因是因为亚洲的经济实力。这几年来,由于经济衰退,在个人收入减少的趋势下,亚洲国家尤其是中国却反其道而行的在经济和个人所得方面上升增加。事实上,联邦投资移民计划的新规定,加拿大政府认为亚洲富人用联邦投资移民方式来加拿大的人将会超过北美来的移民,鉴于亚洲人占了联邦投资移民计划的80%,加拿大政府对该地区的持续经济复原能力明显有信心。 过去想要用联邦投资移民计划却不符合新条例的申请人应该要注意有许多其他移民的方法可用。第一,魁北克移民投资计划不会在未来的几个月内更改条例。商务移民的申请人发现省提名的方式更具吸引力,省提名规定申请人需致力于工作或经营某些类型的业务,有很多省提名的新移民到加拿大后开始赚钱。任何想移民但不符合新条例的申请人,应该立即联络他们的移民顾问或律师了解更多有关这些程序的资料。 而这些符合联邦投资移民计划新条例的申请人将受益于更快的处理时间。第一,由于净资产和投资金额的增加,符合条件的申请会减少。此外,一旦恢复接受申请表,新的申请将会和旧有的申请一起审核,这意味着在新条例下的申请人将很快获得永久居民签证。 另一方面,这些努力工作并克服障碍而达到他们的财富的申请人,应该要注意到新的条件提高的缺点。他们应该意识到他们要证明他们个人的净值并披露给加拿大政府其资产来源,在这种情况下,越来越多的新移民被审核纳税资料,他们需要多缴税金给加拿大政府。 富有的移民应该向他们的会计师、顾问或律师谘询有关避税的条例,了解各种法律税务机制以减少披露的资料。他们应该讨论设立信托基金来避开支付庞大的所得税。

Racial Profiling at Citizenship and Immigration Canada?

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Charlie Gillis has an interesting article Macleans Magazine today titled “Who Doesn’t Get Into Canada”. The article analyses a government report titled “Social and Economic Outcomes of Second Generation Youth” in the context of broader trends in Canadian immigration patterns.   The government report makes many very blunt observations, including that: Chinese and South Asians are the … Read More

Ineligibility to Make a Refugee Claim

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Section 101(d) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act states: 101. (1) A claim is ineligible to be referred to the Refugee Protection Division if (a) refugee protection has been conferred on the claimant under this Act; (b) a claim for refugee protection by the claimant has been rejected by the Board; (c) a prior claim by … Read More