Electronic Travel Authorization – Known Travel

Steven MeurrensTemporary Resident Visas

Section 7.1(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (the “IRPR”) provides that: 7.1 (1) A foreign national referred to in paragraph 7(2)(a) who is exempt from the requirement to obtain a temporary resident visa and who is seeking to enter Canada by air to remain on a temporary basis is required to obtain an electronic travel … Read More

Electronic Travel Authorizations

Meurrens LawTemporary Resident Visas

On August 1, 2015, the Government of Canada launched the Electronic Travel Authorization (“eTA”) program.  The program is similar to the United States of America’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization. Implementation of the eTA program allows Canada to pre-screen eTA-required travellers to ensure that they are admissible to Canada. Since March 15, 2016, most foreign … Read More

Religious and Charitable Workers

Meurrens LawTemporary Resident Visas, Work Permits

There are generally two types of religious workers who seek entry to Canada to work. The first are clergy (which includes Buddhist monks, Sikh granthis, rabbis, priests, preachers, pastors, etc.) whose employment in Canada will consist mainly of preaching doctrine, presiding at religious functions, or providing spiritual counselling. The second are religious workers (which includes nuns, monks … Read More

Temporary Resident Visa Statistics

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A Temporary Resident Visa (“TRV”) is a document issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) which shows that the person has met the requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident.  It is typically a counterfoil that is placed in a person’s passport. There are many types of TRVs. Statistics From 2011-2021 (February) … Read More

Applying for a Permit When Country Conditions Are Not Good

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It is generally regarded as difficult for people who are from countries with bad home country conditions to apply for permits.  Hamad v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2012 FC 336 is an example of how to put together an application that can overcome these issues. Background When he applied, Mr. Hamad lived in Benghazi, Libya, … Read More

Understanding Dual Intent

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It is not uncommon for people who are applying for temporary residency are scared to admit anything that could convey a future desire to immigrate to Canada.  However, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC“) recognizes that having two intents (one temporary and one permanent) is legitimate.  Its policy on this is commonly known as “dual … Read More

Statistics – Temporary Residence Approvals by Visa Office

Meurrens LawTemporary Resident Visas, Work Permits

I was recently provided with Access to Information Act results that an immigration consultant obtained which lists for 2016, 2017 and Jan – Aug 2018 the number of applications finalized, the approval rate, and the processing time, for the following applications from every IRCC office: Temporary Resident Visa Study Permit Work Permit Electronic Travel Authorisation The results … Read More