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

Applying for a Permit When Country Conditions Are Not Good

Meurrens LawTemporary Resident Visas

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

Meurrens LawTemporary Resident Visas

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

eTA Regulations Amended

Meurrens LawTemporary Resident Visas

On April 13, 2017 the Government of Canada introduced several regulatory amendments to the Electronic Travel Authorization (“eTA”) regime.  The changes to the eTA program came into effect on May 3, 2017.  Before reading about the changes, those who are unfamiliar with the eTA should read my previous posts on this topic titled ETA Regulations … Read More

The Canadian Visa Requirement for Mexican Citizens – A Policy which is No Longer Needed

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During Canada’s 2015 federal election, the Liberal Party of Canada, led by Justin Trudeau, promised that if they were elected government that Canada would lift its visa requirement on Mexico.  This campaign promise is reflected in now Prime Minister Trudeau’s mandate letter to John McCallum, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, which states that … Read More

Electronic Travel Authorization

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 will allow Canada to pre-screen eTA-required travellers to ensure that they are admissible to Canada. As of March 15, 2016, most … Read More