Inadequacy of State Protection

Meurrens LawRefugees

Many refugee claimants are not based on situations where the state is the agent of persecution. Rather, the source of risk is a quasi-governmental authority or private actors. In such cases, the issue turns to one of the adequacy of state protection. Ward v. Canada The leading decision on the issue of state protection in the … Read More

Intra-Company Transferees and Start-Ups

Meurrens LawWork Permits

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (“IRCC“) International Mobility Program provides that a foreign worker may be issued a work permit without the employer needing a Labour Market Impact Assessment if the employee meets the requirements of the Intra-Company Transferees (“ICT“) program. Although some free trade agreements contain specific requirements, the general ICT rules applicable to … Read More

Citizenship Certificates

Meurrens LawCitizenship Applications and Revocations

Any Canadian citizen may apply for a citizenship certificate. The application package can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC“) website here. The current standard processing time is 5 months.  If someone lives outside Canada or the United States, and has applied through a Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate, it may take  an additional 2 to … Read More

Arguing Incompetence of Counsel in an Appeal

Meurrens LawJudicial Reviews

Many lawyers when they meet with clients often review rejected applications and/or appeals where it is obvious that the individual’s previous representative was incompetent. The examples of incompetence range from missed deadlines to ignorance of the law.  Some specific examples include: former counsel being told by an Immigration Appeal Division member to “sit down” because … Read More

Environmental Overview – Nairobi

Meurrens LawImmigration Trends

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

Inadmissible for Crimes Against Humanity

Meurrens LawInadmissibility

Section 35 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (the “IRPA“) provides that: Human or international rights violations 35 (1) A permanent resident or a foreign national is inadmissible on grounds of violating human or international rights for (a) committing an act outside Canada that constitutes an offence referred to in sections 4 to 7 of the … Read More

The Expansion of Inadmissibility for Espionage

Steven MeurrensUncategorized

The first few weeks of 2024 have been marked by developments that could significantly increase the number of people banned from Canada for espionage. The first was the Federal Court of Canada decision in Li v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2023 FC 1753 (“Li”), wherein the Chief Justice said that what constitutes “espionage” must evolve … Read More

The Best Interests of a Child

Meurrens LawHumanitarian and Compassionate

Yesterday, an individual called wanting to know if the fact that she was pregnant would guarantee a successful H&C application because of the duty to consider the “best interests of the child.” The father is Canadian.