PRRA Officer Did not Consider Important Country Report

Meurrens LawHumanitarian and Compassionate

On June 7, the Federal Court released its decision in Ariyaratnam v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2010 FC 608 (“Ariyaratnam“) The case involved a 28 year old from Sri Lanka whose Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (“PRRA“) and Humanitarian & Compassionate applications were refused. The appellant argued in Federal Court that the assessing officer (the “Officer“) had a … Read More

Bill C-37, the Strengthening the Value of Canadian Citizenship Act

Meurrens LawCitizenship Applications and Revocations

On June 10, the Conservative government introduced Bill C-37, also known as the Strengthening the Value of Canadian Citizenship Act (“Bill C-37“). The legislation will result in five changes if passed. These are: Regulate Citizenship Consultants Increases Penalties for Citizenship Fraud Strengthen Rules For Residence Requirement Expand Ban on Criminals Becoming Citizens Crown Exception to First … Read More

Family Class Undertakings

Meurrens LawFamily Class (Spousal Sponsorships, Parents & Grandparents)

The spousal sponsorship undertaking is a binding contract between sponsors (and co-signers) and the Minister of Immigraiton, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Sponsors must provide the sponsored person with basic requirements from the day they enter Canada until the end of the undertaking. They are obligated to repay the government any social assistance payments made to … Read More

Ineligibility to Make a Refugee Claim

Meurrens LawImmigration Trends

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