Kenney’s legacy on immigration: the good, the bad and the ugly – As Featured in Canadian Immigrant Magazine

8th Sep 2013 Comments Off on Kenney’s legacy on immigration: the good, the bad and the ugly – As Featured in Canadian Immigrant Magazine

…2008. During Jason Kenney’s tenure at CIC, he overhauled Canada’s immigration system. It is difficult to convey in one article how thorough his changes were. Here is one telling example. In 2007 CIC released nine Operational Bulletins regarding program changes. In 2012, it released ninety-four. Many lawyers and commentators in the media were often critical of Mr. Kenney’s changes. However,…

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Introducing Biometrics for Certain Visa Applicants

1st Dec 2013 Comments Off on Introducing Biometrics for Certain Visa Applicants

[The following article of mine was published in Canadian Immigrant Magazine.] Canada has joined the United States, Japan, most of Europe and Australia in requiring biometric information from certain foreign nationals. Biometrics is the measurement of unique physical characteristics, such as fingerprints and facial features, for the purpose of verifying identity. Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC’s) goal in requiring that…

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The Afghan Interpreter Debacle

13th Sep 2011 Comments Off on The Afghan Interpreter Debacle

…the implementation of the program? According to the Globe and Mail: The minister declined an interview request. In case you thought that this issue was limited to Canada, the Globe and Mail also reports in the same article that: The Associated Press recently reported that 2,300 Afghans applied for a similar program run by the U.S. government. The U.S. Afghan…

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Religious Workers and Work Permits

3rd Jul 2013 Comments Off on Religious Workers and Work Permits

…include the organization’s mandate; governing documents such as the certificate or article of incorporation; annual reports; letters of support; demonstration of the means of providing the charitable benefit; evidence of eligible beneficiary group; and qualification under provincial or territorial charitable legislation. If the work permit application is approved, the work permit should be issued for the period specified in the…

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Who Should Consider the Federal Skilled Trades Class?

18th Mar 2013 Comments Off on Who Should Consider the Federal Skilled Trades Class?

(The following is an article that I wrote for the March 2013 edition of Canadian Immigrant Magazine) On January 2, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) opened the Federal Skilled Trades Program (“FSTP”). CIC will process up to 3,000 FSTP applications in 2013. For certain people, the FSTP will be an attractive alternative to those who fall through the cracks…

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Certified Question on the Standard of Review for Visa Officers Interpreting The Law (Updated March 25, 2013)

6th Mar 2013 Comments Off on Certified Question on the Standard of Review for Visa Officers Interpreting The Law (Updated March 25, 2013)

…In my view, cases such as Febles are distinguishable on the basis that here, the Board was interpreting sections 37 and 117 of the Act. Further, unlike the Refugee Convention, the Protocol anticipates individual states will enact different measures to fulfil the Protocol’s objectives (see: article 6, section 4). The uniformity concerns in Febles do not apply to the Protocol….

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The Supreme Court of Canada Decision in Vavilov

30th Dec 2019 Comments Off on The Supreme Court of Canada Decision in Vavilov

Last updated on January 2nd, 2020 In December 2018 I wrote an article for The Canadian Immigrant about a Supreme Court of Canada case that had just been heard which could have a significant impact on Canadian immigration law. The case, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration v. Alexander Vavilov, was about whether a child who was born in Canada to…

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Applying to Immigrate During COVID19

1st Apr 2020 Comments Off on Applying to Immigrate During COVID19

…and difficult to keep up with. They have left a lot of prospective immigrants wondering what exactly is open with regards to Canada’s immigration programs.   Please note that this article was written on April 1, 2020.   Travel Bans   Canada is currently denying boarding to most foreign nationals on flights to Canada. There are, however, numerous exemptions to…

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The Post-Graduation Work Permit

28th Dec 2015 Comments Off on The Post-Graduation Work Permit

…such, and as noted by the Federal Court in Kaur v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2020 FC 513, it can be helpful to include documentation or attestations as to when someone graduated. There are complicated rules and scenarios for students transferring from one program to another, or completing multiple programs, that are beyond the scope of this article. However, a…

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Borderlines Podcast Episode 3 – Marriage Fraud, with Raj Sharma

4th Aug 2016 Comments Off on Borderlines Podcast Episode 3 – Marriage Fraud, with Raj Sharma

…in provincial prisons. Minister Goodale recently wrote an article in the Huffington Post in which he set out a number of goals in immigration detention, but at the same time also provided justification for the ongoing detention. Peter also showed us a recent tender that CBSA has put out in which they are seeking feedback on alternatives to detention. After…

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