The Global Skills Strategy – Faster Processing and More Compliance for Certain Work Permits

30th Jun 2017 Comments Off on The Global Skills Strategy – Faster Processing and More Compliance for Certain Work Permits

The following is an article that I wrote for The Canadian Immigrant Magazine. On June 12, 2017 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) and the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada (“ESDC”) launched the Global Skills Strategy. The government has issued several press releases stating that the Global Skills Strategy will “make it easier for Canadian business to attract…

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Addressing Concerns About Marriage Fraud

9th Nov 2017 Comments Off on Addressing Concerns About Marriage Fraud

(The following is an article that I wrote for Policy Options.) On April 13, 2017, the Trudeau government fulfilled a campaign promise from the 2015 federal election by eliminating the status of conditional permanent residency from Canada’s family reunification immigration programs. From 2012 to 2017, under rules implemented by the previous Harper government, immigrants who were married or in a…

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Getting Permanent Residency as an Owner or Self-Employed Person

14th Nov 2017 Comments Off on Getting Permanent Residency as an Owner or Self-Employed Person

The following is an article that I wrote for The Canadian Immigrant. It is generally understood that small businesses are the bedrock of the Canadian economy. The entrepreneurs who start them are often considered the lifeblood of the Canadian economy. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for foreign worker entrepreneurs in Canada to use their Canadian business experience to qualify for…

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The Conservative Case for Confidence in Canada’s Immigration System

28th Nov 2018 Comments Off on The Conservative Case for Confidence in Canada’s Immigration System

…Pakistan, France, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and Iraq. The top three countries represented almost 40% of immigrants to Canada. Clearly white nationalists will not like this. However, as many frustrated conservatives frequently need to explain nowadays, being a conservative doesn’t equate to being a white nationalist. So what is a conservative? In his article “Ten Principles of Conservatism” the conservative…

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Seeing the Forest Through the Weeds – Canada’s Immigration System Works

2nd Dec 2018 Comments Off on Seeing the Forest Through the Weeds – Canada’s Immigration System Works

In a previous Perspectives article I criticized the Liberal Government of Canada’s decision to establish a rigid intake procedure that returned applications in Canada’s family reunification programs for incompleteness. While doing so enabled the government to boast about overall processing times that were technically reduced, for many the consequences were actually lengthier separations and loss of status in Canada. At…

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Make Spousal Sponsorships Work to Reunite Families

25th Aug 2018 Comments Off on Make Spousal Sponsorships Work to Reunite Families

Last updated on September 21st, 2018 The following is an article that I wrote for Policy Options. On February 14, 2018, Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), announced that the processing time for spousal sponsorship applications had been reduced from 26 months to 12 months in 80 percent of cases. The Minister attributed the reduction to…

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Don’t misrepresent: honesty is the best policy when filling out applications

13th Jun 2017 Comments Off on Don’t misrepresent: honesty is the best policy when filling out applications

The following is an article that I wrote for The Canadian Immigrant magazine. Prospective immigrants committing misrepresentation in their applications is becoming an increasingly big problem in Canada. In Vancouver, an individual was recently sentenced to eight years imprisonment for helping around 1,500 people lie in everything from permanent residency applications to permanent resident card renewals, including the use of…

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Strict Interpretation of Compliance in the Foreign Worker Program

22nd Apr 2017 Comments Off on Strict Interpretation of Compliance in the Foreign Worker Program

[The following article appeared in the May edition of The Canadian Immigrant. I have slightly modified it for this blog post.] Back in 2013, Canada’s temporary foreign worker program was rocked by well–publicized stories of abuse. As a result, the Government of Canada introduced a comprehensive compliance regime for employers of foreign workers, and promised to ban companies from being…

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Revocation and Statelessness after Budlakoti

9th Jun 2015 Comments Off on Revocation and Statelessness after Budlakoti

…recognized as a citizen of any country at the present time. However, the Federal Court of Appeal then went on to state that: But that is not statelessness in the international law sense. Under Article 1 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness (acceded to by Canada on July 17, 1978), a person is stateless only where the…

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What if You Created an Investor Program and No One Applied?

8th Apr 2015 Comments Off on What if You Created an Investor Program and No One Applied?

The following article appeared in the April edition of The Canadian Immigrant. ____________ On Jan. 28, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) launched the replacement to the federal investor immigration program, called the immigrant investor venture capital pilot program. CIC was apparently so confident about demand for the new program that it announced that it would only accept applications to…

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