The Increasing Burden on Canadian Businesses

28th Feb 2015 Comments Off on The Increasing Burden on Canadian Businesses

The following article appeared in the March 2015 edition of The Canadian Immigrant. — Canada’s government views itself as being a government that has reduced administrative burdens for Canadian businesses. Indeed, the House of Commons recently passed legislation that states that every new regulation that imposes a new administrative burden on Canadian business must result in an existing regulation being…

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Communicating by email with CIC

8th Nov 2014 Comments Off on Communicating by email with CIC

The following article appeared in the November 2014 edition of The Canadian Immigrant. —— People wishing to immigrate to Canada have traditionally had to submit paper-based applications, and communicate with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) by regular mail. CIC, however, is modernizing its processes. An increasing number of applications can now be uploaded to CIC’s online portal, and visa offices…

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Application refused? What CIC states in refusal letters is not the whole story

6th Jul 2015 Comments Off on Application refused? What CIC states in refusal letters is not the whole story

The following article appeared in the July edition of The Canadian Immigrant. A person whose visa, permit or immigration application has been refused needs to understand two things. First, when Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) refuses an application, it does not necessarily provide the full reasons for the refusal to the applicant. Second, it is possible for an applicant to…

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Same-sex sponsorship: apply as a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner

18th Aug 2015 Comments Off on Same-sex sponsorship: apply as a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner

The following article appeared in the August edition of The Canadian Immigrant. In June 2015, the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges required that all U.S. states license marriages between two people of the same sex, essentially legalizing same-sex marriage in America. Two years before, the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor ended the disparate…

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John McCallum – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

27th Feb 2017 Comments Off on John McCallum – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

…had also served as a cabinet minister in previous Liberal governments, he was able to hit the ground running in implementing his mandate. Nonetheless, the comparative lack of material to write about was noticeable as I prepared this article. The Good John McCallum’s biggest accomplishment as Canada’s immigration minister, and the one that he will definitely be most remembered for,…

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Bill C-6 – How the Liberals are Changing Canadian Citizenship Law

1st Mar 2016 Comments Off on Bill C-6 – How the Liberals are Changing Canadian Citizenship Law

…oath and counting that time towards their residency requirement. Bill C-6 extends this prohibition and restriction to those serving conditional sentences. Conclusion As noted at the outset of this article, Bill C-6 fulfils all of the Liberal 2015 election campaign promises regarding Canadian citizenship law. They have achieved this mainly by tweaking many of the Conservative changes without actually repealing…

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Immigration Policy after the 2015 Election

15th Sep 2015 Comments Off on Immigration Policy after the 2015 Election

The following is an article that I wrote for the September 2015 edition of Policy Options. The Conservatives have yet to fully implement many of their reforms… Canada’s immigration system will look very different from the way it looked a decade ago. The 42nd Canadian federal election will likely be a pivotal event for Canadian immigration policy. The Conservative Party…

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Government of Canada Commits to Initiating Removal Against 875 Refugees Per Year

5th May 2014 Comments Off on Government of Canada Commits to Initiating Removal Against 875 Refugees Per Year

The following is an article that I wrote for the May edition of The Canadian Immigrant. ————————————————- In January 2014, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) released Operational Bulletin: PRG-2013-59, which states that the CBSA has committed to referring a minimum of 875 refugee vacation or cessation cases per year to the Refugee Protection Division (RPD). News of this bulletin,…

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