Spousal Sponsorships where the Sponsor Does not Live in Canada

Meurrens LawFamily Class (Spousal Sponsorships, Parents & Grandparents)

Section 133(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (the “Regulations”) provides that: A sponsor who is a Canadian citizen and does not reside in Canada may sponsor a foreign national who makes [an application to sponsor a member of the Family Class] and is the sponsor’s spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner or dependent child who has … Read More

Introducing Express Entry

Meurrens LawSkilled Immigration (Express Entry, CEC, FSWC, Etc.)

On January 1 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC“) is expected to overhaul its economic immigration programs with the launch of Express Entry.  On December 1, 2014, the Government of Canada released detailed Ministerial Instructions regarding Express Entry.  In this post I hope to provide an easy to read overview of the new program. Express Entry … Read More

CIC Caps CEC, Eliminates Eligible Occupations

Meurrens LawSkilled Immigration (Express Entry, CEC, FSWC, Etc.)

On November 8, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) announced significant changes to the Canadian Experience Class (“CEC”). The CEC is a very popular program for immigrating to Canada.  Subject to narrow exceptions, individuals qualify for the CEC if: they plan to live outside of Quebec; they have at least 12 months of full-time skilled … Read More

PSLRB Rules CIC Bargaining with PAFSO in Bad Faith

Meurrens LawImmigration Trends

As the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (“PAFSO”) strike enters its fifth month, the Public Service Labour Relations Board (“PSLRB”) has ruled that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) is bargaining with PAFSO in bad faith.  The PSLRB decision can be found here. CIC has filed a judicial review application of the PSLRB decision. There appears to … Read More

PAFSO Strike Jeopardizing CIC Client Services

Meurrens LawImmigration Trends

As many people know, the Professional Association of Foreign Services Officers (“PAFSO“) is currently taking strike action. According to the PAFSO Facebook page: [As of July 10] members who have not been identified as essential have withdrawn services in San Juan, Costa Rica,Sao Paulo. Guatemala, Brasilia, Moscow, Warsaw, Singapore,Manila, Islamabad,Chandigarh,Ankara, Hong Kong, and Delhi. Some … Read More

CIC Office Closures Run Deep

Meurrens LawImmigration Trends

The deficit reduction strategy has officially hit Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Canadian offices.  Here are a list of closures effective today: Office Closing PR Cards and Investigation Referrals will be transferred to Vegerville Referral Files will be transferred to Citizenship Files will be transferred to BC  Kelowna Expo Office in Vancouver Vancouver Vancouver  Nanaimo  Expo office … Read More