Canada to Change Citizenship Requirements

On February 6, 2014 the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-24, The Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act. If passed, Bill C-24 will significantly change the requirements for Canadian citizenship.  Prospective citizenship applicants who may not meet the new requirements once Bill C-24 passes are encouraged to apply for Canadian citizenship as soon as possible. The following is aContinue Reading

Immigration Applications are not Processed in the Order that they are Received

[Editor's Note: The following appeared in the September 2012 version of The Canadian Immigrant.  In drafting a blog post about a similar topic I realized that I had never posted the article below to my blog. I am therefore posting this today. The title in The Canadian Immigrant article was "What Applicants Should Look forContinue Reading

Can My Child Go to School for Free in British Columbia?

Although it is not directly related to immigration, one of the questions that we are often asked is whether someone’s child is eligible for publicly funded education in British Columbia.  Many school board websites, such as the Vancouver School Board‘s, state which documents certain foreign nationals and permanent residents should provide so that their childrenContinue Reading

A22.1 Declarations to Deny People Entry to Canada

On January 28, 2014, Chris Alexander, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, issued the following statement (emphasis added): Recent actions by members of Ukraine’s ruling elite in the face of popular and growing protests have been utterly deplorable, and compel us to take targeted and meaningful action. “Given the violent repression of legitimate protest andContinue Reading

Labour Market Opinions – Prevailing Wage (BE5)

In order to obtain a positive Labour Market Opinion, an employer must commit to paying a prospective foreign worker at least the prevailing wage for an occupation in a geographic area.  The prevailing wage is set by Employment and Skills Development Canada (“ESDC”)/Service Canada.  It is a very strict requirement, and Service Canada officers currentlyContinue Reading

The Beyond the Border Initiative – ETA, Information Sharing, Tracking Exits

[The following is a slightly edited (to include links) version of an article that I wrote for The Canadian Immigrant.] In February 2011, Canada and the United States agreed to the Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competiveness. More commonly known as the Beyond the Border Action Plan, the effectContinue Reading

Environmental Overview (Chandigarh)

The following is a summary of the Environmental Overview of the immigration functions at the Canadian Consulate in Chandigarh (the “Environmental Overview”).  The Environmental Overview was prepared as part of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada 2013-2014 planning exercise, and is current as of January 2013. Areas in blockquote are direct passages from the Environmental Overview.Continue Reading

Yes, CIC Can Deny PNP Nominees

Three years ago, I wrote a piece about PNP nominees being denied entry at Ports of Entry.  It proved to be very informative to many people who did not realize that Citizenship and Immigration Canada could refuse immigration applications from provincial nominees.  While it is certainly the case that a provincial nomination certificate will generallyContinue Reading