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Study says immigrants vital to Canada’s growth

A study released by the Conference Board of Canada this week has found that immigration is vital to Canada. The 60-page report was just released and is expected to inform both the Canadian government and Canadian businesses on the value of immigration. The Conference Board of Canada is a not-for-profit independent research organization that releases […]

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Canadian government targets higher immigrant numbers for 2011

The Government of Canada announced its plans for immigration in 2011 at the beginning of this month when it tabled its annual plan in Parliament, which is typically done before November 1st every year. Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenny said in a media release that, “Canada’s post-recession economy demands a high level of […]

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Defense of Marriage Act deports same-sex immigrants in US

The United States 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) identifies marriage as only being between a man and a woman under federal law. This means that in the case of immigration law, which is a federal matter, same sex couples who are legally married in states where gay marriage is legal are still subject to […]

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Spousal Sponsorship Meeting on “Marriages of Convenience” for Preventing Sponsorship Fraud

Over Halloween weekend, Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney hosted a meeting in Montreal to discuss preventing “marriages of convenience” for immigration reasons in Canada. The meeting was the third such meeting on immigration held by the Minister, who has been meeting with various communities across Canada throughout the month to discuss […]

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Spousal Sponsorship gone Bad: Family and Immigration law don’t always see “eye to eye”

CBC reported last week that a Canadian man who was married to a Ukrainian woman for a short time now wants her deported. He still pays spousal support for the woman, who he met through a dating website. He applied for a visitor’s visa (temporary resident visa) on her behalf, and married her shortly after […]

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So how do your lawyers communicate with you?

Or do they? A big, perhaps, one of the biggest concerns immigration clients express is the level of accessibility they will have to their lawyers. After all people are playing thousands of dollars for legal services that will have a major impact on their lives i.e., moving to a new country temporarily or permanently.  Sadly, […]

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Immigration and Refugee Board refusal sends man back to Mexico

The assistant to a journalist allegedly killed during Mexico’s drug violence had been denied refugee status. The man was the assistant to Amado Ramírez Dillane, who was prominent among Mexican journalists and covered the drug cartel violence and the activities of government officials, leaving him with a number of enemies. He was killed in April […]

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Arizona welcomes refugees but hunts down illegal immigrants

Despite the state of Arizona’s recent proposed anti-illegal immigration law that was severely modified before being passed, Arizona is becoming known as a haven for refugees from war-torn countries like Iraq, Somalia and Myanmar. The famous Arizona law had dealt with illegal immigrants, but thousands upon thousands of legal immigrants and refugees are welcome in […]

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Original Content vs. News Feeds in Immigration Blogs and Twitter

Many of you may have noticed that we don’t link to immigration news feeds. On occasion we link to immigration news stories published online but we never just “link and leave”. Anyone can do that. Without naming names, we have observed a proliferation of blogs and twitter accounts simply linking to news stories about immigration. […]

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Unpaid welfare bill prevents man from sponsoring his new wife

A man who divorced his first wife years ago and re-married in 2006 cannot sponsor his new wife because he’s on the hook for his ex-wife’s welfare bill, totaling almost $ 30,000. Ignatius Seffalaar is a baker in Saskatchewan and a Canadian citizen originally from the Netherlands. A frequent traveler for occupational reasons, he met […]

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US candidate disputes knowing that her housekeeper was illegal in the US

A United States nominee for Governor of California, who has staunch views on denying benefits for illegal immigrants, has been found to have hired an illegal immigrant as her housekeeper from 2000 to 2009. Meg Whitman, a Republican candidate, has stated that she was previously unaware of her housekeeper’s status in the US because the […]

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George Galloway to sue Canadian Immigration Minister

George Galloway, a former member of the British Parliament who was refused entry to Canada for a year-and-a-half has announced he is planning on suing Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney as well as the Canadian government for damaging his reputation. Galloway was active in British Parliament and is known for his opinions […]

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New Canadian immigration program expansion for newcomers

Last week, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced a new program intended to provide new immigrants with ways to get temporary work experience relevant to their occupational fields. These work placements will be within the Federal government in order to help newcomers have a smoother transition into the Canadian workforce. “Newcomers are key […]

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New US Visa fee to be introduced for British Nationals

The United States Department of Homeland Security has announced that British travelers will be charged a fee related to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA. As of the 9th of September, British visitors will have to pay US$14 to apply to ESTA. This fee is used to promote tourism to the United States […]

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