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New Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program for Permanent Residence

The Atlantic provinces of Canada consisting of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, have united together with the Federal government and introduced a new program called the “Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program”.

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Express Entry- Where are we now?

February 14, 2017, There were several significant changes to the Express Entry System implemented November 19, 2016 by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

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Cumulative duration four-year maximum eliminated for Temporary Foreign Workers: Applicants may still have time to restore their status

February 10, 2017, An announcement was made by IRCC at the end of 2016 that the four-year cumulative duration limitation to certain classes of work permit holders has been eliminated effective December 13, 2016.

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Deadline fast approaching for expressions of interest under the new Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship application process

January 26, 2017, The application process for the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) recently changed for the 2017 application cycle.

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Canada to lift visa requirement for Mexico

November 15, 2016, The Government of Canada will be lifting the visa requirement for Mexican nationals beginning December 1, 2016.

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Canadian immigration inquiries increase substantially from US nationals following presidential election

November 14, 2016, The recent US presidential election appears to have resulted in an increase of inquiries to Canadian immigration professionals and caused Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website to crash on November 8, 2016, the night of the US election.

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Do you need an Electronic Travel Authorization?

On March 15, 2016, the government implemented Canada’s new entry requirement, the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

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Immigration Minister brings “sunny days”

Immigration Minister brings “sunny days” to Vancouver The keynote speaker at this years’ CBA National Immigration Law Conference, held last weekend in Vancouver, was Immigration Minister John McCallum.

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Liberal Government promises sweeping changes

In recent weeks, the Liberal government has made commitments to repeal two controversial pieces of legislation that were enacted under the Harper Government.

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Canadian Courts expand Best Interest of the Child analysis

In the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision Kanthasamy v. Canada(Citizenship & Immigration) 2015 SCC 61, the Court expanded the law of hardship and re-emphasized the significanceof the best interests of the child in a humanitarian and compassionate analysis.

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