Immigration

Changes needed to boost skilled trades immigration

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) should consider regular special Express Entry draws to boost the number of skilled tradespeople invited to apply for permanent residence, says Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman. Read more

Immigration program for migrant caregivers under review

The planned suspension of a pilot program that gives migrant caregivers a chance at permanent residence status in Canada came as a shock to the community, says Toronto immigration lawyer Andrew Carvajal. Read more

Lawyers may greatly assist foreign students navigate visa process

Hiring legal counsel may improve the chances of success for applicants seeking a permit to study in Canada, Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman tells AdvocateDaily. com. Read more

Spousal sponsorship process now moving faster: immigration minister

OTTAWA — Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says the government has met its goal of shortening wait times for those hoping to sponsor their spouse from abroad. Read more

Liberals relaunch immigration lottery despite problems last year

Toronto immigration lawyer Andrew Carvajal is hopeful that the relaunch of a problematic lottery system to reunite immigrant families will be more beneficial to his clients this time around. Read more

Parent sponsorship program 'boils down to luck': Jeffery

While the federal government's new online form for its parent sponsorship program is a “definite improvement," Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells the National Post it will still be difficult to weed out ineligible applicants. Read more

Independent watchdog a must for CBSA accountability

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) needs a truly independent watchdog to ensure transparency and accountability, Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Workplace wellness an issue for firms of all sizes

Small firms can take the lead on workplace wellness, Mississauga real estate and immigration lawyer Jia Junaid tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

DACA termination an opportunity for Canadian immigration

Canada could benefit from the potential end of a U.S. program protecting individuals who immigrated illegally as children, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Government urged to fast-track licensing for experienced refugee drivers

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO) should consider sworn affidavits in lieu of original documents from war-torn countries in order to get experienced drivers working in Canada, Toronto immigration lawyer Andrew Carvajal tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Halifax businessman pleads guilty to bilking Filipino workers

HALIFAX — A Halifax businessman accused of not paying Filipino temporary workers their required wages has pleaded guilty to a charge of misrepresentation involving 26 employees. Read more

Immigration numbers ‘not radically different’ under new plan

Canada’s new immigration plan might add clarity, but it doesn't substantially increase the number of immigrants, Toronto immigration lawyer Andrew Carvajal tells The Lawyer's Daily. Read more

One-per-cent immigration target too small to bridge jobs gap

Canada’s plan to bring in a million immigrants over the next three years is not ambitious enough to meet the country’s need for workers, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells The Lawyers Daily. Read more

Million-immigrant plan great for Canada

Canada’s plan to admit one million immigrants over the next three years strikes the right balance, Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Citizenship Act changes welcome news for permanent residents

Recent changes to the Citizenship Act that make it easier for permanent residents to become citizens strike a good balance between the need to modernize the legislation while retaining the original features that made citizenship accessible, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more