Immigration

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

IRCC hikes maximum age of dependants to 22

Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman tells AdvocateDaily.com that immigrant families will benefit from an expanded definition of dependants. Read more

Complex agreement offers new options for EU business visitors

A new trade agreement between Canada and the European Union offers a new range of possibilities for EU business visitors entering Canada, but employers should be aware of the complexity of some of the provisions, Toronto immigration lawyer Andrew Carvajal writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

Time to withdraw from Safe Third Country Agreement: Jeffery

Since the United States can no longer be considered a “safe third country” for refugee claimants, Canada should withdraw from the agreement that prevents individuals in one country from entering the other in order to make a refugee claim, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

IRCC loosens citizenship requirements

Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman tells AdvocateDaily.com she welcomes long-awaited changes to the Citizenship Act. Read more

New rules for citizenship come into effect next week

BRAMPTON, Ont. — Changes to the rules about becoming a Canadian citizen come into effect next week. Read more

Canada-EU free trade brings immigration opportunities

Canada’s free trade agreement with the European Union (EU) is good news for newcomers to the country, says Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman. Read more

LMIA recruitment rules toughened up

Employers seeking temporary foreign workers have new hoops to jump through after the federal government beefed up the requirements for a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), says Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman. Read more

Program to bring gay Chechens to Canada humanitarian effort

Although it isn't clear whether a Canadian program that secretly brought a number of gay Chechens to Canada is considered a refugee effort by definition, if the goal of the federal government was to assist people who they consider to be persecuted, then it may be considered a humanitarian mission, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells The Globe and Mail . Read more

Atlas Law Group sets sights on global practice

Toronto real estate and immigration lawyer Jia Junaid is an ambitious “girl boss” who is part of a new generation of women bringing a fresh entrepreneurial approach to the profession. Read more

Provincial nominee boost for low-skilled immigrants

Ontario’s new provincial nominee stream gives immigrants in low-skilled occupations a path to permanent residence for the first time, says Toronto immigration lawyer Andrew Carvajal. Read more

Program aimed at attracting entrepreneurs to Canada needs overhaul

Although he applauds the government’s efforts to continue a project to attract immigrant entrepreneurs to Canada, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells The Lawyer’s Daily that the current program is flawed and needs to be revamped in order to be viable. Read more

Alternative options preferable to Start-Up Visa program

As a result of the “bureaucratic hurdles” involved with the federal government’s pilot project aimed at attracting immigrant entrepreneurs to Canada, Toronto immigration lawyer Andrew Carvajal tells The Lawyer’s Daily that his firm chooses to navigate different avenues for these clients. Read more