IRCC News: Important Amendments to the Citizenship Act – Bill C-6 Receives Royal Assent

Cristina Rozmarin

The below charts explain some of the changes that have been made to the Citizenship Act and indicates when these changes are expected to come into force:   The most important changes that take effect immediately upon Royal Assent on June 19, 2017   Previous Citizenship Act Citizenship Act with Bill C-6 Amendments Applicants were required […]

IRCC News: Spouses being reunited more quickly in Canada – Feb 2018

Will Chan

On February 24, 2018 the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that the sponsorship process improvements have led to backlog reduction and shorter processing times. The IRCC new release states that, over the past year, the Government of Canada has made significant improvements to the spousal sponsorship process, making it faster and easier for Canadians and […]

AINP News – Alberta Government Makes Changes to Economic Immigration – Winter 2018 Updates

Will Chan

Following our November posting about AINP News (please see below), we are back with updates regarding the changes that Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program would implement probably later this year. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an economic immigration program operated by the Government of Alberta with the Government of Canada’s department of Immigration, Refugees and […]

IRCC News – Growing Canada’s Economic Future – Fall 2017

On November 1, 2017, the Government of Canada announced the historic multi-year immigration levels plan that will responsibly grow the number of permanent residents in Canada.   Canada is known for the well-managed immigration system which is unique in the world. The Canadian immigration system places a great emphasis on providing assistance to recently arrived […]

IRCC Important News – The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement – Fall 2017

On September 21, 2017, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and EU member states has been launched.   Chapter 10 of CETA facilitates entry for certain covered business persons who are citizens of Canada and EU member states by removing the requirement for a Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA).   The chapter […]

IRCC Important News – New Definition of Age of Dependants – Fall 2017

On October 24, 2017, the Government of Canada has changed the definition of the age of dependants from <<under 19>> to <<under 22>>. This important change will help more immigrant families reunite and stay together.   This change applies to all new applications received by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on or after October […]

IRCC News – Important Amendments to the Citizenship Act

Cristina Rozmarin

Important Amendments to the Citizenship Act took effect on October 11, 2017 Here are the new changes implemented on October 11, 2017:   Previous Citizenship Act Citizenship Act with Bill C-6 Amendments Applicants had to be physically present in Canada for four out of six years before applying for citizenship Applicants must be physically present […]

IRCC News: Important Amendments to the Citizenship Act took effect on October 11, 2017

Cristina Rozmarin

Here are the new changes implemented on October 11, 2017:   Previous Citizenship Act Citizenship Act with Bill C-6 Amendments Applicants had to be physically present in Canada for four out of six years before applying for citizenship Applicants must be physically present in Canada for three out of five years before applying for citizenship […]

IRCC Updates: Changes to the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program

Cristina Rozmarin

Shim Law News – Immigration IRCC Update On September 1, 2017, IRCC announced an update to the fairly new implemented application intake process for the Parents and Grandparents Program. It is already know that on January 3rd of this year, Canadian citizens and permanent residents (PR) who wanted to sponsor their parents and grandparents to […]